Durban in History

Historical Events

  • 1899-10-09 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • 1899-11-12 British troops reach Durban Natal
  • 1909-07-27 British ship SS Waratah is last seen en-route from Durban to Cape Town; 211 on board are missing and no trace of the ship ever found
  • 1911-03-13 The Colonial-Born and Settlers Indian Association is formed at a meeting in Durban, South Africa, and has at its aim to fight the infamous 3 poll tax

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1913-10-19 At a meeting of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in Durban, NIC secretaries, M. C. Anglia and Dada Osman, severely criticise Mahatma Gandhi and tender their resignations

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1914-01-25 An Indian mass meeting in Durban unanimously endorse the agreement between General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi regarding voluntary registration, poll tax, recognition of Indian marriages and other matters
  • 1914-02-10 In accordance with the understanding reached by General J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, 60 passive resistance prisoners released from Pietermaritzburg Prison; 40 passive resisters released in Durban, 8 in Newcastle, 11 in Port Elizabeth
  • 1921-03-05 The Durban Land Alienation Ordinance passes, enabling the Durban City Council to exclude Indians from ownership or occupation of property in white areas, South Africa
  • 1921-03-06 The Natal Indian Congress is resuscitated and reorganised at a meeting in Durban, with Ismail Gora as President
  • 1923-05-31 The South African Indian Congress (SAIC) forms in Durban, South Africa, with Omar Hajee Amod Jhaveri as President
  • 1924-01-27 The Natal Indian Congress and the Natal Indian Association jointly organise a mass meeting in Durban, South Africa in opposition to the Class Areas Bill
  • 1935-12-14 Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban
  • 1939-03-14 England draw with South Africa at Durban on the 10th day
  • 1949-01-14 Black and Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • 1959-06-16 South African Apartheid government efforts to remove Black people from Cato Manor close to the Durban city center to newly established black township Kwa Mashu, on outskirts met with violent resistance
  • 1961-12-08 South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock

  • 1970-02-05 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • 1970-02-06 Graeme Pollock completes 274 v Australia at Durban
  • 1970-08-13 Pamphlet bombs which scatter revolutionary African National Congress propaganda leaflets explode in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1984-07-12 A car bomb set off by the military wing of the ANC, explodes in Durban South Africa killing 5 and injuring 27 people

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1985-08-15 P. W. Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, dissapointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1992-07-07 South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation, apartheid
  • 1992-11-15 Praveen Amre scores century on Test Cricket debut (103 v SA, Durban)
  • 1996-12-28 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st innings
  • 2000-08-26 Australia clinches first Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 19-18 win over South Africa in Durban; Wallabies centre Stirling Mortlock lands 4 penalties and a conversion
  • 2001-05-26 Super Rugby Final, Canberra: Fullback Andrew Walker kicks 5 penalties & 3 conversions as the ACT Brumbies win their first title; beat Coastal Sharks (Durban), 36-6
  • 2002-08-10 New Zealand beats South Africa, 30-23 in Durban to win their fourth Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks score 4 tries to 2
  • 2004-08-21 South Africa clinch their 2nd Tri Nations Rugby Series on points differential with a 23-19 win over Australia in Durban; Wallabies score 3 tries to 2, but Percy Montgomery lands 5 goals for Springboks
  • 2007-05-19 In an all South African final the Bulls (Pretoria) edge the home team Sharks, 20-19 in Durban for their first Super 14 Rugby title; Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard boots 2 penalties & 2 conversions
  • 2012-08-04 Super Rugby Final, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton: Chiefs win their first SR title with a 37-6 thrashing of the Sharks (Durban, RSA) at home
  • 2015-08-08 Argentine winger Juan Imhoff scores 3 tries as Pumas beat South Africa, 37-25 in Rugby Championship match at Durban; Argentina's first ever win against Springboks
  • 2016-10-08 New Zealand routs South Africa, 57-14 in Durban to win their 4th Rugby Championship; undefeated All Blacks score 9 tries to 1, 2 each to Israel Dagg, TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett
  • 2019-02-16 Needing 78 for an unlikely victory, Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera 153no and Vishwa Fernando 6no put on a record 10th wicket stand for a 1 wicket win vs South Africa in the 1st cricket Test in Durban

Famous Birthdays

  • 1881-04-23 Claude Carter, South African cricket spin bowler (19 Tests, 28 wickets), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • 1889-05-05 Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI), born in Durban, Colony of Natal (d. 1973)
  • 1890-06-30 Horace Chapman, South African cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 1941)
  • 1901-10-02 Roy Campbell, South African poet (Flowering Rifle), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1957)
  • 1906-12-02 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 1981)
  • 1910-11-26 Cyril Cusack, South African actor (Day of the Jackal, Fahrenheit 451), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • 1914-05-02 Dennis Dyer, South African cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947), born in Durban, Natal (d. 1990)
  • 1915-07-17 Habib Rajab, South African trader and collector of oriental art who fought against a takeover of the Grey Street complex by White traders, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1973)
  • 1919-02-06 Lindsay Tuckett, South African cricketer (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1923-04-10 John Watkins, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder in 15 Tests 49-57), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • 1925-02-23 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-14 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist and three time Nobel Prize nominee (hominid fossil sites), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1931-08-01 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1932-02-03 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 2013)
  • 1937-07-01 Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, South African ANCer and Umkhonto we Sizwe-leader, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1939-04-19 Michael Macaulay, South African cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr), born in Durban, Natal
  • 1942-01-14 Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • 1944-02-27 Graeme Pollock, South African cricketer (South African batting prodigy), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1944-03-09 Lee Irvine, South African cricketer (batsman, only Tests in 1970), born in Durban, Natal
  • 1945-06-27 Omar Badsha, South African photographer, trade unionist and political activist, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1946-10-29 Strinivasa Moodley, South African anti-apartheid activist, born in Durban, Natal
  • 1948-12-13 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1954-12-22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1955-10-25 Glynis Barber, South African-English actress (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1956-08-22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa

Person of interestNick Price

1957-01-28 Nick Price, Zimbabwean golfer (PGA C'ship 1992, 94; British Open 1994), born in Durban, South Africa

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price
  • 1960-11-02 Rosalyn Fairbank, South African tennis player (French Open doubles 1981, 83), born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • 1964-12-24 Gary Muller, South African tennis star, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1975-12-17 Tim Clark, South African golfer (US Masters 2006 runner-up; Players C'ship 2010), born in Durban, RSA
  • 1976-04-02 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer (US Masters 2007 runner-up, 6 PGA Tour titles, born in Durban, RSA
  • 1977-12-02 Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African soccer forward (81 caps; Moroka Swallows, AmaZulu), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1983-03-31 Hashim Amla, South African cricket batsman (first RSA Test triple century, 311), born in Durban, Natal
  • 1985-07-09 BJ Watling, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (top Test score 205 2019), born in Durban, Natal Province, South Africa

Famous Deaths

  • 1893-07-09 George Christopher Cato, Natal pioneer and first mayor of Durban South Africa, dies at 79