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On 11 July 2007, South African actor Bill Flynn, 58, passed away, allegedly due to a heart attack. Flynn was born on 13 December 1948, and was educated at Plumstead High School in Cape Town, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) Drama School.

Flynn was a well respected actor in the South African entertainment industry, and was well known for his roles in local movies such as Heel Against the Head and Running Riot, and his role as Willie Loman in the South African production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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  • Wednesday, July 11, 2007
    Judge Moroa Tsoka grants a temporary court order to Chief Superintendent Stanley Sagathevan and his suspended colleagues, Chief Superintendent Patrick Johnson and Superintendent Ithumelang Koko, according to which neither Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride, nor Ash Budhoo, acting metro police chief, Trish Armstrong, Hennie Erasmus and Inspector Roelof Schoeman, may do anything to threaten or directly or indirectly intimidate the three men. McBride allegedly threatened the three suspended metro men and their families. The men were present at the scene of a car crash involving McBride earlier this year, in which McBride was allegedly drunk.
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  • Wednesday, July 11, 2007
    Bill Flynn (58), popular SA actor dies in Johannesburg, presumably of a heart attack. His highly successful career includes leading roles in more than 140 stage plays, musicals, 42 films, dozens of TV shows and thousands of radio and TV commercials. He was married to actress Jana Celliers
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  • Tuesday, July 11, 2006
    Ashwell Prince is appointed as South Africa's first Black cricket captain.
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  • Monday, July 11, 1994
    SA signs agreement with the Commonwealth Development Corporation.
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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 11, 1999
    BBC News reports hundreds of demonstrators have protested at a game ranch in South Africa over the ill-treatment of fourteen baby elephants from Botswana being trained for sale to zoos and circuses. TV pictures showed the animals being savagely whipped on their trunks and hindquarters until they bled. Two of the trainers were subsequently arrested on cruelty charges, and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the third. The protesters were a diverse group including motorcycle gang members, wildlife groups and housewives.
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  • Saturday, July 11, 1992
    The home match between the Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, and Cameroon ends in a tie, with 2 goals each.
    References:
    • (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Monday, July 11, 1988
    Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee grants the "Sharpeville Six" an indefinite stay of execution. Date is given as 14 July in another source.
    References:
    • Pretoria News, 11 July, 2003. Today in history

  • Monday, July 11, 1988
    The Johannesburg chief magistrate refuses permission for a concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday. The date is given as 14 July by another source.
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    • Pretoria News, 11 July, 2003. Today in history

  • Saturday, July 11, 1981
    The Danish Badminton Federation calls off a tour of South Africa by seven of Denmark's top badminton players, scheduled to take place from 26 July to 15 August. Federation President Frede Krause says that four of the seven players had not wanted to go on the tour.
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    • Chronological Review of Developments Concerning Sports and Apartheid. SAHO

  • Saturday, July 11, 1987
    The Nigerian military government postpones restoration of civilian rule from October 1990 to 1992. 
    References:
    • Bute: The Black Handbook

  • Friday, July 11, 1980
    Jabu Jeremiah (Shuffle) Pule, SA footballer who was winner of the Kick Off Magazine Soccer Player of the Season, ½ award, is born in Daveyton, Benoni.
    References:
    • Landheer, E. (2004). 'Jabu Pule', Kick Off 1994-2004, Special Edition, p. 61.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 1973
    One hundred and twelve Peace Corps workers are detained and then expelled from Uganda by President Idi Amin Dada.
  • Tuesday, July 11, 1972
    The University Christian Movement (UCM) (SA), propagating Black Power with the aid of Black Theology, and precursor of the South African Students' Organisation (SASO), is dissolved.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 12, p. 132

  • Thursday, July 11, 1968
    SA ratifies a treaty with Switzerland on the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income.
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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). 11July 1970 - The United States Secretary of State reiterates America's adherence to the policy of not supplying arms and military equipment to South Africa. (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

  • Thursday, July 11, 1963
    Security police raid the ANC 'safe-house' at Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, then just outside Johannesburg, arresting the leadership nucleus of the armed wing of the ANC, including Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada.
    References:
    • Muller, C.F.J. (ed)(1981). Five Hundred years: a history of South Africa; 3rd rev. ed., Pretoria: Academica.
    •  http://www.rusty-bernstein.com/
    •  http://en.wikipedia.org/

  • Monday, July 11, 1960
    Only eleven days after achieving independence as the Republic of Congo, its richest province, Katanga, declares itself independent under the rule of MoÁ¯se-Kapenda Tshombe.
  • Monday, July 11, 1960
    Fatima Jakoet, regional financial manager of Eskom and director of several companies, is born.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Sunday, July 11, 1954
    While on his way to address a protest meeting in Johannesburg, Albert Luthuli is served with a banning order as he steps off a plane.  Date is given as 12 July by another source.

  • Sunday, July 11, 1954
    Walter Sisulu attends a massive meeting of the ANC in Sophiatown, Johannesburg.

  • Friday, July 11, 1952
    Blacks (Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents) Act No 67 commences, repealing the laws relating to the carrying of passes by Blacks. These laws differed from province to province. This new Act provides for the issuing of reference books to all Black persons in all provinces.

  • Sunday, July 11, 1943
    The All African Convention (AAC) of Western Province takes place.
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  • Sunday, July 11, 1920
    Prof. Hudson William Edison Ntsangwisi, former chief minister of Gazankulu, is born at the Shiluwane mission station, Eastern Transvaal.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, July 11, 1917
    The congress of the Helpmekaar-vereniging, founded to help pay the debt of the 1914-rebels, is held in Middelburg, Cape Province.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, July 11, 1906
    Bambata Rebellion: Messeni (also spelt Mseni) and Ndlovu ka Timuni are captured while on their way to surrender, and the Rebellion comes to an end.
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  • Thursday, July 11, 1901
    Anglo-Boer War 2: The complete Free State Executive Council, except the president who escaped with the help of Ruiter, 29 persons, is captured in Reitz by Gen. Broadwood and sent to Heilbron as prisoners. 
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Thursday, July 11, 1901
    Anglo-Boer War 2. With dawn approaching, General Broadwood surprises the Free State force, accompanied by Pres. Steyn, in Reitz. Pres. Steyn's Griqua groom, Jan Ruiter, wakes the President, borrows a saddle and helps the president to mount and, mounting another horse, gallops away.  When stopped by a British soldier, Ruiter dismounts and distracts the soldier, allowing the president to escape into darkness without hat or coat. After the battle Ruiter and the other Blacks are left behind and he rejoins his employer.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology

  • Wednesday, July 11, 1900
    Anglo-Boer War 2: The Battle of Silkaatsnek, west of Pretoria, starts with Gen. De la Rey launching a three-pronged attack on the British forces.   The British, under Col. Roberts, surrenders the next morning.
    References:
    • Cloete: The Anglo-Boer War: a chronology
    •  Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Tuesday, July 11, 1882
    The British fleet bombards Alexandria, Egypt.
    References:
    • Pakenham, T. (1991). The Scramble for Africa, Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball
    •  http://www.youregypt.com/

  • Saturday, July 11, 1857
    The William Bailey runs ashore at Plettenberg Bay.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, July 11, 1849
    Nicholas Edward Brown, SA botanist, is born in Surrey, England.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, July 11, 1814
    Samuel Silverthorne Bailey, surgeon and hospital pioneer in SA, marries Hester Aletta van Reenen, daughter of J.G. (Jan) van Reenen.
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    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012
    World Population Day.
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