Johannesburg in History

Gauteng: Soweto

Historical Events

  • 1894-01-01 South African Amateur Athletic Union is founded in Johannesburg
  • 1895-12-29 Dr L S Jameson begins failed raid on Johannesburg
  • 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
  • 1899-02-16 Future England cricket captain Pelham Warner scores an unbeaten 132 on his Test debut in a 32 run win over South Africa in the 1st Test in Johannesburg
  • 1900-05-31 British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg
  • 1900-08-31 British troops over run Johannesburg
  • 1910-01-01 England cricket underhand bowler George Simpson-Hayward takes 6-43 on debut with underarm lobs in 1st Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; SA wins by 19 runs
  • 1913-07-25 A meeting in Johannesburg, called by the South African Native National Congress, now African National Congress, is attended by a large number of people from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland
  • 1922-03-10 State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1926-08-22 Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1939-07-09 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • 1950-02-14 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
  • 1950-12-02 South African world bantamweight boxing champion Vic Toweel sets a record for knockdowns in a title fight against Englishman Danny Sullivan in Johannesburg; Sullivan floored 14 times in 10 rounds before fight stopped
  • 1954-08-01 South African Natives Resettlement Act comes into being, empowers the Government to remove Africans from any area within and next to the magisterial district of Johannesburg
  • 1957-12-23 Test cricket debut for all-time great Australian wicketkeeper Wally Grout and future captain and coach Bobby Simpson, 1st Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • 1960-06-25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg

  • 1970-08-13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1976-01-30 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
  • 1983-08-06 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1986-01-06 Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg
  • 1987-06-22 A bomb blast in a Johannesburg video-game arcade kills an unborn baby and injures ten people
  • 1987-07-30 An ANC car bomb directed at the headquarters of the Wits Command in Johannesburg South Africa kills 1 person and injures 68
  • 1988-07-02 Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1990-01-19 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
  • 1990-09-13 Commuter train at Johannesburg South Africa attacked, 36 die
  • 1993-07-31 Inkatha-arm forces killed 49 ANC-followers in Johannesburg

MurderMurder of Interest

1993-11-20 Winnie Mandela's driver and bodyguard murdered in Johannesburg

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • 1994-03-28 Armed Zulus demonstrate in Johannesburg, over 53 killed
  • 1994-04-24 Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed
  • 1994-04-25 Bomb attack on taxi stand in Johannesburg, 10 killed
  • 1995-06-24 3rd Rugby World Cup, Ellis Park, Johannesburg: Springboks fly-half Joel Stransky lands the winning drop goal in extra time as South Africa beats New Zealand, 15-12
  • 1995-12-03 England cricket wicket-keeper Jack Russell dismisses Clive Eksteen with his record 11th catch in 2nd Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • 1995-12-04 Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test
  • 1997-03-02 Australians Greg Blewett (214) and Steve Waugh (160) bat for the entire 3rd day of the 1st cricket Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; set up Australian innings and 196 run victory
  • 1997-08-16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1998-08-22 South Africa beats Australia, 29-15 in Johannesburg to win their first Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions

  • 2001-10-27 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Belmont Park; winners: Tiznow, Johannesburg, Unbridled Elaine, Fantastic Light, Val Royal, Banks Hill, Tempera, Squirtle Squirt
  • 2002-03-02 40-year old South African boxer ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala ends his 22-year career with a 7th-round TKO win over Columbia’s Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title in Johannesburg
  • 2002-08-16 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • 2002-08-26 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-03-23 Cricket World Cup, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, RSA: Ricky Ponting scores 140 no as defending champions Australia beat India by 125 runs; Sachin Tendulkar, Player of Series

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 2009-05-24 IPL Cricket Final, New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, RSA: Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs; Herschelle Gibbs top scores, 53 (48)
  • 2010-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final, Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands, 1-0 for first World Cup title
  • 2010-08-21 New Zealand clinch their 10th Tri Nations Rugby Series with one match remaining, scoring 2 tries in the last 3 minutes to beat South Africa, 29–22 in the first-ever Test at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg
  • 2012-05-29 Thousands march in protest in Johannesburg against Brett Murray's controversial painting The Spear
  • 2012-10-06 New Zealand wins inaugural Rugby Championship with a 32-16 win over South Africa in Johannesburg; undefeated All Blacks score 4 tries to 1 with Dan Carter booting 3 conversions, a penalty & dropped goal
  • 2013-10-05 New Zealand beats South Africa, 38-27 in Johannesburg to retain the Rugby Championship with an undefeated record; All Black flanker Liam Messam crosses for 2 tries
  • 2016-08-06 Super Rugby Final, Westpac Stadium Wellington: Wellington Hurricanes win their first SR title with a 20-3 win over the Lions from Johannesburg
  • 2017-08-05 Super Rugby Final, Ellis Park: Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) travel to Johannesburg and beat Lions, 25-17 for their 8th SR title
  • 2017-08-13 Grace Mugable, wife of the President of Zimbabwe, accused of assault in Johannesburg, South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-07-17 Barack Obama gives speech honoring Nelson Mandela and warning of "strongman politics" in Johannesburg, South Africa

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 2018-08-04 Super Rugby Final, AMI Stadium, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg; Crusaders' 9th SR title
  • 2019-09-02 Violence and looting directed at foreigners in Johannesburg results in five deaths and dozens arrested by South African police
  • 2019-09-09 Nigerian government says it will repatriate 600 people from South Africa after two people killed in wave of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBasil Rathbone

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

  • 1909-01-08 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1909-03-19 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • 1909-08-02 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1909-08-24 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • 1911-02-06 Dooley Briscoe, South African cricketer & soldier (batted in 2 Tests for South Africa 30's), born in Johannesburg (d. 1941)
  • 1912-10-10 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1913-05-08 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character and comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 1976)
  • 1915-04-20 Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1997)
  • 1920-02-23 David Wright, South African-British poet (Deafness: A Personal Account), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1922-04-26 Margaret Scott, South African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1924-08-02 Ismond Rosen, psychoanalyst and artist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1925-07-25 Alistair Taylor, South African cricketer (one Test as opening bat for South Africa 1956), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal (d. 2004)
  • 1925-08-15 Gertrude Shope, South African leader of the ANC Women’s League, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1926-01-14 Harold Wolpe, South African lawyer & sociologist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1930-02-25 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1932-03-04 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2008) [1]
  • 1932-03-09 Sister Bernard Ncube, South African religious sister and anti-apartheid, born in Johannesburg (d. 2012)

Person of interestF. W. de Klerk

1932-03-18 F. W. de Klerk, South African President (1989-94) and winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1932-04-13 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1933-08-14 Bryce Courtenay, Australian novelist (The Power of One), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1934-04-04 Dorothy Grenfell Williams, radio producer and broadcaster, born in Johannesburg (d. 1994)
  • 1934-10-03 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1935-05-26 Sheila Steafel, South African-British actress (The 10th Kingdom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1935-08-05 Zakes Mokae, actor (Comedians), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Person of interestGary Player

1935-11-01 Gary Player, South African golfer (9-time major title winner), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1938-07-04 Cyril Mitchley, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Transvaal, later Test umpire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1938-09-19 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet and political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1939-03-05 Norman Seeff, South African-American photographer, filmmaker, and album cover artist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1940-02-22 Johnson Mlambo, South African leader (Pan-African Congress), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1941-09-06 Monica Mason, England's ballerina, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1942-05-24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1944-09-06 Aubrey Mokoape, South African political anti-apartheid activist and leader (Pan-African Congress and Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1949-07-23 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • 1951-03-09 Helen Zille, South African politician, born in Johannesburg
  • 1953-07-31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricket opening batsman (3 Tests), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • 1956-07-03 Eddie Edwards, South African tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1959-08-24 Adrian Kuiper, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1960-06-25 Craig Johnston, Australian soccer midfielder (Liverpool 271 games; 5 League titles and FA Cup 1986), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1960-06-29 "The Caveman" Kevin Shirley, South African music producer and mixer (Journey, Iron Maiden, Europe, Led Zeppelin), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1960-12-23 [Zindziswa] Zindzi Mandela, South African politician, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2020)

Person of interestDave Matthews

1967-01-09 Dave Matthews, South African singer & musician (Dave Matthews Band), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews

Person of interestErnie Els

1969-10-17 Ernie Els, South African golfer (US Open 1994, 97; British Open 2002, 12), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els
  • 1970-04-06 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1971-09-15 Wayne Ferreira, tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973-08-14 Daisuke Ishiwatari, Japanese game developer and composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973-09-03 Joanette Kruger, tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973-10-29 Adam Bacher, South African cricket batsman (19 Tests; 13 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Person of interestSteve Nash

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
  • 1975-07-31 Andrew Hall, South African cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 163 v India 1st Test 2004), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • 1977-03-02 Andrew Strauss OBE, English cricket batsman and captain (100 Tests, 21 x 100s, 7,037 runs; 127 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1980-07-30 Justin Rose, English golfer (US Open 2013), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1981-02-01 Graeme Smith, South African cricket batsman, captain and broadcaster (117 Tests, 9,265 runs @ 48.25, 27 x 100s; 197 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1983-06-12 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player (South Africa national team), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Person of interestTrevor Noah

1984-02-20 Trevor Noah, South African comedian, actor and TV host (The Daily Show), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Comedian and TV Host Trevor Noah
Comedian and TV Host
Trevor Noah
  • 1984-08-21 Neil Dexter, South African-born English cricketer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984-08-31 Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer (US Masters 2011), born in Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • 1985-04-01 Beth Tweddle, English gymnast (World C'ship gold 2006, 09, 10; Olympic bronze 2012), born in Johannesburg, South Africa