Bloemfontein in History

Historical Events

  • 1854-02-23 Great Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
  • 1899-05-31 -June 5] Conference of Bloemfontein fails
  • 1900-03-12 President Steyn of Orange Free state flees from Bloemfontein
  • 1900-03-13 British troops occupy Bloemfontein, capital of the Orange Free State
  • 1901-01-24 Emily Hobhouse views the British administrated concentration camp at Bloemfontein for women and children
  • 1931-09-30 Start of "Die Voortrekkers" youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1813-07-26 Isaac Baumann, Kassel Hesse, Germany, a Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • 1894-08-23 James La Guma, Bloemfontein, South African political activist and trade unionist
  • 1957-09-14 Kepler Wessels, Bloemfontein South Africa, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, the latter as captain.
  • 1966-05-26 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Oly-1988)

Famous Deaths

  • 1881-07-19 Isaac Baumann, a Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, dies at 67