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Charles IIJan 10, 1663

Phillis WheatleyOct 18, 1775

Benjamin BannekerAug 19, 1791

Abraham LincolnAug 14, 1862

Hiram R. RevelsMar 16, 1869

Henry Ossian FlipperJul 1, 1873

David LivingstoneApr 18, 1874

Frederick DouglassJun 23, 1888

GandhiFeb 26, 1910

W.E.B. Du BoisFeb 19, 1919

Benito MussoliniJul 14, 1938

Jackie RobinsonApr 15, 1947

Nat King ColeNov 5, 1956

Nelson MandelaAug 4, 1962

Dorothy HeightMar 20, 1965

Arthur AsheAug 25, 1968

Ernie BanksMay 8, 1973

Tom BradleyJul 1, 1973

President ReaganOct 11, 1985

President BushSep 24, 1990

Ellen Johnson-SirleafNov 23, 2005

Barack ObamaAug 27, 2008

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African - Historical Events
Date Event
1497-12-16

Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sailing along African East Coast names it Natal, first European to sail so far

1619-08-20

1st known African Americans (appox. 20) land at Jamestown Virginia aboard Dutch vessel then sold or traded into servitude for supplies

1663-01-10

King Charles II affirms charter of Royal African Company

1770-03-05

Boston Massacre, British troops kill 5 in crowd. Native African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die. Later held up as early black martyr. Galvanised anti-British feelings

1775-10-18

African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

1781-11-29

Crew of the slave ship Zong murder approx. 142 African slaves by dumping them into the sea in order to claim insurance.

1783-12-31

Import of African slaves banned by all of the Northern states

1787-04-12

Philadelphia's Free African Society forms

1787-05-06

1st Black Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston

1787-11-01

First free school in NYC (African Free School) opens

1788-01-20

Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga

1791-08-19

Benjamin Banneker writes a letter to the Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson using language from the 'United States Declaration of Independence' to criticize Jefferson's pro-slavery stance and to request justice for African Americans

1794-06-10

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia forms

1794-07-17

Richard Allen organizes Philadelphia's Bethel African Meth Episcopal Church

1794-07-29

African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, dedicated

1796-03-28

Bethel African Methodist Church of Phila is 1st US-African church

1796-08-08

Boston African Society establishes with 44 members

1796-08-23

African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated

1808-01-01

African Benevolent Society (education) forms

1816-04-09

African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Phila)

1817-09-09

Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College

1820-02-06

US population announced at 9,638,453, African Americans 1,771,656 (18.4%))

1820-02-06

The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1821-03-14

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded (NY)

1821-06-21

African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC)

1824-08-15

Freed American slaves establish Liberia on the West African coast through the American Colonization Society (ACS)

1829-10-01

South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; later to separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools.

1836-02-25

US Showman Phineas Taylor Barnum exhibits African American slave Joice Heth.

1845-04-29

Macon B Allen & Robert Morris Jr, 1st African Americans to open a law practice in the US

1845-05-03

1st African American lawyer (Macon B Allen) admitted to the bar (Mass)

1848-01-03

Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first President of the independent African Republic of Liberia.

1853-07-06

William Wells Brown publishes "Clotel", 1st novel by an African American

1862-08-14

Abraham Lincoln receives the 1st group of African Americans to confer with a US president

1863-01-26

American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)

1863-08-08

American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. Celebrated as a holiday by Tennessee African Americans (early 20th century)

1865-07-26

Patrick Francis Healy is 1st African American awarded PhD (from University of Leuven, Belgium)

1867-01-08

African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Johnson's veto

1867-06-22

Leopold Marquard, South African clergyman, missionary and educationist, 80

1868-10-30

John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress

1869-03-16

Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate

1870-07-01

James W Smith of SC is one of 1st African Americans to enter West Point

1870-10-19

1st African Americans (4) elected to US House of Representatives

1873-07-01

Henry Ossian Flipper of Georgia one of the first African Americans enters West Point Military Academy

1874-04-18

David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey

1877-06-15

Henry Ossian Flipper becomes 1st African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy

1878-06-13

Congress of Berlin meets to divide African colonization

1878-07-13

Congress of Berlin discussing division of African colonies ends

1881-03-04

South African president Kruger accepts ceasefire

1884-05-01

Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US

1886-03-17

Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed

1887-05-24

Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors

1888-06-23

Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for US President

1888-12-30

Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star

1890-08-05

British & French accord to divide African colonization

1891-05-15

British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms

1894-01-01

South African Amateur Athletic Union is founded in Johannesburg.

1897-07-16

The South African Committee, investigating the Jameson Raid releases its report finding that it was conducted almost implicitly through the support and encouragement of Cecil John Rhodes and the mining houses in the Transvaal

1899-10-11

South African Boers declare war on Great Britain

1900-07-23

Pan-African Congress meets in London

1900-10-19

South African President Paul Kruger departs for Europe

1900-10-25

Great Britain annexes the former Boer South African Republic, renaming it the Transvaal Colony

1900-12-01

Exiled South African president Paul Kruger visits Flanders and on the same day is declined a visit from the German Kaiser

1900-12-02

Exiled South African president Paul Kruger arrives in Germany, though the Kaiser refuses the meet him

1901-06-20

Charlotte Manye is 1st native African to graduate from a US college

1901-07-16

The Fawcett Commission headed by Millicent Fawcett is established as a result of an outcry against the treatment of Afrikaners in concentration camps during the South African War

1901-07-25

Emily Hobhouse addresses public meetings in Britain on the concentration camps during the South African War

1905-04-01

British East African Protectorate becomes colony of Kenya

1910-02-26

Gandhi supports the African People's Organisations resolution to declare the day of arrival of the Prince of Wales in South Africa as a day of mourning in protest against the South Africa Acts disenfranchisement of Indians, Coloureds and Africans in the upcoming Union of South Africa

1910-04-27

Louis Botha and James Hertzog establish the moderate nationalists South African Party promising equality of Britons and Boers

1912-01-08

Chiefs, representatives of people's and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms

1913-03-14

South African Supreme Court declares that marriages not celebrated according to Christian rites and/or not registered by the Registrar of Marriages, are invalid; all Moslem and Hindu marriages are therefore declared invalid

1913-06-14

The South African Government pass the Immigration Act, which restricts the entry and free movement of Asians; it leads to widespread agitation and rioting by resident Indians, led by Gandhi

1913-06-16

South African Government pass the segregationist Native Land Act, which restricts purchase or lease of land by native Africans

1913-07-25

A meeting in Johannesburg, called by the South African Native National Congress, now African National Congress, is attended by a large number of people from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland

1914-09-18

South African troops land in German South West Africa

1914-12-21

2,800 African miners strike at the Van Rhyn Deep mines in a bid to redress some of their grievances

1915-07-10

British/South African troops march into German SW-Africa

1917-07-28

Silent Parade 10,000 African-American march on 5th Ave (NYC) protesting against lynching

1919-02-19

Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois (Paris)

1920-10-23

African demonstrators shot in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

1921-03-03

The Asiatic Inquiry Commission, est. by the South African Government, proposes a system of voluntary repatriation and segregation of Indians and prohibit Indians from buying agricultural land in a specified area along the coast

1921-06-20

At the Imperial Conference in London, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, the Indian representative, puts forward a case for the granting of full citizenship rights to Indians in South Africa and other British colonies; the South African Prime Minister, General J.C. Smuts, opposes Sastris resolution, claiming that he cannot grant the franchise to Indians while withholding it from Blacks

1921-06-30

The South African Reserve Bank is established.

1921-07-30

The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) forms; the party changed its name to the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1953, after it had been forced underground

1921-08-28

2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels & Paris)

1923-05-31

The South African Indian Congress (SAIC) forms in Durban, South Africa, with Omar Hajee Amod Jhaveri as President.

1924-02-15

A deputation for the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) meets with the Minister of the Interior, Sir Patrick Duncan, and presents him with a memorandum setting out their objections concerning the Class Areas Bill

1924-04-08

South African State pass the Industrial Conciliation Act No 11: the act provided for job reservation, excluded blacks from membership of registered trade unions,and prohibited registration of black trade unions

1925-06-16

The Union Government rejects a round-table conference with India on the grounds that it will constitute interference in South African affairs

1927-08-21

4th Pan-African Congress meets (NYC)

1931-07-01

Trans African Railway in use (Benguela, Angola-Jadotville, Congo)

1935-02-11

-11°F (-24°C), Ifrane, Morocco (African record low)

1938-07-01

The South African Press Association (SAPA) is established as a non-governmental institution by South Africa's major newspapers to facilitate the sharing of news, both national and international

1938-07-14

Benito Mussolini publishes anti-Jewish/African manifesto

1939-07-22

Jane Bolin becomes the 1st African American female judge (NY)

1940-10-25

Benjamin O Davis Sr. becomes 1st African American general in US Army

1942-01-25

Lt General Rommels African corps reaches Msus

1942-11-24

French collaborator Marquis de Brinon establishes "African Falanx"

1943-07-25

1st warship named after an African American launched - USS Leonard Roy Harmon, a Buckley class destroyer

1944-01-01

1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, NYC

1946-06-22

Speaking at a prayer meeting in New Delhi, Gandhi calls on the South African government to stop 'hooliganism' by Whites

1947-04-15

Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

1949-07-05

NY Giants purchase Monty Irvin & Henry Thompson, their 1st African American players

1950-05-01

Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry

1950-06-13

South African parliament accept "Groups Area Act"

1950-08-24

Edith Sampson named 1st African American US delegate to UN

1952-02-20

"African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in NYC

1953-04-15

Malans National Party wins South African elections

1953-06-09

South African premier Malan visits Netherlands

1954-07-07

Formation of the TANU party (Tanganyika African National Union ) in Tanzania

1954-07-12

ANC President Albert Luthuli banned by South African Minister of Justice from attending public gatherings and confined to the magisterial district of Lower Tugela, Natal

1954-09-27

1st African American Supreme Court page is CV Bush

1954-10-27

Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force.

1956-02-06

University of Alabama suspends African-American Autherine Lucy on the grounds that it can no longer provide a safe environment for her

1956-08-09

South African women demonstrate against pass laws

1956-09-09

African Party for Liberation of Guinea-Bissau & Cape Verde forms

1956-11-05

The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

1957-01-11

The African Convention is founded in Dakar.

1958-02-11

Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY

1958-03-14

South Africa government prohibits the African National Congress

1958-03-26

The African Regroupment Party (PRA) is launched at a meeting in Paris.

1958-07-25

The African Regroupment Party (PRA) holds its first congress in Cotonou.

1958-12-01

Central African Rep made autonomous member of Fr Comm (Natl Day)

1959-03-24

The Party of the African Federation (PFA) is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.

1959-07-01

The Party of the African Federation (PFA) holds its constitutive conference.

1959-07-18

African American William 'Bill' Wright is the 1st coloured person to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)

1960-01-01

A photograph of a 13 year-old South African boy in a torn vest appears in the front page of the London Labour paper, the Daily Herald. According to the Native Labour Regulation Act, it was an offence to employ a Native in a mine under the age of 18 years.

1960-03-28

Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals

1960-04-09

South African premier Verwoerd wounded in battle

1960-07-12

Congo, Chad & Central African Republic declare independence

1960-08-13

Central African Republic & Chad proclaim independence from France

1960-09-20

UN General Assembly admit 13 African countries & Cyprus (96 nations)

1961-04-18

CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.

1961-06-29

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government

1961-08-24

Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice

1961-08-30

J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a US District Court

1962-08-04

Nelson Mandela captured by South African police

1963-05-25

Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia

1963-05-26

Organization of African Unity forms

1963-06-25

Curnick Ndlovu, South African Trade Unionist and African National Congress Leader, is arrested

1963-07-06

South African workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested

1963-07-11

South-African ANC Walter Sisulu/Andrew Mlangeni/Govan Mbeki arrested

1963-07-13

Indian government announces it will cut last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing facilities to South African aircraft

1963-07-20

17 African states & Madagascar sign peace treaty with EC

1963-08-12

Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization

1963-08-28

200,000 march and demonstrate for African American civil rights in Washington, DC

1963-09-15

Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls

1963-11-02

Only 1st-class cricket game played in Uganda, MCC v E African XI

1964-06-18

African Groundnut Council forms in Dakar

1965-03-20

Civil and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the "New York Amsterdam News"

1965-07-03

Harold Strachan, member of the Communist Party of South Africa and Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, is served with a restriction order in terms of the Suppression of Communism Act

1966-01-01

Milt coup by Col Jean-Bédell Bokassa in Central African Republic

1966-01-11

"Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV

1966-06-22

South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government

1966-08-03

South African government bans Beatle records

1967-05-03

African American students seize finance building at Northwestern University

1968-04-02

Chad creates Union of Central African States

1968-08-21

Marine James Anderson Jr is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor

1968-08-25

Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

1970-02-11

John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

1970-08-13

Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa

1971-03-03

South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles

1972-01-01

Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.

1972-02-05

Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

1972-03-02

Jean-Bédell Bokassa appoints himself pres for life of Cent African Rep

1972-06-24

Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich

1972-07-03

Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO)

1972-07-25

US health officials concede African American were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment

1973-01-01

West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)

1973-05-08

Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

1973-07-01

Tom Bradley becomes the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, the first (and only) African-American to hold that position

1975-06-28

The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria

1975-07-27

The British government closes its consulate in Angola following increasing fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and South African troops

1975-09-29

Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush becomes American television's first African-American weathercaster.

1976-02-28

Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession

1976-03-12

South African troops leave Angola

1976-07-17

The opening of the Summer Olympics is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.

1976-07-20

Rev. Samuel Mutendi, founder of the first African Independent Church, dies

1977-06-24

Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira is the first African to be elected president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

1977-12-04

Jean-Bedel Bokassa crowns himself ruler of Central African Empire

1979-06-04

South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal

1979-09-20

Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I

1979-10-30

Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama

1980-05-02

Pope John Paul II begins African tour

1980-06-23

South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails; the Council was part of Botha's plan to effect broad ranging constitutional changes which would allow for a role for both Indian and Coloured people in parliament but which still excluded direct political representation for African people.

1980-06-28

The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series

1981-08-08

At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws

1981-09-01

Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees

1981-11-25

Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles

1982-06-25

South African President P.W. Botha issues a new Proclamation again placing Ingwavuma under government control

1982-08-11

The South African Defence Force (SADF) raids Southern Angola

1983-01-02

Several African National Congress(ANC) members detained in Swaziland decide to leave the country voluntarily for Mozambique.

1983-08-20

The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca

1983-08-30

Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space

1984-05-12

South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

1984-06-28

Former member of South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Jeannette Schoon, and her six-year old daughter, Katryn, are killed by a letter bomb at Lubango, in northern Angola

1984-07-23

Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns due to posing nude

1984-08-13

Morocco & Libya sign "Arabic-African Union" treaty

1984-12-10

South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received his Nobel Peace Prize

1985-01-31

South African president PW Botha offers to free Mandela if he denounces violence

1985-07-13

"Live Aid" concert raises over $70 million for African famine relief

1985-08-07

A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with SA President P W Botha, following calls by the church for urgent discussions on the causes of unrest, forced removals and the emergency regulations in the country

1985-08-13

South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts

1985-08-14

Political violence by the youth begins after the funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students

1985-08-23

South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested

1985-10-11

President Reagan bans importation of South African Krugerrands

1986-01-01

South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact.

1986-05-16

South African Pres P W Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela

1986-05-18

South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia

1986-06-12

P W Botha declares South African national emergency

1986-06-13

Pres Reagan criticizes South African state of emergency

1986-06-24

In Britain, Foreign Office Minister Lynda Chalker, meets Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress to discuss means of ending Apartheid without violence

1986-06-26

South African journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested

1986-06-27

South African Journalist and founder of the 'New Nation' newspaper, Zwelakhe Sisulu is abducted; he was released 721 days later on 2 December 1988

1986-06-29

Moses Mayekiso, who was the General Secretary of the Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and became a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), is detained for a second time and spends several months in solitary cofinement

1986-11-21

Central African Republic adopts constitution

1986-12-12

South African journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested

1987-06-22

The International Labour Organisation, meeting for its annual conference in Geneva, calls for international sanctions against South African minerals

1987-11-28

South African Airways Boeing 747 crashes into Indian Ocean, 159 die

1988-02-24

South African apartheid regime bans the UDF

1988-03-15

Eugene Marino of Atlanta, appointed 1st African American archbishop

1988-04-06

African American polar explorer Matthew Henson buried next to R Peary in Arlington National Cemetery

1988-07-29

South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"

1988-10-19

South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize

1988-12-26

Anti African student rebellion in China PR

1989-02-14

African National Congress (ANC) opens office in Amsterdam

1989-06-07

23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires

1989-06-29

The National Party adopts a five year programme of its objectives which included a political "reform" plan to give South Africa's Black majority a role in national as well as local government spheres; the African National Congress (ANC) said that it would consider nothing less than a one-man, one-vote system

1989-07-05

South African President Pieter Botha visits ANC leader Nelson Mandela

1989-07-16

South Africa's largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, holds its third annual congress and intensifies its campaign against apartheid

1989-08-06

Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws

1990-01-18

South Africa says its reconsidering ban on African Natl Congress

1990-02-10

South African President de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feb 11th

1990-05-02

South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

1990-06-05

South African troops plunder Nelson Mandela's home

1990-06-23

African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, on a US tour, receives a tumultuous welcome in Boston.

1990-06-25

African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela meets with President George Bush at the White House

1990-08-15

At least 150 people die in clashes between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party, South Africa

1990-08-16

South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto

1990-09-24

South African President F W de Klerk meets US President Bush in Washington DC

1990-12-13

South African President De Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid

1991-05-13

South African activist Winnie Mandela convicted of abducting 4 blacks

1991-09-05

Nelson Mandela chosen as president of African National Congress

1991-09-07

1st South African international competition in 25 years, gymnastics

1992-06-30

South African ANC President Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar

1992-07-13

The Tripartite Alliance, consisting of the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Union, outlines a mass action plan for August

1992-08-23

Wilhelm Verwoerd, grandson of former South African Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, main architect of apartheid, joins the African National Congress

1993-09-02

Central African Republic ex-emperor Bokassa freed

1994-01-03

Restoration of South African citizenship, announced on 15 December 1993 by the South African parliament led by President F.W. de Klerk, becomes effective four months before the first South Africa non-racial polls of 27 April, 1994

1994-03-22

South African government/ANC take power in Ciskei homeland

1994-04-19

Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election

1994-04-26

1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote

1994-08-15

South African President Nelson Mandela receives Anne Frank Penning

1994-08-20

Vuyani Bungu, the South African junior feartherweight, wins IBF World Boxing Title

1994-10-01

South African President Nelson Mandela visits US

1996-08-19

The major South African political parties begin their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

1997-06-23

In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May

1997-08-16

The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

1998-02-01

Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.

1998-08-19

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop D. Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden

1999-02-04

Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.

1999-06-25

In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation's murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998

2000-08-09

South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle

2002-06-24

The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.

2002-06-28

In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Treatment Action Campaign table a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan in the National Economic, Development and Labour Council

2002-07-09

The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

2004-07-17

Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids

2005-01-26

Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

2005-04-02

James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.

2005-07-02

South African tennis player Wesley Moodie and Australian Stephen Huss win the Wimbledon Men's double title

2005-11-23

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, elected president of Liberia, is the first woman to lead an African country.

2008-08-27

Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States

2008-11-04

Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States

2009-01-20

Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

2010-07-02

Ghana's Black Stars, the only African team standing in the Quarter Finals of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, are defeated by Uruguay

2012-03-23

African Union suspends Mali's membership following a coup

2012-03-24

African Union deploys 5,000 strong force with the aim of catching or killing warlord Joseph Kony

2012-08-04

South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first amputee to compete at the Olympics

2012-08-16

South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people

2012-10-12

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves of an African-led force to oust Islamist militants in northern Mali

2012-12-18

The Seleka rebel coalition kills 15 people during its capture of Bria, the Central African Republic

2012-12-23

The Seleka rebel coalition takes over Bambari, the third largest town in the Central African Republic

2013-02-14

Oscar Pistorius, a South African amputee sprint runner, is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp

2013-06-25

37 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in the Central African Republic

2013-09-09

60 people are killed in conflict between rebels and loyalists in the Central African Republic

2013-10-09

60 people are killed in clashes between militias and Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic

2014-01-09

Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year

2014-05-10

The African National Congress wins the 2014 South African General Election

2014-06-03

Hashim Amla becomes the first non-white captain of the South African national cricket team

2014-07-14

The death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak passes 500

2014-08-08

The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO

2014-09-11

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)

2014-09-27

The West African death toll from the Ebola virus reaches 3,000 lives

2014-11-09

Top African business leaders establish an emergency fund to help countries hit by the Ebola outbreak

2016-02-21

Central African Republic elects former PM Touadera as president

2017-10-08

Nigeria first African country to qualify for 2018 soccer World Cup

2018-02-15

South African President Zuma succumbs to pressure, resigns

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African - Notable Birthdays

Phillis WheatleyMay 8, 1753

Frederick DouglassFeb 14, 1818

Henry Ossian FlipperMar 21, 1856

J. B. M. HertzogApr 3, 1866

Erwin RommelNov 15, 1891

Gary PlayerNov 1, 1935

Barack ObamaAug 4, 1961

Rodney KingApr 2, 1965

African - Birthdays
Date Event
1432-01-15

Afonso V "the African", king of Portugal (1438-1481)

1624-08-05

William Tucker, Jamestown Va, 1st child of African descent born in English America

1746-11-06

African-American abolitionist and clergyman Absalom Jones born into slavery in Delaware

1753-05-08

Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.

1761-02-01

Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)

1783-02-11

Jarena Lee, African American travelling minister

1788-05-18

Hugh Clapperton, Annan Scotland, African explorer

1795-09-23

Alexander Twilight, minister and politician, first African American to graduate and to hold public office, born Corinth Vermont (d.1857)

1797-07-10

Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull)

1802-07-24

Ira Aldridge, African American stage actor

1813-04-18

James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (d. 1865)

1817-01-08

Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (d. 1893)

1818-02-14

Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist/lecturer/editor (exact year unknown)

1825-09-24

Frances E W Harper, famous African

1825-10-10

Paulus Kruger, Pres of South African Republic (1883), Boer leader

1838-02-16

Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist

1841-01-28

Henry Morton Stanley, Denbigh Wales, journalist and African explorer (found Livingstone in Africa) (d.1904)

1847-10-22

Jacobus Herculas [Uncle Koos] de la Rey, South African politician

1853-02-09

Leander Starr Jameson, PM of South African Cape colony

1854-10-07

Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War

1855-03-24

Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)

1855-03-24

Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm

1856-03-21

Henry Ossian Flipper, Thomasville, Georgia, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877

1865-08-04

Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (d. 1890)

1865-08-20

Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (d. 1911)

1866-04-03

J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], Cape Colony, South African General/Premier (1914-39)

1870-06-24

Horatio Mbelle, Cape Colony, South African interpreter, community leader and politician

1872-04-07

William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist

1873-06-29

Leo Frobenius, Berlin, Germany, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures)

1874-01-24

Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rico, archivist of African American history and culture

1875-05-04

Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (1st of great South African googlists)

1876-04-14

Murray Bisset, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910)

1876-11-28

Bert Vogler, cricketer (early South African googly bowler)

1877-02-21

Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist

1877-03-03

Garrett Morgan, African-American inventor

1878-01-26

A W "Dave" Nourse, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of South African cricket)

1878-04-07

C M M Hathorn, cricketer (South African Test centurion in 1905-06)

1879-08-07

J J Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07)

1880-08-17

Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)

1880-12-28

Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet

1881-03-13

Balthazar H Verhagen, Neth/South African dramatist/writer

1881-04-23

Claude Carter, South African slow lefty cricketer (1912-22)

1882-02-09

Thomas Campbell, South African cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests 1909-12)

1883-02-21

J M M "Mick" Commaille, cricketer (dual South African cricket/soccer rep)

1883-08-14

Ernest Everett Just, Charleston South Carolina, African-American embryologist known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development, especially fertilization and cell division

1884-02-04

Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)

1885-06-16

Tom Howard, The African Dodger

1886-06-28

Joe Cox, cricketer (South African pace bowler in 1913-14 series v England)

1886-06-29

James Van Der Zee, Lenox Ma, African American photographer

1886-09-13

Alain LeRoy Locke, African American writer and philosopher "Father of the Harlem Renaissance"

1887-02-11

John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)

1887-08-02

Tommy Ward, Former South African cricketer (d. 1936)

1887-11-17

Bernard L Montgomery, British field marshall (WW II-African campaign)

1888-11-26

Ford Beebe, African Treasure

1889-03-16

Reggie Walker, South African athlete (d. 1951)

1889-05-05

Herbie Taylor, cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI)

1889-06-20

John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer (d. 1951)

1891-04-13

Nella Larsen, African-American novelist (d. 1964)

1891-11-15

Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WW II-African campaign)

1892-02-29

Augusta Savage (Fells), Green Cove Springs Florida, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate

1894-08-23

James La Guma, Bloemfontein, South African political activist and trade unionist

1894-10-05

Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (d. 1948)

1895-06-10

Hattie McDaniel, Wichita Kansas, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Gone With The Wind)

1895-06-22

James Arthur Calata, Anglican clergyman and African National Congress (ANC) leader, Rabula, Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape.

1895-07-21

H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)

1895-07-22

James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman

1897-11-01

Naomi Mitchison, author (African Heroes, Return to Fairy Hill)

1899-04-04

William Brann, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23)

1899-10-11

A L "Oosh" Ochse, cricketer (no relation to A E South African fast bowler)

1900-06-25

Izak D du Plessis, South African writer/director (3rd World)

1900-07-10

Bob Catterall, cricketer (dashing South African batsman of 20's)

1901-03-18

William H. Johnson, African-American artist of the Harlem Renaissance (d. 1970)

1901-10-02

[Ignatius] Roy [D] Campbell, South African poet (Flowering Rifle)

1902-01-01

Buster Nupen, cricketer (1-eyed South African quick, great on matting)

1902-10-14

Stanley Coen, cricketer (South African batsman in two Tests 1927-28)

1904-06-23

Quintin McMillan, cricketer (South African leg spinner 1929-32)

1905-07-05

Jock Cameron, South African cricket keeper (captain)

1905-11-05

George Bissett, cricketer (successful South African quick in 1927-28)

1906-04-15

A J "Sandy" Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35)

1906-08-05

John Huston, Nevada Mo, director/writer (African Queen, Chinatown)

1907-07-01

Elma Milotte, The African Lion

1907-12-16

Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)

1908-05-26

Robert Morley, England, actor (High Road to China, African Queen)

1908-05-26

Robert Morley, The African Queen

1909-01-08

Bruce Mitchell, cricketer (South African bat, their top run-scorer (3471))

1909-07-15

John Cochrane, South African cricket pace bowler (one Test 1931)

1909-07-20

Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)

1909-08-24

Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939)

1909-11-19

Moses Josiah Madiba, Seshego, Pietersburg (now Polokwane) district, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North

1909-11-27

James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family)

1909-11-27

James Agee, The African Queen

1909-9-21

Kwame Nkrumah, The Proud African

1910-02-04

Uys Krige, South African playwright/novelist (Orphan of the Desert)

1910-05-19

Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)

1910-07-08

Govan AM Mbeki, South African leader (ANC/SACP)

1910-10-15

Xenophon Balaskas, cricketer (South African leg-spinner of 30's)

1910-11-12

A "Dudley" Nourse, cricketer (son of Dave, brilliant South African bat)

1910-11-20

Pauli Murray, famous African

1911-05-28

Bob Crisp, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930s)

1911-06-13

Albert Cleage, famous African

1911-09-02

Romare Bearden, African American painter (d. 1988)

1912-10-08

Ralph Kemplen, The African Queen

1913-05-22

Andrea C Bensddorp, Dutch/South African actress (Commensaal)

1913-09-10

Zeph[ania L] Mothopeng, pres South Afr Pan-African Congress (1986- )

1913-9-06

Leigh Aman, The African Queen

1914-06-18

Billy Wade, cricket wicket-keeper (South African in 11 Tests 1938-50)

1914-06-29

Dr Nnoseng Ellen Kate Khuzwayo, Thaba-Nchu Orange Free State, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman")

1914-12-12

Denis Begbie, cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50)

1915-04-20

Joseph Wolpe, South African-born psychotherapist (d. 1997)

1915-07-17

Habib Rajab, Durban, South African, a trader and collector of oriental art

1917-10-27

Oliver Tambo, co-founder (African National Congress)

1917-11-20

Bobby Locke, South African golfer (d. 1987)

1917-12-09

Samuel W. Allen, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

1918-07-09

Rowley I Arenstein, South African attorney/communist/ANC'er

1919-01-05

Severino Gazzelloni, Scipio the African

1919-05-23

Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary

1919-07-31

Norman Del Mar, The African Queen

1920-05-26

Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)

1920-08-20

Bill Herlihy, The African Queen

1920-09-23

Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon

1920-12-07

Tatamkulu Afrika, South African poet and writer (d. 2002)

1921-02-07

Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)

1921-03-27

Richard Marner, The African Queen

1922-04-30

Anton Murray, cricketer (South African batsman in 10 Tests 1951-55)

1922-11-08

Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon (perform 1st heart transplant)

1922-12-08

George Fullerton, cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51)

1922-9-29

Peter Swanwick, The African Queen

1923-04-10

John Watkins, cricketer (South African all-rounder in 15 Tests 49-57)

1923-04-23

James Kirkup, travel writer/poet/novelist (African in Greenland)

1923-07-16

Mari Evans, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

1923-11-20

Nadine Gordimer, South African author (July's people, Nobel 1991)

1923-12-24

Wilton S Mkwayi, South African ANC leader

1924-03-25

Julia Perry, Lexington, Kentucky, African-American composer (Cask of Amontillado)

1924-05-13

Harry Schwarz, South African MP and Ambassador to the US

1924-07-26

Elias Motsoaledi, South African Umkhonto we Sizwe-commandant

1925-05-04

Peter Blum, German/South African/English poet (Capricorn)

1925-06-19

Alfred B Nzo, South African sec-gen ANC (1969- )

1925-06-28

Anne Mackenzie, South African long distance athlete

1925-08-15

Gertrude Shope, South African head (ANC female section)

1925-10-24

Jayaaram N Reddy, South African politician/banker

1925-12-03

Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests during 1950's)

1925-12-25

Christmas F Tinto, South African ANC'er/UDF-leader

1926-01-14

Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/Soth African activist

1926-09-11

Gerrit van Niekerk Viljoen, South African minister of Legislation

1926-12-24

Ronald Draper, cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50)

1926-12-26

Edgar D Ngoyi, South African ANC leader (17 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)

1927-04-03

Wesley Brown, Baltimore, Maryland, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, (d. 2012)

1927-05-24

Martinus J Mentz, South African MP (Conservative)

1927-10-21

Nadine Judd, [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina

1927-11-09

Carel W H Boshoff, South African head (Broederbond/Volkswag)

1928-03-01

Seymour Papert, South African mathematician

1928-03-19

Clive Van Ryneveld, cricketer (South African all-rounder 1951-58)

1928-05-12

Henry Cosby, African-American songwriter (d. 2002)

1928-06-28

Peter Heine, cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's)

1928-07-10

Jack Nel, cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57)

1928-10-17

Zacharias J de Beer, South African physician/MP (DP)

1929-01-30

Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (celebrated South African off-spinner 1949-60)

1929-03-05

J. B. Lenoir, Monticello, Mississippi, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s

1929-03-11

Jackie McGlew, cricketer (dour South African opening bat of the 50')

1929-05-23

Joe Modise, South African commandant of Umkhonto we Sizwe (1965- )

1929-06-28

Helena van Heerden, South African pianist

1930-01-19

John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)

1930-01-30

Magnus Adem Malan, South African minister of Defense (1980- )

1930-03-12

Alvin Aubert, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

1930-04-27

Roelof F "Pik" Botha, South African minister of Foreign affairs

1930-06-03

Michael Melle, cricketer (South African pace bowler of early 1950's)

1930-07-09

Roy McLean, cricketer (prolific South African batsman played 40 Tests)

1930-08-04

David M G Curry, South African Labour Party parliament leader

1930-10-13

Peter J Clase, South African minister of Education/Culture (1985- )

1931-03-08

Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)

1931-07-15

Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs

1931-08-01

Trevor Goddard, cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler)

1931-08-02

Eddie Fuller, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58)

1931-08-09

Mark Weinberg, South African/British fiancier/multi-millionaire

1931-12-28

Georg "Org" Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance

1932-02-29

Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano

1932-03-31

Godfrey Lawrence, cricketer (South African fast bowler, 8-53 v NZ 1961)

1933-03-06

Kim Elgie, cricketer (South African bat v NZ 1961-62, Scotland RU intl)

1933-03-22

Chris Duckworth, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1956-57)

1933-06-21

Gerald Barrax, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

1933-07-17

Tony Pithey, cricketer (brother of David, South African batsman in 17 Tests)

1933-10-10

Gerald Masters, South African/British author (Pan Book of Dates)

1933-12-06

Jim Pothecary, cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour)

1934-04-03

Jane Goodall, London England, ethologist (studied African chimps)

1934-05-26

Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader

1934-11-09

Ronald Harwood, [Horwitz], South African playwright (Dresser)

1935-01-09

Earl G. Graves, Sr., African-American Publisher

1935-02-05

John J "Jannie" Geldenhuys, supreme commander South African army

1935-03-09

Sister Bernard Ncube, South African nun

1935-05-26

Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress

1935-05-29

Andre P Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season)

1935-05-29

Denis J Worrall, South African politician/leader (DP)

1935-06-25

Wynand Breytenbach, South African under minister of Defense (1986- )

1935-07-12

Chris Burger, cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58)

1935-07-24

George Varnals, South African cricket batsman (England 1964-65)

1935-11-01

Gary Player, Johannesburg, South African PGA golfer (Brit Open-1959, 68, 74)

1936-01-08

Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education (1979-82)

1936-02-22

Ernie K-Doe [Ernest Kador Jr], New Orleans, Louisiana, African-American R&B singer (Mother-in-Law")

1936-09-26

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician

1936-10-22

Neville E Alexander, South african (10 years in Robbeneiland Jail)

1936-12-08

W S "Buster" Farrer, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64)

1937-01-03

Alexander Frater, Last African Flying Boat

1937-01-25

Ange-Félix Patassé, President of the Central African Republic

1937-03-14

Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)

1937-07-01

Ebrahim I Ebrahim, South African ANCer/Umkhonto we Sizwe-leader

1937-08-12

Walter Dean Myers, African-American author

1937-12-11

Adrian J Vlok, South African NP-minister of Law & Order (1986- )

1938-03-18

Michael S. Harper, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

1938-04-05

Colin Bland, cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field)

1938-05-24

Glen Hall, cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964)

1938-07-18

Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer

1938-10-28

Peter Carlstein, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64)

1938-11-19

Richard Dumbrill, cricketer (South African all-rounder in 5 Tests 1965-67)

1938-12-09

Elizabeth H "Rina" Venter, South African minister of Health care

1938-12-15

Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei

1939-02-09

Janet Suzman, South African actress (Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run)

1939-06-06

Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza Natl Movement)

1939-07-26

Wopko Jensma, Middelburg, Eastern Province, South African poet and graphic designer

1939-08-12

Wale Ogunyemi, Sàngó: The Legendary African King

1939-09-15

Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet/painter

1939-09-17

Joseph Mosikili, South African actor/singer

1939-10-11

Franklin A Sonn, union leader (South African workers)

1939-11-05

Ken Walter, South African cricket pace bowler (1961-62 series v NZ)

1939-11-15

Yaphet Kotto, New York City, New York, African-American actor (Alien, Homicide: Life on the Street)

1939-12-09

Patrician Stephens Due, Quincy, Florida, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), (d. 2012)

1939-12-17

Charles V Bush, Washington, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), (d. 2012)

1940-01-17

Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)

1940-01-19

Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

1940-02-17

Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)

1940-02-22

Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)

1940-05-18

Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)

1940-06-05

H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)

1940-07-10

Dawid J "Dawie" de Villiers, South African minister of energy (1989- )

1940-08-12

Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)

1941-04-12

Toi Derricotte, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

1941-09-04

Ramesh Sethi, East African cricketer

1941-09-07

Mogoboya NN Ramadike, South African politician in Lebowa

1941-11-14

Hermanus J Kriel, South African minister of Planning (1989- )

1942-01-14

Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician

1942-05-22

Pallo Jordan, South African ANC member/heads (Radio Freedom)

1942-05-24

Ali Bacher, cricketer (South African batsman & capt in 60's)

1942-06-18

Thabo M Mbeki, South African economist/1st vice-president (1994- )

1942-06-28

"Chris" Martin Thembisile Hani, sec-gen (South African Communist Party)

1942-08-02

Koloi Lebona, Under African Skies

1942-10-26

John P "Jannie" Roux, South African sect to pres (Botha/De Klerk)

1943-05-25

Wynand C Malan, South African lawyer/NP/DP-politician

1943-12-28

Oscar D Dhlomo, South African sect-gen of Inkatha (1978-90)

1944-01-10

Rory Byrne, South African racing car designer

1944-02-27

Graeme Pollock, cricketer (South African batting prodigy)

1944-03-09

Lee Irvine, cricketer (South African batsman, only Tests in 1970)

1944-08-25

Sherley Anne Williams, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

1944-10-10

Christopher N Dlamini, South African union/SACP-leader

1945-06-27

Omar Badsha, Durban, South Africa, South African photographer, trade unionist and political activist

1946-10-29

Strinivasa Moodley, South African anti-apartheid activist

1946-12-18

Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist

1947-03-24

Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)

1947-06-13

Daniel P A "Danie" Schutte, South African underminister of Justice

1947-08-07

Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own)

1948-01-17

Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader

1948-08-13

Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader

1948-10-10

David Tereshchuk, Spear of the Nation: The Story of the African National Congress

1948-10-21

Moses J "Moss" Mayekiso, South African union/SACP-leader

1948-12-15

Charlie Scott, Seasons of Change: The African American Athlete

1949-07-23

Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991)

1949-08-20

Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer

1949-10-31

Dumisa B Ntsebeza, South African attorney/anti-apartheid activist

1950-01-29

Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)

1950-12-03

Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist

1950-12-30

Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)

1951-03-09

Helen Zille, South African politician

1952-01-08

Marc Miller, African Gothic

1952-03-10

Oupa J Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)

1952-11-17

M Cyril Ramaphosa, sec-gen of South African Mine Workers' Union

1953-02-02

James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)

1953-07-31

Jimmy Cook, cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992)

1953-09-11

Jani Allan, South African journalist and media personality

1954-03-02

Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)

1954-05-02

Bulelani T Ngcuka, South African attorney/leader (UDF)

1954-05-20

Massimo Zeri, African Gothic

1954-06-20

Alan [Joseph] Lamb, South African/British cricket player (Northampton)

1954-06-28

Alice Krige, South African actress (Chariots of Fire, Ladykiller)

1954-12-22

Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader

1955-05-14

Peter Kirsten, cricketer (South African middle-order batsman)

1956-01-31

Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader

1956-06-25

Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, Vryheid, Natal, South African artist

1956-11-25

Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)

1957-02-09

Mohammed Valli Moosa, South African leader (UDF)

1957-09-14

Kepler Wessels, Bloemfontein South Africa, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, the latter as captain.

1958-01-07

Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)

1958-02-27

Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer

1958-05-31

Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)

1959-02-28

Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)

1959-07-05

Tim Shaw, cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991)

1959-08-24

Adrian Kuiper, cricketer (South African all-rounder)

1960-02-19

Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade

1960-04-14

Pat Symcox, cricketer (South African off-spinner 1993- )

1960-07-31

Luca Ward, The African Game

1960-08-28

Cunningham T Ngcukana, South African worker's union leader

1960-10-17

Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)

1961-03-19

Micki Pistorius, Moses Sithole: The South African Strangler

1961-08-04

Barack Obama, Honolulu Hawaii,44th United States President (Democrat) and first African—American president

1962-01-31

Michael Hallal, African Gothic

1962-06-16

Arnold Vosloo, South African actor

1962-08-03

Lucky Dube, South African reggae singer

1963-12-22

Bryan McMillan, cricketer (brilliant South African all-rounder since 1992)

1964-07-19

André A. Jackson, founder African Diamond Producers Association

1964-10-12

Fanie De Villers, cricketer (great South African pace bowler 1993- )

1965-02-01

David Callaghan, cricketer (South African all-rounder in one-dayers 1992)

1965-02-15

Craig Matthews, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)

1965-02-19

John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)

1965-03-17

Andrew Hudson, South African cricket player

1965-04-02

Rodney King, Sacramento California, African American motorist beaten by LA cops, (d. 2012)

1966-03-14

Tertius Bosch, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1992)

1966-06-22

Meyrick Pringle, cricket pace bowler (South African)

1966-09-30

Kerry G. Johnson, African American graphic designer and caricaturist

1966-10-20

Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)

1966-12-02

Clive Eksteen, cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)

1966-9-09

Rickey Gadson, Glory Road: The Legacy of the African-American Motorcyclist

1967-01-02

Francois Pienaar, Vereeniging Transvaal (now known as Gauteng Province), South African rugby player and captain of the Springboks

1967-01-14

Damon Shalit, African Gothic

1967-03-04

Daryll Cullinan, South African cricketer (batsman Warne's bunny)

1967-05-13

Melanie Thornton, African American German pop singer, former member of La Bouche. (d. 2001)

1967-06-30

Rudi Steyn, cricketer (South African opening batsman 1995)

1967-11-23

Gary Kirsten, cricketer (South African lefty opening batsman 1993-)

1968-03-14

Jan Sosniok, African Race - Die verrückte Jagd nach dem Marakunda

1968-11-13

Greg Wendell Reid, African-American Idol: The Search for the Next Black Leader

1969-05-26

Musetta Vander, South African actress

1969-06-24

Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player

1969-07-26

Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder)

1969-07-30

Errol Stewart, South African cricket wicket-keeper (limited-over 1993)

1969-09-25

Hansie Cronje, cricket captain (solid South African batsman)

1970-08-04

Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)

1970-08-26

Brett Schultz, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)

1972-02-22

Pascal Atuma, LAPD African Cops

1973-03-20

Nico Boje, cricketer (South African ODI left-arm spinner 1996)

1973-07-16

Shaun Pollock, cricketer (son of Peter South African Test quick 1995-)

1973-09-18

Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur

1974-01-27

ZP Theart, South African-born English singer (Dragonforce)

1974-02-23

Herschelle Gibbs, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996)

1974-06-30

Hezekiel Sepeng, Potchefstroom South Africa, South African athlete

1974-11-29

Alex Crawford, Private Gold 35: African Dream

1975-10-16

Jacques Kallis, cricketer (South African Test all-rounder v England 1995)

1976-02-22

Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player

1976-03-25

Joe C. Farr III, Seasons of Change: The African American Athlete

1976-04-02

Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer

1976-07-15

Jim Jones, African Puerto Rican American rapper

1976-08-26

Niki Scalera, African Gothic

1976-11-27

Jean Grae, South African-born rapper

1976-12-03

Mark Boucher, South African cricketer

1977-02-14

Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)

1977-05-11

Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer

1977-05-21

Quinton Fortune, South African footballer

1977-07-06

Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer

1977-07-15

Andre Nel, South African Cricketer

1977-11-12

Benni McCarthy, South African footballer

1977-11-17

Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer

1977-12-02

Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer plays for Aalborg BK

1978-04-03

John Smit, South African rugby player

1978-07-02

Ian Clark, African-American Idol: The Search for the Next Black Leader

1979-08-04

Robin Peterson, South African cricketer

1979-12-16

Trevor Immelman, South African golfer

1980-02-02

Gucci Mane, African-American rapper

1980-07-03

Roland Mark Schoeman, South African swimmer

1980-09-21

Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver

1980-11-25

Aaron Mokoena, South African soccer player

1980-9-08

Mony, Private Gold 35: African Dream

1981-02-01

Graeme Smith, South African cricketer

1981-07-02

Tiona McClodden, Black./Womyn.:Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent

1981-07-12

Adrienne Camp, South African singer/songwriter

1981-07-30

Juan Smith, South African rugby player

1981-08-20

Bernard Mendy, Baba's Journey: An African Dream

1981-10-15

Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer

1982-03-17

Steven Pienaar, South African footballer

1982-07-25

Monde Zondeki, South African cricketer

1982-11-16

Jannie du Plessis, South African rugby player

1983-04-13

Schalk Burger, South African rugby player

1983-06-12

Bryan Habana, South African rugby player

1983-06-27

Dale Steyn, South African cricketer

1983-10-26

Luke Watson, South African rugby player

1984-02-17

AB de Villiers, South African cricketer

1984-08-21

Neil Dexter, South African cricketer

1984-08-31

Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer

1986-06-03

Brenden Richard Jefferson, African-American actor

1986-07-12

JP Pietersen, South African rugby union footballer

1986-09-11

Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby player

1986-11-04

Adrian Zaugg, South African racing driver

1986-11-22

Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete

1987-05-14

Francois Steyn, South African rugby union footballer

1990-08-06

Vardi Fivaz, The South African Story

1996-02-17

Sasha Pieterse, South African child actress

1998-08-21

Charles Sladdin, African Cats

African - Notable Weddings

Thurgood MarshallSep 4, 1930

John F. KennedySep 21, 1996

Marion JonesFeb 24, 2007

African - Weddings
Date Event
1930-09-04

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1940-01-02

Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.

1949-01-18

South African Rev Andries P Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer

1956-10-06

South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

1969-04-11

South African president Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse

1989-04-15

South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries

1996-09-21

Elder son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and magazine publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. (35) weds Caroline Bisset (30) at the wood-frame Brack Chapel of the First African Baptist Church in Cumberland Island, Georgia

2005-07-30

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (49) weds Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (48) at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles

2007-02-24

Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

African - Notable Deaths

Phillis WheatleyDec 5, 1784

Henry Ossian FlipperMay 3, 1940

J. B. M. HertzogNov 21, 1942

Rodney KingJun 17, 2012

Nelson MandelaDec 5, 2013

African - Deaths
Date Event
430-08-28

Augustine of Hippo, North African saint and theologian (Belijdenissen), dies at 75

1784-12-05

Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

1828-09-22

Shaka, South African Zulu king, dies

1838-04-11

Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40

1852-12-16

Andries H Potgieter, South African/Transvaal explorer, dies at 59

1857-06-19

Alexander Twilight, American politician and minister, first African American to graduate and hold political office dies aged 61

1865-11-17

James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (b. 1813)

1884-08-14

Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46

1892-01-02

Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman and scientist, dies at 78

1893-06-23

Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)

1895-08-02

Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), dies of pneumonia at 37

1899-11-28

Adrian the la Rey, son of South African general, dies in battle at 19

1900-03-27

Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69

1900-04-05

Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle

1901-10-30

... Opperman, South African Boer general (Spy), killed in battle

1902-04-11

... Potgieter, South African Boer general, dies in battle

1904-05-10

Henry Morton Stanley, Welsh journalist and African explorer (discovered source of the Nile), dies aged 63

1904-07-14

President Paul Kruger, the face of Boer resistance against the British during the South African or Second Boer War (1899—1902), heart failure at 78

1905-06-15

Hermann von Wissmann, German African expl/gov East-Africa, dies

1905-08-10

Kinjikitile "Bokero" Ngwale, E African prophet/rebel leader, hanged

1912-09-01

Samuel Coleridge Taylor, African-British composer, dies at 37

1915-04-14

James Hutton Brew, Pioneer of West African Journalism, dies

1916-08-01

Claude Newberry, South African cricket All-rounder (v England 1913-14), dies

1917-03-18

William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies

1918-10-17

Gordon White, cricketer (WW I Superb South African batsman 1905-12), dies

1919-08-27

Louis Botha, South African soldier/statesman, dies at 56

1919-10-02

Ernest Halliwell, cricketer (South African wicketkeeper 1892-1904), dies

1920-12-11

Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm

1922-02-03

Christiaan R de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67

1929-11-09

Nicolaas Theunissen, South African cricket break bowler (2nd Test 1889), dies

1932-06-19

Solomon Tshkisho Platje, South African writer, dies

1934-04-07

William Monroe Trotter, African, dies on 62nd birthday in Boston

1934-07-07

Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), dies

1935-11-02

H B "Jock" Cameron, South African cricket captain (v England 1935, age 30), dies

1935-12-13

John Nicolson, cricketer (South African lefty batsman 1926-27), dies

1936-02-16

Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted

1937-07-09

Oliver Law, first African-American commander of U.S. troops (b. 1899)

1938-08-09

Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), dies at 65

1940-05-03

Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

1941-04-22

Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies

1941-10-27

Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist (physiology of development, fertilization, cell division), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58

1942-03-15

Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), dies at 70

1942-10-23

Georg Stumme, German general/commandant of African corps, dies

1942-11-21

J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African Premier (1914-39), dies at 76

1945-07-20

Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies

1947-04-12

Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies

1947-07-16

Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77

1948-02-02

Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)

1948-07-26

Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies

1950-09-11

John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80

1950-09-29

Balthazar H Verhagen, Neth/South African dramatist/writer, dies

1952-07-31

N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies

1953-07-01

Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies

1953-11-08

John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66

1955-02-27

Tom Howard, The African Dodger

1955-05-16

James Agee, The African Queen

1957-07-09

Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), dies

1959-03-29

Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies

1959-04-04

Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies

1960-09-26

William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies

1961-01-17

Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered at 36

1962-03-26

Augusta Savage, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate dies aged 72

1962-10-08

Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer

1963-07-18

A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies

1964-07-12

William Solomon, South African cricketer (Test 1898-99), dies

1965-07-01

Wally Hammond, South African cricketer (7,249 runs for England), dies

1966-08-14

S J "Tip" Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies

1966-09-06

Hendrik F Verwoerd, South African PM (1958-66), assassinated at 64

1967-04-29

J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies at 38

1968-01-07

Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)

1971-01-02

Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62

1972-09-22

Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53

1974-08-14

Raymond Budd, South African trade unionist

1976-04-26

Sid James, South African-born British comedian, dies at 62

1976-07-30

Emil Solomon "Solly" Sachs, South African socialist, dies in London

1977-03-05

Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix

1977-09-12

Steven Biko, South African black student leader, dies in police custody

1978-11-13

George Hearne, South African cricketer (open bat in 3 Tests 1922-24), dies

1979-07-17

Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies

1980-06-10

Denys Morkel, South African cricketer (batsman scored 663 runs 1927-32), dies

1980-11-22

Herbert Wade, cricketer (South African batsman & captain 1935-36), dies

1980-11-23

Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies

1982-02-05

Neil Aggett, South African worker's union leader, commits suicide

1982-07-30

Frank Nicholson, South African cricket wicket-keeper (1935-36), dies

1982-08-17

Ruth Voorst, South African (A World Apart), killed by letter bomb

1983-06-16

James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, at 87

1983-09-10

Balthasar J "John" Vorster, South African premier (1966-78), dies at 67

1983-12-02

Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies

1984-02-13

Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)

1985-01-02

Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76

1985-07-05

Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies

1985-08-02

Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies

1985-10-18

Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30

1986-07-28

Syd Curnow, South African cricketer (168 runs in 7 Tests), dies

1988-01-12

Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)

1988-04-24

E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies

1989-05-01

David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered

1989-05-22

Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)

1990-02-28

Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies

1990-08-31

Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies

1991-09-29

Sam Ntuli, South African ANC-writer, murdered

1992-01-23

Simon Brand, South African banker/adviser to Pres De Klerk, dies

1992-06-03

Robert Morley, The African Queen

1992-08-17

Andre de Villiers, South African, murdered

1992-11-22

Severino Gazzelloni, Scipio the African

1993-01-04

Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies

1993-04-24

Oliver R Tambo, chairman (African National Congress), dies at 75

1993-07-11

Denis Tomlinson, South African cricket leg-spinner, dies

1993-12-03

Thomas Mogotlane, South African actor (Mapantsula), dies at 40

1994-02-06

Norman Del Mar, The African Queen

1994-03-09

John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48

1994-04-18

Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32

1994-05-09

Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)

1994-07-27

Kevin Carter, a South African photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner & member of the Bang-Bang Club, suicide at 33

1994-11-22

Charles Fortune, South African cricket commentator, dies

1994-12-26

Johannes J "Joop" Klant, Neth/South African economist/author, dies

1995-01-03

Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon, dies at 74

1995-01-06

Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/sect-gen (SACR), dies at 68

1995-07-01

Bruce Mitchell, South African cricketer (leading Test scorer with 3471), dies

1996-01-19

Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/South African activist, dies at 70

1998-04-22

Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)

1998-05-07

Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)

1998-07-07

Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70

1999-07-06

Sherley Anne Williams, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

2000-06-17

Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)

2000-08-14

Cuan McCarthy, South African cricketer (b. 1929)

2001-04-24

Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)

2001-07-05

Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65

2001-08-19

Donald Woods, South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1933)

2001-09-02

Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (b. 1922)

2001-12-18

Wale Ogunyemi, Sàngó: The Legendary African King

2002-01-12

Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)

2002-06-01

Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)

2003-05-05

Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)

2003-11-04

Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)

2003-11-20

David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)

2003-12-30

David Bale, South African-born activist (b. 1941)

2004-03-18

Richard Marner, The African Queen

2004-04-04

Ralph Kemplen, The African Queen

2004-05-26

Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)

2004-07-26

Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)

2004-12-26

Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)

2005-01-19

K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)

2005-03-16

Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)

2005-08-08

John H. Johnson, African-American publisher (b. 1918)

2005-12-06

Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)

2006-02-11

Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)

2006-07-25

Carl Brashear, first African-American U.S Navy Master Diver (b. 1931)

2006-09-08

Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)

2006-10-23

Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)

2006-12-16

Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)

2007-01-01

Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (b. 1943)

2007-01-08

Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)

2007-01-09

Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)

2007-01-31

Adelaide Tambo, South African activist and wife of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)

2007-03-18

Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)

2007-09-06

Alex, African Grey parrot "student" of Dr. Irene Pepperberg (b. 1976)

2007-10-18

Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)

2007-11-02

Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu

2008-01-07

Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)

2008-01-18

John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)

2008-02-15

Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)

2008-04-04

Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)

2008-08-15

Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion

2008-11-10

Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)

2009-06-27

Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)

2009-12-16

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, controversial South African Health Minister (b. 1940)

2010-02-05

Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).

2010-05-24

Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)

2010-05-25

Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)

2010-12-26

Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)

2012-02-07

Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72

2012-03-02

Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61

2012-05-22

Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85

2012-06-07

Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist, dies at 86

2012-06-17

Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

2012-09-23

Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46

2012-11-05

Charles V Bush, African-American pioneer, dies from colon cancer at 72

2012-11-22

Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79

2012-12-28

Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76

2013-01-06

Neil Adcock, South African cricketer, dies from bowel cancer at 81

2013-03-30

Phil Ramone, South-African born American music producer, dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79

2013-12-05

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-1990) and South African President (1994-99) dies of a lung infection at 95

2014-01-07

Alvin Aubert, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

2015-06-27

Samuel W. Allen, Furious Flower: A Video Anthology of African American Poetry 1960-95

2015-12-02

Harry Radliffe II Dies: CBS' First African-American Bureau Chief & '60 Minutes' Veteran Was 66

2015-12-02

Harry Radliffe II Dies: CBS' First African-American Bureau Chief & '60 Minutes' Veteran Was 66

2016-04-16

Iconic African photographer Malick Sidibe of Mali dies at the age of 80

2017-03-28

S.African anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

2017-03-30

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

2017-04-01

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

2017-04-02

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

2017-04-04

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87

2018-01-23

S.African jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies, aged 78

2018-03-19

African-American WWII Veteran Millie Dunn Veasey Dies at Age 100

2018-06-26

David Goldblatt, Acclaimed South African Photographer, Dies at 87


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