Harare in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1890-09-12 Cecil Rhodes' colonists found Fort Salisbury (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • 1966-01-12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • 1982-04-18 Zimbabwean capital Salisbury renamed Harare
  • 1992-10-18 Start of Zimbabwe's 1st Test match, v India at Harare
  • 1995-02-01 Zimbabwe batsmen Andy (156) & Grant Flower (201) set world record brotherly stand of 269 to propel Zimbabwe to first ever victory in Test cricket in 1st Test against Pakistan in Harare
  • 1997-01-03 Zimbabwe cricket fast bowler Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick as home team scores another upset against England, winning by 131 runs and sweeping series, 3-0 in Harare
  • 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

ZimbabweRobert Mugabe Ousted

2017-11-14 Zimbabwe Army seizes key sites in capital Harare following tensions over Robert Mugabe's dismissal of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa

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Protestors in Harare, Zimbabwe, demonstrate against longtime dictator Robert Mugabe
Protestors in Harare, Zimbabwe, demonstrate against longtime dictator Robert Mugabe
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  • 2018-07-03 Australian cricket batsman Aaron Finch breaks his own T20 International record smashing 172 from 76 balls vs Zimbabwe in Harare, opening stand with D'Arcy Short (223) also a record

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907-01-20 Roy Welensky, Northern Rhodesian politician, born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 1991)

Person of interestRobert Mugabe

1924-02-21 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and 1st black President of Zimbabwe (1988-2017), born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 2019)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • 1932-03-31 Godfrey Lawrence, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 8-53 v NZ 1961), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1937-09-25 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1955-10-18 Denis Watson, South African golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 2007), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1959-08-07 Ali Shah, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1959-09-25 Andy Waller, Zimbabwean cricket batsman and coach (2 Tests, 39 ODIs), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1966-05-23 Graeme Hick MBE, English cricket batsman (65 Tests, 6 x 100s; 120 ODIs; Worcestershire), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1969-04-11 Gavin Briant, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1970-12-20 Grant Flower, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1974-01-09 Craig Wishart, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1976-04-13 Everton Matambanadzo, Zimbabwean cricket pace bowler (v Paki 1996), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1978-08-01 Andy Blignaut, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1982-08-20 Barney Rogers, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1983-09-16 Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1983-10-10 Vusimuzi Sibanda, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1984-11-12 Conrad Rautenbach, Zimbabwean rally driver, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1986-02-06 Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1988-03-24 Ryan Higgins, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe