Today in Jamaica History

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
  • 1504-02-29 Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
  • 1655-05-10 Jamaica captured by English
  • 1692-06-07 Earthquake in Porte Royale, Jamaica, kills 3,000
  • 1692-06-24 Kingston, Jamaica, founded
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1982-03-12 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands

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1982-12-29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 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

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1989-01-15 Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 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

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1990-01-21 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

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1991-01-20 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 104

  • 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, Kingston Jamaica, actor (High Chaparral)
  • 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)
  • 1929-12-30 Barbara Nichols, Jamaica NY, actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly)
  • 1930-05-28 Edward Seaga, PM (Jamaica)
  • 1932-01-26 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • 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, Kingston Jamaica, actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John)
  • 1938-05-28 Prince Buster, Jamaican reggae musician/producer (Madness)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1947-12-05 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician
  • 1948-03-01 Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1948-11-12 Errol Brown, Kingston Jamaica, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate)
  • 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, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru)
  • 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, Kingston Jamaica, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie)
  • 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, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru)
  • 1955-08-01 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006)
  • 1956-03-14 Tessa Sanderson, Kingston Jamaica, Brit javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84)
  • 1956-05-25 Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
  • 1956-08-08 David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
  • 1957-07-11 Michael Rose, Kingston Jamaica, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive)
  • 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)

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

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1962-08-18 Sandra Marie Miller Farmer-Patrick, Kingston Jamaica, 400m hurdler
  • 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
  • 1967-12-16 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Oly-2 gold-96)
  • 1968-01-02 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • 1968-01-09 Katie Anderson, Kingston Jamaica, Canada 100m hurdler (Oly-7th-92, 96)
  • 1968-06-16 Nehemiah Perry, cricketer (fine Jamaican off-spinner)

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

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
Shaggy

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)
  • 2011-12-03 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