South African History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 578

  • 1972-06-24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • 1972-07-03 Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO)
  • 1972-07-12 Twelve years after the banning of the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress, a new political movement, the Black People Convention is formed after a three day long conference in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1972-09-30 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)
  • 1973-11-23 Arab summit conference adopts open and secret resolutions on the use of the oil weapons; embargo extended to Portugal, Rhodesia, and South Africa
  • 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
  • 1974-11-07 63rd Davis Cup: South Africa beats India in (w/o)
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 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, 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 for 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 PW 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 SA 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 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
  • 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 PW 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 PW Botha declares South African national emergency

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 498

  • 1941-01-31 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, born in Ventersdorp, Transvaal Province, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • 1941-09-07 Mogoboya NN Ramadike, South African politician in Lebowa
  • 1941-11-14 Hermanus J Kriel, South African minister of Planning (1989- )
  • 1942-01-14 Amichand Rajbansi, South African politician
  • 1942-04-12 Jacob Zuma, South African politician, President of South Africa (2009-), born in Nkandla
  • 1942-05-22 Pallo Jordan, South African ANC member/heads (Radio Freedom)
  • 1942-05-24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's)
  • 1942-06-18 Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa (1999-2008), 1st vice-president (1994-99) and economist, born in Mbewuleni, Eastern Cape
  • 1942-06-28 "Chris" Martin Thembisile Hani, Secretary-General (South African Communist Party)
  • 1942-10-26 John P "Jannie" Roux, South African sect to pres (Botha/De Klerk)
  • 1942-11-14 John Du Preez, cricketer (South African leg-spin all-rounder v Aust 1966-67)
  • 1943-05-25 Wynand C Malan, South African lawyer/NP/DP-politician
  • 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 racing car designer
  • 1944-02-27 Graeme Pollock, cricketer (South African batting prodigy)
  • 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 N Dlamini, South African union/SACP-leader
  • 1944-10-10 Renier S Schoeman, South African MP (NP)/journalist
  • 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, extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa)
  • 1946-01-24 John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC)
  • 1946-04-19 Leon Wessels, South African lawyer/underminister of Law & Order

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
  • 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 Africa, activist (ANC)
  • 1947-06-13 Daniel P A "Danie" Schutte, South African underminister of Justice
  • 1947-07-16 Roelof P Meyer, South African under minister of Law & Order etc
  • 1947-08-07 Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own)
  • 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
  • 1948-08-13 Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 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), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • 1949-08-12 Anthony Akerman, South Africa, director
  • 1949-08-20 Norman Featherstone, South African cricketer
  • 1949-09-06 Mhlabunzima Maphumulo, South African Kwazulu politician
  • 1949-10-31 Dumisa Ntsebeza, South African attorney and anti-apartheid activist, born in Transkei, South Africa
  • 1950-01-29 Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)
  • 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
  • 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, LPGA golfer (1982 Dinah Shore), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1952-01-23 Omar Henry, cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992)
  • 1952-03-10 Oupa J Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
  • 1952-04-26 Popo Simon Molefe, secretary-general (South Africa UDF)
  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1952-11-17 Cyril Ramaphosa, South African activist and politician, ANC leader (2017-), 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
  • 1953-07-31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1953-09-11 Jani Allan, South African journalist and media personality
  • 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)
  • 1954-12-22 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader
  • 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, cricketer (South African middle-order batsman)
  • 1956-01-31 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1956-06-25 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, Vryheid, Natal, South African artist
  • 1956-06-26 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish/South African leader (United Democratic Front)
  • 1956-07-03 Eddie Edwards, South Africa, tennis star
  • 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 PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic), 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, Bloemfontein South Africa, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, the latter as captain.
  • 1957-09-15 Fulton Peter Allem, Kroonstad South Africa, PGA golfer (1993 SW Bell)
  • 1958-01-07 Peter R Mokaba, president (South African Youth Congress)
  • 1958-02-27 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1958-03-02 Kevin Curren, South Africa, tennis star
  • 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)
  • 1959-04-22 Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)
  • 1959-07-05 Tim Shaw, cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991)
  • 1959-08-24 Adrian Kuiper, cricketer (South African all-rounder)
  • 1959-09-11 David Laurence Frost, PGA golfer (1988 Southern Open), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 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
  • 1960-09-28 Derek James, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Infiniti), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1960-10-17 Mandy Yachad, cricketer (South African ODI opening batsman 1991)
  • 1960-11-02 Rosalyn Nideffer, South African tennis star (1993 Futures-Midland MI), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1961-03-04 Roger Wessels, Port Elizabeth South Africa, golfer (1994 Canadian Masters)
  • 1962-03-02 Philip Jonas, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Payless-2nd), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1962-06-16 Arnold Vosloo, South African actor
  • 1962-08-03 Lucky Dube, South African reggae singer

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths