Jamaican History

Jamaica: Kingston

Historical Events


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1494-05-05 On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

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1720-11-15 Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial

Pirate Anne Bonny
Pirate
Anne Bonny
  • 1720-11-28 Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies won them stays of execution
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1966-08-04 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1966-08-13 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Kingston, Jamaica

MurderAssassination Attempt

1967-12-03 Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 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
  • 1981-05-21 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral
  • 1982-03-12 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
  • 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
  • 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) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer
  • 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
  • 2014-11-18 Jamaica win the 2014 Caribbean Cup in football

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2015-08-27 15th World Championships in Athletics: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2015-10-13 Marlon James becomes first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
  • 2016-01-23 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years

Famous Birthdays

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1781-07-06 Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore, born in off the coast of Port Morant, Jamaica (d. 1826)

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 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, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 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, actor (High Chaparral), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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)
  • 1929-08-06 Mike Elliott, saxophonist, born in Jamaica, West Indies
  • 1929-12-30 Barbara Nichols, Jamaica NY, actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly)
  • 1930-04-29 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • 1930-05-28 Edward Seaga, PM (Jamaica)
  • 1932-01-26 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • 1933-02-27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1938-05-28 Prince Buster, Jamaican reggae musician and producer (Madness), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)
  • 1942-07-16 Desmond Dekker, [Dacris], Jamaica, reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites)
  • 1944-01-29 Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge
  • 1944-10-19 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaica, reggae musician (Mystic Man, Mama Africa)

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1945-02-06 Bob [Robert Nesta] Marley, Nine Mile St Ann, Jamaican reggae musician and singer-songwriter (Wailers-No Woman)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1946-08-29 Bob Beamon, Jamaica NY, high jumper (Olympics-gold-68, 29' 2½" 8.9m)
  • 1946-10-06 Millie Small, Jamaican singer (My Boy Lollipop), born in Clarendon
  • 1946-11-22 Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)
  • 1947-04-10 Bunny Wailer, vocalist/percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1947-12-05 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician
  • 1948-03-01 Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1948-11-12 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1955-08-01 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006)
  • 1956-03-14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1956-05-25 Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
  • 1956-08-08 David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
  • 1957-07-11 Michael Rose, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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)
  • 1961-12-30 Ben Johnson, Falmouth, Jamaica, Canadian 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1988-disqualified)

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1962-08-05 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic-gold-92), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1962-08-18 Sandra Marie Miller Farmer-Patrick, 400m hurdler, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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
  • 1967-05-24 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rapper, born in Mandeville, Middlesex (d. 2011)
  • 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, Canada 100m hurdler (Oly-7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1968-06-16 Nehemiah Perry, cricketer (fine Jamaican off-spinner)

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1968-10-22 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], reggae rapper (Boombastic), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
Shaggy
  • 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, reggae singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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

Famous Weddings

  • 1996-05-04 Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Actress/Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 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

  • 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)
  • 2011-11-08 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • 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
  • 2015-05-06 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71