Durban in History

Historical Events

  • 1899-10-09 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • 1899-11-12 British troops reach Durban Natal
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1985-08-15 PW 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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1881-04-23 Claude Carter, South African cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), 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 PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Durban, South Africa

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
  • 1960-09-28 Derek James, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Infiniti), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1960-11-02 Rosalyn Nideffer, South African tennis star (1993 Futures-Midland MI), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1966-11-02 Rosalyn Fairbank, tennis player, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1976-04-02 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer, born in Durban, South Africa

Famous Deaths

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