Durban in History

Historical Events

  • 1899-10-09 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • 1899-11-12 British troops reach Durban Natal
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913-10-19 At a meeting of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in Durban, NIC secretaries, M. C. Anglia and Dada Osman, severely criticise Mahatma Gandhi and tender their resignations

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1914-01-25 An Indian mass meeting in Durban unanimously endorse the agreement between General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi regarding voluntary registration, poll tax, recognition of Indian marriages and other matters
  • 1914-02-10 In accordance with the understanding reached by General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, 60 passive resistance prisoners are released from the Pietermaritzburg Prison; 40 passive resisters are released in Durban, 8 in Newcastle and 11 in Port Elizabeth
  • 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
  • 1921-03-06 The Natal Indian Congress is resuscitated and reorganised at a meeting in Durban, with Ismail Gora as President
  • 1923-05-31 The South African Indian Congress (SAIC) forms in Durban, South Africa, with Omar Hajee Amod Jhaveri as President.
  • 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
  • 1935-12-14 Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban
  • 1939-03-14 England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
  • 1949-01-14 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • 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.
  • 1961-12-08 South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock
  • 1970-02-05 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • 1970-02-06 Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
  • 1970-08-13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, 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
  • 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
  • 1992-11-15 Praveen Amre scores century on Test Cricket debut (103 v SA, Durban)
  • 1996-12-28 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st innings

Famous Birthdays

  • 1910-11-26 Cyril Cusack, Durban Natal South Africa, actor (Day of the Jackal)
  • 1915-07-17 Habib Rajab, Durban, South African, a trader and collector of oriental art
  • 1925-02-23 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, Natal (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-14 Phillip Tobias, Durban, Natal, South Africa, palaeoanthropologist and 3 x Nobel Prize nominee(hominid fossil sites), (d. 2012)
  • 1945-06-27 Omar Badsha, Durban, South Africa, South African photographer, trade unionist and political activist
  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, Durban South Africa, British musician (Dr Feelgood)
  • 1956-08-22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957-01-28 Nick Price, Durban South Africa, PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic)

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Price
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Price
  • 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)

Famous Deaths

  • 1893-07-09 George Christopher Cato, Natal pioneer and first mayor of Durban South Africa, dies at 79