South African History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 569

Cape Colony Founded

1652-04-06 Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck

  • 1795-09-16 British capture Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch
  • 1796-08-17 British beat Batavian navy in Saldanha Bay, South Africa
  • 1806-01-08 Battle of Blaauwberg: British forces attack French vassal, the Batavian Republic near Cape Town, modern day South Africa
  • 1806-01-19 United Kingdom re-occupies the Cape of Good Hope following victory in the Battle of Blaauwberg over French vassal, the Batavian Republic. Establishes British rule in South Africa.
  • 1829-10-01 South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; later to separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools.
  • 1838-12-16 Battle of Blood River: Zulu impis defeated by Voortrekkers in South Africa (Great Trek)
  • 1843-08-08 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony
  • 1852-01-17 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
  • 1852-02-26 British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa, 458 die, 193 survive
  • 1854-02-17 Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
  • 1870-07-30 The Republic of Klipdrift is proclaimed by Transvaal President Andries Pretorius after the discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1866 resulted in a flood of treasure hunters; ownership of the diamond fields was contested by the Boer republics
  • 1871-10-17 Great Britain annexes Griqualand, South Africa
  • 1877-04-12 British annex Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1878-03-26 Sabi Game Reserve opens in South Africa, the world's 1st officially designated game reserve

Anglo-Zulu War

1879-01-11 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa

  • 1879-01-22 Zulu warriors attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa
  • 1879-07-31 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies
  • 1879-11-28 Battle at Lydenburg South Africa: Gen Wolseley beats Sekhukhenes Pedi-Zulu
  • 1880-12-08 5,000 armed Boers gather in Paardekraal, South Africa
  • 1880-12-16 Transvaal region declares itself as the Republic of South Africa
  • 1880-12-16 Beginning of the First Boer War between British Empire and Boer South African Republic
  • 1881-02-27 Battle at Amajuba: South African Boers vs British army under General Colley

Historic Event

1881-03-04 South African politician Paul Kruger accepts ceasefire during First Boer War

  • 1883-01-02 Battle of Boschberg takes place in South Africa as part of the Mapoch War
  • 1889-03-12 Start of South Africa's 1st Test, v England, Port Elizabeth
  • 1889-03-26 Bernard Tancred carries bat for 26* out of 47! South Africa v England
  • 1889-03-26 Johnny Briggs takes 15-26 (7-17 & 8-11) v South Africa at Newlands
  • 1889-03-26 South Africa all out 47, then follow-on all out 43 v England
  • 1892-03-19 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England v South Africa (Cape Town)
  • 1893-01-01 The railway line from Germiston to Pretoria, South Africa, is opened to traffic
  • 1893-11-04 British South Africa Company troops under Dr Jamesons occupy Bulawayo, Matabeleland
  • 1894-01-01 South African Amateur Athletic Union is founded in Johannesburg
  • 1894-06-25 Boer leader Paul Kruger meets British High Commissioner, Sir Henry Loch, on Pretoria station in South Africa and accompanies him to his hotel to discuss the grievances of the Uitlanders (Foreigners)
  • 1894-06-28 The Natal Legislature plans to introduce the Indian Franchise Bill, South Africa
  • 1895-07-08 Delagoa Bay Railway opens in South Africa
  • 1896-01-02 Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops)
  • 1896-02-14 George Lohmann takes a hat-trick for England v South Africa, 8-7 for inning - their lowest ever
  • 1896-03-02 Best 9-wicket haul in cricket history; George Lohmann takes 9-28 as England beats South Africa by an innings and 197 runs in 2nd Test at Johannesburg
  • 1897-07-16 The South African Committee, investigating the Jameson Raid releases its report finding that it was conducted almost implicitly through the support and encouragement of Cecil Rhodes and the mining houses in the Transvaal
  • 1899-04-04 South Africa all out 35 vs England (Trott 4-19, Haigh 6-11)
  • 1899-09-08 British government sends an additional 10,000 troops to Natal, South Africa
  • 1899-09-17 1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa
  • 1899-10-09 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • 1899-10-09 South Africa President Kruger routes British authorities ultimatum
  • 1899-10-11 South African Boers declare war on Great Britain
  • 1899-10-12 South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain
  • 1899-10-13 7,000 laid-off black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

Historic Event

1899-10-14 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

  • 1899-10-22 British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa
  • 1899-10-24 Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army
  • 1899-12-10 -15] British "Black Week" due to defeats in South Africa
  • 1899-12-10 Battle at Storm Berge South Africa - Boers vs British army
  • 1899-12-15 Battle at Colenso, South Africa: British army defeated by Boer force
  • 1899-12-18 Field Marshal Lord Roberts appointed British supreme commander in South Africa
  • 1899-12-23 British Field Marshal Lord Roberts departs Southampton for South Africa for the 2nd Boer War
  • 1900-01-21 The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers
  • 1900-01-24 Battle of Tugela-Spionkop, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-02-06 The Battle of Vaal Krantz, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-02-15 Boer War: Siege of Kimberley broken by British troops under Lieutenant-General John French after a 124 day siege. Kimberley defense led by Cecil Rhodes.
  • 1900-02-23 Battle at Hart's Hill, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
  • 1900-02-27 Boer General Cronjé surrenders to British in Pardenberg, South Africa
  • 1900-03-07 Battle at Poplar Grove South Africa, President Kruger flees
  • 1900-03-10 Battle of Driefontein, South Africa, British offensive against the Boers, who are forced to withdraw
  • 1900-03-17 In South Africa, British troops relieve Mafeking, besieged by the Boers since 13 October, 1899
  • 1900-03-27 Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.
  • 1900-05-26 British troops under Ian Hamilton attack the Vaal in South Africa
  • 1900-05-27 Lord Roberts' army fights the Vaal in South Africa
  • 1900-05-28 Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, flees its capital, Pretoria, goes to Watervalboven to evade the advancing British
  • 1900-06-01 British army occupies Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1900-06-05 Pretoria, capital of the Boer Republic of South Africa, falls to the British led by General Buller
  • 1900-08-30 Last 2,000 British prisoners in Nooitgedagt, South Africa, freed
  • 1900-09-03 With a proclamation by General Lord Roberts, Britain annexes the Boer Republic of South Africa
  • 1900-09-06 British General Buller occupies Lydenburg, South Africa
  • 1900-09-15 A Boer delegation issues an appeal at the Hague, Netherlands, that the major powers intervene in the war in South Africa
  • 1900-10-19 South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger departs for Europe
  • 1900-10-25 Great Britain annexes the former Boer South African Republic, renaming it the Transvaal Colony
  • 1900-11-22 Paul Kruger, exiled President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, is given a popular welcome when he lands at Marseilles, France

Historic Event

1900-11-29 General Horatio Kitchener assumes command of the British forces in South Africa from General Lord Roberts

  • 1900-12-01 Exiled South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Flanders and on the same day is declined a visit from the German Kaiser
  • 1900-12-02 Exiled South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger arrives in Germany, though the Kaiser refuses to meet him
  • 1900-12-09 President Paul Kruger of South Africa's Transvaal & Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands have a triumphant procession
  • 1901-02-27 A General Committee of National Liberal Federation meets and adopts a resolution deploring the continuation of the war in South Africa and condemning the British Government's insistence on unconditional surrender by the Boers
  • 1901-07-16 The Fawcett Commission headed by Millicent Fawcett is established as a result of an outcry against the treatment of Afrikaners in concentration camps during the South African War
  • 1901-07-25 Emily Hobhouse addresses public meetings in Britain on the concentration camps during the South African War
  • 1902-01-10 Although it has professed neutrality in the Boer War, German Chancellor von Bulow joins others in attacking British actions in South Africa
  • 1902-05-06 Zulu assault at Holkrantz, South Africa
  • 1902-10-10 South Africa's President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Utrecht
  • 1902-10-11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • 1904-06-22 Chinese laborers arrive in South Africa following a severe labor shortage

World's Largest Diamond Discovered

1905-01-26 World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa

  • 1905-04-25 Whites win right to vote in South Africa
  • 1906-01-01 The poll tax of £1 per head on all adult male inhabitants of Natal, South Africa, except indentured Indians and married Blacks, imposed by the Natal parliament in 1905, becomes payable.
  • 1906-01-04 South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win
  • 1906-04-02 Dave Nourse takes 4 wickets and Reggie Schwarz 3 as South Africa wins the 5th cricket Test in Cape Town to complete a 4-1 series drubbing of England

Historic Event

1906-09-11 Mahatma Gandhi coins the term "Satyagraha" to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.

Election of Interest

1907-02-26 Louis Botha Het Volk Party wins a majority in the election in Transvaal, South Africa

  • 1909-06-15 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.

Historic Event

1909-09-02 King Edward VII signs South Africa Act


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 476

  • 1761-02-01 Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
  • 1797-07-10 Piet [Petrus Lafras] Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), born in Potberg, Swellendam, South Africa (d. 1838)
  • 1813-07-26 Isaac Baumann, Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, born in Kassel Hesse, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1817-01-08 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1893)
  • 1819-09-17 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president of the Republic South Africa, born in Graaff Reinet, Cape Colony (d. 1901)
  • 1824-12-19 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), born in County Westmeath Ireland (d. 1897)

Paul Kruger

1825-10-10 Paul Kruger, 3rd President of South African Republic (1883-1900) and face of Boer resistance during the Second Boer War, born in Steynsburg, Cape Colony (d. 1904)

  • 1831-01-20 Piet Joubert, South African general and vice-president, born in Prince Albert, British Cape Colony (d. 1900)
  • 1838-02-16 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor and linguist
  • 1847-10-09 Stephanus Jacobus du Toit, South African theologist and journalist (Afrikaner Bond), born in Paarl, South Africa (d. 1911)
  • 1847-10-22 Jacobus Herculas de la Rey, Boer leader in the South African War (1899–1902), born in Winburg, South Africa (d. 1914)
  • 1853-02-09 Leander Starr Jameson, Prime Minister of South African Cape colony

Cecil Rhodes

1853-07-05 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1902)

  • 1854-10-07 Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War
  • 1855-03-24 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)
  • 1856-07-15 Owen Dunell, South African cricket batsman (South Africa's 1st Test captain; 2 Tests), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1929)
  • 1858-11-23 Frank Hearne, English cricket batsman (2 Tests England, 4 South Africa; Kent, Western Province), born in Ealing, England (d. 1949)
  • 1859-05-01 Willem Johannes Leyds, Dutch-South Africa lawyer and diplomat (State Secretary of the South African Republic), born in Magelang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1940)
  • 1862-02-10 W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)

Louis Botha

1862-09-27 Louis Botha, Boer general and statesman, 1st Prime Minister of South Africa (1910-19), born in Greytown, Natal (d. 1919)

  • 1865-08-04 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1890)
  • 1865-08-20 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1911)
  • 1865-11-01 Monty Bowden, English cricket wicketkeeper and captain (2 Tests; youngest England captain at 23 years, 144 days), born in Stockwell, Surrey (d. 1892)

J. B. M. Hertzog

1866-04-03 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General and Prime Minister (1924-39), born in Wellington, South Africa (d. 1942)

  • 1868-04-05 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892), born in Jacobsdal, Orange Free State (d. 1909)
  • 1870-05-24 Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and proponent of Commonwealth & League of Nations, born in Bovenplaats, Cape Colony (d. 1950)
  • 1870-06-24 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, born in Burgersdorp, Cape Colony (d. 1947)
  • 1870-12-21 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), born in Ellon, United Kingdom (d. 1943)
  • 1874-04-26 Biddy Anderson, South African cricket batsman (1 Test as captain; Western Province) and rugby union centre (3 Tests), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1926)
  • 1874-05-22 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, born in Riebeek-Wes, Cape Colony (d. 1959)
  • 1874-11-07 Joseph Willoughby, South African cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1895-96), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 1952)
  • 1875-05-04 Reggie Schwartz, English cricket spin bowler (20 Tests South Africa, 55 wickets, BB 6/47) and rugby union fly half (3 Tests England), born in London, England (d. 1918)
  • 1876-04-14 Murray Bisset, South African cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • 1876-09-26 Charlie Llewellyn, South African cricketer (South African lefty all-rounder 1896-1912), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1964)
  • 1876-11-28 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (early South African googly bowler), born in Swartwater, South Africa (d. 1946)
  • 1877-02-21 Totius [Jacob D. du Toit], South African poet and theologist, born in Paarl, Cape Colony (d. 1953)
  • 1878-04-07 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (12 tests 1901-11), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1920)
  • 1879-01-25 Dave Nourse, South African cricket all-rounder (45 Tests, 1 x 100, 41 wickets; Natal, Transvaal, Western Province), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1948)
  • 1879-08-07 Johannes Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07), born in Berg River, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • 1880-08-17 Percy Sherwell, South African cricket wicketkeeper and captain (13 Tests, 1 x 100, 36 dismissals; Transvaal), born in Isipingo, South Africa (d. 1948)
  • 1880-12-28 Christian DFL Leipoldt, South african physician/writer/poet
  • 1881-03-13 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1950)
  • 1881-04-23 Claude Carter, South African cricket spin bowler (19 Tests, 28 wickets), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • 1881-12-17 Aubrey Faulkner, South African cricket all-rounder (25 Tests, 4 x 100s, TS 204; Transvaal), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1930)
  • 1882-02-09 Tom Campbell, South African cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests, 8 dismissals), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1924)
  • 1883-02-21 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • 1884-02-04 Rolland Beaumont, South African cricket batsman (5 Tests; Transvaal), born in Newcastle, Natal, South Africa (d. 1958)
  • 1884-10-10 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in Australia 1910-11), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1953)
  • 1885-03-16 Sydney Chaplin [Hawkes], British actor, half brother and manager of Charlie Chaplin, born in London, England (d. 1965)
  • 1886-06-28 Joe Cox, South African cricket fast medium bowler (3 Tests; Natal), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1971)
  • 1886-08-13 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1957)
  • 1887-02-11 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • 1887-08-02 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket-keeper (23 Tests), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1936)
  • 1888-07-28 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), (d. 1972)
  • 1889-03-16 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1908), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1951)
  • 1889-05-05 Herbie Taylor, South African cricket batsman and captain (42 Tests; 2,936 runs @ 40.77; 7 x 100s), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1973)
  • 1889-06-20 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1951)
  • 1889-09-03 Cecil Weston, South African actress (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), born in Capetown (d. 1976)
  • 1890-06-30 Horace Chapman, South African cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 1941)
  • 1891-02-12 Cec Dixon, South African cricket fast-medium bowler (1 Test; 3 wickets; Transvaal), born in Potchefstroom, South Africa (d. 1969)

J. R. R. Tolkien

1892-01-03 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 1973)

Basil Rathbone

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

  • 1892-07-22 John MacBryan, cricketer (one Test Eng v South Africa 1924 DNBat, DNbowl)
  • 1893-12-31 Jimmy Blanckenberg, South African cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 60 wickets; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1955)
  • 1894-08-22 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Cape Town (d. 1973)
  • 1894-08-23 James La Guma, South African political activist and trade unionist, born in Cape Town (d. 1961)
  • 1894-10-05 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 400m 1920), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1948)
  • 1894-12-05 C. R. Swart, South African politician (1st State President of South Africa 1961-67), born in Winburg, Orange Free State (d. 1982)
  • 1895-02-03 Izak Buys, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1922, 0 & 4*, 0-52)
  • 1895-07-21 H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)
  • 1895-07-22 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, born in Debe Nek, King Williamstown, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1897-05-10 Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • 1897-05-11 Izak W van der Merwe [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • 1897-06-20 Cyril Francois, South African cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 252 runs, 6 wickets), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1944)
  • 1897-11-20 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1897-12-16 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)
  • 1899-01-30 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), born in Pretoria (d. 1972)
  • 1899-04-04 William Brann, South African cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1953)
  • 1899-09-29 Billy Butlin, South African-British holiday camp promoter (Butlins), born in Cape Town, Cape Colony (d. 1980)
  • 1899-10-11 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (no relation to A E South African fast bowler), born in Graaff-Reinet, Cape Province (d. 1949)
  • 1899-12-06 Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith
  • 1900-06-13 Ian Hunter, South African character actor (Dr. Blood's Coffin; White Unicorn), born in Capetown, South Africa (d. 1975)
  • 1900-06-25 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1981)
  • 1900-07-10 Bob Catterall, South African cricket batsman (24 Tests, 3 x 100s), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1961)
  • 1901-06-22 Willem Jacobus du Plooy Erlank (Eitemal), South African poet and professor in Afrikaans and Dutch literature at the University of Stellenbosch, born in Wolmaransstad, Transvaal
  • 1901-09-08 Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister (1958-66) who was assassinated in 1966, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1901-10-02 Roy Campbell, South African poet (Flowering Rifle), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1957)
  • 1902-01-01 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), born near Alesund, Norway (d. 1977)
  • 1902-10-14 Shunter Coen, South African cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 41no, @ 50.50; Orange Free State), born in Heilbron, South Africa (d. 1967)

Alan Paton

1903-01-11 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1988)

  • 1903-11-09 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), born in Rustenburg, Transvaal (d. 1971)
  • 1904-06-23 Quintin McMillan, South African cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 36 wickets), born in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1948)
  • 1904-12-12 Jim Christy, South African cricket batsman (10 Tests; top score 103 1932; Transvaal, Queensland), born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1971)
  • 1905-03-27 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, South African nutritional scientist, physician and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1983)
  • 1905-07-05 Jock "Herbie" Cameron, South African cricket wicketkeeper and captain (26 Tests; 51 dismissals), born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province (d. 1935)
  • 1905-11-05 George Bissett, South African cricketer (successful South African quick in 1927-28), born in Kimberley, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1965)
  • 1906-01-06 Benedict Vilakazi, South African Zulu poet & educator (Zulu-English Dictionary), born in KwaDukuza, Natal (d. 1947)
  • 1906-02-27 H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)
  • 1906-04-15 Sandy Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35), born in East London, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • 1906-12-02 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 1981)

Famous Weddings

  • 1940-01-02 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.
  • 1949-01-18 South African Rev Andries Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer
  • 1956-10-06 South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

F. W. de Klerk

1969-04-11 Future South African president F. W. de Klerk marries Marike Willemse

  • 1985-08-15 Anti-apartheid lawyer Bulelani Ngcuka marries in South Africa

Mats Wilander

1987-01-03 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

  • 1989-04-15 South African-British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • 1996-03-24 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa
  • 2005-12-10 Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 278

  • 1828-09-22 Shaka, South African Zulu king, founder of the Zulu nation, murdered (b. c. 1787)
  • 1838-04-11 Piet [Petrus Lafras] Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • 1852-12-16 Andries H Potgieter, South African/Transvaal explorer, dies at 59
  • 1867-06-22 Leopold Marquard, South African clergyman, missionary and educationist, dies at 80
  • 1881-07-19 Isaac Baumann, Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, dies at 67
  • 1884-08-14 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 1890-05-19 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24
  • 1892-01-02 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman & scientist, dies at 78
  • 1892-02-19 Monty Bowden, English cricket wicketkeeper and captain (2 Tests; youngest England captain at 23 years, 144 days), dies of epilepsy at 26
  • 1893-06-23 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, British-born South African statesman (b. 1817)
  • 1893-07-09 George Christopher Cato, Natal pioneer and first mayor of Durban South Africa, dies at 79
  • 1897-10-28 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), dies at 72
  • 1899-11-28 Adrian the la Rey, son of South African general, dies in battle at 19
  • 1899-12-11 Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
  • 1900-02-16 George Labram, US mine engineer in South Africa, dies in battle
  • 1900-03-27 Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69
  • 1900-03-31 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies
  • 1900-04-05 Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle
  • 1901-10-30 ... Opperman, South African Boer general (Spy), killed in battle
  • 1901-12-01 George Lohmann, England cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 112 wickets @ 10.75), dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1902-01-17 Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
  • 1902-04-11 General Jacobus Potgieter, South African Boer commander, dies in Second Boer War Battle of Rooiwal, South African Republic

Paul Kruger

1904-07-14 Paul Kruger, 3rd President of South African Republic (1883-1900) and face of Boer resistance during the Second Boer War, dies of pneumonia at 78

  • 1906-03-23 Victor Barton, English cricket batsman (1 Test, HS 23; Kent CCC, Hampshire CCC) and soccer goalkeeper (Southampton), dies at 38
  • 1908-05-31 C L "Boy" Johnson, Irish-born South African cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies at 37
  • 1909-07-10 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies at 40
  • 1911-02-04 Peter A "Piet" Cronje, South Africa Boer general, dies at about 75
  • 1911-02-18 Billy Murdoch, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests Australia, 1 England; 2 x 100s; NSW, Sussex CCC, London CCC), dies from apoplexy at 56
  • 1911-11-23 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies at 46
  • 1913-02-23 Jimmy Sinclair, cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South African career), dies
  • 1916-08-01 Claude Newberry, South African cricket All-rounder (v England 1913-14), dies
  • 1917-03-18 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • 1917-07-31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • 1917-09-12 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • 1917-11-19 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1918-04-11 Arthur Ochse, cricketer (WW I played for South Africa in 1889 aged 19), dies
  • 1918-10-17 Gordon White, cricketer (WW I Superb South African batsman 1905-12), dies
  • 1918-11-18 Reggie Schwartz, English cricket spin bowler (20 Tests South Africa, 55 wickets, BB 6/47) and rugby union fly half (3 Tests England), dies from Spanish flu at 43
  • 1919-10-02 Ernest Halliwell, South African cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests), dies at 55
  • 1920-05-17 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies at 42
  • 1922-02-03 Christiaan R. de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
  • 1923-05-30 Charles Fichardt, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests 1892-96), dies
  • 1924-05-19 Billy Zulch, cricketer (South African batsman scored 2 Test centuries), dies
  • 1924-10-05 Tom Campbell, South African cricket wicket keeper (5 Tests, 8 dismissals), dies in a railway accident at 42
  • 1925-09-30 Philip Hutchinson, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1889), dies
  • 1926-03-11 Biddy Anderson, South African cricket batsman (1 Test as captain; Western Province) and rugby union centre (3 Tests), dies at 51
  • 1927-05-09 Tommy Routledge, South African cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies at 60
  • 1928-12-21 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1929-10-21 Owen Dunell, South African cricket batsman (South Africa's 1st Test captain; 2 Tests), dies at 73
  • 1929-11-09 Nicolaas Theunissen, South African cricket break bowler (2nd Test 1889), dies
  • 1929-12-09 Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v South Africa 1899), dies
  • 1930-03-06 William Milton, British cricket all-rounder (3 Tests South Africa, 2 wickets) and rugby union centre (2 Tests England), dies at 75
  • 1930-07-14 William Hare Ashley, South African cricketer (Test South Africa, 7 wkts), dies at 68
  • 1930-09-10 Aubrey Faulkner, South African cricket all-rounder (25 Tests, 4 x 100s, TS 204; Transvaal), dies from self inflicted gas poisoning at 48
  • 1931-07-07 Johannes "Kodgee" Kotze, South African cricketer (South Africa 1902-07), dies at 51
  • 1932-06-19 Solomon Tshkisho Platje, South African writer, dies
  • 1934-07-07 Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), dies
  • 1934-07-28 Louis Tancred, South African cricketer (fourteen Tests batting for South Africa 1905-14), dies at 57
  • 1934-08-05 Neville Quinn, South African cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 35 wickets), dies of heart failure at 26
  • 1935-10-11 Frank Mitchell, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng then 3 for South Africa), dies
  • 1935-11-02 Jock "Herbie" Cameron, South African cricket wicketkeeper and captain (26 Tests; 51 dismissals), dies of typhoid at 30
  • 1935-12-13 John Nicolson, cricketer (South African lefty batsman 1926-27), dies
  • 1936-01-10 Charles Wright, English cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests, 1 x 50; Cambridge Uni CC, Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 72
  • 1936-02-16 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket-keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted at 48
  • 1936-03-20 Durant Clifford Parkin, cricketer (Tests for South Africa 1891-92), dies
  • 1938-07-14 Robert Poore, British cricket batsman (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies at 72
  • 1938-11-15 George Glover, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1939-10-21 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1940-07-03 George Shepstone, South African cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • 1940-12-06 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • 1941-12-01 Horace Chapman, South African cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), dies at 51

J. B. M. Hertzog

1942-11-21 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General and Prime Minister (1924-39), dies at 76

  • 1942-11-27 Arthur Langton, South African cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 40 wickets), dies in a military air crash at 30
  • 1943-07-17 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-general of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), dies at 72
  • 1943-09-28 Charles Vintcent, cricketer (played in South Africa's 1st 3 tests), dies
  • 1944-05-26 Cyril Francois, South African cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 252 runs, 6 wickets), dies in a motor accident at 46
  • 1945-07-20 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies
  • 1946-04-21 Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
  • 1946-08-09 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies at 69
  • 1946-11-22 Bertie Rose-Innes, cricketer (South Africa's Test), dies
  • 1947-03-27 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 1947-04-12 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • 1947-07-16 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • 1948-02-02 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 400m 1920), dies at 53
  • 1948-03-05 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • 1948-04-17 Percy Sherwell, South African cricket wicketkeeper and captain (13 Tests, 1 x 100, 36 dismissals; Transvaal), dies at 67
  • 1948-07-03 Quintin McMillan, South African cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 36 wickets), dies at 44
  • 1948-07-08 Dave Nourse, South African cricket all-rounder (45 Tests, 1 x 100, 41 wickets; Natal, Transvaal, Western Province), dies at 69
  • 1948-07-26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • 1948-09-11 Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies
  • 1949-05-06 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies at 49
  • 1949-07-14 Frank Hearne, English cricket batsman (2 Tests England, 4 South Africa; Kent, Western Province), dies at 90
  • 1950-09-11 John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80
  • 1950-09-29 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, dies at 69
  • 1951-04-27 Philip Hands, South African cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies at 61
  • 1952-05-16 Alec Hearne, English cricket batsman (1 Test; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1894; Kent), dies at 88
  • 1952-07-31 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies
  • 1952-11-08 Claude Carter, South African cricket spin bowler (19 Tests, 28 wickets), dies at 71
  • 1953-07-01 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies