Today in Grenada History

Historical Events

  • 1492-01-02 Muhammad XII. (Boabdil) last Nasird ruler of Moorish fortress Alhambra surrenders to the Catholic Monarchs
  • 1762-04-05 British take Grenada, West Indies, from French
  • 1779-07-04 French fleet occupies Grenada
  • 1863-09-17 Pope Pius IX encyclical On persecution in New Grenada
  • 1880-05-28 8th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:40.5
  • 1880-06-14 14th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:47
  • 1967-03-03 Grenada gains partial independence from Britain
  • 1973-12-19 Grenada adopts constitution
  • 1974-02-07 Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1979-03-13 Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement
  • 1983-10-14 Grenada leftist coup under vice-premier Coard
  • 1983-10-19 Grenada general Hudson Austin forms "revolutionary council"
  • 1983-10-25 US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (US Wins!)
  • 1983-12-15 Last 80 US combat soldiers in Grenada withdrew
  • 1990-03-13 Nicholoas Braithwaite elected premier of Grenada
  • 2004-09-07 Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1922-02-18 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-1979)
  • 1935-07-04 Paul Scoon, governor-general of Grenada (1978-92), (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • 1983-10-19 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • 1997-08-23 Eric Gairy, first PM of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75