South African History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 571

  • 1974-01-01 With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa
  • 1974-06-01 Arab oil ministers decide to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continue embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia
  • 1974-07-07 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
  • 1974-11-12 South Africa suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies
  • 1975-06-28 The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria
  • 1975-07-27 The British government closes its consulate in Angola following increasing fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and South African troops
  • 1975-10-23 Battle between Cuba & South Africa troops in Angola
  • 1976-03-12 South African troops leave Angola
  • 1976-06-11 Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
  • 1976-06-16 Students in Soweto, South Africa, march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black secondary schools
  • 1976-06-24 A Principal's office in Hlengisi Primary, Nyanga, outside Cape Town, South Africa, is burnt down; part of the broader resistance against the oppressive new Bantu Education policy of Afrikaans as a teaching medium in their schools
  • 1976-06-25 The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead following 10 days of rioting
  • 1976-06-27 In South Africa, the National President of the Black People's Convention, Kenneth Hlaku Rachidi, declares that riots in Soweto have lead to a new era of political consciousness
  • 1976-07-17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • 1976-08-11 Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die
  • 1976-08-13 South Africa pledges support for a negotiated settlement in Rhodesia

  • 1976-09-23 South Africa decides to allow multi-racial teams to represent them
  • 1976-10-26 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
  • 1976-11-09 UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-12-28 Winnie Mandela banished in South Africa

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • 1977-04-27 Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1977-06-10 International Labour Organisation and United Nations meet to discuss apartheid in South Africa and potential actions to prevent further violence and state repression.
  • 1977-06-23 Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests
  • 1977-06-28 The United Party, main political opposition party in South Africa, is formally disbanded by the majority faction after members leave the party to join other new political parties
  • 1977-06-29 South Africa opposition party, the New Republic Party (NRP), is formed after the integration of the United Party (UP) and Democratic Party (DP)
  • 1977-07-26 The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1977-08-10 About 100 white sympathisers joined evicted black squatters in a protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977-08-18 South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is arrested at a roadblock (dies of police beating 12 September)
  • 1977-09-14 Christmas Tinto sentenced to 7 years in Robben Island, South Africa
  • 1977-10-21 US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa
  • 1977-11-04 UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1977-12-06 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence
  • 1977-12-31 Donald Woods, a banned anti-Apartheid white editor flees South Africa
  • 1978-01-01 News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • 1978-05-06 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • 1978-07-24 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe

  • 1978-09-28 Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa
  • 1979-09-13 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of South Africa)
  • 1980-03-27 Elevator in Vaal Reefs gold mine, South Africa plunges more than 1900m killing all 23 miners aboard

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1980-05-02 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1980-06-01 ANC sets fire to Sasol oil installations in South Africa

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1980-06-13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1980-06-18 Dutch 2nd Chamber joins oil boycott of South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-06-23 South African Prime Minister P. W. Botha warns the country that confrontation will be inevitable if his proposed President's Council fails

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1980-06-28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • 1980-08-22 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • 1981-06-19 Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • 1981-06-30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained
  • 1981-07-25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game
  • 1981-07-29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul in New Zealand
  • 1981-08-08 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • 1981-11-25 Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
  • 1981-11-30 South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
  • 1981-12-04 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence. Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa.
  • 1982-03-20 Rev A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • 1982-06-25 South African President P. W. Botha issues a new Proclamation again placing Ingwavuma under government control

  • 1982-07-02 In South Africa, the Internal Security Act is passed, giving massive powers to the authorities to investigate any organization or publication
  • 1982-08-06 Three ANC members are sentenced to death in South Africa
  • 1982-08-11 The South African Defence Force (SADF) raids Southern Angola
  • 1983-07-13 The Transvaal Attorney General announces that Eugène Terre'Blanche, leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and three associates will face terrorism charges, South Africa
  • 1983-08-06 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar catches fire and sinks northwest of Capetown, South Africa
  • 1983-08-06 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1983-08-20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • 1983-09-27 South Africa worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu freed after 19 years
  • 1984-02-27 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa
  • 1984-03-16 South Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
  • 1984-05-12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife Winnie Mandela for the 1st time in 22 years
  • 1984-06-28 Former member of South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Jeannette Schoon, and her six-year-old daughter, Katryn, are killed by a letter bomb at Lubango, in northern Angola
  • 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
  • 1984-07-13 The last sitting of an all-white Parliament in South Africa
  • 1984-08-22 The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament
  • 1984-09-03 South Africa adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-09-26 President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1984-12-10 South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with his Nobel Peace Prize

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 1985-01-31 South African President P. W. Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence
  • 1985-04-30 Last edition of Brink Daily Mail and Sunday Express in South Africa

  • 1985-05-18 1st remote location for "Nightline" (South Africa)
  • 1985-07-09 South Africa police arrested Dutch ANC'er Klaas de Jong
  • 1985-08-07 A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with President P. W. Botha, following calls by the church for urgent discussions on the causes of unrest, forced removals and the emergency regulations in the country
  • 1985-08-13 South African Defence Force soldiers, travelling in a convoy of more than ten armoured vehicles, surrounded the Thaba-Juluba high school in Soweto and arrest 200 students during a clampdown on school boycotts
  • 1985-08-14 Political violence by the youth begins after the funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students
  • 1985-08-15 P. W. Botha gives the "Rubicon" Speech in Durban, South Africa, disappointing many by refusing to consider immediate and major reforms in the country's apartheid system
  • 1985-08-19 Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa
  • 1985-08-23 South African attorney/UDF leader "Dulah" Omar arrested
  • 1985-09-09 President Reagan orders sanctions against South Africa
  • 1985-10-11 President Reagan bans import of South African Krugerrands to the USA
  • 1985-12-01 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms
  • 1986-01-01 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • 1986-05-16 South African President P. W. Botha sends Coetsee to visit Mandela
  • 1986-05-18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • 1986-05-19 Anti-apartheid activist Hélène Pastoors sentenced to 10 yrs in South Africa
  • 1986-05-23 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa
  • 1986-06-10 In South Africa, the three-year-old 'State of Emergency' is renewed for another twelve months, followed by an organized campaign of civil disobedience against it
  • 1986-06-12 P. W. Botha declares South African national emergency
  • 1986-06-13 US President Reagan criticizes South African state of emergency
  • 1986-06-16 1 day general strike in South Africa
  • 1986-06-18 US House of Representatives approves Bill to impose stricter sanctions on Apartheid South Africa
  • 1986-06-27 South African Journalist and founder of the 'New Nation' newspaper, Zwelakhe Sisulu is abducted; he was released 721 days later on 2 December 1988
  • 1986-06-28 West European leaders, meeting in the Netherlands, delay indefinitely imposing economic sanctions against South Africa
  • 1986-06-29 Moses Mayekiso, former General Secretary of Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and member of South African Communist Party (SACP), detained for a second time, spends months in solitary confinement

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 480

  • 1942-05-22 Pallo Jordan, South African politician and ANC member, born in Kroonstad, Free State
  • 1942-05-24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Person of interestThabo Mbeki

1942-06-18 Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa (1999-2008), 1st vice-president (1994-99) and economist, born in Mbewuleni, Eastern Cape

President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki
President of South Africa
Thabo Mbeki
  • 1942-06-28 "Chris" Martin Thembisile Hani, Secretary-General (South African Communist Party), born in Cofimvaba, Transkei, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • 1942-10-26 John P "Jannie" Roux, South African secretary to Presidents Botha and De Klerk
  • 1942-11-14 Jackie Du Preez, Zimbabwe cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, South Africa; Zimbabwe Test selector), born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 2020)
  • 1943-05-25 Wynand Charl Malan, South African lawyer and politician, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1943-11-09 John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa), born in Belleplaine, Barbados
  • 1943-12-28 Oscar D Dhlomo, South African sect-gen of Inkatha (1978-90)
  • 1944-01-10 Rory Byrne, South African engineer & car designer, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 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
  • 1944-08-19 Samuel J de Beer, South Africa vicar/underminister of Education
  • 1944-10-10 Christopher Ndodebandla Dlamini, South African trade unionist and SACP-leader, born in Benoni, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1944-10-10 Renier Schoeman, South African journalist and politician
  • 1945-03-09 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), born in Pretoria (d. 1988)
  • 1945-06-27 Omar Badsha, South African photographer, trade unionist and political activist, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1945-07-21 Barry Richards, South African extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1946-01-24 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC), born in Aldershot, England (d. 1994)
  • 1946-04-19 Leon Wessels, South African lawyer and Minister of Local Government, born in Kroonstad, South Africa

Person of interestTony Greig

1946-10-06 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, born in Queenstown, South Africa (d. 2012)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 1946-10-29 Strinivasa Moodley, South African anti-apartheid activist, born in Durban, Natal
  • 1946-12-18 Stephen (Steve) Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, born in Ginsberg Township (d. 1977)
  • 1947-03-24 Pieter W Coetzer, South African journalist/MP (NP)
  • 1947-05-17 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • 1947-06-05 Eric Molobi, South African activist (ANC), born in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1947-06-13 Danie Schutte, South African underminister of Justice, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1947-07-16 Roelof Petrus Meyer, South African under minister of Law & Order etc, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1947-08-07 Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own), born in Tzaneen, South Africa
  • 1947-12-30 Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe, leader (South Africa Democratic Party)
  • 1948-01-17 Alexander "Alec" Erwin, South African worker's union leader, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1948-08-13 Mosiuoa Lekota, South African UDF/ANC leader, born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • 1948-10-21 Moses J "Moss" Mayekiso, South African union/SACP-leader
  • 1949-07-14 Lukas D Barnard, head of South Africa secret service (NIS)
  • 1949-07-23 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • 1949-08-12 Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
  • 1949-08-20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer, born in Que, Que, Southern Rhodesia
  • 1949-09-06 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician (first President of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA)) (d. 1991)
  • 1949-10-31 Dumisa Ntsebeza, South African attorney and anti-apartheid activist, born in Transkei, South Africa
  • 1950-04-20 Itumeleng J. Mosala, South African president (Azanian People's Org)
  • 1950-09-17 Lawrence Anthony, Johannesberg, South Africa, conservationist and author, (d. 2012)
  • 1950-12-03 Muntu Myeza, South African anti-apartheid activist and General Secretary of SASO, born in Natal, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • 1950-12-30 Yunus I Mahomed, South African attorney/leader (UDF)
  • 1951-01-03 Frank Chikane, Secretary-General of South African Council of Churches
  • 1951-03-09 Helen Zille, South African politician, born in Johannesburg
  • 1951-10-12 Sally Little, South African/American golfer (PGA 1980, du Maurier 1988), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1952-01-23 Omar Henry, South African cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992), born in Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1952-03-10 Oupa J Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
  • 1952-04-26 Popo Molefe, South African politician and secretary-general (South Africa UDF), born in Sophiatown, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1952-11-17 Cyril Ramaphosa, South African activist and politician, President of South Africa (2018-), born in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1953-02-02 James Mndaweni, South African worker's union leader/president (NACTU)
  • 1953-06-07 Johnny Clegg, South African musician "The White Zulu", born in Bacup, Lancashire (d. 2019)
  • 1953-07-31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricket opening batsman (3 Tests), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • 1953-09-11 Jani Allan, South African journalist and media personality, born in London
  • 1954-03-02 Stone Phumelele Sizani, South African treasurer (UDF)
  • 1954-05-02 Bulelani Ngcuka, South African attorney and leader (UDF), born in Middlerift, South Africa
  • 1954-06-20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • 1954-06-28 Alice Krige, South African actress (Chariots of Fire, Ladykiller), born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1954-12-22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1955-01-13 Titus M Mafolo, South African journalist/ANC-leader
  • 1955-03-04 Benny Alexander, Secretary-General (South African Pan-Africanist Movement)
  • 1955-05-14 Peter Kirsten, South African cricket batsman and coach (12 Tests, top score 104; 40 ODIs), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
  • 1956-01-31 Trevor Manuel, South African politician, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1956-06-25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, South African artist, born in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • 1956-06-26 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish-South African leader (United Democratic Front), born in Scotland
  • 1956-07-03 Eddie Edwards, South African tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1956-08-22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1956-11-25 Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)

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
Nick Price
  • 1957-02-09 Mohammed Valli Moosa, South African leader (UDF)
  • 1957-09-14 Kepler Wessels, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
  • 1957-09-15 Fulton Allem, South African golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • 1958-01-07 Peter Mokaba, South African politician (South African Youth Congress), born in Pietersburg, South Africa
  • 1958-02-27 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer, born in Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • 1958-03-02 Kevin Curren, South African tennis player (US Open doubles, mixed doubles 1982; Wimbledon doubles 1982; US Open mixed doubles 1981), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1958-04-05 Johan Kriek, South African-American, tennis player (US Indoor 1982), born in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • 1958-05-31 Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)
  • 1958-11-07 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer (d. 1996)
  • 1959-02-28 Sydney P Mufamadi, South African leader (SACP)
  • 1959-07-05 Tim Shaw, South African cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991), born in Empangeni, South Africa
  • 1959-08-24 Adrian Kuiper, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1959-09-11 David Frost, South African golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; The Tradition 2013), born in Cape Town, RSA
  • 1960-02-19 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade
  • 1960-04-14 Pat Symcox, cricketer (South African off-spinner 1993- )
  • 1960-08-28 Cunningham T Ngcukana, South African worker's union leader
  • 1960-10-17 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • 1960-11-02 Rosalyn Fairbank, South African tennis player (French Open doubles 1981, 83), born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • 1962-06-16 Arnold Vosloo, South African actor
  • 1962-08-03 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, born in Ermelo, Transvaal (d. 2007)
  • 1962-10-23 Christo van Rensburg, South African tennis player, born in Uitenhage, South Africa
  • 1963-12-22 Brian McMillan, South African cricket all-rounder (38 Tests, top score 113, 75 wickets; 78 ODIs), born in Welkom, South Africa
  • 1964-10-12 Fanie De Villiers, South African cricketer (great South African pace bowler), born in Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
  • 1964-12-24 Gary Muller, South African tennis star, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1965-01-07 Mark Rushmere, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in comeback Test 1992), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1965-02-01 Dave Callaghan, South African cricket all-rounder (29 ODIs, top score 169no v NZ 1994), born in Queenstown, South Africa
  • 1965-02-15 Craig Matthews, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1965-02-19 John Commins, cricketer (South African Test batsman v NZ 1994-95)
  • 1965-03-17 Andrew Hudson, South African cricket player, 1984-2000 (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992), 55), born in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Nata
  • 1966-01-07 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), born in Brits, South Africa (d. 2012)

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