Sharpeville Massacre

Human Rights Day (National Holiday)

On this day in 1960, police opened fire on protesters in Sharpeville (the Sharpeville Massacre). Sixty-nine people were killed and 180 wounded.

In apartheid South Africa, this day was commemorated as Sharpeville Day. It was not part of the apartheid government’s official calendar of public holidays. However, the event was commemorated in anti-apartheid movements.

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Date

Mar 21 2023

Time

All Day

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