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 George Lohmann takes 9-28 v South Africa at Johannesburg
  • 1899-02-16 Pelham Warner scores 132 on Test Cricket debut (Eng v SA Johannesburg)
  • 1900-05-31 British troops under Lord Roberts occupy Johannesburg
  • 1900-08-31 British troops over run Johannesburg
  • 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
  • 1952-05-02 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1991-01-13 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 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: South Africa beats New Zealand 15-12 in Johannesburg
  • 1995-12-04 Atherton (185*) bats for 643 minutes to save Johannesburg Test
  • 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
  • 2002-08-16 Africa Women's Peace Train leaves Kampala for Johannesburg
  • 2002-08-26 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2010-07-11 FIFA World Cup Final: Andrés Iniesta scores an extra time winner as Spain beats the Netherlands 1-0 in Johannesburg, South Africa for 1st WC title)
  • 2012-05-29 Thousands march in protest in Johannesburg against Brett Murray's controversial painting The Spear
  • 2016-08-06 Super Rugby Final: Wellington Hurricanes win their first SR title with a 20-3 home win over the Lions from Johannesburg at Westpac Stadium
  • 2017-08-05 Super Rugby Final: Canterbury Crusaders (NZ) travel to Johannesburg and beat home side Lions 25-17 at Ellis Park; 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: Canterbury Crusaders successfully defend title with a 37-18 home win against the Lions from Johannesburg in Christchurch; 9th SR title

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBasil Rathbone

1892-06-13 Basil Rathbone, South African born British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in Johannesburg (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 keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1932-03-04 Miriam Makeba, singer (Grammy 1965), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 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), winner of 1993 Nobel Peace Price with Nelson Mandela, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 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 Ralph Henning, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 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-bon American photographer and filmmaker, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1941-09-06 Monica Mason, England's ballerina, 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), 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 cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1960-06-25 Craig Johnston, Australian soccer player, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1960-06-29 Kevin "The Caveman" Shirley, South African music producer, 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
  • 1962-03-02 Philip Jonas, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Payless-2nd), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Person of interestDave Matthews

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

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
  • 1969-10-17 Theodore Ernest Els, PGA golfer (1994 US Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 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
  • 1973-09-03 Joanette Kruger, tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973-10-29 Adam Bacher, South African cricketer (nephew of former captain Ali Bacher), born in Johannesburg

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
  • 1977-03-02 Andrew Strauss, English cricket player, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
  • 1980-07-30 Justin Rose, English golfer (2013 U.S. Open), 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