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Sunday, July 13, 1980

Bechuanaland (now Botswana) President, Seretse Khama died on 13 July 1980 he died in Gabarone, Botswana. He was born on 1 July 1921 at Serowe, Botswana. His grandfather was Kgosi (King) Khama III, (also known as Khama the Good) of the Bangwato people. Under his rule and with his approval, Bechuanaland had been put under British protection in the 19th century.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 12-Jul-2013

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  • Friday, July 13, 2007
    Former minister of foreign affairs, R.F. (Pik) Botha says in Centurion that the ANC has lied to the previous government. He makes this allegation at a function where Dr. Dirk Hermann's book on affirmative action is discussed. According to Botha and also former President F.W. de Klerk, the previous government would not have acceded to a political settlement including a situation of permanent affirmative action. Botha refuses to say whether he will vote for the ANC in future like he did in the two previous general elections.
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  • Wednesday, July 13, 2005
    Egypt steps up pressure for the return of five of its most precious antiquities from museums abroad including the Rosetta Stone in London and the bust of Nesfertiti in Berlin bringing in UNESCO to mediate.
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  • Monday, July 13, 1998
    Bruwer Engelbrecht (75), former radio broadcaster who started broadcasting with Piet Pompies, dies of heart failure in Belville.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, July 13, 1998
    The SA rugby team beats Australia 14-13 in a three-nation match in Perth.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, July 13, 1998
    Unita again occupies two towns in Angola and hundreds of inhabitants flee.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, July 13, 1996
    The SA rugby team loses 16-21 against Australia in Sydney.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, July 13, 1994
    Firms from Denmark and Yugoslavia pull their staffs out of Algeria as more foreigners flee a new wave of slayings by Islamic extremists.
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  • Monday, July 13, 1992
    The tripartite alliance, consisting of the ANC, the SACP and the COSATU, outline mass action plans from the beginning of August and the occupation of cities on 5 August.
    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

  • Saturday, July 13, 1991
    The South African Development Trust offers 80 farms in the Northern Transvaal to Black farmers.
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  • Wednesday, July 13, 1988
    Mr Justice W.H. Heath finds Bonakele Jwabi and fifteen other men guilty of murder relating to the abduction and burning to death of five men in Mdantsane on 1 February 1987.
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    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 106

  • Monday, July 13, 1987
    A Canadian government report comes out against disinvestment from South Africa, which it says hurts rather than helps workers.
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  • Monday, July 13, 1987
    Anglo American chairman Gavin Relly, in his annual report, urges the government to scrap the Group Areas Act.
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  • Sunday, July 13, 1986
    Zola Budd and Annette Cowley, South African runner and swimmer respectively, are banned from the Commonwealth Games.
  • Saturday, July 13, 1985
    The Live Aid concert for African famine relief takes place simultaneously in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and London, England and raises triple the amount expected.
  • Friday, July 13, 1984
    The last all-White Parliament ends its last session in Cape Town.
    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

  • Wednesday, July 13, 1983
    The Transvaal Attorney General announces that AWB leader Eugene Terreblanche and three associates will face terrorism charges, having been accused of attempting or planning to overthrow the South African government by violent means.
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    • 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

  • Sunday, July 13, 1980
    Sir Seretse Khama, first president of Botswana (1966–80), dies in Gaborone, Botswana due to pancreatic cancer.
  • Saturday, July 13, 1974
    The SA rugby team loses against the British Lions 9-26 in Port Elizabeth.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, July 13, 1971
    Firing squads in Morocco execute ten army officers accused of trying to overthrow King Hassan.
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  • Saturday, July 13, 1968
    The SA rugby team beats the British Lions 11-6 on Newlands, Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, July 13, 1963
    The SA rugby team beats Australia 14-3 in the first test in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Saturday, July 13, 1963
    The Security police disclose the existence of an underground group the Yu Chi Chan, said to include people trained in Peking and Algeria for sabotage in 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

  • Saturday, July 13, 1963
    The government of India announces that it is cutting India's last remaining links with South Africa by refusing landing and passage facilities to South African aircraft.
    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

  • Sunday, July 13, 1947
    Fietas, Johannesburg: A memorandum relating to the housing conditions and need for housing schemes of poorer Indians is presented to the Minister of the Interior by the Tamil Benefit Society.

  • Friday, July 13, 1934
    Nigeria's 1986 Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, novelist, playwright and poet, is born in Abeokuta, south-western Nigeria.
    References:
    • Saturday Star, July 17, 2004, p. 6
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Tuesday, July 13, 1920
    Johannes Jacobus Fagan, SA composer, commits suicide in London because of worsening health problems and the death of his young fiancée.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, July 13, 1916
    Ernest Sedumedi Moloto, linguist, educationist and teacher who served as chairman of both the Tswana Language Committee of SA and the Botswana National Language Committee, is born in Moruleng, Rustenburg district.
    References:
    • Sonderling, N.E. (ed.) (1999). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.2, Pretoria: Vista.

  • Monday, July 13, 1908
    Garfield Todd, Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) from 1953 to 1958, is born at Invercargill, New Zealand.
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  • Saturday, July 13, 1901
    Anglo-Boer War 2: J.P. Coetzee, Cape rebel, is executed by the British and all male adults are ordered to attend.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Friday, July 13, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2 -At a council of war, Chief Commandant De Wet explains the shortcomings of the Republican concentration in the Brandwater Basin and the importance of moving out before they are bottled up.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Wednesday, July 13, 1898
    A crosswind destroys the barracks of the Salvation Army in Church Street, Pretoria West. One person is injured.
    References:
    • ---, (2005). 'Pretoria 1855-2005: Chronologie 1798-1935', Bylaag tot Rekord.

  • Thursday, July 13, 1854
    Abbas I, viceroy of Egypt under the Ottomans who opposed Western-inspired reforms, is strangled by two of his servants, and succeeded by Mohammed Said.
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  • Thursday, July 13, 1837
    Queen Victoria is the first monarch to move into Buckingham Palace, London.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau