The notorious Stander gang robbed three banks in less than an hour in the Johannesburg city centre on 19 January 1984.
Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf became the first elected female Head of State in Africa.
About 22 000 miners on Witwatersrand gold mines went on strike in what became known as the Rand Rebellion or Red Revolt on 9 January 1922.
The first Anglo-Boer War took place on 13 December 1880. Three years prior to this date, the British had seized the Transvaal under Shepstone.
The Christian Institute of Southern Africa (CI) appealed to Prime Minister John Vorster, asking him to reconsider the withdrawal of the confiscation of the passports of six of its leaders, including that of Beyers Naudé.
South African heavyweight boxer, Francois "The White Buffalo" Botha, secured a victory in a split decision against Germany's Axel Schulz to win the International Boxing Federation World (IBF) Heavyweight Championship on 9 December 1995.
One of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century was documented in the South African Journal of Science on 8 December 1998.