South African History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 577

  • 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
  • 1986-07-13 Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games, a direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa
  • 1986-08-27 Protests erupt in Soweto, South Africa, against evictions carried out after an 11 week rent boycott
  • 1986-09-16 Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed
  • 1986-10-21 IBM re-forms in South Africa
  • 1986-10-25 International Red Cross ousted from South Africa
  • 1986-12-11 South Africa censors press
  • 1986-12-12 South African journalist and activist Zwelakhe Sisulu arrested at John Vorster Square
  • 1987-06-22 The International Labour Organisation, meeting for its annual conference in Geneva, calls for international sanctions against South African minerals
  • 1987-06-27 In South Africa, the Afrikaans Protestant Church, a breakaway faction of Dutch Reformed Church, is formed
  • 1987-07-12 50 white South Africans meets ANCers in Dakar
  • 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

  • 1987-08-09 The National Union of Mineworkers begin South Africa's longest wage strike
  • 1987-08-31 South Africa's longest mine strike in history ends
  • 1987-09-07 South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young
  • 1987-11-05 South Africa ANC-leader Govan Mbeki freed
  • 1987-11-28 South African Airways Boeing 747 crashes into Indian Ocean, 159 die
  • 1988-02-24 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • 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
  • 1988-07-07 Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security Act
  • 1988-07-28 Winnie Mandella's home in Soweto, South Africa, destroyed by arson
  • 1988-07-29 South African government bans anti-apartheid film "Cry Freedom"
  • 1988-08-07 Angola, Cuba and South Africa allegedly signed a cease fire treaty
  • 1988-08-08 Angola, Cuba & South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • 1988-08-08 South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
  • 1988-08-31 Bomb attack on office of South Africa Council of Churches
  • 1988-10-19 South African anti-apartheid leader Sisulu wins $100,000 Human Rights prize
  • 1988-12-22 South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-02-02 F. W. de Klerk replaces P. W. Botha as South Africa's National Party leader

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

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1989-05-17 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1989-06-07 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires
  • 1989-06-29 South Africa's National Party adopts five year programme of its objectives, including a political "reform" plan to give Black majority role in national and local government; ANC responds it would consider only a one-man, one-vote system
  • 1989-07-05 South African President P. W. Botha visits ANC leader Nelson Mandela
  • 1989-07-16 South Africa's largest labour federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, holds its third annual congress and intensifies its campaign against apartheid
  • 1989-08-06 Twenty former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-08-14 President P. W. Botha of South Africa resigns

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-09-13 Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 1989-10-15 South African President F. W. de Klerk frees ANC Founder Walter Sisulu and four other political prisoners
  • 1989-11-16 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces scrapping of Separate Amenities Act
  • 1990-01-18 South Africa says it is reconsidering ban on African National Congress
  • 1990-01-19 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
  • 1990-02-02 South African President F. W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political organisations
  • 1990-02-10 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feburary 11th
  • 1990-02-11 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • 1990-02-13 50 killed at Inkatha-UDF battle in Natal, South Africa
  • 1990-03-21 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
  • 1990-05-02 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid
  • 1990-05-06 Former president P. W. Botha quits South Africa's ruling National Party
  • 1990-06-05 South African troops plunder Nelson Mandela's home
  • 1990-06-07 South African President F. W. de Klerk lifts 4 year state of emergency
  • 1990-06-22 Nelson Mandela addresses the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in New York, saying that nothing has occurred in South Africa to reverse the ANC's position
  • 1990-07-12 In Soweto, South Africa, Shanty town women strip to the waist and confront bulldozers sent by authorities to demolish their homes
  • 1990-07-16 The ANC send a report on police violence to President F. W. de Klerk and demanded an end to "the shocking inhumanity" of police action in rural areas of South Africa
  • 1990-07-23 South Africa workers' union leader Billy Nair arrested
  • 1990-07-29 South Africa Communist Party begins 1st legal conference
  • 1990-08-15 At least 150 people die in clashes between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party, South Africa
  • 1990-08-16 South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto
  • 1990-09-13 Commuter train at Johannesburg South Africa attacked, 36 die

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1990-09-24 South African President F. W. de Klerk meets US President George H. W. Bush in Washington, D.C.

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1990-12-13 South African President F. W. de Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid
  • 1991-01-13 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1991-01-13 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die
  • 1991-02-01 South African President F. W. de Klerk says he will repeal all apartheid laws
  • 1991-06-17 South Africa abolishes last of its apartheid laws
  • 1991-06-23 A peace summit, brokered by the clergy and business and attended by all major political parties, but boycotted by the Conservative Party, is held to end the violence in South Africa
  • 1991-06-25 Japan lifts its call for voluntary restraint on expanding trade with South Africa
  • 1991-06-25 Six persons are killed and eighteen injured when gunmen open fire on a crowded commuter train in Soweto, South Africa
  • 1991-06-28 South Africa signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • 1991-06-30 South Africa's Government repeals the 1913 Native Land Act, an important part of the system of Apartheid (Racially Based Land Measures Act)
  • 1991-07-09 South Africa readmitted to Olympics
  • 1991-07-10 Foreign Minister R.F. Botha of South Africa signs accession to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty on behalf of South Africa
  • 1991-08-04 The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa
  • 1991-09-05 Nelson Mandela chosen as president of African National Congress
  • 1991-09-07 1st South African international competition in 25 years, gymnastics
  • 1991-11-10 South Africa's 1st cricket international since 1970 - one-day v India
  • 1992-01-11 Paul Simon opens a tour in South Africa
  • 1992-03-17 South African President F. W. de Klerk wins a white only referendum
  • 1992-03-22 England beat South Africa in rain-ruined cricket World Cup semi final
  • 1992-04-18 Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)
  • 1992-06-17 Slaughtering by Inkhata-followers at Boipatong, South Africa, kills 42
  • 1992-06-30 South African ANC President Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar
  • 1992-07-03 South Africa's FIFA membership reinstated (expelled 1961), united non-racial FA, political prisoners released, free political parties
  • 1992-07-07 South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation, apartheid
  • 1992-07-13 The Tripartite Alliance, consisting of the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Union, outlines a mass action plan for August
  • 1992-07-15 The Security Council of the UN examine violence in South Africa
  • 1992-07-27 Nelson Mandela says a general strike will go ahead to protest for the removal of South African President F. W. de Klerk from power and for free elections
  • 1992-08-23 Wilhelm Verwoerd, grandson of former South African Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd, main architect of apartheid, joins the African National Congress
  • 1993-03-21 South Africa White Wolves kill 5 year old black girl
  • 1993-05-07 South Africa agrees to multi-racial elections
  • 1993-07-25 The St James' Church massacre in Kenilworth, Cape Town by Azanian Peoples' Liberation Army
  • 1993-08-16 South Africa relinquishes sovereignty over Walvis Bay
  • 1993-09-02 Day of Peace in South Africa
  • 1993-10-08 UN lifts remaining economic sanctions against South Africa
  • 1993-10-15 Nelson Mandela and South African President F. W. de Klerk awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1993-11-18 Black & white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 498 of 498

  • 1962-10-23 Christo van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1963-01-03 Ashley Chinner, golfer (1992 CGIA Canadian Tour), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1963-08-16 Scott Dunlap, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 South African Masters), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1963-12-22 Bryan McMillan, South African cricketer (brilliant all-rounder since 1992)
  • 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 Africa, tennis star
  • 1965-01-07 Mark Rushmere, cricketer (South African opening bat in comeback Test 1992)
  • 1965-02-01 David Callaghan, cricketer (South African all-rounder in one-dayers 1992)
  • 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
  • 1966-01-07 Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)
  • 1966-03-14 Tertius Bosch, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1992)
  • 1966-03-17 Andrew Hudson, cricketer (South Africa, 163 on debut vs WI 1992)
  • 1966-05-26 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Olympics 1988)
  • 1966-06-22 Meyrick Pringle, cricket pace bowler (South African)
  • 1966-10-10 Elana Meyer, South African runner (Olympic silver 1992), born in South Africa
  • 1966-10-20 Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • 1966-11-02 Rosalyn Fairbank, tennis player, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1966-12-02 Clive Eksteen, cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1967-01-02 Francois Pienaar, Vereeniging Transvaal (now known as Gauteng Province), South African rugby player and captain of the Springboks

Person of interestDave Matthews

1967-01-09 Dave Matthews, South African singer and musician (Dave Matthews Band), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Musician Dave Matthews
Dave Matthews
  • 1967-03-04 Daryll Cullinan, South African cricketer (batsman Warne's bunny)
  • 1967-06-30 Rudi Steyn, cricketer (South African opening batsman 1995)
  • 1967-08-08 Ben Fouchee, Kuruman South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1987 South African Amateur)
  • 1967-11-23 Gary Kirsten, cricketer (South African lefty opening batsman 1993-), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1968-03-04 Dinky van Rensburg, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1968-03-08 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • 1968-12-02 Elna Reinach, Pretoria South Africa, tennis star
  • 1969-05-26 Musetta Vander, South African actress
  • 1969-06-24 Thabo Mngomeni, Cape Town, South African football player
  • 1969-07-26 Jonty Rhodes, South African cricket batsman (brilliant fielder), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • 1969-07-30 Errol Stewart, South African cricket wicket-keeper (limited-over 1993)
  • 1969-09-25 Hansie Cronje, cricket captain (solid South African batsman)
  • 1969-10-17 Theodore Ernest Els, PGA golfer (1994 US Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970-03-11 Brett Liddle, Boksburg South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Newcastle)
  • 1970-04-06 Olaf Kolzig, German NHL goalie and coach (Germany, Washington Capitals), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1970-08-04 Steven Jack, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1994-95)
  • 1970-08-26 Brett Schultz, cricket pace bowler (South African Test)
  • 1971-02-15 Barbara Failey-Herbert, South African golfer (1989 winner SA Champ)
  • 1971-02-20 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, born in Pretoria (d. 2017)

Person of interestElon Musk

1971-06-28 Elon Musk, American entrepreneur and inventor (SpaceX, Tesla, Paypal), born in Pretoria, South Africa

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Elon Musk
  • 1971-09-15 Wayne Ferreira, tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1971-10-22 Amanda Coetzer, Hoopstad South Africa, tennis star (1996 Aust semi)
  • 1972-12-18 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1973-03-20 Nico Boje, cricketer (South African ODI left-arm spinner 1996)
  • 1973-07-16 Shaun Pollock, South African cricketer (son of Peter South African Test quick 1995-), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1973-09-03 Joanette Kruger, tennis star, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973-09-18 Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur
  • 1973-10-29 Adam Bacher, South African cricketer (nephew of former captain Ali Bacher), born in Johannesburg
  • 1974-01-09 Craig Wishart, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995)
  • 1974-01-27 ZP Theart, South African-born English singer (Dragonforce)

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
  • 1974-02-23 Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1974-06-30 Hezekiel Sepeng, Potchefstroom South Africa, South African athlete
  • 1974-11-01 V. V. S. Laxman, Indian cricketer (281 vs Australia 2001), born in Hyderabad, India

Person of interestCharlize Theron

1975-08-07 Charlize Theron, South African actress (Mad Max, The Cider House Rules, Monster), born in Benoni, Transvaal

  • 1975-10-16 Jacques Kallis, cricketer (South African Test all-rounder v England 1995)
  • 1976-02-22 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
  • 1976-04-02 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1976-11-27 Jean Grae, South African-born rapper
  • 1976-12-03 Mark Boucher, South African cricketer
  • 1977-01-20 Paul "Goggo" Adams, cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa)
  • 1977-02-14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)
  • 1977-05-11 Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1977-05-21 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer
  • 1977-07-06 Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer
  • 1977-07-15 Andre Nel, South African Cricketer
  • 1977-11-12 Benni McCarthy, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977-11-17 Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer
  • 1977-12-02 Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer plays for Aalborg BK
  • 1978-04-03 John Smit, South African rugby player, born in Polokwane, South Africa
  • 1979-08-04 Robin Peterson, South African cricketer
  • 1979-12-16 Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
  • 1980-07-03 Roland Mark Schoeman, South African swimmer
  • 1980-07-30 Justin Rose, English golfer (2013 U.S. Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1980-09-21 Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver
  • 1980-11-25 Aaron Mokoena, South African soccer player
  • 1981-02-01 Graeme Smith, South African cricketer
  • 1981-07-12 Adrienne Camp, South African singer/songwriter
  • 1981-07-30 Juan Smith, South African rugby player
  • 1982-03-17 Steven Pienaar, South African footballer
  • 1982-07-25 Monde Zondeki, South African cricketer, born in King William's Town, Cape Province
  • 1982-11-16 Jannie du Plessis, South African rugby player, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • 1983-04-13 Schalk Burger, South African rugby player
  • 1983-06-12 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player
  • 1983-06-27 Dale Steyn, South African cricketer, born in Phalaborwa, South Africa
  • 1983-10-26 Luke Watson, South African rugby player
  • 1984-02-17 AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
  • 1984-08-21 Neil Dexter, South African-born English cricketer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984-08-31 Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer
  • 1986-07-12 JP Pietersen, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1986-09-11 Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby player, born in Tzaneen, South Africa
  • 1986-11-04 Adrian Zaugg, South African racing driver
  • 1986-11-22 Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete
  • 1987-05-14 Francois Steyn, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1990-01-18 Gift Ngoepe, South African-born baseball player, 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, born in Pietersburg, South Africa
  • 1996-02-17 Sasha Pieterse, South African child actress

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