4 May 1925
Ruth Heloise First, journalist, academic, political activist and the wife of former South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Joe Slovo was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her political involvement started while she was still a student at the University of the Witwatersrand. She helped to establish the Federation of Progressive Students. Her fellow university students included Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo and Eduardo Mondlane, the freedom fighter from Mozambique and the first leader of Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO).

Verwey, E.J. (ed)(1995). New Dictionary of South African Biography, v.1, Pretoria: HSRC.