On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 30 May?

Look at what happened on this day, 30 May in history. From various achievements and milestones throughout human history to groundbreaking inventions and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Here is a look at some of the most notable events that happened on this day


1899 | Sir Alfred Milner, the British High Commissioner for South Africa, and President Paul Kruger met in a conference in Bloemfontein to discuss the franchise issue. The conference came to an end without reaching a decision six days later, on June 5, 1899.

1966 | On orders from President Joseph Mobutu, Évariste Kimba, a former prime minister of the Congo, and a number of other politicians were executed in public in Kinshasa.

2012 | Charles Taylor, a former president of Liberia, was given a 50-year prison term for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the Sierra Leone Civil War.

2013 | Nigeria approved a law outlawing same-sex marriage.

2020 | The Crew Dragon Demo-2 flew from the Kennedy Space Centre, marking the first commercial trip to the International Space Station and the first crewed orbital spacecraft to launch from the United States since 2011.

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1940 | Canadian-American ice hockey player, Gilles Villemure.

1977 | South African musician, Brandon October.

1979 | Canadian ice hockey player, Francis Lessard.

1981 | American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Devendra Banhart.

1999 | South African rugby union player, Phepsi Buthelezi.


2001 | Canadian general and historian, Denis Whitaker, 86.

2005 | Acadian poet, Gérald Leblanc, 60.

2007 | Indian poet and critic, Gunturu Seshendra Sarma, 80.

2009 | Swedish painter and illustrator, Torsten Andersson, 83.

2020 | British actor, Michael Angelis, 76.


Steven George Gerrard. Image: Wikimedia Commons

1980 | English professional football manager and former player, Steven George Gerrard was born in Whiston, Merseyside on this day.

1981 | SA rugby team plays Ireland and won the first test match.


2002 | Diana Ross entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles on this day.


Africa’s largest producer of natural rubber is Liberia.