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Historical Events

Events 1 - 25 of 25

1498-07-31 - Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad
1781-04-29 - French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence
1797-02-18 - Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby.
1797-02-21 - Trinidad, West Indies, surrenders to British
1832-01-04 - Insurrection of Trinidad negroes
1941-03-27 - Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1942-03-29 - British cruiser HMS Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea
1942-07-20 - Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy 8-8
1962-08-31 - Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)
1962-09-18 - Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica & Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to UN
1976-08-31 - Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution
1976-10-26 - Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
1977-07-16 - Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago, crowned 26th Miss Universe
1979-07-19 - 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 TONS of oil spill
1984-03-21 - Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
1986-11-13 - Giselle Jeanne-Marie LaRonde of Trinidad, 23, crowned 36th Miss World
1987-03-19 - Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago
1988-01-22 - 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
1989-05-13 - Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1989-11-19 - US beats Trinidad, 1-0 qualifing for 1990 world soccer cup finals it was US' 1st qualification since 1950
1991-12-17 - Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago
1996-02-23 - Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
1996-02-25 - Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad v Leeward Is
1996-03-12 - Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
2007-11-29 - A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 34 of 34

1885-11-19 - Erskine Sanford, Trinidad CO, actor (Angel on My Shoulder)
1902-09-21 - Learie [Nicholas] Constantine, Trinidad cricket player
1911-09-25 - Eric Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981)
1915-11-02 - Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (d. 2000)
1917-12-28 - Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)
1920-06-11 - Hazel Scott, Trinidad, singer/pianist (Hazel Scott)
1920-12-08 - Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1952)
1924-12-20 - Errol John, Port-of-Spain Trinidad, actor (PT-109, Assault on a Queen)
1930-08-01 - Geoffrey Holder, Trinidad, dancer/actor (Annie, The Wiz)
Novelist V. S. NaipaulNovelist V. S. Naipaul (1932-08-17) 1932-08-17 - V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist (Middle Passage)
1937-05-15 - Trini Lopez, Trinidad, singer/guitarist (If I Had a Hammer)
1939-08-16 - Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
1939-09-28 - Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
1942-05-27 - Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)
1945-02-25 - Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist, essayist (Fireflies)
1947-10-08 - Tony Wilson, Trinidad, rock vocalist (Hot Chocolate)
1950-01-21 - Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
1950-01-30 - Trinidad Silva, American actor (d. 1988)
1950-08-16 - Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)
1951-07-22 - Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter ( Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
1953-05-29 - Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)
1961-08-02 - Pete de Freitas, Trinidad, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman)
1968-08-31 - Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympics-gold-96)
1969-02-06 - Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95)
1970-01-06 - Gabrielle Reece, Trinidad, volleyball star/model (Extremists)
1970-07-12 - Marsha Guialdo, San Juan Trinidad, 100m hurdler
1972-05-12 - Michelle Kahn, Miss Universe-Trinidad & Tobago (1996)
1973-01-27 - Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)
1973-12-30 - Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
1974-10-05 - Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer
1975-06-04 - Dinanath Ramnarine, cricketer (Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner)
1976-10-30 - Stern John, Trinidadian footballer
1978-10-24 - Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer
1984-10-05 - Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 9 of 9

1937-06-04 - Donald Eligon, cricketer (Trinidad, nail in his cricket boot), dies
1975-05-16 - Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
1981-03-29 - Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
1981-10-02 - Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer/pianist, dies at 63
1988-07-31 - Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38
1989-05-31 - C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
1997-11-04 - George Chambers, PM of Trinidad & Tobago (1981-86), dies
2009-01-04 - Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
2009-12-20 - Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)


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