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
  • 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
  • 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, 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)
  • 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
  • 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 and filmmaker, 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 Zindzi Mandela, South African politician, born in Johannesburg, South Africa

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
  • 1969-10-17 Ernie Els, South African golfer (US Open 1994, 97; British Open 2002, 12), 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
  • 1973-08-14 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