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Thursday, January 13, 1983

Marsha Marescia Cox was born in Durban, KwaZulu Natal on 13 January 1983. She is a South African hockey legend. Marsha is one of the world’s most capped hockey players, with more than 330 caps. Her debut for the South African team was in 2001 against the United States of America. Marsha captained the national side from 2006.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 07-Mar-2018

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  • Saturday, January 13, 2007
    Former State President Marais Viljoen is buried it the Presidential Acre in Bloemfontein, after a service in the Pretoria East Dutch Reformed Church attended by former colleagues and Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The remains is flown to Bloemfontein from Waterkloof Air Force Base. A state funeral and private burial is held respectively in Pretoria, Gauteng, and Bloemfontein, Free State, for the late former state president Marais Viljoen. In agreement to the family's wishes, the state funeral is limited, but Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka attends the funeral service at the Dutch Reformed Church Pretoria East and a military detachment is present at the Waterkloof and the Bloemspruit Air Force bases.
  • Thursday, January 13, 2005
    Mark Thatcher incurs a fine of R3-million and is given a four-year suspended prison term after pleading guilty in a Cape Town court to having unwittingly put cash up for a helicopter to fly exiled opposition leader Severo Moto of Equatorial Guinea back from exile. He maintains that he was paying for an air ambulance.
    References:
    • (2005). The financier, the plotter and the mercenary, The Star, 14 January, p. 13.

  • Saturday, January 13, 2007
    The African National Congress (ANC) presents a united front with President Mbeki and ANC vice-president, Jacob Zuma, sharing the stage and dancing together at its 95th anniversary celebrations in Witbank, Mpumalanga.
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  • Monday, January 13, 2003
    Ivory Coast's two western rebel groups, the Movement for Justice and Peace and the Ivorian Popular Movement of the Greater West, sign a truce with the government and agree to participate in peace talks.
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  • Thursday, January 13, 2005
    Barney Cohen (53), former Drum magazine editor and chief executive officer of Urban Brew studios, dies in Johannesburg while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. In 1991 he helped to start one of the first Black empowerment companies in SA with Danie Ferreira and John Matshikiza.
    References:
    • (2005). Tribute paid to production house CEO Barney Cohen, The Star, 17 January.

  • Wednesday, January 13, 1999
    South African and Saudi Arabian envoys hold talks with Colonel Gaddafi to try to resolve the Lockerbie checkmate.
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  • Wednesday, January 13, 1993
    The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, to which SA is a party, is signed in Paris.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed)(2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 222

  • Saturday, January 13, 1996
    The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, wins the Africa Cup of Nations Group A game versus Cameroon 3-0 at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Maguire, R. & Said, N. (2004). 'Bafana Bafana: Team of the Decade,' Kick Off 1994-2004, Special Edition, p. 24

  • Monday, January 13, 1992
    Exchange of notes with Japan concerning the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.
    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 13, 1992
    Ingrid Olsen, a psychiatrist in Menlo Park, is shot dead.
    References:
    • ---, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord.

  • Sunday, January 13, 1991
    At least forty soccer fans die and 100 are injured as they flee fighting between rival team supporters at a stadium near Orkney.
  • Monday, January 13, 1992
    Yvonne Bryceland (66), well-known South African actress, dies in London. She gained world acclaim for her roles in Athol Fugard's "People Are Living Here", "Road To Mecca" and "Boesman and Lena".
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Saturday, January 13, 1990
    The British government, in a change of policy, opens its doors to consultations with ANC leaders on a solution for South Africa.
    References:
    • Pretoria News, 13 Jan 2003. Today in history

  • Sunday, January 13, 1985
    Express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428.
  • Wednesday, January 13, 1988
    Two gunmen kill ANC member Sipho Ngema in a Swazi restaurant.
    References:
    • Pretoria News, 13 Jan 2003.  Today in history
    •  Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 249

  • Wednesday, January 13, 1982
    Prof. Chris Barnard divorces his second wife, Barbara, after twelve years of marriage.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, January 13, 1976
    The conference of the Organisation of African Unity ends in Addis Ababa, divided over the Angolan civil war.
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  • Saturday, January 13, 1979
    A clash between police and suspected guerrillas is reported near the Botswana border. Botswana denies that it is being used as a springboard for attacks on his neighbours

  • Saturday, January 13, 1979
    The government is reported to have frozen the South African assets of the former Information Secretary, Dr. Eschel Roodie, and to have seized secret funds deposited in private accounts outside the country.

  • Thursday, January 13, 1972
    A group of junior officers overthrows civilian government of Ghana in West Africa.
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  • Friday, January 13, 1967
    President Nicolas Grunitzky of Togo is ousted in a military coup led by Lieutenant-Colonel Gnassingbe Eyadema on the anniversary of the 1963 coup. Gnassingbe Eyadema assumed the offices of president and minister of national defence a few months later.
    References:
    • Bute, E.L. & Harmer, H.J.P. (1997). The Black Handbook, London: Cassell.
    •  http://www.answers.com/

  • Sunday, January 13, 1963
    Sgt Gnassingbe Eyadema murders West African Republic of Togo's President Sylvanus Olympio in a military coup.
    References:
    • Bute, E.L. & Harmer, H.J.P. (1997). The Black Handbook, London: Cassell.
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Sunday, January 13, 1963
    The South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (Sanroc), which later under Denis Brutus played an important role in isolating SA, is founded.
    References:
    • Kruger, D.W. (ed)(1979). Geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika; verwerk en bygewerk deur D.W. Kruger; 3de bygewerkte uitg., Goodwood, Cape Town: NASOU, p. 602

  • Friday, January 13, 1961
    Fighting erupts between UN troops and supporters of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo.
  • Tuesday, January 13, 1959
    Belgium grants reforms in Belgian Congo following disturbances. King Boudouin promises independence.
  • Tuesday, January 13, 1953
    Derek Hanekom, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa since 29 April 2004 and former minister of Land Affairs, is born in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.gcis.gov.za/
    •  www.anc.org.za/people/hanekom.html

  • Saturday, January 13, 1951
    A De Havilland Dove of United Airways crashes near Ixopo, Natal, killing twelve occupants.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 1, p. 256.

  • Monday, January 13, 1947
    Joseph Matthew Seshego Latakgomo, journalist and editor of several newspapers in the past, is born in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Thursday, January 13, 1949
    Zulus attack Indians in Durban.  At least 137 people are killed and a thousand or more injured.  The government complains about newspaper coverage, especially foreign reporting.
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  • Wednesday, January 13, 1943
    WW2: General Philippe Leclerc's Free French troops merge with the British army under the command of Montgomery.
  • Wednesday, January 13, 1915
    WW1: South African troops occupy Swakopmund, German South-West Africa.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Friday, January 13, 1922
    C.P. Hoogenhout (78), founder member of the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (GRA), dies in Wellington, CP.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, January 13, 1914
    A commission of public safety is appointed in Cape Town after industrial upheaval breaks out. 
    References:
    • Pretoria News, 13 Jan 2003. Today in history

  • Saturday, January 13, 1894
    Die Kerkbode, official organ of the Dutch Reformed Church, is published for the first time.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, January 13, 1904
    Jacob de Villiers, justice of the Appeal Court, is born in Bloemfontein.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, January 13, 1887
    Albert van de Sandt Centlivres, chief justice of SA and chancellor of the University of Cape Town, is born in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v.3, p. 148.

  • Saturday, January 13, 1866
    William John Cormack Brebner, senator of the Union of South Africa and life-long chairman of the Afrikaner Party, is born in Burgersdorp, CC.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 2, p. 494.

  • Wednesday, January 13, 1886
    The village Roossenekal is proclaimed. It is named after Field-cornet Stephanus Johannes Roos and Comdt. Frederik Senekal, who both fell during the Mapoch War.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 9, p. 408

  • Monday, January 13, 1772
    The French explorer, Marion du Fresne, discovers Marion Island and Prince Edward Island in the southern Indian Ocean.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, January 13, 1662
    Joanna van Riebeeck, daughter of Jan and Maria van Riebeeck, is born at the Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, January 13, 1653
    Harvesting of the first wheat planted at the Cape by Jan van Riebeeck.
    References:
    • Swart: Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak
    •  http://www.news24.com