South African History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 569 of 569

  • 1994-04-19 Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election
  • 1994-04-26 1st day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
  • 1994-04-27 Freedom Day: day 2 of South Africa's 1st multi-racial elections and day most voted - some queuing for 10 hours
  • 1994-04-29 Last day of voting in 1st multi-racial elections in South Africa

Election of Interest

1994-05-06 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

  • 1994-05-10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • 1994-05-11 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • 1994-06-23 South Africa reclaims its seat in United Nations
  • 1994-08-15 South African President Nelson Mandela receives Anne Frank Penning
  • 1994-08-20 Vuyani Bungu, the South African junior featherweight, wins the IBF World Boxing Title
  • 1994-10-01 South African President Nelson Mandela visits US
  • 1994-10-06 Ben Mokoena becomes 1st black mayor of Middelburg, South Africa
  • 1995-01-14 10,000 South Africans attend state funeral of Joe Slovo
  • 1995-05-10 In South Africa, 104 miners killed in an elevator accident
  • 1995-06-24 3rd Rugby World Cup, Ellis Park, Johannesburg: Springboks fly-half Joel Stransky lands the winning drop goal in extra time as South Africa beats New Zealand, 15-12

Historic Event

1995-07-09 Former South African President F. W. de Klerk is implicated of knowing and condoning a 'dirty tricks' campaign that was waged against the ANC between 1990 and the 1994 election in a bid to destabilize the organization

  • 1995-08-09 South Africa celebrates the first National Women's Day
  • 1995-10-16 Allan Donald takes 8-71 as South Africa defeat Zimbabwe
  • 1995-12-03 England cricket wicket-keeper Jack Russell dismisses Clive Eksteen with his record 11th catch in 2nd Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • 1995-12-26 Paul Adams becomes South Africa's youngest Test Cricket player at 18 yrs 340 days
  • 1996-02-16 Gary Kirsten scores 188* for South Africa v UAE at Rawalpindi
  • 1996-04-19 South Africa defeat Pakistan to win the Pepsi Cup in Sharjah
  • 1996-05-08 South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

Historic Event

1996-06-23 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

  • 1996-07-07 Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa
  • 1996-08-19 The major South African political parties begin their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • 1997-02-24 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
  • 1997-08-16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1997-12-31 South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head
  • 1998-07-14 Violence erupts in Richmond, South Africa, reflecting underlying political tensions between supporters of the ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party

Historic Event

1998-08-11 Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela

Historic Event

1998-08-14 Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government

  • 1998-08-19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskj√∂ld of Sweden

Historic Event

1998-08-21 P. W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

  • 1998-10-29 Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.

Election of Interest

1999-06-16 Thabo Mbeki is elected 2nd President of a democratic South Africa

  • 1999-06-22 Former Mpumalanga premier, Ndaweni Mahlangu causes a storm within political circles with his now infamous statement, "It is acceptable for politicians to lie", South Africa
  • 1999-06-25 In his first state of the nation address, South African President Thabo Mbeki promises to tackle rampaging crime; the nation's murder rate is the third highest in the world and more than 49,000 cases of rape were reported in 1998
  • 2000-06-23 The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event
  • 2000-07-09 Police fired tear gas at fans during a World Cup qualifying soccer game between Zimbabwe and South Africa, setting off a stampede that killed twelve people in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 2000-08-09 South African President Thabo Mbeki unveils the Women's Monument commemorating the role of women in the anti-apartheid struggle
  • 2002-06-28 In South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Treatment Action Campaign table a national HIV/AIDS treatment plan in the National Economic, Development and Labour Council
  • 2002-07-09 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
  • 2002-08-26 Earth Summit 2002 begins in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2004-07-17 Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against AIDS
  • 2007-10-20 6th Rugby World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 4/4 penalties as South Africa beats England, 15-6
  • 2008-08-15 Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew, discover the two-million-year-old fossils of a new species of human ancestor (Australopithecus sediba) at Malapa Cave, South Africa
  • 2008-09-21 President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25

Historic Event

2009-05-09 Jacob Zuma is sworn in as President of South Africa

  • 2009-05-27 South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years
  • 2010-07-02 FIFA World Cup: Ghana, only African team remaining in last 8, are beaten 4-2 on penalties by Uruguay; Netherlands upset Brazil 2-1
  • 2012-07-13 19-30 people are killed after a train collides with a truck in Malelane, South Africa
  • 2012-08-04 South African Oscar Pistorius becomes first double-leg amputee to compete at the Olympics; 400m London; out in semi's
  • 2012-08-16 South African police open fire on striking mine workers and kill at least 34 people
  • 2012-08-20 South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England
  • 2012-09-10 10,000 miners demonstrate at Lonmin mines in Marikana, South Africa
  • 2012-10-05 Anglo Platinum Limited fires 12,000 striking workers in South Africa
  • 2013-01-31 300 people are injured in a train collision in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2013-02-14 Oscar Pistorius, a South African amputee sprinter, is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp
  • 2013-03-15 24 people die after a double decker bus veers of a pass in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2014-05-10 The African National Congress wins the 2014 South African General Election
  • 2014-06-03 Hashim Amla becomes the first non-white captain of the South African national cricket team
  • 2014-09-11 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)
  • 2014-12-11 World's 1st penis transplant procedure by a team from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2015-09-10 New human-like species - Homo Naledi announced by Scientists and a team of female archaeologists, found deep in caves in South Africa
  • 2015-09-19 Japan beats South Africa 34-32 in Brighton, England in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history
  • 2016-07-06 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to 6 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013
  • 2016-07-28 Earliest evidence of cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old toe fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, published in "South African Journal of Science"
  • 2017-05-22 South Africa's Western Cape province declares a drought disaster - worst for 113 years

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