We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.
Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 2 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
ON THIS DAY: 2 JANUARY
1964 | The first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah survived a fifth assassination attempt and declared Ghana a one-party nation.
1968 | South African cardiac surgeon, Dr Chris Barnard, performs his second heart transplant operation on Dr Philip Blaiberg at Groote Schuur Hospital.
1984 | Muhammadu Buhari is declared Head of State in Nigeria after a military coup.
2005 | Six South African survivors of the tsunami in Thailand arrive at Lanseria airport.
1971 | South African trade unionist, Richard ‘Dick’ Maxwell Haldane (62)
1985 | First Black chancellor of the University of the North, Moses Josiah Madiba (76)
1995 | Former president of Somalia, Siad Barre (84)
1950 | South African artist, Richard Mzamane Mabaso
1967 | South African rugby player, Francois Pienaar