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J. B. M. Hertzog

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog

Full Name: James Barry Munnik Hertzog
Profession: South African Premier

South Africa
South African

Why Famous: Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa from 1924 to 1939. Throughout his life he encouraged the development of Afrikaner culture, determined to protect the Afrikaner from British influence

Born: April 3, 1866
Birthplace: Wellington, South Africa
Star Sign: Aries

Died: November 21, 1942 (aged 76)

Historical Events

  • 1914-07-01 General J. B. M. Hertzog founds the Free State National Party
  • 1924-06-30 J. B. M. Hertzog becomes Primes Minister, head of a coalition government between the National and Labour Parties in South Africa
  • 1939-09-05 J. B. M. Hertzog resigns as South African Prime Minister after losing a vote in parliament on neutrality in WWII

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