History of South Africa and Great Britain

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In History
  • Woman's rights

    Woman's rights
    Women are given an equal status compared to the male counter part at Oxford University in England
  • First Bentley car

    First Bentley car
    In September 1921 first Bentley car rolled of the production line.
  • Rand Rebellion

    Rand Rebellion
    An uprising of white mineworkers protesting against the increasing employment of colored mineworkers. The protest was eventually crushed by the military forces.
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    The Great Depression

    South Africa experienced the consequences and great price drops from the Depression between 1925 and 1933, whereas Great Britain experienced its economical low points between 1929 and 1932.
  • Full sovereignty

    Full sovereignty
    With the passage of the Statue of Westminster in Great Britain , which conferences took place between 1926 and 1930, the last British government powers were abolished in all the former British colonies, including South Africa. This resulted in full sovereignty for South Africa
  • Creation of the commonwealth

    Creation of the commonwealth
    In 1931 Britain created the Commonwealth with her former colonies. The members of the commonwealth have agreed to shared goals, like developments, democracy, and peace.
  • The end of World War II

    The end of World War II
    On September 9, the second world war had officially ended. South Africa had aided Great Britain throughout the war.
  • Wind of Change

    Wind of Change
    Harold Macmillan performed his speech "Wind of Change"
  • Leaving the Commonwealth.

    Leaving the Commonwealth.
    Due to external pressure from fellow members of the Commonwealth, South Africa left the Commonwealth. Unwilling to divert from the apartheid, South Africa opted to leave the Commonwealth.
  • South African Republic

    South African Republic
    After a referendum held in 1960, South Africa chose to become a republic, and did not recognize queen Elizabeth II as head of the state.
  • England wins the World Cup

    England wins the World Cup
    The World Cup was hosted in Great Britain, and England took the cup back home.
  • Christiaan Barnard

    Christiaan Barnard
    Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001) was a South African surgeon who was the first to complete a successful heart transplantation from human to human in 1967.
  • Margaret Thatcher

    Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was the first woman in the history of Great Britain to become Prime Minister in 1979.
  • Invention of the internet

    Invention of the internet
    Born in June of 1955, Berners-Lee went on to become a computer scientist and invented the World Wide Web in 1989. For this act he was knighted in 2004.
  • End of apartheid

    End of apartheid
    The apartheid system in South Africa was ended through a series of negotiations between 1990 and 1993 and through unilateral steps by the de Klerk government.
  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a former South African president who fought against apartheid. He was the first person of color to become president of the country. He succeeded Frederik de Klerk who's government ended apartheid. Together with de Klerk he received the Nobel price for peace in 1993.
  • F. W. de Klerk

    F. W. de Klerk
    F. W. de Klerk won the Nobel prize for peace in 1994 and was the president of South Africa from 1989 until 1994.
  • Bilateral Forum

    Bilateral Forum
    The South Africa-UK Bilateral Forum was established in 1997 to regulate and enhance political and economic relations between South Africa and the UK.
  • Rugby final

    Rugby final
    On this date, South Africa beat England in the rugby World Cup final.