South African History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 560

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952-06-26 Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1953-04-15 Malans National Party wins South African elections
  • 1953-06-09 South African premier D. F. Malan visits Netherlands
  • 1953-07-15 ANC members, Walter Sisulu and Duma Nokwe leave South Africa and go overseas under false names
  • 1954-07-12 ANC President Albert Luthuli banned by South African Minister of Justice from attending public gatherings and confined to the magisterial district of Lower Tugela, Natal
  • 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 D. F. 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
  • 1956-08-09 South African women demonstrate against pass laws
  • 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's 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's government prohibits the African National Congress
  • 1958-09-02 Hendrik Verwoerd appointed Prime Minister 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
  • 1960-01-01 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • 1960-01-21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning
  • 1960-02-03 UK prime minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians
  • 1960-03-21 Sharpeville Massacre: Police kill 72 in South Africa & outlaws ANC
  • 1960-04-09 South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt by David Pratt despite being twice shot in the face
  • 1960-06-06 South African police kill 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
  • 1962-08-04 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police
  • 1962-08-05 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and for illegally leaving South Africa
  • 1962-11-06 UN General Assembly adopts resolution condemning South Africa
  • 1963-06-25 South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu arrested
  • 1963-06-25 Curnick Ndlovu, South African Trade Unionist and African National Congress Leader, is arrested
  • 1963-06-30 International Labour Organisation excludes South Africa from its two-day meeting because of its apartheid policies
  • 1963-07-06 South African workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested
  • 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
  • 1963-12-07 Ian Meckiff no-balled for throwing against the South Africans
  • 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's government says children of white fathers are white
  • 1966-03-17 South Africa's government bans Defense & Aid Fund
  • 1966-05-01 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • 1966-06-22 South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government
  • 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
  • 1966-08-03 South African government bans Beatle records
  • 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
  • 1970-02-11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
  • 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 South African Broadcasting Corp lifts its ban on the Beatles
  • 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.
  • 1972-01-01 Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
  • 1972-06-01 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • 1972-06-24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • 1972-07-03 Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO)
  • 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
  • 1975-06-28 The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria
  • 1975-07-27 The British government closes its consulate in Angola following increasing fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and South African troops

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 433

  • 1933-03-22 Chris Duckworth, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1956-57)
  • 1933-07-17 Tony Pithey, cricketer (brother of David, South African batsman in 17 Tests)
  • 1933-08-14 Bryce Courtenay, Johannesburg, South Africa, Australian novelist (The Power of One), (d. 2012)
  • 1933-10-10 Gerald Masters, South African/British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1933-12-06 Jim Pothecary, cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour)
  • 1934-05-26 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader
  • 1934-08-11 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and master of Clare College Cambridge, (d. 2015)
  • 1934-10-03 Harold Ralph Henning, Johannesburg South Africa, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open)
  • 1934-11-09 Ronald Harwood, [Horwitz], South African playwright (Dresser)
  • 1935-02-05 John J "Jannie" Geldenhuys, supreme commander South African army
  • 1935-03-09 Sister Bernard Ncube, South African nun
  • 1935-05-26 Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress
  • 1935-05-29 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • 1935-05-29 Denis J Worrall, South African politician/leader (DP)
  • 1935-06-25 Wynand Breytenbach, South African under minister of Defense (1986- )
  • 1935-07-12 Chris Burger, cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58)
  • 1935-07-24 George Varnals, South African cricket batsman (England 1964-65)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1936-01-08 Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education (1979-82)
  • 1936-09-26 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician
  • 1936-10-22 Neville E Alexander, South african (10 years in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1936-12-08 W S "Buster" Farrer, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64)
  • 1937-03-14 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • 1937-07-01 Ebrahim I Ebrahim, South African ANCer/Umkhonto we Sizwe-leader
  • 1937-12-11 Adrian J Vlok, South African NP-minister of Law & Order (1986- )
  • 1938-04-05 Colin Bland, cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field)
  • 1938-05-24 Glen Hall, cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964)
  • 1938-07-18 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • 1938-10-28 Peter Carlstein, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64)
  • 1938-11-19 Richard Dumbrill, cricketer (South African all-rounder in 5 Tests 1965-67)
  • 1938-11-24 Wynne Bradburn, cricketer (father of Grant NZ batsman v South Africa 1964)
  • 1938-12-09 Elizabeth H "Rina" Venter, South African minister of Health care
  • 1938-12-15 Dennis RB Madide, South African Internal minister of Transkei
  • 1939-02-09 Janet Suzman, South African actress (Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run)
  • 1939-04-04 Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)
  • 1939-06-06 Nganani Enos J Mabuza, South African leader (Inyandza National Movement)
  • 1939-06-26 Smangaliso P Mkhatshwa, South Africa, sec-gen (Bishops' Conference 1983-88)
  • 1939-07-26 Wopko Jensma, Middelburg, Eastern Province, South African poet and graphic designer
  • 1939-09-15 Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet/painter
  • 1939-09-17 Joseph Mosikili, South African actor/singer
  • 1939-10-11 Franklin A Sonn, union leader (South African workers)
  • 1939-11-05 Ken Walter, South African cricket pace bowler (1961-62 series v NZ)
  • 1940-01-17 Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • 1940-01-19 Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
  • 1940-02-17 Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • 1940-02-22 Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress)
  • 1940-05-18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • 1940-06-05 H R "Tiger" Lance, cricketer (South African batting all-rounder 1961-67)
  • 1940-06-23 Simon Hobday, Mareking South Africa, PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open)
  • 1940-07-10 Dawid J "Dawie" de Villiers, South African minister of energy (1989- )
  • 1940-08-12 Eddie Barlow, cricketer (Great South African all-rounder)
  • 1940-10-21 Manfred Mann, [Michael Lubowitz], South Africa, rocker (Mighty Quinn)
  • 1941-09-07 Mogoboya NN Ramadike, South African politician in Lebowa
  • 1941-11-14 Hermanus J Kriel, South African minister of Planning (1989- )
  • 1942-01-14 Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician
  • 1942-05-22 Pallo Jordan, South African ANC member/heads (Radio Freedom)
  • 1942-05-24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's)
  • 1942-06-18 Thabo M Mbeki, South African economist/1st vice-president (1994- )
  • 1942-06-18 Thabo Mbeki, Idutywa, Transkei, South Africa, former President of South Africa
  • 1942-06-28 "Chris" Martin Thembisile Hani, sec-gen (South African Communist Party)
  • 1942-10-26 John P "Jannie" Roux, South African sect to pres (Botha/De Klerk)
  • 1943-05-25 Wynand C Malan, South African lawyer/NP/DP-politician
  • 1943-11-09 John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa)
  • 1943-12-28 Oscar D Dhlomo, South African sect-gen of Inkatha (1978-90)
  • 1944-01-10 Rory Byrne, South African racing car designer
  • 1944-02-27 Graeme Pollock, cricketer (South African batting prodigy)
  • 1944-03-09 Lee Irvine, cricketer (South African batsman, only Tests in 1970)
  • 1944-08-19 Samuel J de Beer, South Africa vicar/underminister of Education
  • 1944-10-10 Christopher N Dlamini, South African union/SACP-leader
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946-10-06 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, born in Queenstown, South Africa (d. 2012)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 1946-10-29 Strinivasa Moodley, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1946-12-18 Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1947-03-24 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • 1947-05-17 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • 1947-06-05 Eric Molobi, South Africa, activist (ANC)
  • 1947-06-13 Daniel P A "Danie" Schutte, South African underminister of Justice
  • 1947-08-07 Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own)
  • 1947-12-30 Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe, leader (South Africa Democratic Party)
  • 1948-01-17 Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader
  • 1948-08-13 Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1948-10-21 Moses J "Moss" Mayekiso, South African union/SACP-leader
  • 1949-07-14 Lukas D Barnard, head of South Africa secret service (NIS)
  • 1949-07-23 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • 1949-08-12 Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
  • 1949-08-20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer
  • 1949-10-31 Dumisa B Ntsebeza, South African attorney/anti-apartheid activist
  • 1950-01-29 Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)
  • 1950-09-17 Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)
  • 1950-12-03 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1950-12-30 Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • 1951-03-09 Helen Zille, South African politician
  • 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)
  • 1952-03-10 Oupa J Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
  • 1952-04-26 Popo Simon Molefe, secretary-general (South Africa UDF)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 239 of 239

  • 2003-12-30 David Bale, South African-born activist (b. 1941)
  • 2004-05-26 Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
  • 2004-07-26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • 2004-12-26 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • 2005-01-19 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • 2005-03-16 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005-12-06 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • 2006-02-11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006-09-08 Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • 2006-10-23 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • 2006-10-31 Pieter Willem Botha, President of South Africa (b. 1916)
  • 2006-12-16 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 2007-01-01 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (b. 1943)
  • 2007-01-04 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 2007-01-09 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007-01-31 Adelaide Tambo, South African activist and wife of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)
  • 2007-03-18 Bob Woolmer, South African cricketer and Pakistan national coach (b. 1948)
  • 2007-10-18 Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)
  • 2007-11-02 Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu
  • 2008-01-07 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • 2008-02-15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 2008-04-04 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)
  • 2008-08-15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • 2008-11-10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1932)
  • 2009-12-16 Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, controversial South African Health Minister (b. 1940)
  • 2010-02-05 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • 2010-05-25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • 2010-12-26 Edward Bhengu, South African activist (b. 1934)
  • 2012-03-02 Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • 2012-06-07 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist, dies at 86
  • 2012-09-23 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46
  • 2012-11-22 Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
  • 2013-01-06 Neil Adcock, South African cricketer, dies from bowel cancer at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2013-12-05 Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 2014-07-13 Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90
  • 2015-02-06 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • 2015-07-28 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder, dies at 66
  • 2015-08-21 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81
  • 2016-07-31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88