South African History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 558

  • 1976-03-12 South African troops leave Angola
  • 1976-06-11 Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
  • 1976-06-16 Students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools.
  • 1976-06-24 A Principal's office in Hlengisi Primary, Nyanga, outside Cape Town, South Africa, is burnt down; part of the broader resistance against the oppressive new Bantu Education policy of Afrikaans as a teaching medium in their schools
  • 1976-06-25 The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting
  • 1976-06-27 In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness
  • 1976-07-17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • 1976-08-11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
  • 1976-08-13 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia
  • 1976-09-23 South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them
  • 1976-10-26 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
  • 1976-11-09 UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa
  • 1976-12-28 Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa
  • 1977-04-27 Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1977-06-10 International Labour Organisation and United Nations meet to discuss apartheid in South Africa and potential actions to prevent further violence and state repression.
  • 1977-06-23 Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests
  • 1977-06-28 The United Party, main political opposition party in South Africa, is formally disbanded by the majority faction after members leave the party to join other new political parties
  • 1977-06-29 South Africa opposition party, the New Republic Party (NRP), is formed after the integration of the United Party (UP) and Democratic Party (DP)
  • 1977-07-26 The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1977-08-10 About 100 white sympathisers joined evicted black squatters in a protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977-09-14 Christmas Tinto sentenced to 7 years in Robben Island, South Africa
  • 1977-10-21 US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa
  • 1977-11-04 UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1977-12-06 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence
  • 1977-12-31 Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa
  • 1978-01-01 News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • 1978-05-06 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • 1978-07-24 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe
  • 1978-09-28 Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa
  • 1979-09-13 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of S Afr)
  • 1980-05-02 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
  • 1980-06-01 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-06-13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1980-06-18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa
  • 1980-06-23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails
  • 1980-06-28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • 1980-08-22 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • 1981-06-19 Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • 1981-06-30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained
  • 1981-07-25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.
  • 1981-07-29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
  • 1981-08-08 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • 1981-11-25 Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
  • 1981-11-30 South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
  • 1981-12-04 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa
  • 1982-03-20 Rev A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • 1982-06-25 South African President P.W. Botha issues a new Proclamation again placing Ingwavuma under government control
  • 1982-07-02 In South Africa, the Internal Security Act is passed, giving massive powers to the authorities to investigate any organization or publication
  • 1982-08-06 Three ANC members are sentenced to death in South Africa
  • 1982-08-11 The South African Defence Force (SADF) raids Southern Angola
  • 1983-07-13 The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa
  • 1983-08-06 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar crashes at South Africa
  • 1983-08-06 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1983-08-20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • 1983-09-27 South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu freed after 19 years
  • 1984-02-27 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa
  • 1984-03-16 South Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
  • 1984-05-12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years
  • 1984-06-28 Former member of South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Jeannette Schoon, and her six-year old daughter, Katryn, are killed by a letter bomb at Lubango, in northern Angola
  • 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
  • 1984-07-13 The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa
  • 1984-08-22 The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament
  • 1984-09-03 South Africa adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-09-26 President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1984-12-10 South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with his Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1985-01-31 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence
  • 1985-04-30 Last edition of Brink Daily Mail/Sunday Express in South Africa
  • 1985-05-18 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • 1985-07-09 South Africa police arrested Dutch ANC'er Klaas de Jong
  • 1985-08-07 A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with SA President P W Botha, following calls by the church for urgent discussions on the causes of unrest, forced removals and the emergency regulations in the country
  • 1985-08-13 South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts
  • 1985-08-14 Political violence by the youth begins after the funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students
  • 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
  • 1985-08-19 Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa
  • 1985-08-23 South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested
  • 1985-09-09 President Reagan orders sanctions against South Africa
  • 1985-10-11 President Reagan bans importation of South African Krugerrands
  • 1985-12-01 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms
  • 1986-01-01 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • 1986-05-16 South African President PW Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
  • 1986-05-18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • 1986-05-19 Anti-apartheid activist HClane Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • 1986-05-23 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa
  • 1986-06-10 In South Africa, the three-year-old 'State of Emergency' is renewed for another twelve months, followed by an organized campaign of civil disobedience against it.
  • 1986-06-12 PW Botha declares South African national emergency
  • 1986-06-13 Pres Reagan criticizes South African state of emergency
  • 1986-06-16 1 day general strike in South Africa
  • 1986-06-18 US House of Representatives approves Bill to impose stricter sanctions on Apartheid South Africa
  • 1986-06-27 South African Journalist and founder of the 'New Nation' newspaper, Zwelakhe Sisulu is abducted; he was released 721 days later on 2 December 1988
  • 1986-06-28 West European leaders, meeting in the Netherlands, delay indefinitely imposing economic sanctions against South Africa
  • 1986-06-29 Moses Mayekiso, who was the General Secretary of the Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and became a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), is detained for a second time and spends several months in solitary cofinement
  • 1986-07-13 Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games, a direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa
  • 1986-08-27 Protests erupt in Soweto, South Africa, against evictions carried out after an 11 week rent boycott
  • 1986-09-16 Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed
  • 1986-10-21 IBM re-forms in South Africa
  • 1986-10-25 International Red Cross ousted from South Africa
  • 1986-12-11 South Africa censors press
  • 1986-12-12 South African journalist and activist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested at John Vorster Square
  • 1987-06-22 The International Labour Organisation, meeting for its annual conference in Geneva, calls for international sanctions against South African minerals
  • 1987-06-27 In South Africa, the Afrikaans Protestant Church, a breakaway faction of Dutch Reformed Church, is formed

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 433

  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, Durban South Africa, British musician (Dr Feelgood)
  • 1952-11-17 M Cyril Ramaphosa, sec-gen of South African Mine Workers' Union
  • 1953-02-02 James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • 1953-06-07 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire
  • 1953-07-31 Jimmy Cook, cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992)
  • 1953-09-11 Jani Allan, South African journalist and media personality
  • 1954-03-02 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • 1954-05-02 Bulelani T Ngcuka, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • 1954-06-20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • 1954-06-28 Alice Krige, South African actress (Chariots of Fire, Ladykiller)
  • 1954-12-22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader
  • 1955-05-14 Peter Kirsten, cricketer (South African middle-order batsman)
  • 1956-01-31 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1956-06-25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, Vryheid, Natal, South African artist
  • 1956-07-03 Eddie Edwards, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1956-08-22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban
  • 1956-11-25 Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
  • 1957-02-09 Mohammed Valli Moosa, South African leader (UDF)
  • 1957-09-14 Kepler Wessels, Bloemfontein South Africa, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, the latter as captain.
  • 1957-09-15 Fulton Peter Allem, Kroonstad South Africa, PGA golfer (1993 SW Bell)
  • 1958-01-07 Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)
  • 1958-02-27 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1958-03-02 Kevin Curren, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1958-04-05 Johan Kriek, South Africa, tennis player (US Indoor 1982)
  • 1958-05-31 Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)
  • 1959-02-28 Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)
  • 1959-04-22 Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)
  • 1959-07-05 Tim Shaw, cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991)
  • 1959-08-24 Adrian Kuiper, cricketer (South African all-rounder)
  • 1959-09-11 David Laurence Frost, Cape Town South Africa, PGA golfer (1988 Southern Open)
  • 1960-02-19 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade
  • 1960-04-14 Pat Symcox, cricketer (South African off-spinner 1993- )
  • 1960-08-28 Cunningham T Ngcukana, South African worker's union leader
  • 1960-09-28 Derek James, Durban South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Infiniti)
  • 1960-10-17 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • 1960-11-02 Rosalyn Nideffer, Durban South Africa, tennis star (1993 Futures-Midland MI)
  • 1961-03-04 Roger Wessels, Port Elizabeth South Africa, golfer (1994 Canadian Masters)
  • 1962-06-16 Arnold Vosloo, South African actor
  • 1962-08-03 Lucky Dube, South African reggae singer
  • 1962-10-23 Christo van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1963-01-03 Ashley Chinner, Cape Town South Africa, golfer (1992 CGIA Canadian Tour)
  • 1963-12-22 Bryan McMillan, cricketer (brilliant South African all-rounder since 1992)
  • 1964-01-24 Ronnie McCann, Evander South Africa, Nike golfer (1993 Hawkeye-37th)
  • 1964-10-12 Fanie De Villers, cricketer (great South African pace bowler 1993- )
  • 1964-12-24 Gary Muller, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1965-02-01 David Callaghan, cricketer (South African all-rounder in one-dayers 1992)
  • 1965-02-15 Craig Matthews, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)
  • 1965-02-19 John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • 1965-03-17 Andrew Hudson, South African cricket player
  • 1966-01-07 Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)
  • 1966-03-14 Tertius Bosch, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1992)
  • 1966-03-17 Andrew Hudson, cricketer (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992)
  • 1966-05-26 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Oly-1988)
  • 1966-06-22 Meyrick Pringle, cricket pace bowler (South African)
  • 1966-10-10 Elana Meyer, [van Zyl], South Africa, runner (Olympics-silver-92)
  • 1966-10-20 Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • 1966-11-02 Rosalyn Fairbank, South Africa, tennis player
  • 1966-12-02 Clive Eksteen, cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1967-01-02 Francois Pienaar, Vereeniging Transvaal (now known as Gauteng Province), South African rugby player and captain of the Springboks
  • 1967-03-04 Daryll Cullinan, South African cricketer (batsman Warne's bunny)
  • 1967-06-30 Rudi Steyn, cricketer (South African opening batsman 1995)
  • 1967-08-08 Ben Fouchee, Kuruman South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1987 South African Amateur)
  • 1967-11-23 Gary Kirsten, cricketer (South African lefty opening batsman 1993-)
  • 1968-03-04 Dinky van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1968-03-08 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • 1968-12-02 Elna Reinach, Pretoria South Africa, tennis star
  • 1969-05-26 Musetta Vander, South African actress
  • 1969-06-24 Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player
  • 1969-07-26 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder)
  • 1969-07-30 Errol Stewart, South African cricket wicket-keeper (limited-over 1993)
  • 1969-09-25 Hansie Cronje, cricket captain (solid South African batsman)
  • 1969-10-17 Theodore Ernest Els, Johannesburg South Africa, PGA golfer (1994 US Open)
  • 1970-03-11 Brett Liddle, Boksburg South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Newcastle)
  • 1970-08-04 Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)
  • 1970-08-26 Brett Schultz, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)
  • 1971-02-15 Barbara Failey-Herbert, South Africa, golfer (1989 winner SA Champ)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971-06-28 Elon Musk, American entrepreneur and inventor (SpaceX, Telsta, Paypal), born in Pretoria, South Africa

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Elon Musk
  • 1971-09-15 Wayne Ferreira, Johannesburg South Africa, tennis star (Munich 1995)
  • 1971-10-22 Amanda Coetzer, Hoopstad South Africa, tennis star (1996 Aust semi)
  • 1972-11-10 Carol Anne Becker, Miss Universe-South Africa (1996)
  • 1972-12-18 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1973-03-20 Nico Boje, cricketer (South African ODI left-arm spinner 1996)
  • 1973-07-16 Shaun Pollock, cricketer (son of Peter South African Test quick 1995-)
  • 1973-09-03 Joanette Kruger, Johannesburg South Africa, tennis star
  • 1973-09-18 Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur
  • 1974-01-09 Craig Wishart, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995)
  • 1974-01-27 ZP Theart, South African-born English singer (Dragonforce)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1974-02-23 Herschelle Gibbs, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996)
  • 1974-06-30 Hezekiel Sepeng, Potchefstroom South Africa, South African athlete
  • 1974-11-01 V V S Laxman, cricketer (Indian Test batsman v South Africa 1996- )

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975-08-07 Charlize Theron, South African actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster), born in Benoni, Transvaal

  • 1975-08-22 Mbali Gasa, Miss South Africa Universe (1997)
  • 1975-10-16 Jacques Kallis, cricketer (South African Test all-rounder v England 1995)
  • 1976-02-22 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
  • 1976-04-02 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer
  • 1976-11-27 Jean Grae, South African-born rapper
  • 1976-12-03 Mark Boucher, South African cricketer
  • 1977-02-14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)

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