Kingston in History

Historical Events

  • 1692-06-24 Kingston, Jamaica, founded
  • 1907-01-14 An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1,000.
  • 1930-04-05 England out for 849 v WI Kingston, Sandham out for 325
  • 1930-04-10 George Headley scores 223 v England at Kingston
  • 1935-03-15 George Headley completes 270 in cricket v England at Kingston
  • 1951-08-17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1954-03-30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • 1955-03-31 Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston
  • 1955-06-15 Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
  • 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
  • 1972-02-16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100
  • 1972-02-19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
  • 1973-02-16 WI v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Sobers
  • 1978-05-03 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • 1978-05-03 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
  • 1980-05-20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • 1991-03-03 Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston
  • 1996-01-27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston

Famous Birthdays

  • 1914-07-24 Frank Silvera, actor (High Chaparral), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933-02-27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1934-10-17 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), born in Kingston (d. 2015)
  • 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)
  • 1947-04-10 Bunny Wailer, vocalist/percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1948-11-12 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1950-06-24 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1952-05-10 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1953-10-05 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1956-03-14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957-07-11 Michael Rose, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1960-01-17 Chili Davis, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (California Angels)

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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
  • 1962-12-29 Devon White, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (Florida Marlins)

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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
  • 1971-11-28 Karin Taylor, Kingston Jamacia, playmate (June, 1996)
  • 1973-01-09 Sean Paul, reggae singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica