Barbados in History

Historical Events

  • 1668-10-23 Jews of Barbados forbidden to engage in retail trade
  • 1694-09-27 Hurricane hits Carlisle Bay Barbados; 27 British ships sink & 3,000 die
  • 1780-10-10 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
  • 1831-08-10 Hurricane hits Barbados; about 1,500 die
  • 1942-07-20 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy 8-8
  • 1948-01-22 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • 1952-12-23 Alain Bombard arrives in Barbados after 65 days at sea proving his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive with almost no provisions, despite having lost 25 kg (65 lbs)in weight
  • 1966-11-30 Barbados gains independence from Great Britain (National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970-07-12 Thor Heyerdahl crosses Atlantic on raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco in 57 days

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 1976-10-06 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board
  • 1982-03-20 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is v Barbados
  • 1984-01-16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis
  • 1985-02-08 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • 1986-05-28 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados

Famous Birthdays

  • 1855-06-22 Sam Morris, Hobart, cricketer (Barbados parents only black Aus player)
  • 1898-04-12 Grantley H Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands
  • 1916-11-15 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95)
  • 1918-04-07 C B Bertie Clarke, cricketer (Barbados & West Indian leg-spinner)
  • 1919-10-07 Gabriel Dell, Barbados, actor (Steve Allen Show)
  • 1920-01-21 Errol Walton Barrow, PM of Barbados (DLP) (1966-76, 1986-87)
  • 1937-03-24 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • 1943-10-11 Keith Boyce, St Peter, Barbados, cricketer (big-hitting WI all-rounder of 70's)
  • 1948-06-22 Nolan Clarke, cricketer (Barbados bat 1970-77, later Holland stalwart)
  • 1952-12-16 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • 1953-10-14 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981)
  • 1954-12-16 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic-bronze-1980)
  • 1956-08-28 Beverley Goddard-Callender, Barbados, 4x100m (Olympic-bronze-1980, 84)
  • 1961-10-18 Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • 1966-05-07 Anderson Cummins, cricketer (in Packer's Valley Barbados & WI quickie)
  • 1969-03-16 Ottis Gibson, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI 1995)
  • 1969-08-05 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)

Famous Weddings

  • 1994-12-29 Billionaire J. Paul Getty Jr marries Victoria Holdsworth on Barbados

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-03-25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-10-05 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-06-03 Earl of Mornington, Arthur Wellesley (27) weds great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook and model/make-up artist Jemma Kidd (30) in a seaside ceremony on the beach near Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • 2006-05-27 "The Lineup" anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle (37) weds "Idesign" host Eric Villency at the 5-star Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados
  • 2009-05-08 Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados
  • 2013-05-26 Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados
  • 2016-01-30 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

Famous Deaths

  • 1987-06-01 Errol W Barrow, PM of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • 1995-12-19 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, governor-general of Barbados, dies at 79