- 17-July-1755 : In a convoy of ships from Great Britain, returning to India for the East India Company, the lead ship ''Dodington'' wrecks at Port Elizabeth, losing a chest of gold coins from Robert Clive, worth L33,000. In 1998, 1,400 coins are offered for sale, and in 2002 a portion is given to the South African government.<ref>
'Sailing Ship "Dodington"' (history), Dodington Family, 2002,
webpage: http://www.dodingtonfamily.org/shipdodingtonnotes.htm ShipShipNotes.
- 30-May-1815 : The ''Arniston'', an East Indiaman repatriating wounded troops to England from Ceylon, is wrecked near Waenhuiskrans, South Africa with the loss of 372 of the 378 people on board.
- 04-June-1842 : In South Africa, hunter Dick King rides into a British military base in Grahamstown to warn that the Boers have besieged Durban (he had left 11 days earlier). The British army dispatches a relief force.
- 01-October-1894 : The Owl Club of Cape Town, South Africa has its first formal meeting.
- 11-October-1899 : Alfred Dreyfus is pardoned.
The Second Boer War: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts.
- 07-March-1902 : Second Boer War: South African Boers win their last battle over British forces, with the capture of a British general and 200 of his men.
- 15-June-1909 : Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
- 06-November-1913 : Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa.
- 13-September-1914 : South African troops open hostilities in German South-West Africa (today Namibia) with an assault on the Ramansdrift police station.
- 04-March-1927 : A diamond rush in South Africa includes trained athletes that have been hired by major companies to stake claims.