This day in history: Rembering Ashley Callie


Popular South African actress Ashley Callie, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2008.

Callie had been involved in a head-on collision a week prior, and had appeared to be stable, but passed away as a result of complications from head injuries she suffered.

The actress starred in the popular SABC3 soap, Isidingo, as Leonie Haines, daughter of the Machiavellian Barker Haines. She was with the soap from 2000 until her death in 2008.

Callie won the South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for best actress for her role as Lee Haines shortly before her death. She was posthumously awarded the Mzansi Star Actress Award two weeks after her death. Read more.

Watch Top Billing’s touching tribute.

Other events on this day:

Other events on this day:

1998 – South African lower order batsmen Pat Symcox and Mark Boucher set a record 195-run partnership for the ninth wicket in the first test against Pakistan in Johannesburg. Boucher went on to score 78, coming in at number 8, while Symcox hit his maiden test century, as well as becoming only the third person to score a test century coming in at number 9. Read more.

1995 – South Africa announces that it recognizes the state of Palestine and establishes diplomatic ties.

1964 – The International Labour Organization (ILO), meeting in Geneva, votes to suspend South Africa from participating in its Annual General Conferences. The resolution is passed with 32 votes to 14, and two abstentions. Read more.

1900 – The 124-day siege of diamond-mining town Kimberley by the Boers during the second South African War (also known as the Second Anglo-Boer War), is lifted. A cavalry division led by Lieutenant-General John French, which formed part of a larger force under Lord Roberts, was finally able to bring relief to the town. The battle however, continued at Paardeberg after the siege was lifted. Read more.