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1976: More than a thousand people were killed in riots in Soweto, South AfricaThe riots began after students began to protest against Afrikaans education policy after it was decreed that Afrikaans should be used in schools. Black people believed it was the language of oppression.

On June 13, the South African Student's Movement decided to make a protest. Three days later, hundreds of students marched peacefully to the Orlando Stadium.

But in a surprise attack, the police suddenly opened fire against them. The students fled in all directions, buildings were set on fire and hundreds were killed.

There were similar scenes for the next two days, which led to more than 1,000 deaths before the uprising ceased.

June 16 is now remembered as Soweto Day for Blacks in South Africa.

Also on this day: 1880: The distinctive SalvationArmy bonnets were worn for the first time;1929: Bentleys took the first four places at the Le Mans 24 hours race; 1948: Chinese bandits hijacked a Cathay Airways Catalina flying boat. The captain refused to take the hijackers' orders resulting in gunfire and the plane crashing. All died except for the bandit leader; 1958: Yellow 'no waiting' lines were introduced in Britain; 1972: German police arrested Ulrikke Meinhof, the last member of the notorious Baader-Meinhof Red Army Faction.
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