Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 31 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
1902 | The Treaty of Vereeniging was signed, ending the Second Anglo-Boer War in South Africa.
1910 | The Union of South Africa is created after the South Africa Act becomes effective.
1961 | The Republic of South Africa was established after the Union of South Africa ceased to exist and the South African Constitution of 1961 became effective.
2017 | President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta opened Kenya’s Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high-speed railway from Mombasa to Nairobi.
2018 | The parliament of Uganda imposed WhatsApp and Facebook tax to stop social media gossip.
2015 | South African first-class cricketer, Mario Saliwa (31)
2016 | South African lawyer and human-rights activist, Jules Browde (97)
2018 | Tanzanian-Scottish rugby coach, Nairn MacEwan (76)
1958 | South African Anti-Apartheid activist, Mkhuseli Jack
1977 | Zambian football player, Moses Sichone
1979 | South African jazz singer, Tutu Puoane
1981 | South African professional rugby coach and former player, Petrus du Plessis
2009 | Sevens World Series Cup finals – South Africa was defeated 19-20 by Fiji.
2009 | Colonial National Invitation – Tim Clark, a South African professional golfer was one of the Runners up, he lost the match to Steve Stricker from the US.
2004 | “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” the 3rd film of the series based on J K Rowling books was released.
2007 | Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” is released.
2014 | Gangnam Style” by Psy becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube.
South Africa has the highest commercial Bungy jump in the world. It is 216 meters and called Bloukrans Bridge Bungy.