02/02 – De Klerk’s Address

F.W. de Klerk (L) shakes hands with ANC leader Nelson Mandela (R) in 1992. (World Economic Forum) On this day in 1990, South African president Frederik Willem de Klerk addressed the parliament on its opening day. In his landmark speech, de Klerk announced plans to un-ban the African National Congress (ANC) - the primary opposition…

01/23 – Rorke’s Drift

Alphonse de Neuville's 1880 painting depicts the heroic British defense, based entirely on British eyewitness accounts. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1879, a group of roughly 150 British Red Coats completed their defence of Rorke's Drift - a trading post known as kwaJimu (Jim's Land) to the South African locals - against a force…