On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 1 June?

We look back on this day in world and South African history, remembering the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 1 June?

Look at what happened on this day, 1 June in history. From various achievements and milestones throughout human history to groundbreaking inventions and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Here is a look at some of the most notable events that happened on this day


1972 | The South African Police Force enlisted policewomen for the first time as full personnel.

1974 | The embargo on the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia is maintained, but the Arab oil ministers vote to lift most restrictions on oil supplies to the United States.

1999 | On landing at Little Rock National Airport, American Airlines Flight 1420 slipped and crashed, killing 11 passengers travelling from Dallas to Little Rock.

2008 | A fire on Universal Studios’ rear lot broke out, destroying the King Kong Encounter and a large archive of master tapes for music and film. The entire extent of the damage was not known until 2019.

2009 | General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It was the fourth-largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States.

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1935 | German director, screenwriter and producer, Percy Adlon. 

1949 | South African actor, Zack du Plessis. 

1963 | Belgian footballer, Vital Borkelmans. 

1964 | South African entertainer, Casper de Vries

1986 | Nigerian footballerChinedu Obasi. 


2007 | American singer and songwriter, Tony Thompson, 32.

2008 | French fashion designer, founded Saint Laurent Paris, Yves Saint Laurent, 72.

2009 | Irish horse trainer, Vincent O’Brien, 92.

2010 | Japanese dancer, Kazuo Ohno, 104

2011 | Iranian humanitarian and activist, Haleh Sahabi, 54.


1909 | On this day, England set  their record of winning 10 consecutive matches, beating Austria 1-8 in Vienna. 


1981 | American singer Brandi Carlile was born in Ravensdale, Washington on this day. 


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