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Tuesday, August 10, 1965

At the young age of 12 years, 10 months and 25 days, Karen Muir from Kimberley became the youngest world record holder in any sport in the history of organised sport.[i] Karen Muir broke the 110 yards backstroke world record at the British amateur swimming championships in Blackpool on 10 August 1965.[ii]

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 09-May-2017

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  • Thursday, August 10, 2006
    Police find Frans Maluka, Eric Sambo and Patrick Sigudla all allegedly linked to criminal activities around the area, burnt to death by vigilantes in the Kabokweni area near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
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  • Tuesday, August 10, 1999
    Rebel-allied soldiers free some 200 remaining captives in Sierra Leone, who were kidnapped during a scheduled handover of civilians abducted during Sierra Leone's eight-year civil war. 
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  • Monday, August 10, 1998
    The SA cricket team loses the 5th test against England with 24 runs in Headingley.   England wins the series 2-1.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, August 10, 1998
    The Springbok wheel chair athlete, Krige Schabort, wins the world title in the 10 km track race at the international athletics championship for the disabled in England.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, August 10, 1996
    The SA rugby team loses the first test against New Zealand 18-29 in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, August 10, 1996
    President Mandela confirms that Sol Kerzner did indeed make the contribution to the ANC electoral funds as alleged by Bantu Hlolomisa, but states that he has told no-one else in the ANC about the donation.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Thursday, August 10, 1995
    SA signs agreement with Swaziland in respect of cooperation and mutual assistance in the field of combating crime.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Tuesday, August 10, 1993
    The second draft interim constitution is unveiled.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Friday, August 10, 1990
    President de Klerk and various cabinet ministers meet representatives of non-independent homelands and the Coloured and Indian ministers' councils in Parliament as well as the four provincial administrators to discuss negotiation process and political future.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. lxii

  • Saturday, August 10, 1985
    Dr Allan Boesak is arrested in South Africa. Dr Boesak, along with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr Christiaan Beyers Naudé, formed a triumvirate of South African clerics opposed to the Apartheid regime.
  • Friday, August 10, 1984
    Zola Budd of SA and Mary Decker of the USA collides accidentally during the 3,000m in the Los Angeles Olympics to cause one of the Games' most dramatic upsets. The date of this event is also given as 11  August.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  https://www.timesonline.co.uk/

  • Wednesday, August 10, 1983
    With support from Libya in their long-running civil war, Chadian insurgents overrun the outpost of Faya-Largeau in northern Chad.
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  • Wednesday, August 10, 1977
    About 100 White sympathisers join evicted Black squatters in a passive protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Tuesday, August 10, 1976
    Part of a prefabricated building of the Peninsula College for Advanced Technical Education is gutted and three explosives are found at Goodhope Primary School in Bellville South.

  • Tuesday, August 10, 1976
    The government extends its powers under the Internal Security Act from the Transvaal only to the whole of South Africa.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Thursday, August 10, 1972
    Naval Headquarters at Simonstown announce that the second series of joint British South African exercises off the Cape Coast will begin on 14 August 1972 and will continue for seven days.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Tuesday, August 10, 1971
    Eleven bombs explode, scattering ANC propaganda leaflets in the four major cities. The blasts occur twelve months after similar actions in the same cities.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Sunday, August 10, 1969
    Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda announces nationalisation of copper mining companies, key to Zambia's economy contributing over fifty percent of government revenue.
  • Tuesday, August 10, 1965
    Karen Muir (12), Kimberley swimmer, sets a new world record in the backstroke for women in Blackpool, England.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, August 10, 1963
    The SA rugby team loses the second test against Australia 5-9 in Newlands, Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, August 10, 1963
    Dr. K.G. Abrahams is arrested in Gobabis area of South West Africa, and subsequently charged with being the chairman of the Yu Chi Chan Club (YCCC) aimed at overthrowing the government by revolution.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood

  • Wednesday, August 10, 1960
    Erich Mayer (83), SA landscape painter born in Germany, dies in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 7, p. 257

  • Sunday, August 10, 1958
    Angela Maria Ferreira, S.A artist, is born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique.
    References:
    • Rankin: Images in Wood, p. 104

  • Tuesday, August 10, 1954
    Edrich Krantz, SA rugby player, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, August 10, 1949
    Gill Marcus, manager of Spoornet, former deputy governor of the SA Reserve Bank and deputy minister of Finance (1996-1999), is born in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball

  • Friday, August 10, 1945
    Japan offers to surrender in World War 2 if Emperor Hirohito is permitted to keep his throne.
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  • Monday, August 10, 1942
    Rodney Gould, SA rugby player, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, August 10, 1940
    Sir Abe Bailey (75), SA politician and Rand mine magnate, dies in Muizenberg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, August 10, 1939
    Prof. Dikloff Omphitlhetse Lenamile, academic and acting registrar and vice-principal, Finance, Unisa, is born in Johannesburg. He was a founder member of SASO and also of the Association of Black Accountants of SA.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Saturday, August 10, 1935
    Joshua Andries Nell, S.A artist, is born in Keetmanshoop, South West Africa.
    References:
    • Rankin: Images of Wood, p. 139

  • Tuesday, August 10, 1920
    The draft bill concerning the founding of a central bank, the SA Reserve Bank, is approved by the Senate.
    References:
    • Swart: Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak

  • Saturday, August 10, 1901
    Anglo-Boer War 2: Lord Milner leaves England to return to SA.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Friday, August 10, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: British Gen. Carrington reaches Mafeking and narrowly avoids being court-martialled for his inexplicable flight from Elands River (Brakfontein). He later explains his actions to Lord Roberts in Pretoria but a furious Roberts transfers him back to Bulawayo in Rhodesia.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Friday, August 10, 1866
    The first known reference to Antjie Somers, SA bogy figure, is made in The Friend.  It is alleged that he was a brigand, dressed in woman's clothes, who attacked travellers at night. The facts of his life faded, and he became a mythical frightening figure.
    References:
    • Swart: Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak

  • Sunday, August 10, 1783
    Louis Trichardt, Voortrekker leader, is born near Oudtshoorn.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, August 10, 1500
    Portuguese navigator Diego Diaz becomes the first European to arrive to the island of Madagascar.