Bloemfontein in History

Historical Events

  • 1854-02-23 Great Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
  • 1899-05-31 -June 5] Conference of Bloemfontein fails
  • 1900-03-12 President Steyn of Orange Free state flees from Bloemfontein
  • 1900-03-13 British troops occupy Bloemfontein, capital of the Orange Free State (Boer War)
  • 1901-01-24 Emily Hobhouse views the British administrated concentration camp at Bloemfontein for women and children
  • 1931-09-30 Start of "Die Voortrekkers" youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1813-07-26 Isaac Baumann, Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, born in Kassel Hesse, Germany (d. 1881)

Person of interestJ. 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)

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1894-08-23 James La Guma, South African political activist and trade unionist, born in Cape Town (d. 1961)
  • 1957-09-14 Kepler Wessels, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
  • 1961-10-01 Corrie van Zyl, South African cricket all-rounder, coach, administrator (RSA coach 2010-11), born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
  • 1966-05-26 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Olympics 1988)
  • 1969-09-25 Hansie Cronje, South African cricket batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • 1981-07-30 Juan Smith, South African rugby player, born in Bloemfontein, South Africa

Famous Deaths

  • 1881-07-19 Isaac Baumann, Jewish pioneer and trader in Bloemfontein, South Africa, dies at 67