South African History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 569

  • 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 and 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 February 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

Meeting of Interest

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

  • 1990-12-13 South African President F. W. de Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid
  • 1991-01-13 Football fans of the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates clash in Orkney, South Africa leading to a riot and 42 deaths in the Oppenheimer Stadium disaster
  • 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 re-admitted 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

Music History

1992-01-11 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon brings his “Born at the Right Time” tour to South Africa, at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg

  • 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 and white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution
  • 1994-01-03 Restoration of South African citizenship, announced on 15 December 1993 by the South African parliament led by President F. W. de Klerk, becomes effective four months before the first South Africa non-racial polls of 27 April, 1994
  • 1994-01-07 South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs
  • 1994-01-25 Australia beat South Africa 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1994-03-05 Largest milkshake made; 1,955 gallons of chocolate in Nelspruit, South Africa
  • 1994-03-07 ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa
  • 1994-03-18 South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police
  • 1994-03-20 Zulu-king Goodwill Zwelithini founds realm in South Africa
  • 1994-03-22 South African government and ANC take power in Ciskei homeland

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 473 of 473

  • 1966-12-02 Clive Eksteen, South African cricket spin bowler (7 Tests; ex-commercial manager Cricket SA), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1967-01-02 Francois Pienaar, South African rugby union flanker and captain (29 caps; Rugby World Cup 1995; Transvaal, Saracens), born in Vereeniging, South Africa

Dave MatthewsDave Matthews (55 years old)

1967-01-09 American singer-songwriter & musician (Dave Matthews Band - "So Much to Say"", born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

  • 1967-03-04 Daryll Cullinan, South African cricket batsman (70 Tests; 4,554 runs @ 44.21; 138 ODIs), born in Kimberley, Cape Province
  • 1967-06-30 Rudi Steyn, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman 1995), born in Kimberley, South Africa
  • 1967-11-23 Gary Kirsten, South African cricket batsman and coach (101 Tests, 7,289 runs @ 45.27, 21 x 100s), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1968-03-08 Clare Wood, Zululand South Africa, tennis star (1986 Futures-Lisbon)
  • 1968-12-02 Elna Reinach, South African tennis player (US Open mixed doubles [with Patrick Galbraith] 1994), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1969-06-24 Thabo Mngomeni, South African football player, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 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, South African Cricket Batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (d. 2002)

Ernie ElsErnie Els (53 years old)

1969-10-17 South African golfer (US Open 1994, 97; British Open 2002, 12), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 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, South African cricket pace bowler (South African Test), born in East London, South Africa
  • 1971-02-20 Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union halfback (89 Tests; Bulls), born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 2017)

Elon MuskElon Musk (51 years old)

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

  • 1971-09-15 Wayne Ferreira, South African tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1971-10-22 Amanda Coetzer, South African tennis player (World #3 1997; Hopman Cup 2000 [Wayne Ferreria]; US Open doubles 1993 runner-up), born in Hoopstad, South Africa
  • 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 cricket all-rounder, captain (108 Tests, 3,781 runs @ 32.21, 421 wickets; 303 ODIs) and broadcaster (SuperSport), born in Port Elizabeth, RSA
  • 1973-09-18 Mark Shuttleworth, South African entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd.), born in Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • 1973-10-29 Adam Bacher, South African cricket batsman (19 Tests; 13 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1974-01-09 Craig Wishart, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995), born in Harare, Zimbabwe

Steve NashSteve Nash (48 years old)

1974-02-07 Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame guard (NBA MVP 2005, 06; 8 × NBA All-Star; Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers) and coach (Brooklyn Nets), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 1974-02-23 Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1974-06-30 Hezekiel Sepeng, South African athlete, born in Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • 1974-11-01 V. V. S. Laxman, Indian cricket batsman (134 Tests; 8,781 runs @ 45.5; best 281, 2001), born in Hyderabad, Telangana
  • 1975-05-27 ZP Theart, British heavy metal rock singer and musician (DragonForce; Skid Row), born in Clanwilliam, South Africa

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron (47 years old)

1975-08-07 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, born in Bethlehem, South Africa
  • 1976-04-02 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer (US Masters 2007 runner-up, 6 PGA Tour titles, born in Durban, RSA
  • 1976-11-26 Jean Grae [Tsidi Ibrahim], South African-American rapper (The Evil Jeanius), born in Capetown, South Africa
  • 1976-12-03 Mark Boucher, South African cricket wicketkeeper (147 Tests, record 555 dismissals; 295 ODIs), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • 1977-01-20 Paul Adams, South African cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977-02-14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2007)
  • 1977-05-11 Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1977-05-21 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1977-07-06 Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer, born in Mdingi, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1977-07-15 André Nel, South African cricket fast bowler (36 Tests, 123 wickets, BB 6/32; Highveld Lions, Northamptonshire CCC, Essex CCC, Surrey CCC), born in Germiston, South Africa
  • 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 soccer forward (81 caps; Moroka Swallows, AmaZulu), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 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 (US Masters 2008), born in Cape Town, Western Cape
  • 1980-07-03 Roland Schoeman, South African swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle relay 2004; 3 x World C'ship gold), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1980-07-30 Justin Rose, English golfer (US Open 2013), 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 cricket batsman, captain and broadcaster (117 Tests, 9,265 runs @ 48.25, 27 x 100s; 197 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1981-07-12 Adie [Adrienne Camp], South African contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter (The Benjamin Gate), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1981-07-30 Juan Smith, South African rugby player, born in Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • 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, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1983-06-12 Bryan Habana, South African rugby player (South Africa national team), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1983-06-27 Dale Steyn, South African cricketer, born in Phalaborwa, South Africa
  • 1983-10-26 Luke Watson, South African rugby player (Western Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1984-02-17 AB de Villiers, South African cricket batsman (114 Tests, 8,765 runs @ 50.66, 22 x 100, HS 278no; 228 ODI, 25 x 100), born in Warmbad, South Africa
  • 1984-08-21 Neil Dexter, South African-born English cricketer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1984-08-31 Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer (US Masters 2011), born in Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • 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, born in Singapore
  • 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 actress (Pretty Little Liars), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

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