Today in South African History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 319

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
  • 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
  • 1881-03-04 South African president Kruger accepts ceasefire
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1899-10-11 South African Boers declare war on Great Britain
  • 1899-10-12 South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain
  • 1899-10-13 7,000 layid-off black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

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1899-10-14 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 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
  • 1900-01-24 Battle of Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-02-06 The Battle of Vaal Krantz, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-03-07 Battle at Poplar Grove South Africa, Pres Kruger flees
  • 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
  • 1900-08-30 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
  • 1900-10-19 South African President Paul Kruger departs for Europe
  • 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
  • 1902-10-11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • 1905-04-25 Whites win right to vote in South Africa
  • 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

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1906-09-11 Mahatma Gandhi coins the term "Satyagraha" to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 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
  • 1910-05-31 Cape of Good Hope becomes part of Union of South Africa
  • 1910-05-31 Union of South Africa declares its independence from the United Kingdom
  • 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
  • 1912-05-28 Jackie Matthews takes 2 cricket hat-tricks same day Aust v South Africa
  • 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)
  • 1914-06-30 Mahatma Gandhi's 1st arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa
  • 1914-09-18 South African troops land in German South West Africa
  • 1914-10-13 Pro-German Boers begin opposition to British authority in South Africa
  • 1915-07-09 Germany surrenders South West Africa to Union of South Africa
  • 1915-07-10 British/South African troops march into German SW-Africa
  • 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)
  • 1920-12-17 South Africa receives League of Nations mandate over SW Africa
  • 1922-03-10 State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg South Africa
  • 1923-09-12 Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
  • 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
  • 1925-05-05 Afrikaans is established as an official language in South Africa.
  • 1926-08-22 Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1931-09-30 Start of "Die Voortrekkers" youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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1931-11-17 Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 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, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (which was not at that time part of Canada)
  • 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 Australia beat South Africa in cricket by an innings in 5 hrs 53 min playing time
  • 1935-12-14 Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 404

  • 1761-02-01 Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
  • 1797-07-10 Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull)
  • 1817-01-08 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (d. 1893)
  • 1819-09-17 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president (Republic South Africa)
  • 1824-12-19 Hercules Robinson, Ireland, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89, 1895-97)
  • 1825-10-10 Paulus Kruger, Pres of South African Republic (1883), Boer leader
  • 1831-01-20 Pieter J Joubert, general (South Africa)
  • 1838-02-16 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist
  • 1847-10-09 Stephanus J du Toit, South Africa theologist/journalist (Afr Bond)
  • 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
  • 1853-07-05 Cecil John Rhodes, South Africa, politician/diamond merchant
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1865-08-04 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (d. 1890)
  • 1865-08-20 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (d. 1911)
  • 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)

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1866-04-03 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General/Premier (1914-39), born in Wellington, South Africa (d. 1942)

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Premier
J. B. M. Hertzog
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1875-05-04 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (1st of great South African googlists)
  • 1876-04-14 Murray Bisset, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910)
  • 1876-06-04 Robert Dower, cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9)
  • 1876-11-28 Bert Vogler, cricketer (early South African googly bowler)
  • 1877-02-21 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist
  • 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)
  • 1883-11-17 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
  • 1884-02-04 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)
  • 1885-03-16 Sydney Chaplin, South Africa, actor (Limelight)
  • 1886-06-28 Joe Cox, cricketer (South African pace bowler in 1913-14 series v England)
  • 1886-08-13 Jacob Pierneef, South Africa, painter
  • 1887-02-11 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • 1887-08-02 Tommy Ward, Former South African cricketer (d. 1936)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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1892-01-03 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, South Africa, philologist/writer (Lord of Rings)

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

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1892-06-13 Basil Rathbone, South African born British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in Johannesburg (d. 1967)

  • 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)
  • 1894-10-05 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (d. 1948)
  • 1895-02-03 Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)
  • 1895-07-21 H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)
  • 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)
  • 1899-04-04 William Brann, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23)
  • 1899-09-29 Billy Butlin, South Africa, holiday camp promoter
  • 1899-10-11 A L "Oosh" Ochse, cricketer (no relation to A E South African fast bowler)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1901-09-08 Hendrik F Verwoerd, premier South Africa (1958-66) (assassinated)
  • 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)
  • 1903-01-11 Alan Paton, South Africa, writer (Cry, the Beloved Country)
  • 1904-06-23 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (South African leg spinner 1929-32)
  • 1904-12-12 Jim Christy, righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa)
  • 1905-07-05 Jock Cameron, South African cricket keeper (captain)
  • 1905-11-05 George Bissett, cricketer (successful South African quick in 1927-28)
  • 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)
  • 1906-04-15 A J "Sandy" Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35)
  • 1906-12-02 Eric Dalton, cricketer (2 centuries in 15 Tests for South Africa 1929-39)
  • 1907-12-16 Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)
  • 1909-01-08 Bruce Mitchell, cricketer (South African bat, their top run-scorer (3471))
  • 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)
  • 1909-07-15 John Cochrane, South African cricket pace bowler (one Test 1931)
  • 1909-07-20 Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • 1909-08-02 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], Johannesburg South Africa, British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand)
  • 1909-08-24 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939)
  • 1909-08-26 Eric Quail Davies, cricket pace bowler (5 Tests for South Africa 1935-39)
  • 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)
  • 1910-11-26 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)

Famous Weddings

  • 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
  • 1985-08-15 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa
  • 1989-04-15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • 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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 215

  • 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
  • 1884-08-14 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 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
  • 1893-06-23 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)
  • 1897-10-28 Hercules Robinson, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89,1895-97), dies at 72
  • 1899-11-28 Adrian the la Rey, son of South African general, dies in battle at 19
  • 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
  • 1900-03-27 Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69
  • 1900-03-31 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies
  • 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
  • 1901-12-01 George Lohmann, cricketer (in South Africa 18 Tests, 112 wickets), dies
  • 1902-01-17 Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • 1902-04-11 ... Potgieter, South African Boer general, dies in battle
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1918-10-17 Gordon White, cricketer (WW I Superb South African batsman 1905-12), dies
  • 1918-11-18 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (55 wickets for South Africa), dies
  • 1919-08-27 Louis Botha, South African soldier/statesman, dies at 56
  • 1919-09-27 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1919-10-02 Ernest Halliwell, cricketer (South African wicketkeeper 1892-1904), dies
  • 1922-02-03 Christiaan R de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
  • 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
  • 1929-11-09 Nicolaas Theunissen, South African cricket break bowler (2nd Test 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
  • 1932-06-19 Solomon Tshkisho Platje, South African writer, dies
  • 1934-07-07 Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), 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
  • 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
  • 1936-01-10 Charles Wright, cricketer (3 Tests England v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1936-02-16 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
  • 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
  • 1941-04-22 Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
  • 1941-12-01 Horace Chapman, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa, 39 runs, 1 wkt), dies

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1942-11-21 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African Premier (1914-39), dies at 76

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Premier
J. B. M. Hertzog
  • 1942-11-27 A B C Langton, cricketer (WWII 15 Tests for South Africa 1935-39), dies
  • 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
  • 1945-07-20 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), 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
  • 1947-04-12 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • 1948-02-02 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • 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
  • 1948-07-26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • 1948-09-11 Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), 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
  • 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
  • 1952-07-31 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies
  • 1952-11-08 Claude Carter, cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1953-07-01 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, 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
  • 1953-11-08 John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66
  • 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
  • 1957-07-09 Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), 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
  • 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
  • 1961-09-05 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • 1961-10-02 Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies
  • 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
  • 1963-11-22 Claude Floquet, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies