Dominica in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1493-11-03 Christopher Columbus discovers island of Dominica

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1772-08-31 Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica
  • 1967-02-27 Dominica gains independence from England
  • 1967-03-01 Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain
  • 1978-11-03 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • 2004-11-21 The island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed as a result.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1894-08-24 Jean Rhys, [Ella Williams], Dominica, writer (Voyage in the Dark)
  • 1921-08-19 Philip A Potter, Dominica sec-gen World council of Churches
  • 1930-05-13 Vernon Shaw, former president of Dominica
  • 1954-06-30 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2004)
  • 1966-02-18 Phillip De Freitas, cricket pace bowler (in Dominica England 1986-95)

Famous Deaths

  • 2004-01-06 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)