Johannesburg in History

Gauteng: Soweto

Historical Events

  • 1894-01-01 South African Amateur Athletic Union is founded in Johannesburg.
  • 1895-12-29 Dr L S Jameson begins failed raid on Johannesburg
  • 1896-03-02 George Lohmann takes 9-28 v South Africa at Johannesburg
  • 1899-02-16 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
  • 1900-05-31 British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg
  • 1900-08-31 British troops over run Johannesburg
  • 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
  • 1922-03-10 State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg South Africa
  • 1926-08-22 Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 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
  • 1950-02-14 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
  • 1952-05-02 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • 1954-08-01 South African Natives Resettlement Act comes into being, empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg
  • 1960-06-25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • 1970-08-13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1976-01-30 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
  • 1983-08-06 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1986-01-06 Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg
  • 1987-06-22 A bomb blast in a Johannesburg video-game arcade kills an unborn baby and injures ten people
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1990-01-19 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid 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
  • 1993-07-31 Inkatha-arm forces killed 49 ANC-followers in Johannesburg
  • 1993-11-20 Winnie Mandela's driver/bodyguard murdered in Johannesburg
  • 1994-03-28 Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed
  • 1994-04-24 Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed
  • 1994-04-25 Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, 10 killed
  • 1995-06-24 3rd Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats New Zealand 15-12 in Johannesburg
  • 1995-12-04 Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test
  • 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
  • 2002-08-16 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • 2002-08-26 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2010-07-11 FIFA World Cup: Spain beats the Netherlands 1-0 for football's 19th World Cup in Johannesburg (Spain's 1st title)
  • 2012-05-29 Thousands march in protest in Johannesburg against Brett Murray's controversial painting The Spear

Famous Birthdays

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

  • 1909-03-19 Louis Hayward, Johannesburg South Africa, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors)
  • 1909-08-02 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], Johannesburg South Africa, British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand)
  • 1913-05-08 Sidney James [Cohen], actor (Carry On), born in Johannesburg
  • 1920-02-23 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1925-08-15 Gertrude Shope, South African leader of the ANC Women’s League, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1932-03-04 Miriam Makeba, Johannesburg South Africa, singer (Grammy 1965)
  • 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)

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1935-11-01 Gary Player, South African PGA golfer (British Open-1959, 68, 74), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1949-07-23 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • 1962-03-02 Philip Jonas, Johannesburg SA, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Payless-2nd)
  • 1969-10-17 Theodore Ernest Els, Johannesburg South Africa, PGA golfer (1994 US Open)
  • 1970-04-09 Olaf Kolzig, Johannesburg SAF, NHL goalie (Team Germany, Washington)
  • 1971-03-18 Mariaan de Swardt, Johannesburg, tennis star (1996 3rd round Aust))
  • 1971-09-15 Wayne Ferreira, Johannesburg South Africa, tennis star (Munich 1995)
  • 1973-09-03 Joanette Kruger, Johannesburg South Africa, tennis star
  • 1973-10-29 Adam Bacher, South African cricketer (nephew of former captain Ali Bacher), born in Johannesburg

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1974-02-07 Steve Nash, Canadian NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 1980-07-30 Justin Rose, English golfer (2013 U.S. Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa