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South Africa - Notable Historical Events

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Mahatma GandhiSep 11, 1906

George VJun 22, 1911

Raymond DartOct 28, 1924

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South Africa - Historical Events
Date Event
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

1795-09-16

British capture Capetown South Africa

1796-08-17

British beat Batavian navy in Saldanha Bay South Africa

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.

1838-12-16

Boers beat Zulu chieftain Dingaan in South Africa

1843-08-08

Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony

1852-01-17

British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)

1852-02-26

British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive

1854-02-17

Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)

1870-07-30

The Republic of Klipdrift is proclaimed by Transvaal President Andries Pretorius after the discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1866 resulted in a flood of treasure hunters; ownership of the diamond fields was contested by the Boer republics

1871-10-17

Great Britain annexes Griqualand South Africa

1877-04-12

British annex Transvaal, in South Africa

1879-01-11

Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa begins

1879-01-22

Zulus attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana South Africa

1879-07-31

The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies

1879-11-28

Battle at Lydenburg South Africa: Gen Wolseley beats Sekhukhenes Pedi-Zulu

1880-12-16

Transvaal region declares itself as the Republic of South Africa

1883-01-02

Battle of Boschberg takes place in South Africa as part of the Mapoch War

1888-10-29

Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company

1889-03-12

Start of South Africa's 1st Test, v England, Port Elizabeth

1889-03-26

Bernard Tancred carries bat for 26* out of 47! South Africa v England

1889-03-26

Johnny Briggs took 15-26 (7-17 & 8-11) v South Africa at Newlands

1889-03-26

South Africa all out 47, then follow-on all out 43 v England

1893-01-01

The railway line from Germiston to Pretoria, South Africa, is opened to traffic.

1894-06-25

Boer leader Paul Kruger meets the British High Commissioner, Sir Henry Loch, on Pretoria station in South Africa and accompanies him to his hotel to discuss the grievances of the Uitlanders (Foreigners)

1894-06-28

The Natal Legislature plans to introduce the Indian Franchise Bill, South Africa

1896-01-02

Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops)

1896-02-14

George Lohmann takes a hat-trick v South Africa, 8-7 for inning

1896-02-14

South Africa all out for 30 v England - their lowest ever

1896-03-02

George Lohmann takes 9-28 v South Africa at Johannesburg

1899-04-04

South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)

1899-09-08

British government sends an additional 10,000 troops to Natal South Africa

1899-09-17

1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa

1899-10-09

1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa

1899-10-09

South Africa President Kruger routes British authorities ultimatum

1899-10-12

South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain

1899-10-13

7000 lay-offs black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

1899-10-14

Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

1899-10-22

British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa

1899-10-24

Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army

1899-12-10

-15] British "Black Week" due to defeats in South Africa

1899-12-10

Battle at Storm Berge South Africa - Boers vs British army

1899-12-15

Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)

1899-12-18

Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa

1899-12-23

British Field Marshall Lord Roberts departs Southampton to South Africa for the 2nd Boer War

1900-01-21

The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers

1900-01-24

Battle of Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)

1900-02-06

The Battle of Vaal Krantz, South Africa (Boers vs British army)

1900-02-15

British troops relieve Kimberly, South Africa, a city under siege by the Boers since October 1899, during the Boer War.

1900-03-07

Battle at Poplar Grove South Africa, Pres Kruger flees

1900-03-17

In South Africa, British troops relieve Mafeking, besieged by the Boers since 13 October, 1899.

1900-03-27

Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.

1900-05-26

British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa

1900-05-27

Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa

1900-05-28

Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, flees its capital, Pretoria, and goes to Watervalboven to evade the advancing British.

1900-06-05

Pretoria, capital of the Boer Republic of South Africa, falls to the British led by General Buller

1900-08-30

Last 2,000 British prisoners in Nooitgedagt, South Africa, freed

1900-09-03

With a proclamation by General Lord Roberts, Britain annexes the Boer Republic of South Africa

1900-09-06

British General Buller occupies Lydenburg, South Africa

1900-09-15

A Boer delegation issues an appeal at the Hague, Netherlands, that the major powers intervene in the war in South Africa

1900-11-22

Paul Kruger, exiled President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, is given a popular welcome when he lands at Marseilles, France

1900-11-29

General Horatio Kitchener assumes command of the British forces in South Africa from General Lord Roberts

1901-02-27

A General Committee of National Liberal Federation meets and adopts a resolution deploring the continuation of the war in South Africa and condemning the British Government's insistence on unconditional surrender by the Boers

1902-01-10

Although it has professed neutrality in the Boer War, German Chancellor von Bulow joins others in attacking British actions in South Africa

1902-10-10

South Africa's president Paul Kruger visits Utrecht

1902-10-11

Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia

1904-06-22

Chinese laborers arrive in South Africa following a severe labor shortage

1905-01-26

World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa

1905-04-25

Whites win right to vote in South Africa

1906-01-01

The poll tax of £1 per head on all adult male inhabitants of Natal, South Africa, except indentured Indians and married Blacks, imposed by the Natal parliament in 1905, becomes payable.

1906-01-04

South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win

1906-04-02

South Africa complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England

1906-09-11

Mahatma Gandhi coins the term "Satyagraha" to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.

1907-02-26

Louis Botha Het Volk Party wins a majority in the election in Transvaal, South Africa

1909-06-15

Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.

1909-09-02

King Edward VII signs South Africa Act

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

1910-02-26

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

1910-05-31

Cape of Good Hope becomes part of Union of South Africa

1910-05-31

Union of South Africa declares independence from UK

1910-07-01

Union of South Africa becomes a dominion

1910-11-04

Start of South Africa's 1st F-C game in Aust (v S Aust). It rained

1911-01-10

Trumper scored double cricket ton v South Africa, goes on to get 214

1911-01-13

South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide

1911-03-13

The Colonial-Born and Settlers Indian Association is formed at a meeting in Durban, South Africa, and has at its aim to fight the infamous 3 poll tax

1911-06-22

King George V crowned king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.

1912-05-28

Jackie Matthews takes 2 cricket hat-tricks same day Aust v South Africa

1912-10-02

Gopal Krishna Gokhale, at invitation of Gandhi, arrives in South Africa on a 26-day tour; he also visits Tolstoy Farm

1913-01-02

Mahatma Gandhi leaves the Tolstoy Farm in Transvaal, South Africa.

1913-06-19

Natives Land Act, Act No 27, passed in South Africa: confines Africans to hopelessly overcrowded reserves and deprives them of rights to purchase land outside the native reserves

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

1913-09-22

The first batch of Indian passive resisters, consisting of 12 men and 4 women (including Mrs. Kasturba Gandhi) are arrested at Volksrust and imprisoned in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

1913-09-23

Women protests take place in the Free State, South Africa, led by Charlotte Maxeke, resisting government attempts to impose passes on women; passes are burnt in front of the municipal offices

1913-11-06

Mohandas K Gandhi arrested for leading Indian miners march in South Africa

1913-12-30

Barnes takes 17 wickets vs South Africa (8-56 & 9-103)

1914-01-20

The first group of Transvaal Indian women satyagrahis are released from Pietermaritzburg Prison in South Africa after three months imprisonment

1914-06-30

Mahatma Gandhi's 1st arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa

1914-07-18

Gandhi leaves South Africa after successfully leading campaigns of Passive Resistance

1914-08-15

The first large public gathering of Boers in South Africa who do not want to support Britain in a war against Germany; British authorities will try to repress this movement, but discontent spreads

1914-09-22

Louis Botha, premier of the Union of South Africa, assumes command of the armed forced after having dismissed General Beyers because of his resistance to aiding British in the war against Germany

1914-10-13

Pro-German Boers begin opposition to British authority in South Africa

1915-06-21

Anti-British revolt in South Africa ends with arrest of General De Law

1915-07-09

Germany surrenders South West Africa to Union of South Africa

1919-01-07

The Industrial and Commercial Workers` Union of South Africa is founded, led by Clements Kadalie

1919-05-06

Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa

1919-08-28

General John Smuts becomes premier of South Africa

1920-02-04

1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off (lasts 1½ months)

1920-03-20

1st flight from London to South Africa lands (took 1½ months)

1920-10-23

African demonstrators shot in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

1920-12-17

South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa

1921-03-05

The Durban Land Alienation Ordinance passes, enabling the Durban City Council to exclude Indians from ownership or occupation of property in white areas, South Africa

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

1921-07-30

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

1921-11-21

The trial of the accused of the Bulhoek Massacre commences in South Africa

1921-12-16

The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) calls for a united front in a pass burning campaign on Dingaan's Day

1922-01-01

Coal miners in the Transvaal, South Africa, embark on a strike in response to a wage cut, which quickly escalated into a large-scale revolt against the government, known as the Rand Rebellion.

1922-03-10

State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg South Africa

1923-05-31

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

1923-09-12

Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co

1924-01-27

The Natal Indian Congress and the Natal Indian Association jointly organise a mass meeting in Durban, South Africa in opposition to the Class Areas Bill

1924-04-01

Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co

1924-06-14

Test Cricket debuts of Herbert Sutcliffe & Maurice Tate v South Africa

1924-06-16

South Africa all out 30 v England in 48 minutes, Gilligan 6-7

1924-06-28

Test cricket umpire debut for Frank Chester, v South Africa at Lord's

1924-06-30

England score 2-503 in day's play v South Africa at Lord's

1924-10-28

M.de Bruin, a quarry man and miner, discovers an infant fossil skull in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Popularly known as the Taung child, Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species called Australopithecus africanus (The Southern Africa Ape).

1925-05-05

Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.

1926-07-18

The South Africa author and journalist, Herman Charles Bosman, shoots and kills his stepbrother David Russell during a quarrel

1926-08-22

Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa

1930-05-19

White women win voting rights in South Africa

1931-09-30

Start of "Die Voortrekkers" youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

1931-11-17

Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours

1931-11-28

Bradman scores 226, the 1st Test Cricket century at Gabba, v South Africa

1931-12-07

Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours

1931-12-11

Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, NZ, South Africa, Ireland, Newfndlnd

1931-12-19

Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG

1932-01-04

Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG

1932-01-29

Test debut of Bill O'Reilly, vs South Africa at Adelaide

1932-01-30

Grimmett 7-116 in South Africa 1st innings at Adelaide Oval

1932-02-01

Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th

1932-02-02

Grimmett takes 14 wickets v South Africa (7-116 & 7-83)

1932-02-14

South Africa all out for 36 in 1st innings v Aust (Ironmonger 5-6)

1932-02-15

Aust beat South Africa in cricket by an inn in 5 hrs 53 min playing time

1935-12-14

Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban

1936-01-04

Grimmett becomes world record wicket taker with no 190 v South Africa

1936-03-03

Grimmett ends his Test career with 13 wkts in 5th Test v South Africa

1938-06-08

Gert Terblanche, a local school boy, discovers fossils of an unknown 'robust-type' human ancestor, later named Paranthropus robustus by Robert Broom, at Kromdraai, Blaauwbank River Valley in South Africa

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

1938-08-08

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

1938-12-23

Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.

1938-12-26

Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England v South Africa

1938-12-28

Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v South Africa

1939-03-14

England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day

1939-07-09

A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa

1939-09-03

WWII: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada

1939-09-06

South Africa declares war on Nazi-Germany

1940-06-22

About 10,000 Afrikaner women march to the union buildings in protest of South Africa's involvement in WWII

1946-06-23

In South Africa, a group of white men attack and assault Indian Passive Resisters

1947-06-23

Compton & Bill Edrich make 370 stand for 3rd wkt v South Africa

1948-05-26

South Africa elects a nationalist government under D.F. Malan with an apartheid policy

1949-01-14

Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

1949-03-09

England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes

1949-06-29

South Africa begins implementing apartheid; no mixed marriages

1949-07-08

The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, Act No 55 prohibiting marriage or a sexual relationship between White people and people of other race groups is passed in South Africa

1950-04-27

South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races

1950-06-27

South Africa heeds United Nations call to assist Korea

1950-07-17

Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa

1951-05-31

Netherlands & South Africa sign cultural accord

1951-06-18

In South Africa, the Suppression of Communism Act commences.

1952-03-24

Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa

1952-06-26

Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew

1953-07-15

ANC members, Walter Sisulu and Duma Nokwe leave South Africa and go overseas under false names

1954-08-01

In South Africa, The Natives Resettlement Act empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg; less than a year after the Act was passed Sophiatown residents were forcefully removed to Meadowlands in Soweto

1954-11-30

John Strydom succeeds Malan as premier of South Africa

1955-06-09

Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge

1955-06-26

Freedom Charter signed in South Africa

1955-11-09

UN disapproves of South Africa's apartheid politics

1956-07-10

Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, South Africa, a soldier of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC

1956-08-17

One of the largest demonstrations in South Africa's history, 20,000 women marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings to present petition against carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister

1957-05-22

South Africa government approves race separation in universities

1957-12-23

Test Cricket debut for Wally Grout & Bobby Simpson v South Africa

1958-01-03

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

1958-03-14

South Africa government prohibits the African National Congress

1958-09-02

Hendrik Verwoerd appointed PM of South Africa

1959-06-16

In South Africa, Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to Kwa Mashu, a newly established black township on the outskirts, is met with violent resistance.

1959-08-12

Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa

1959-11-17

De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond

1960-01-21

Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning

1960-03-21

Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC

1960-06-06

South Africa police kills 11 Pondo's at Nqusa Hill

1960-06-24

Geoff Griffin takes a hat-trick South Africa v England Lord's

1960-06-25

South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg

1960-08-08

Charges against 53 of the 76 Africans detained after the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa are dropped

1961-03-15

South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth

1961-03-17

South Africa leaves British Commonwealth

1961-05-31

Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth

1961-06-27

Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa

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

1961-12-08

South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock

1962-06-15

South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes

1962-06-27

In South Africa, the General Law Amendment Act (Sabotage Act) No 76 commences, increasing the state president's power to declare organisations unlawful and to add further restrictions to banning orders

1962-11-06

UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning South Africa

1963-06-25

South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu arrested

1963-06-30

International Labour Organisation excludes South Africa from its two-day meeting because of its apartheid policies

1963-07-13

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

1963-07-18

The United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid releases its second interim report pressing for international sanctions against South Africa, particularly the supply of arms, ammunition and petroleum

1963-08-11

Four ANC political detainees escape from Pretoria Central prison in South Africa

1963-10-20

South Africa begins trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy

1964-06-12

Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa

1964-06-24

In South Africa, the 90-Days Act commences, providing for any person to be detained, without trial, for 90 days; further, the person could be re-arrested under the same law for another 90 days

1964-08-18

South Africa banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies

1964-10-04

3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81

1964-11-17

British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa

1965-01-06

Geoff Boycott takes 3-47 against South Africa, his best Test bowling

1965-04-01

South Africa worker's union leader Henry Fazzie sentenced to 10 years

1965-06-15

South Africa begins economic boycott of Dutch products

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

1965-12-01

South Africa government says children of white fathers are white

1966-03-17

South Africa government bans Defense & Aid Fund

1966-05-01

Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting

1966-07-16

Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts

1966-09-13

Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa

1966-10-27

UN deprives South Africa of Namibia

1967-05-23

Government bans submarines near South Africa

1967-12-03

1st human heart transplant performed (Dr Christian Barnard, South Africa)

1968-07-29

Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa

1969-06-30

In South Africa, General Laws Amendment Bill is passed; the Bill contains far-reaching provisions and restrictions affecting the administration of justice and the disclosure of evidence

1970-01-01

The University College of Zululand, formerly affiliated to the University of South Africa, attains full academic autonomy as the University of Zululand.

1970-01-22

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

1970-02-05

Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban

1970-03-10

South Africa complete 4-0 series drubbing of Australia

1970-08-13

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

1970-08-19

The Chinese Community in South Africa is granted 'White' status

1971-03-03

Winnie Mandela sentenced to 1 year in jail in South Africa

1971-03-31

South Africa national debt hits 5.45 billion

1971-06-22

a Pretoria court rules that the former leader of the banned Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Robert Sobukwe, will not be allowed to use his exit permit to leave South Africa for his studies in the United States.

1972-06-01

Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa

1972-07-12

Twelve years after the banning of the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress, a new political movement, the Black People Convention is formed after a three day long conference in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

1972-09-30

Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)

1973-11-23

Arab summit conference adopts open and secret resolutions on the use of the oil weapons; embargo extended to Portugal, Rhodesia, and South Africa

1974-01-01

With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa.

1974-06-01

Arab oil ministers decide to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continue embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia

1974-07-07

New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa

1974-11-07

63rd Davis Cup: South Africa beats India in (w/o)

1974-11-12

South Africa suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies

1975-10-23

Battle between Cuba & South Africa troops in Angola

1976-06-11

Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa

1976-06-16

Students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools.

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

1976-06-25

The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting

1976-06-27

In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness

1976-08-11

Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die

1976-08-13

South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia

1976-09-23

South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them

1976-10-26

Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa

1976-11-09

UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa

1976-12-28

Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa

1977-04-27

Bloody riots in Soweto South Africa

1977-06-10

International Labour Organisation and United Nations meet to discuss apartheid in South Africa and potential actions to prevent further violence and state repression.

1977-06-23

Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests

1977-06-28

The United Party, main political opposition party in South Africa, is formally disbanded by the majority faction after members leave the party to join other new political parties

1977-06-29

South Africa opposition party, the New Republic Party (NRP), is formed after the integration of the United Party (UP) and Democratic Party (DP)

1977-07-26

The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa

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

1977-09-14

Christmas Tinto sentenced to 7 years in Robben Island, South Africa

1977-10-21

US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa

1977-11-04

UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa

1977-12-06

South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence

1977-12-31

Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa

1978-01-01

Newspaper editor Donald Woods arrives in London after fleeing South Africa's apartheid regime

1978-05-06

South Africa military goes into Angola

1978-07-24

Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe

1978-09-28

Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa

1979-09-13

South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of S Afr)

1980-05-02

Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

1980-06-01

ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

1980-06-13

UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

1980-06-18

Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa

1980-08-22

Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes

1981-06-19

Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa

1981-06-30

Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained

1981-07-25

Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa's Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.

1981-07-29

Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa's Consul, New Zealand.

1981-11-30

South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested

1981-12-04

According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa

1982-03-20

Rev A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa

1982-07-02

In South Africa, the Internal Security Act is passed, giving massive powers to the authorities to investigate any organization or publication

1982-08-06

Three ANC members are sentenced to death in South Africa

1983-07-13

The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa

1983-08-06

Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa

1983-08-06

Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa

1983-09-27

South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu freed after 19 years

1984-02-27

Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa

1984-07-12

A car bomb set off by the military wing of the ANC, explodes in Durban South Africa killing 5 and injuring 27 people

1984-07-13

The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa

1984-08-22

The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament

1984-09-03

South Africa adopts constitution

1984-09-26

President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

1985-04-30

Last edition of Brink Daily Mail/Sunday Express in South Africa

1985-05-18

1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)

1985-07-09

South Africa police arrested Dutch ANC'er Klaas de Jong

1985-08-15

PW Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, dissapointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system

1985-08-19

Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa

1985-09-09

President Reagan orders sanctions against South Africa

1985-12-01

South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms

1986-05-23

US & West Europeans veto heavier sanctions against South Africa

1986-06-10

In South Africa, the three-year-old 'State of Emergency' is renewed for another twelve months, followed by an organized campaign of civil disobedience against it.

1986-06-16

1 day general strike in South Africa

1986-06-18

US House of Representatives approves Bill to impose stricter sanctions on Apartheid South Africa

1986-06-28

West European leaders, meeting in the Netherlands, delay indefinitely imposing economic sanctions against South Africa

1986-07-13

Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games, a direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa

1986-08-27

Protest erupt in Soweto, South Africa, demonstrating against evictions which had been carried out after an eleven week rent boycott

1986-09-16

Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed

1986-10-21

IBM re-forms in South Africa

1986-10-25

International Red Cross ousted from South Africa

1986-12-11

South Africa censors press

1987-06-27

In South Africa, the Afrikaans Protestant Church, a breakaway faction of Dutch Reformed Church, is formed

1987-07-30

An ANC car bomb directed at the headquarters of the Wits Command in Johannesburg South Africa kills 1 person and injures 68

1987-08-09

The National Union of Mineworkers begin South Africa's longest wage strike

1987-08-31

South Africa longest mine strike in history ends

1987-09-07

South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young

1987-11-05

South Africa ANC-leader Govan Mbeki freed

1988-07-02

Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa

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

1988-07-28

Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson

1988-08-07

Angola, Cuba and South Africa allegedly signed a cease fire treaty

1988-08-08

Angola, Cuba & South Africa sign cease fire treaty

1988-08-08

South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola

1988-08-31

Bomb attack on office of South Africa Council of Churches

1988-12-22

South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa

1989-02-02

FW de Klerk replaces Botha as South Africa's National Party leader

1989-05-17

Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

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

1989-07-16

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

1989-08-14

President Pieter W Botha of South Africa, resigns

1989-08-15

Frederik de Klerk becomes president of South Africa

1989-09-13

Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

1989-09-20

FW De Klerk sworn in as president of South Africa

1989-10-15

South Africa President FW de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu & 4 other political prisoners

1989-11-16

South Africa president FW de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act

1990-01-18

South Africa says its reconsidering ban on African Natl Congress

1990-02-02

South Africa's Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs

1990-02-11

Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa

1990-02-13

50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa

1990-03-21

Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president

1990-05-02

South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid

1990-05-06

Former president PW Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party

1990-06-07

South Africa president F W de Klerk lifts 4 year olf state of emergency

1990-06-22

Nelson Mandela addresses the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in New York, saying that nothing, which has happened in South Africa, calls for a revision of the position that the Organisation has taken in its struggle against apartheid; he adds that a democratic, non-racial SA is within reach

1990-07-12

In Soweto, South Africa, Shanty town women strip to the waist and confront bulldozers sent by authorities to demolish their homes

1990-07-16

The ANC send a report on police violence to President F. W. de Klerk and demanded an end to "the shocking inhumanity" of police action in rural areas of South Africa

1990-07-23

South Africa workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested

1990-07-29

South Africa Communist Party begins 1st legal conference

1990-08-15

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

1990-09-13

Commuter train at Johannesburg South Africa attacked, 36 die

1991-01-13

42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa

1991-01-13

Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die

1991-06-17

South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws

1991-06-23

A peace summit, brokered by the clergy and business and attended by all major political parties, but boycotted by the Conservative Party, is held to end the violence in South Africa

1991-06-25

Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa

1991-06-25

Six persons are killed and eighteen injured when gunmen open fire on a crowded commuter train in Soweto, South Africa

1991-06-28

South Africa signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

1991-06-30

South Africa Government repeal the 1913 Native Land Act, an important part of the system of Apartheid (Racially Based Land Measures Act)

1991-07-09

South Africa readmitted to Olympics

1991-07-10

Foreign Minister R.F. Botha of South Africa signs accession to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty on behalf of South Africa

1991-08-04

The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa.

1991-11-10

South Africa's 1st cricket international since 1970 - one-day v India

1992-01-11

Paul Simon opens a tour in South Africa

1992-03-22

England beat South Africa in rain-ruined cricket World Cup semi final

1992-04-18

Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)

1992-06-17

Slaughtering by Inkhata-followers at Boipatong, South Africa, kills 42

1992-07-03

Thirty-one years after being expelled, South Africa has its FIFA membership reinstated

1992-07-07

South Africa's national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, win South Africa's first ever FIFA sanctioned match

1992-07-15

The Security Council of the UN examine violence in South Africa

1993-03-21

South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl

1993-05-07

South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections

1993-08-16

South Africa relinquishes sovereignty over Walvis Bay

1993-09-02

Day of Peace in South Africa

1993-10-08

UN lifts remaining economic sanctions against South Africa

1993-10-15

Nelson Mandela & South Africa president F W de Klerk awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1993-11-18

Black & white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution

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

1994-01-07

South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs

1994-01-25

Australia beat South Africa 2-1 to win the World Series Cup

1994-03-05

Largest milkshake (1,955 gallons of chocolate-Nelspruit South Africa)

1994-03-07

ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa

1994-03-18

South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police

1994-03-20

Zulu-king Goodwill Zwelithini founds realm in South Africa

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

1994-04-28

1st multi-racial election in South Africa ends [3 days]

1994-05-06

Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

1994-05-10

Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president

1994-05-11

6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa

1994-06-23

South Africa reclaims its seat in UN

1994-06-23

South Africa is readmitted to the United Nations Organisations (UNO)

1994-10-06

Ben Mokoena becomes 1st black mayor of Middelburg South Africa

1995-05-10

In South Africa, 104 miners killed in an elevator accident

1995-06-24

South Africa's Springboks beat New Zealand's All Blacks 15-12 to win the Rugby Wold Cup in Johannesburg

1995-07-09

Former South Africa President F. W. de Klerk is implicated of knowing and condoning a 'dirty tricks' campaign that was waged against the ANC between 1990 and the 1994 election in a bid to destabilise the organisation

1995-08-09

South Africa celebrates the first National Women's Day

1995-10-16

Allan Donald takes 8-71 as South Africa defeat Zimbabwe

1995-12-03

Jack Russell takes 11 catches in Test Cricket v South Africa, a record

1996-02-16

Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa v UAE at Rawalpindi

1996-04-19

South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah

1996-05-08

South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

1996-06-23

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

1996-07-07

Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

1997-02-24

South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp

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

1998-07-14

Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party

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

1998-08-14

Winnie Mandela sued by the South Africa government

1998-08-21

P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

1998-10-29

Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.

1999-06-16

Thabo Mbeki is elected 2nd President of a democratic South Africa

1999-06-22

Former Mpumalanga premier, Ndaweni Mahlangu causes a storm within political circles with his now infamous statement, "It is acceptable for politicians to lie", South Africa

2000-06-23

The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event

2000-07-09

Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe

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.

2002-08-26

Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2008-08-15

Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discover the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa

2008-09-21

President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25.

2009-05-27

South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years

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

2010-07-11

Spain beats Netherlands 1-0 for soccer's 19th World Cup in South Africa (1st title)

2012-07-13

19-30 people are killed after a train collides with a truck in Malelane, South Africa

2012-08-20

South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England

2012-09-10

10,000 miners demonstrate at Lonmin mines in Marikana, South Africa

2012-10-05

Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa

2013-01-31

300 people are injured in a train collision in Pretoria, South Africa

2013-03-15

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

2017-04-04

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's drops South Africa to junk

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South Africa - Notable Birthdays

TolkienJan 3, 1892

Basil RathboneJun 13, 1892

Nelson MandelaJul 18, 1918

Nick PriceJan 28, 1957

Steve NashFeb 7, 1974

Charlize TheronAug 7, 1975

South Africa - Birthdays
Date Event
1813-07-26

Isaac Baumann, Kassel Hesse, Germany, a Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa

1819-09-17

Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president (Republic South Africa)

1824-12-19

Hercules Robinson, Ireland, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89, 1895-97)

1831-01-20

Pieter J Joubert, general (South Africa)

1847-10-09

Stephanus J du Toit, South Africa theologist/journalist (Afr Bond)

1853-07-05

Cecil John Rhodes, South Africa, politician/diamond merchant

1856-07-15

Owen Dunell, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test captain)

1859-05-01

Willem J Leyds, Dutch/South Africa lawyer/politician/diplomat

1862-02-10

W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)

1862-09-27

Louis Botha, Greytown South Africa, 1st PM of South Africa (1910-19)

1865-10-19

Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1892, 18 & 3)

1865-11-01

Monty Bowden, cricketer (England Test capt v South Africa at 23)

1868-04-05

J F "Flooi" Du Toit, cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892)

1870-05-24

Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and proponent of Commonwealth & League of Nations (d. 1950)

1870-12-21

Sir Patrick Duncan, Fortrie, Banffshire, Scotland, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943)

1874-04-26

J H "Biddy" Anderson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v Australia 1902)

1874-11-07

Joseph Willoughby, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1895-96)

1876-06-04

Robert Dower, cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9)

1883-11-17

Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)

1885-03-16

Sydney Chaplin, South Africa, actor (Limelight)

1886-08-13

Jacob Pierneef, South Africa, painter

1889-09-03

Cecil Weston, South Africa, actor (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn)

1891-02-12

Cecil Dixon, cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair)

1892-01-03

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, South Africa, philologist/writer (Lord of Rings)

1892-06-13

Basil Rathbone, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Sherlock Holmes)

1892-07-22

John MacBryan, cricketer (one Test Eng v South Africa 1924 DNBat, DNbowl)

1893-11-23

Jimmy Blanckenberg, cricket pace bowler (took 60 wickets for South Africa)

1893-12-31

J M Blankenberg, cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa)

1894-08-22

Cecil Kellaway, South Africa, actor (Mr Earnshaw-Wuthering Heights)

1894-12-05

Charles Robberts, Winburg district of the Orange Free State, The first State President of South Africa

1895-02-03

Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)

1897-05-10

Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)

1897-12-16

Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)

1899-09-29

Billy Butlin, South Africa, holiday camp promoter

1899-12-06

Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith

1900-06-13

Ian Hunter, Capetown South Africa, actor (Dr Blood's Coffin, White Unicorn)

1901-09-08

Hendrik F Verwoerd, premier South Africa (1958-66) (assassinated)

1903-01-11

Alan Paton, South Africa, writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)

1904-12-12

Jim Christy, righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa)

1905-03-27

John Fleming (Jack) Brock, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, one of South Africa's most distinguished nutritional scientists and medical educators

1906-01-06

Benedict Vilakazi, South Africa, poet/educator (Zulu-English Dictionary)

1906-02-27

H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)

1906-12-02

Eric Dalton, cricketer (2 centuries in 15 Tests for South Africa 1929-39)

1909-03-19

Louis Hayward, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors)

1909-04-05

Gerald Bond, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16)

1909-08-02

Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], Johannesburg South Africa, British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand)

1909-08-26

Eric Quail Davies, cricket pace bowler (5 Tests for South Africa 1935-39)

1910-11-26

Cyril Cusack, Durban Natal South Africa, actor (Day of the Jackal)

1911-02-06

A W "Dooley" Briscoe, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for South Africa 30's)

1914-01-20

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

1914-02-20

John Daly, South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)

1914-05-02

Dennis Dyer, cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947)

1914-08-07

Ted Moore, South Africa, cinematographer (James Bond)

1915-12-13

Balthazar Johannes Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77)

1916-01-12

A P[ieter] W Botha, Orange Free State, president of South Africa

1918-07-18

Nelson Mandela, Qunu South Africa, political prisoner (ANC)/President (1994-1999)/ Nobel (1993)

1919-02-06

Lindsay Tuckett, cricketer (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49)

1923-10-05

Glynis Johns, Pretoria South Africa, actress (Mary Poppins)

1923-12-20

Nadine Gordimer, Springs South Africa, novelist

1924-05-31

Russell Endean, cricketer (28 Tests for South Africa, handled the ball 1956)

1924-10-15

Nigel Green, South Africa, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File)

1925-02-20

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

1925-08-15

Gertrude Shope, Johannesburg, South Africa, leader of the ANC Women's League

1925-10-14

Phillip Tobias, Durban, Natal, South Africa, palaeoanthropologist and 3 x Nobel Prize nominee(hominid fossil sites), (d. 2012)

1926-02-20

Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)

1926-03-09

Gerrit A Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa)

1927-05-05

Sid O'Linn, cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960)

1927-07-22

George Hunter, South Africa, light heavyweight boxer (Oly-gold-1948)

1927-10-25

Hedley Keith, cricketer (solid left-handed for South Africa in the 1950's)

1928-11-12

Robert Holness, Natal, South Africa, English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012)

1929-01-23

Ian Thomson, cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65)

1929-03-24

Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for South Africa, 1 career no-ball)

1929-05-21

Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)

1930-04-15

Elijah Barayi, head of South Africa union centre (COSATU)

1930-06-07

Ian Leggat, cricketer (1 Test v South Africa 1953-54 without distinction)

1931-01-10

Alexander L "Alex" Boraine, South Africa vicar/MP

1931-04-19

Hendrick J "Kobie" Coetsee, South Africa minister of Defense/Justice

1932-03-04

Miriam Makeba, Johannesburg South Africa, singer (Grammy 1965)

1932-03-18

F[rederik] W[illem] de Klerk, president South Africa (1989-94)

1932-06-11

Athol Fugard, Middleburg South Africa, anti-apartheid writer (Blood Knot)

1933-08-14

Bryce Courtenay, Johannesburg, South Africa, Australian novelist (The Power of One), (d. 2012)

1934-10-03

Harold Ralph Henning, Johannesburg South Africa, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open)

1935-08-05

Zakes Mokae, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Comedians)

1935-10-09

Paul Barton, cricketer (NZ batsman in early 1960's, century v South Africa)

1938-07-18

Dudu Pukwana, Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa

1938-11-24

Wynne Bradburn, cricketer (father of Grant NZ batsman v South Africa 1964)

1939-04-04

Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)

1939-06-26

Smangaliso P Mkhatshwa, South Africa, sec-gen (Bishops' Conference 1983-88)

1940-06-23

Simon Hobday, Mareking South Africa, PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open)

1940-10-21

Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)

1942-06-18

Thabo Mbeki, Idutywa, Transkei, South Africa, former President of South Africa

1943-11-09

John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa)

1944-08-19

Samuel J de Beer, South Africa vicar/underminister of Education

1945-06-27

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

1945-07-21

Barry Richards, extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa)

1946-01-24

John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC)

1946-10-06

Tony Greig, South Africa, cricketer (English all-rounder 1972-77), (d. 2012)

1947-05-17

John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)

1947-06-05

Eric Molobi, South Africa, activist (ANC)

1947-12-30

Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe, leader (South Africa Democratic Party)

1949-07-14

Lukas D Barnard, head of South Africa secret service (NIS)

1949-08-12

Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director

1950-09-17

Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)

1951-10-12

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

1952-01-23

Omar Henry, cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992)

1952-04-26

Popo Simon Molefe, secretary-general (South Africa UDF)

1952-05-10

Lee Brilleaux, Durban South Africa, British musician (Dr Feelgood)

1956-07-03

Eddie Edwards, South Africa, tennis star

1957-01-28

Nick Price, Durban South Africa, PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic)

1957-09-14

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

1957-09-15

Fulton Peter Allem, Kroonstad South Africa, PGA golfer (1993 SW Bell)

1958-03-02

Kevin Curren, South Africa, tennis star

1958-04-05

Johan Kriek, South Africa, tennis player (US Indoor 1982)

1958-04-18

Malcolm Marshall, World Cup Match 17: South Africa vs West Indies

1959-04-22

Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)

1959-09-11

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

1960-09-28

Derek James, Durban South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Infiniti)

1960-11-02

Rosalyn Nideffer, Durban South Africa, tennis star (1993 Futures-Midland MI)

1961-03-04

Roger Wessels, Port Elizabeth South Africa, golfer (1994 Canadian Masters)

1962-10-23

Christo van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star

1962-10-30

Courtney Walsh, South Africa vs Australia: 5th One Day International

1963-01-03

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

1964-01-24

Ronnie McCann, Evander South Africa, Nike golfer (1993 Hawkeye-37th)

1964-12-24

Gary Muller, South Africa, tennis star

1966-01-07

Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)

1966-03-17

Andrew Hudson, cricketer (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992)

1966-05-26

Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Oly-1988)

1966-10-10

Elana Meyer, [van Zyl], South Africa, runner (Olympics-silver-92)

1966-11-02

Rosalyn Fairbank, South Africa, tennis player

1967-08-08

Ben Fouchee, Kuruman South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1987 S Afr Amateur)

1968-03-04

Dinky van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star

1968-03-08

Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)

1968-12-02

Elna Reinach, Pretoria South Africa, tennis star

1969-10-17

Theodore Ernest Els, Johannesburg South Africa, PGA golfer (1994 US Open)

1970-03-11

Brett Liddle, Boksburg South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Newcastle)

1971-02-15

Barbara Failey-Herbert, South Africa, golfer (1989 winner SA Champ)

1971-09-15

Wayne Ferreira, Johannesburg South Africa, tennis star (Munich 1995)

1971-10-22

Amanda Coetzer, Hoopstad South Africa, tennis star (1996 Aust semi)

1972-11-10

Carol Anne Becker, Miss Universe-South Africa (1996)

1972-12-18

Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star

1973-02-01

Óscar Pérez Rojas, Group A: South Africa vs Mexico

1973-04-05

April D. Patrick, Uptown Hall: The Harlem South Africa Connection - Going Home

1973-09-03

Joanette Kruger, Johannesburg South Africa, tennis star

1974-01-09

Craig Wishart, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995)

1974-02-07

Steve Nash, Johannesburg South Africa, Canadian NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers)

1974-06-30

Hezekiel Sepeng, Potchefstroom South Africa, South African athlete

1974-11-01

V V S Laxman, cricketer (Indian Test batsman v South Africa 1996- )

1975-08-07

Charlize Theron, Transvaal, South Africa, actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster)

1975-08-22

Mbali Gasa, Miss South Africa Universe (1997)

1976-11-03

Guillermo Franco, Group A: South Africa vs Mexico

1980-11-25

Aaron Mokoena, Group A: South Africa vs Mexico

1988-02-22

Efraín Juárez, Group A: South Africa vs Mexico

1989-03-01

Carlos Vela, Group A: South Africa vs Mexico

South Africa - Notable Weddings

Mats WilanderJan 3, 1987

South Africa - Weddings
Date Event
1985-08-15

Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

1987-01-03

Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

1996-03-24

Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa

2005-12-10

Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa

South Africa - Deaths
Date Event
1881-07-19

Isaac Baumann, a Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, dies at 67

1890-05-19

Gus Kempis, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24

1892-02-19

Monty Bowden, cricket captain (England v South Africa 1889), dies at 26

1893-07-09

George Christopher Cato, Natal pioneer and first mayor of Durban South Africa, dies at 79

1897-10-28

Hercules Robinson, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89,1895-97), dies at 72

1899-12-11

Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.

1900-02-16

George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle

1900-03-31

Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies

1901-12-01

George Lohmann, cricketer (in South Africa 18 Tests, 112 wickets), dies

1902-01-17

Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed

1906-03-23

Victor Barton, cricketer (scored 23 in Test Eng v South Africa 1892), dies

1908-05-31

C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies

1909-07-10

Flooi Du Toit, cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies

1911-02-04

Peter A "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer general, dies at about 75

1911-02-18

Bill Murdoch, cricketer, dies while watching Aust v South Africa Test

1911-11-23

Bernard Tancred, cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies

1917-07-31

Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies

1917-09-12

Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies

1917-11-19

Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies

1918-11-18

Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (55 wickets for South Africa), dies

1919-09-27

Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies

1924-10-05

Tom Campbell, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, ct 7 stp 1), dies

1927-05-09

Tommy Routledge, cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies

1928-12-21

Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies

1929-10-21

Owen Dunell, cricketer (two Tests for South Africa in 1889), dies

1929-12-09

Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v South Africa 1899), dies

1930-07-14

W H Ashley, cricketer (Test South Africa, 7 wkts), dies

1931-07-07

Johannes Jacobus "Kodgee" Kotze, cricketer (South Africa 1902-07), dies

1932-06-05

Henry Taberer, cricket (bowl Trumper only Test wkt for South Africa), dies

1934-07-28

Louis Tancred, cricketer (fourteen Tests batting for South Africa 1905-14), dies

1934-08-05

Neville Quinn, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa), dies at 26

1935-10-11

Frank Mitchell, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng then 3 for South Africa), dies

1936-01-10

Charles Wright, cricketer (3 Tests England v South Africa 1895-96), dies

1938-07-14

Robert Poore, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies

1938-11-15

George Glover, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies

1939-01-31

George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies

1939-10-21

Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies

1940-07-03

George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies

1940-12-06

Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies

1941-12-01

Horace Chapman, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa, 39 runs, 1 wkt), dies

1942-11-27

A B C Langton, cricketer (WWII 15 Tests for South Africa 1935-39), dies

1943-07-17

Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-general of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), dies at 72

1943-09-28

Charles Vintcent, cricketer (played in South Africa's 1st 3 tests), dies

1944-05-26

C M Francois, cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies

1945-02-16

Billy Frank, cricketer (Test South Africa v Eng 1896, 5 & 2, 1-52), dies

1946-08-09

A E E Vogler, cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies

1946-11-22

Bertie Rose-Innes, cricketer (South Africa's Test), dies

1948-03-05

Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies

1948-07-03

Quintin McMillan, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies

1948-07-08

Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies

1948-09-11

Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies

1951-04-27

Philip Albert Myburgh Hands, cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies

1952-05-16

Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v South Africa 1892), dies

1952-11-08

Claude Carter, cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), dies

1953-09-12

Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies

1953-09-22

William Brann, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies

1954-03-28

Francis B Young, Brit physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69

1956-07-27

J M M Commaille, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa 1910-28), dies

1958-05-25

Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies

1958-08-24

John G Strijdom, premier of South Africa (1954-58), dies at 65

1958-11-18

Sivert Samuelson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1910), dies

1959-02-07

Daniel F Malan, premier of South Africa (1948-54), dies at 84

1961-09-05

Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies

1961-10-02

Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies

1963-11-22

Claude Floquet, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies

1964-02-20

R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicketkeeper (South Africa 1927-28), dies

1964-06-07

Charlie Llewellyn, cricketer (544 runs in 15 Tests for South Africa), dies

1964-09-15

Robert Dower, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies

1965-08-27

Gerald Bond, cricketer (South Africa 1938-39), dies

1965-11-14

George Bissett, cricketer (25 wickets in 4 Tests for South Africa), dies

1966-08-17

Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies

1967-07-21

Albert J Luthuli, president South Africa (ANC), dies

1971-03-18

George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies

1971-07-04

Joe Cox, cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies

1973-02-08

Herbie Taylor, cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies

1974-01-21

Ken Viljoen, cricketer (played 27 Tests for South Africa 1930-47), dies

1974-01-30

Bill Whitty, cricketer (37 wkts v South Africa 1910-11 series), dies

1974-06-02

Waldemar F Eric Marx, cricketer (3 Tests South Africa v Aust 1921-22), dies

1975-07-13

Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea

1979-07-07

D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies

1981-06-03

Eric Dalton, cricketer (698 runs for South Africa at 31 72), dies

1981-08-14

Dudley Nourse, cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies

1982-07-16

Charles Robberts, The first State President of South Africa, dies at 88

1982-08-24

Jack Siedle, cricketer (batted in 18 Tests for South Africa), dies

1982-08-28

G W A Chubb, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, 21 wickets), dies

1983-04-18

Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies

1983-09-01

Lennox Brown, cricket leg spinner (3 wickets at 63 for South Africa), dies

1983-09-07

Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies

1987-06-26

Glen Hall, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide

1987-07-25

Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station

1990-06-18

Dennis Dyer, cricketer (scored 96 3 Tests for South Africa), dies

1990-06-28

Dudu Pukwana, Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa

1993-04-30

Eric Rowan, cricketer (26 Tests for South Africa), dies

1994-03-03

Bob Crisp, cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 20 wickets at 37 35), dies

1994-05-12

Xenophon Balaskas, cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies

1999-11-04

Malcolm Marshall, World Cup Match 17: South Africa vs West Indies

2006-10-31

Pieter Willem Botha, President of South Africa (b. 1916)

2007-01-04

Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)


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