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Monday, January 11, 1904

Johannes Hendrickus ‘Snaar’ Viljoen was born in Hanover, Northern Cape on 11 January 1904.[i] Snaar was one of South Africa’s greatest all-rounders.[ii] AnchorHe alsocompeted in the Decathlon events. Snaar won a gold medal in the high jump and a bronze medal in the long jump at the 1930 British Empire Games held in Hamilton, Canada.[iii] He was also placed fourth in the 120 yards hurdles event.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 14-Jun-2017

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Monday, January 11, 1999
    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission refuses amnesty to Gideon Nieuwoudt, former police officer, for the death of Steve Biko.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, January 11, 1997
    The away game between the Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, and Zambia ends in a tie with no goals scored.
    References:
    • (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Sunday, January 11, 1998
    An armed gang attacks two villages outside Algiers, Algeria, slaughtering 120 people.
    References:
    • (2005). Milestones, The Star, 11 January.

  • Saturday, January 11, 1992
    Paul Simon starts his tour in South Africa.
  • Thursday, January 11, 1996
    First Executive Deputy President Thabo Mbeki announces the establishment of an independent judicial inquiry to investigate allegations that government ministers and senior police officials are being kept under surveillance by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee (NICOC) will undertake the investigation.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Monday, January 11, 1982
    The United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid launches the International Year of Mobilisation for Sanctions against South Africa.
    References:
    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Monday, January 11, 1971
    The Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil thereof, to which SA is a party, is signed in Moscow, London and Washington.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 222

  • Friday, January 11, 1974
    Birth of the Rosenkowitz sextuplet in Cape Town, the first in the world where all six babies survive.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, January 11, 1963
    Sisulu attends a secret meeting at the house of George Xarile together with F. Van Rensburg (a shift boss from Vlakfontein mine). It is understood that Van Rensburg made bombs for Sisulu presumably from dynamite.
    References:

  • Sunday, January 11, 1970
    The 32-month-old secessionist Biafran regime collapses under onslaughts by Nigerian military.
    References:
    • (2005). Milestones, The Star, 11 January.

  • Monday, January 11, 1909
    A devastating storm hits Pretoria – five inches of rain falls within four hours and the Apies River flows 100m wide.
    References:
    • ---, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord.

  • Saturday, January 11, 1913
    The South African rugby team scores 9 tries and beats France in Bordeaux 38-5.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, January 11, 1904
    Samuel Maharero orders all Ovaherero chiefs to take up arms against the Germans. He orders them to "refrain from touching missionaries, English, Basters, Berg-Damaras, Namas and Boers". There are doubts concerning the date of this order. It is possible that Maharero wrote this letter after the outbreak of the war (around 20 January 1904).
  • Saturday, January 11, 1879
    British invade Zululand in three columns. Date is given as 10 January in another source.
    References:

  • Sunday, January 11, 1903
    Alan Paton, author of Cry the Beloved Country, is born in Pietermaritzburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, January 11, 1859
    John Tengo Jabavu, the second Black matriculant in South Africa and well-known journalist, is born near Healdtown.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau