History in History: 5th October


Historical Events:

• 1844: Francis William Reitz, president of the Orange Free State, is born in Swellendam, Cape Colony.
• 1975: Winnie Mandela ends thirteen years of enforced silence with a strong attack on the country’s Terrorism Act.
• 1987: President P.W. Botha decides against scrapping the Separate Amenities Act, but agrees that some residential areas can be opened to all races.
• 1990: ANC leaders meet homeland leaders in Soweto. All except KwaZulu’s Mangosuthu Buthelezi agree to act together in deciding principles for negotiations with the government.
• 2009: World Teachers Day – "Build the future: invest in teachers now!"

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1883: Prof. Johannes Jacobus Smith, professor in Afrikaans at the University of Stellenbosch, is born in Tulbach, western Cape.
• 1946: South African poet, writer and political activist, Mafika Pascal Gwala is born in Durban.
• 1960: Daniel Baldwin, American actor is born.
• 1964: John Fairbairn (70), journalist and outspoken critic, dies in Cape Town.
• 1970: PBS becomes a US television network.


• 1924: Thomas Campbell (42), SA cricket player in five test matches, dies in Natal.
• 1969: Carol Mann wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational.
• 1973: A State Presidential Proclamation, widening powers of the Group Areas Act, is published in a bid to prevent multi-racial matches at Pietermaritzburg’s Aurora Cricket Club.
• 1997: 35th Tennis Fed Cup: France beats Netherlands in Den Bosch Neth (4-1)
• 2013: Wladimir Klitschko defeats Alexander Povetkin to retain his WBA Heavyweight Championship.

Source: historyorb.com & sahistory.org.com
Compiled by: Thandi Xaba