Today in Jamaica History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 42 of 42

1494-05-05 - On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica
1504-02-29 - Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
1655-05-10 - Jamaica captured by English
1692-06-07 - Earthquake in Porte Royale, Jamaica, kills 3,000
1692-06-24 - Kingston, Jamaica, founded
1865-10-11 - Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.
1903-04-27 - Long Island's Jamaica Race Track opens
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1907-01-14 - An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica kills more than 1,000.
1911-04-05 - MCC tour match v Jamaica finishes in a tie
1911-08-02 - Haiti's dictator Simon flees on US warship near Jamaica
1951-08-17 - Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
1957-10-31 - "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances
1959-04-11 - "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
1959-07-04 - Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
1962-02-09 - Jamaica signs agreement to become independent
1962-03-01 - American Airlines 707 plunges nose 1st into Jamaica Bay NY killing 95
1962-08-06 - Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule
1962-09-18 - Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica & Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to UN
1966-04-21 - Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
1976-12-15 - Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
1978-12-17 - The Workers Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
1980-05-20 - Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
1982-03-12 - 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
Reggae Musician Bob MarleyReggae Musician Bob Marley 1982-12-29 - Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica
1985-02-08 - 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
1988-09-10 - -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
1988-09-12 - Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica
1988-10-16 - "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
1989-01-15 - Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1989-02-09 - Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
1989-02-10 - Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
LPGA Golfer Patty SheehanLPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan 1990-01-21 - Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1991-01-20 - Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic
1992-03-30 - P J Patterson, resigns as 6th PM of Jamaica
1993-03-30 - Jamaican premier Percival Patterson wins parliamentary election
1993-11-27 - Lisa Hanna, 18, of Jamaica, crowned 43rd Miss World
1996-01-27 - Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston
1996-12-23 - 4 women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
1997-02-27 - Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop
LPGA Golfer Jane GeddesLPGA Golfer Jane Geddes 1997-06-25 - Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop
2005-06-14 - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium
2012-10-24 - Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Jamaica killing 1 person and causing over $50 million in damage

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 104

1811-07-20 - James Bruce, earl of Elgin & Kincardine, governor (Jamaica)
1815-08-05 - Edward J Eyre, British explorer/governor (Jamaica)
1890-06-09 - Leslie Banks, English actor/director (Jamaica Inn, 48 Hours)
1890-09-15 - Claude McKaye, Jamaica/US author (Songs of Jamaica, Banjo)
1893-09-18 - Arthur Benjamin, Sydney Australia, composer (Jamaican Rumba)
1900-03-01 - Edna Swithenbank Manley, Jamaican sculptor, wife of PM
1901-08-04 - Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (d. 1972)
1909-06-20 - Cecil Marley, cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres)
1909-09-25 - Florizel A Glasspole, governor-gen of Jamaica (1973-91)
1914-07-24 - Frank Silvera, Kingston Jamaica, actor (High Chaparral)
1915-11-13 - Howard Cooke, Jamaica, (1991 Mico Gold Medal Award)
1920-03-25 - Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner (d. 1992)
1922-07-10 - Herb McKenley, Jamaica, 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
1923-03-27 - Louis Simpson, Jamaican/US poet (Good News of Death), (d. 2012)
1925-02-19 - Leslie Laing, Linstead Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-gold-1952)
1926-12-13 - George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete
1927-04-22 - Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (d. 2005)
1928-08-16 - Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)
1929-06-09 - Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic-bronze-1960)
1929-12-30 - Barbara Nichols, Jamaica NY, actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly)
1930-05-28 - Edward Seaga, PM (Jamaica)
1932-01-26 - Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
1934-11-12 - Ann Flood, Jamaica, New York, American actress (Edge of Night)
1936-03-20 - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican Reggae artist
1938-04-28 - Madge Sinclair, Kingston Jamaica, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John)
1938-05-28 - Prince Buster, Jamaican reggae musician/producer (Madness)
1942-07-16 - Desmond Dekker, [Dacris], Jamaica, reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites)
1942-10-06 - Millie Small, Jamaican singer
1944-01-29 - Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge
1944-10-19 - Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaica, reggae musician (Mystic Man, Mama Africa)
1946-08-29 - Bob Beamon, Jamaica NY, high jumper (Olympics-gold-68, 29' 2½" 8.9m)
1946-11-22 - Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)
1947-12-05 - Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician
1948-03-01 - Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
1948-11-12 - Errol Brown, Kingston Jamaica, rock vocalist (Hot Chocolate)
1949-05-25 - Jamaica Kincaid, [Elaine P Richardson], Antigua/US journalist (NYer)
1949-06-18 - Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
1949-10-06 - Bobby Farrell, Jamaica, rock vocalist
1950-06-24 - Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru)
1950-12-17 - Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
1951-02-25 - Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
1951-10-14 - Marcia Barrett, St Catherine's Jamaica, rock vocalist (Boney M)
1952-05-10 - Sly Dunbar, Kingston Jamaica, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie)
1952-07-12 - Liz Mitchell, Jamaica, rock vocalist (Boney M)
1953-06-21 - Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
1953-09-27 - Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaica, reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie-DJ Riot)
1953-10-05 - Sandra "Puma" Jones, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru)
1955-08-01 - Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006)
1956-03-14 - Tessa Sanderson, Kingston Jamaica, Brit javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84)
1956-05-25 - Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
1956-08-08 - David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
1957-07-11 - Michael Rose, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive)
1958-09-28 - Angella Issajenko, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
1959-02-03 - Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
1959-11-16 - Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silv-1988)
1960-04-02 - Linford Christie, St Andrews Jamaica, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold 1992
1960-05-10 - Merlene Ottey, Jamaican/Italian running star (Olympics)
1961-04-26 - Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
1961-06-10 - Maxi Priest, [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)
1961-06-14 - Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic-silver-1988)
1961-08-08 - Charmaine Crooks, Jamaica, Canadian 4X400m relayer (Oly-silver-1984)
1961-12-17 - Venice Kong, St Mary Jamaica, playmate (September, 1985)
Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick EwingHall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing (1962-08-05) 1962-08-05 - Patrick Ewing, Kingston Jamaica, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic-gold-92)
1962-08-18 - Sandra Marie Miller Farmer-Patrick, Kingston Jamaica, 400m hurdler
1963-02-22 - Devon Malcolm, cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95)
1963-06-02 - Jay B Cooper, Coral Gables Fla, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Jamaica)
1963-10-13 - Colin Channer, Jamaican writer
1964-04-30 - Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
1964-11-11 - Robert Haynes, cricketer (Jamaica & WI leggie, one-dayer but no Tests)
1965-11-17 - Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1988)
1965-12-05 - Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician
1966-01-17 - Rexton Gordon, Jamaican dj/rapper (Shabba Ranks-Extra Naked)
1966-04-02 - Garnet Silk, Jamaican singer (d. 1994)
1966-06-07 - Heathcliff Slocumb, Jamaica NY, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
1966-10-19 - Roger R. Cross, Jamaican-born actor
1967-12-16 - Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Oly-2 gold-96)
1968-01-02 - Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
1968-01-09 - Katie Anderson, Kingston Jamaica, Canada 100m hurdler (Oly-7th-92, 96)
1968-06-16 - Nehemiah Perry, cricketer (fine Jamaican off-spinner)
Pop Singer and Rapper ShaggyPop Singer and Rapper Shaggy (1968-10-22) 1968-10-22 - Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], Kingston, Jamaica, reggae rapper (Boombastic)
1969-01-02 - Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer
1970-11-08 - Diana King, Jamaican singer
1971-12-03 - Frank Sinclair, Jamaican footballer
1972-04-20 - Stephen Marley, Jamaican musician
1972-06-12 - Bounty Killer, Jamaican deejay
1972-07-05 - Robert Esmie, Jamaica, Canadian 4X100m runner (Olympics-gold-96)
1973-01-09 - Sean Paul, Kingston Jamaica, reggae singer
1973-07-04 - Michael Johnson, English-born Jamaican footballer
1975-04-26 - Trudi Ferguson, Miss Universe-Jamaica (1996)
1976-04-17 - Nadine Thomas, Miss Jamaica Universe (1997)
1976-08-21 - Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player
1976-09-11 - Elephant Man, Jamaican musician
1977-04-17 - Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
1978-07-21 - Damian Marley, Jamaican musician
1978-09-25 - Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer
1979-09-21 - Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer
1979-10-31 - Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican Footballer
1980-11-04 - Sabrina Colie, Jamaican actress
1981-01-18 - Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
1981-07-11 - Carla Campbell, Jamaican model

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

1996-05-04 - Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica
2003-01-11 - "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica
2003-04-22 - "Star Trek: Enterprise" actress Jolene Blalock (28) weds "Live Nation" CEO Michael Rapino in Negril, Jamaica
2004-07-10 - "The West Wing" actor Dule Hill (29) weds actress Nicole Lyn (26) in Montego Bay, Jamaica
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox LewisHeavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis (2005-07-15) 2005-07-15 - Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica
2006-02-04 - Daughter of June Carter country singer Carlene Carter (50) weds Joe Brown began at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica
2008-09-19 - NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 26 of 26

1863-11-20 - James Bruce, Count of Elgin & Kincardine, governor Jamaica, dies at 52
1901-11-30 - Edward J Eyre, British explorer/governor (Jamaica), dies at 86
1917-09-20 - Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
1948-05-22 - Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
1967-04-11 - Donald Sangster, Jamaican prime-minister (b. 1911)
1970-06-11 - Frank Silvera, Jamaican actor (High Chaparral), dies at 55
1972-01-07 - Clarence Passailaigue, cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies
1987-04-17 - Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (No woman no cry), dies at 36
1989-02-06 - Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
1989-04-19 - Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
1994-12-09 - Garnet Silk, Jamaican raggae-singer, dies at 28
1995-05-13 - Cecil Marley, cricketer (WICBC pres 1971-74, Jamaican capt 1946), dies
1997-03-06 - Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
1999-01-23 - Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
1999-05-18 - Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
1999-06-02 - Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
2000-10-19 - Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
2004-06-09 - Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
2004-07-05 - Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1923)
2005-07-17 - Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (b. 1927)
2006-05-25 - Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)
2006-10-28 - Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (b. 1955)
2008-03-15 - Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
2010-10-25 - Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican musician (b. 1951)
2011-12-03 - Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
2012-09-14 - Louis Simpson, Jamaican poet, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89


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