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Cape - Notable Historical Events

Myles StandishNov 15, 1620

Horatio NelsonFeb 14, 1797

Charles DarwinJan 16, 1832

Robert Falcon ScottOct 24, 1911

Harry TrumanMay 14, 1949

Yasser ArafatAug 11, 1998

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Cape - Historical Events
Date Event
1434-07-28

Navigator Gil Eanes leaves Cape Bojador for Lisbon

1488-12-15

Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round Cape of Good Hope

1497-11-18

Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope

1497-11-22

Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India

1520-10-21

Exploer Ferdinand Magellen and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean

1595-04-02

Cornelis de Houtman's ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope

1602-05-15

Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold

1607-04-26

1st British colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia

1616-01-24

Jacques Le Maire discovers Street Lemaire/Cape Receiver

1620-11-09

After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod)

1620-11-15

Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod

1620-11-19

Mayflower reaches Cape Cod & explores the coast

1620-11-21

Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims in Cape Cod, [O.S. Nov 11]

1647-03-25

Cape of Good Hope: tour ship Haerlem stranded in Tafel Bay

1651-12-24

John van Riebeeck departs to Cape of Good Hope

1652-04-06

Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under John of Riebeeck

1652-04-07

Dutch establish settlement at Cape Town, South Africa

1687-12-31

1st Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope

1718-07-31

Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish

1718-08-11

Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish

1745-06-17

American colonials capture Louisburg, Cape Breton Island from French

1747-05-14

A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.

1747-10-25

British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.

1749-06-29

New Governor Charles de la Ralière Des Herbiers arrives at Isle Royale (Cape Breton Island).

1767-09-28

Gentlemen 17 forbid private slave transport India to Cape of Good Hope

1778-03-22

Captain Cook sights Cape Flattery, in Washington state

1778-08-09

Captain Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales, Bering straits

1780-01-16

Battle at Cape St Vincent: admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet

1781-04-29

French fleet stopped Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope

1783-03-10

USS Alliance under Captain Barry fights and wins last naval battle of US Revolutionary War off Cape Canaveral

1795-09-15

Cape Colony surrenders to Britain

1797-02-14

The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.

1806-01-08

Cape colony becomes British colony

1806-01-19

Britain occupies Cape of Good Hope

1811-04-12

1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, WA

1814-08-13

Cape of Good Hope formally ceded to British by the Dutch

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.

1832-01-16

Charles Darwin lands at San Tiago, Cape Verde

1832-12-24

HMS Beagle anchors in Wigwam Bay at Cape Receiver

1832-12-25

Charles Darwin celebrates Christmas in St Martin at Cape Receiver

1834-06-08

HMS Beagle sails from Port Famine to Cape Turn

1836-05-31

HMS Beagle anchors in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope

1836-08-31

HMS Beagle anchors in Postage Praia, Cape Verde Islands

1846-08-14

The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

1856-07-15

Natal forms as a British colony separate from Cape Colony

1857-09-12

423 die when "Central America" sinks off Cape Romain SC

1859-11-01

The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse was lit for the first time. Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles (30 kilometers), in good conditions.

1861-08-27

Battle of Cape Hatteras SC-Union troops take Ft Clark

1861-09-01

Grant assumes command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau MI

1862-12-31

Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sank off Cape Hatteras, NC

1865-03-25

SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras catches fire & sinks, killing 400

1875-11-04

Passenger Steamship "Pacific" collides with sailing vessel "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery Wash, 236 die

1877-03-12

Great Britain annexes Walvis Bay at Cape colony, Southern Africa.

1878-07-17

Nqwiliso, tribal chief of Western Pondoland and eldest son of Ndamase, signs a treaty with H.G. Elliott ceding sovereign rights and shipping in the Umzimvubu River mouth to the Cape government, Southern Africa

1879-07-04

Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony

1880-06-07

War of the Pacific: The Battle of Arica, assault and capture of Morro de Arica (Arica Cape), that ended the Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign).

1889-03-25

1st Test Cricket match played at Newlands, Cape Town v England

1890-07-17

Cecil Rhodes becomes premier of Cape colony

1892-03-19

3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket Eng v SA (Cape Town)

1894-10-01

First meeting of The Owl Club of Cape Town.

1895-11-11

Bechuanaland becomes part of Cape Colony

1896-01-06

Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony

1898-11-26

SS Portland "The Titanic of New England" leaves for Cape Cod, shipwrecked off Cape Ann, all 192 on board killed

1899-11-23

Battle at Belmont, Cape colony: general Methuen beats Farmers

1899-11-25

Battle at Graspan, Cape colony: General Methuen beats Farmers

1900-05-17

British troops relieve Mafeking (Cape Colony)

1900-10-09

8.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Cape Yakataga, Alaska

1900-12-16

Boer army under gen Kritzinger take Cape colony

1901-08-12

Boer general Kritzinger driven out of Cape colony

1901-08-20

The Fawcett Commission visits Mafeking concentration camp in Cape Colony

1901-09-03

Boer General Smuts enters Kiba Drift in Cape Colony

1909-08-11

SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC

1909-09-20

The British Parliament passes the South Africa Act; it calls for union of Cape Colony, Natal, Orange River Colony, and Transvaal; and both English and Dutch as official languages

1910-05-31

Cape of Good Hope becomes part of Union of South Africa

1911-01-16

Pandora becomes 1st 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east

1911-10-24

Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole

1915-04-25

First landings at Gaba Tepe and Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula

1915-05-06

The Allies on Cape Helles launch three attacks to enlarge their beachheads; after terrible losses, they advance about three miles

1918-06-26

The Australian steamer Wimmera is sunk by a mine laid north of Cape Maria van Diemen in 1917 by the German raider Wolf; 26 of its 151 passengers and crew were killed

1938-08-08

Great Trek Centenary Celebrations commence; the Great Trek was a migration involving Boers leaving the Cape Colony and settling in the interior of South Africa

1941-03-28

Sea battle at Cape Matapan: British fleet under Cunningham defeats Italy

1942-10-11

-Oct 12] Sea battle at Cape Esperance Guadalcanal

1942-10-12

US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance

1944-10-25

Battle at Cape Engano: 4 Japanese ships sink

1946-07-03

The Cape Passive Resistance Council is formed at a mass meeting in Cape Town, attended by 1,500 people

1949-05-14

Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral

1950-07-24

V-2/WAC Corporal rocket launch; 1st launch from Cape Canaveral

1952-06-29

USS Oriskany becomes 1st aircraft carrier to sail around Cape Horn

1954-10-03

KFVS TV channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting

1956-06-25

51 die in collision of "Andrea Doria" & "Stockholm" (Cape Cod)

1956-09-09

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

1958-01-03

Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick v South Africa at Cape Town

1962-04-23

Ranger 4, 1st US satellite to reach Moon launched from Cape Canaveral

1963-10-16

2 secret US military satellites launched from Cape Canaveral

1966-07-05

Saturn I rocket launched at Cape Kennedy

1968-10-26

First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy

1969-06-23

Twenty-four Africans from the Graaff-Reinet district appeared in the Grahamstown Supreme Court on charges under the Sabotage Act; it is alleged that they had conspired or incited others to kill White people or police in the Graaff-Reinet district in the Cape Province

1970-01-22

Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa v Australia, Cape Town

1970-08-13

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

1973-09-19

Pirate Radio Free America (off Cape May NJ) forms

1974-03-07

"Monitor" (US Civil War Ship) restored at Cape Hatteras NC

1975-07-05

Cape Verde Is gain independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule

1976-06-24

A Principal's office in Hlengisi Primary, Nyanga, outside Cape Town, South Africa, is burnt down; part of the broader resistance against the oppressive new Bantu Education policy of Afrikaans as a teaching medium in their schools

1976-08-11

Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die

1977-08-10

About 100 White sympathisers joined evicted Black squatters in a protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town, South Africa

1977-11-23

European weather satellite Meteosat 1 launched from Cape Canaveral

1980-09-07

Cape Verde adopts its constitution

1981-02-12

Cape Verde amends its constitution

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

1988-07-07

Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act

1989-02-12

Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h

1989-03-21

1st sea test of Trident 2 missile self-destructs, Cape Canaveral

1993-07-25

The St James' Church massacre in Kenilworth, Cape Town by Azanian Peoples' Liberation Army

1996-04-30

Dutch/Itallian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral

1996-06-23

Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

1996-11-19

The 12.9 km Confederation Bridge, joining Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourimain, New-Brunswick is completed and becomes the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world

1996-12-04

NASA's 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral

1997-03-07

Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site

1998-08-11

Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela

2005-01-12

Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.

2008-07-23

Cape Verde joins the World Trade Organization, becoming its 153rd member.

2013-03-15

24 people die after a double decker bus veers of a pass in Cape Town, South Africa

2016-09-03

SpaceX assessing launch pad damage after explosion at Cape Canaveral

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Cape - Notable Birthdays

J. B. M. HertzogApr 3, 1866

Cape - Birthdays
Date Event
1619-04-21

John A van Riebeeck, colonial director/founder (Cape Colony)

1639-10-14

Simon van der Stel, Dutch governor of Cape colony (1679-99)

1762-10-12

John W Janssens, gov-gen of Cape colony/Dutch-Indies 1811

1787-06-28

Sir Henry George Wakelyn (Harry) Smith, Wittlesea England, governor at the Cape Colony

1792-12-19

[Andries] Hendrik Potgieter, Cape Colony, settled Transvaal

1853-02-09

Leander Starr Jameson, PM of South African Cape colony

1854-03-23

Alfred Milner, Giessen Germany, British governor (Cape colony)

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

1895-06-22

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

1901-08-09

Charles Farrell, Cape Cod Mass, actor (Vern-My Little Margie)

1906-06-28

Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/music historian

1907-01-16

Jason Johnson, The Cape Canaveral Monsters

1907-02-08

Mack Williams, Cape Fear

1907-12-23

Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)

1908-9-14

Alan Reynolds, Cape Fear

1909-11-23

Allan Ray, Cape Fear

1910-10-04

James R. Webb, Cape Fear

1914-01-20

Wensley Pithey, Cape Town South Africa, actor (Winston Churchill-Ike)

1916-07-24

John D. MacDonald, Cape Fear

1916-12-30

John McKee, Cape Fear

1918-10-24

Frank Prehoda, Cape Fear

1922-03-05

Josef Vetrovec, The Cape of Good Hope

1922-04-04

Elmer Bernstein, Cape Fear

1923-10-25

Bob Courtney, The Cape Town Affair

1924-9-24

Herb Armstrong, Cape Fear

1924-9-24

Ward Ramsey, Cape Fear

1925-02-20

Alex La Guma, Cape Town South Africa, novelist (A Walk in the Night)

1926-03-23

Alan Wells, Cape Fear

1926-12-13

Paul Levitt, Cape Fear

1927-12-29

Page Slattery, Cape Fear

1931-08-24

Thomas Newman, Cape Fear

1933-10-20

Barrie Chase, Cape Fear

1934-04-29

Pedro Pires, premier (Cape Verde, 1975-91)

1940-01-03

Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)

1942-05-12

Billy Swan, Cape Giradeau La, rocker (I Can Help)

1942-12-02

Sherry Thorup, Cape Fear

1944-02-16

António Mascarenhas Monteiro, 2nd President of Cape Verde

1944-10-11

Cindy Carol, Cape Fear

1946-9-09

Christopher Palmer, Cape Fear

1947-04-18

Lori Martin, Cape Fear

1949-10-27

Takao Horiuchi, Cape Nostalgia

1951-10-12

Sally Little, Cape Town South Africa, LPGA golfer (1982 Dinah Shore)

1952-07-02

Linda M Godwin, Cape Girardeau Mo, PhD/astronaut (STS 37, 59, 76)

1954-06-20

Allan Lamb, cricketer (Langebaanweg, Cape Prov, 79 Tests for England)

1955-05-08

Rod Ball, Cape Fear

1956-11-14

Shun Chao, Cape No. 7

1957-05-16

Joan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Oly-gold-1984)

1959-09-11

David Laurence Frost, Cape Town South Africa, PGA golfer (1988 Southern Open)

1959-12-18

Barrie Chase, actress (Mardi Gras, Cape Fear)

1960-03-28

José Maria Neves, Cape Verdeian politician

1960-11-01

Yves Cape, Holy Motors

1960-9-09

Suzanne Kay Bamford, Cape of Good Hope

1963-01-03

Ashley Chinner, Cape Town South Africa, golfer (1992 CGIA Canadian Tour)

1966-11-16

Joey Cape, Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All

1967-01-25

Mark Bamford, Cape of Good Hope

1969-06-24

Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player

1970-10-24

Wei-min Ying, Cape No. 7

1971-01-16

Deborah Cape, Uninvited Housemates

1972-06-27

C.C. Costigan, Cape Fear

1973-06-21

Juliette Lewis, Los Angeles California, actress (Natural Born Killers, Cape Fear)

1975-07-13

Jack Spade, Cape Fear XXX

1976-07-06

Laura Paouck, Private Gold 5: Cape Town 1

1976-07-09

Cecilia Grout, Private Gold 5: Cape Town 1

1976-9-06

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Cape Fear

1977-07-09

Barby, Private Gold 5: Cape Town 1

1978-05-03

Kelly Adams, Cape Sin

1978-11-03

Van, Cape No. 7

1981-08-13

Lora Helm, Cape Chaser

1981-08-17

Chie Tanaka, Cape No. 7

1983-08-18

Iris McQuillan-Grace, The Cape

1987-04-08

Wen-Yin Liang, Cape No. 7

1993-05-09

Bonnie Rotten, Cape Fear XXX

Cape - Notable Weddings

Anthony PerkinsAug 9, 1973

Cape - Weddings
Date Event
1973-08-09

Actor Anthony Perkins (41) weds photographer Berinthia Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape - Deaths
Date Event
1500-05-29

Bartholomeu Diaz de Narvaez (Novaez), Portuguese sea explorer, drowns off the Cape of Good Hope aged 48 or 49

1646-11-30

John C Lichthart, admiral (Cape Augustine), dies at about 45

1677-01-18

John A van Riebeeck, Dutch founder Cape Colony, dies at 57

1712-06-24

Simon van der Stel, Dutch gov of Cape Colony (1679-99), dies at 72

1723-07-01

Willem van de Pose, gov of Cape Colony (1699-1797), dies at about 59

1838-04-23

John W Janssens, gov-gen of Cape Colony/Dutch-Indies, dies at 75

1838-05-23

John W Janssens, gov-gen (Cape Colony), dies at 75

1902-03-26

Cecil Rhodes, Prime Minister of Cape Colony (1890-96) dies at 48

1925-05-12

Alfred Milner, British governor (Cape Colony)/minister, dies at 71

1963-06-12

Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80

1965-07-29

Mack Williams, Cape Fear

1973-03-26

Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/musicologist, dies at 67

1977-11-24

Jason Johnson, The Cape Canaveral Monsters

1983-07-03

John Fleming (Jack) Brock, scientist, physician and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, 78

1984-12-24

Ward Ramsey, Cape Fear

1986-12-28

John D. MacDonald, Cape Fear

1991-12-20

Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60

1991-12-25

Thomas Newman, Cape Fear

1993-08-23

Charles Scorsese, actor (Cape Fear, Goodfellas, Wise Guys), dies at 80

1995-01-22

Christopher Palmer, Cape Fear

1998-05-22

Allan Ray, Cape Fear

2002-02-11

Josef Vetrovec, The Cape of Good Hope

2004-08-18

Elmer Bernstein, Cape Fear

2005-01-25

Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)

2005-03-03

Herb Armstrong, Cape Fear

2005-10-28

Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)

2008-06-14

Alan Wells, Cape Fear

2010-04-04

Lori Martin, Cape Fear

2010-10-23

Bob Courtney, The Cape Town Affair

2014-12-10

Shun Chao, Cape No. 7


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