This day in history: Happy birthday AB!


South African sports phenom Abraham Benjamin de Villiers, better known as AB de Villiers, is born on this day in 1984 in Warmbad (now known as Bela-Bela), in Limpopo.

He is a former captain of the Test and Twenty20 (T20) national teams, and currently leads the One Day International (ODI) team.

De Villiers is a sporting phenom. He holds a variety of batting records, including scoring the world’s fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket, the fastest Test century by a South African and fasted T20I 50 by a South African. He has passed 8 000 runs in both Test and ODI, with a batting average of more than 50 in both forms.

At school, De Villiers was a hockey, football, rugby, tennis and badminton champion too.

He made his international Test debut in 2004, ODI in 2005 and T20 debut in 2006.

The match-winning cricketer celebrates his 33rd birthday on Friday representing the Proteas in a once-off T20 match against New Zealand in Auckland.

Read more about the record-setting player.

Watch 10 of his most unbelievable shots.


Other events on this day:

2006 – President Thabo Mbeki establishes the Donen Commission of Inquiry to investigate reported illicit activities of a few South African companies involved with the United Nations Iraq oil-for-food programme. Read more.

2001 – Jacob Matlala, better known as Baby Jakes, wins the World Boxing Union (WBU) title. Baby Jakes was the shortest boxing world champion, with a total of 68 fights (53 wins and 2 draws). Read more.

1977 – The Anglican Church joins the anti-apartheid protest movement, when Cape Town Archbishop Bill Burnett releases a statement condemning South African society as morally indefensible. Read more.

1951 – Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is born in Beaufort West. Read more.

1947 – The British Royal family consisting of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and their daughters Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret arrive in Table Bay Harbour on the HMS Vanguard to begin their tour of the Union of South Africa. Read more.


Amazing Footage Of The British Royal Family Visiting Cape Town In 1947