Trinidad and Tobago in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1498-07-31 Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1781-04-29 French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence
  • 1797-02-18 Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby.
  • 1797-02-21 Trinidad, West Indies, surrenders to British
  • 1832-01-04 Insurrection of Trinidad negroes
  • 1941-03-27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • 1942-03-29 British cruiser HMS Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea
  • 1942-07-20 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy 8-8
  • 1962-08-31 Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1962-09-18 Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica & Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to UN
  • 1976-08-31 Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution
  • 1976-10-26 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
  • 1977-07-16 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • 1979-07-19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 TONS of oil spill
  • 1984-03-21 Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • 1986-11-13 Giselle Jeanne-Marie LaRonde of Trinidad, 23, crowned 36th Miss World
  • 1987-03-19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1988-01-22 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
  • 1989-05-13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-11-19 US beats Trinidad, 1-0 qualifing for 1990 world soccer cup finals it was US' 1st qualification since 1950
  • 1991-12-17 Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1996-02-23 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
  • 1996-02-25 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad v Leeward Is
  • 1996-03-12 Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • 2001-06-07 BP announces that it will build a new $600-million platform offshore Trinidad that is expected to double the company's production of natural gas there by 2004
  • 2007-11-29 A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.
  • 2013-02-16 Anthony Carmona is elected President of Trinidad and Tobago

Famous Birthdays

  • 1885-11-19 Erskine Sanford, Trinidad CO, actor (Angel on My Shoulder)
  • 1902-09-21 Learie [Nicholas] Constantine, Trinidad cricket player
  • 1911-09-25 Eric Williams, first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981)
  • 1915-11-02 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1917-12-28 Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)
  • 1919-11-29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (popularized African dance), born in Port of Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1920-06-11 Hazel Scott, Trinidad, singer/pianist (Hazel Scott)
  • 1920-12-08 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-bronze-1952)
  • 1921-01-22 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • 1924-12-20 Errol John, Port-of-Spain Trinidad, actor (PT-109, Assault on a Queen)
  • 1930-08-01 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidad, dancer/actor (Annie, The Wiz)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932-08-17 V.S. Naipaul, British novelist (Middle Passage), born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago

Novelist V. S. Naipaul
Novelist
V. S. Naipaul
  • 1936-08-17 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), born in San Fernando (d. 2016)
  • 1937-05-15 Trini Lopez, Trinidad, singer/guitarist (If I Had a Hammer)
  • 1939-08-16 Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1939-09-28 Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
  • 1940-11-28 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • 1942-05-27 Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • 1945-02-25 Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist, essayist (Fireflies)
  • 1947-10-08 Tony Wilson, Trinidad, rock vocalist (Hot Chocolate)
  • 1950-01-21 Billy Ocean, [Leslie S Charles], Trinidad, singer (Caribbean Queen)
  • 1950-01-30 Trinidad Silva, American actor (d. 1988)
  • 1950-08-16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1951-07-22 Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
  • 1953-05-29 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)
  • 1961-08-02 Pete de Freitas, Trinidad, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman)
  • 1968-08-31 Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1969-02-06 Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95)
  • 1970-01-06 Gabrielle Reece, Trinidad, volleyball star/model (Extremists)
  • 1970-07-12 Marsha Guialdo, San Juan Trinidad, 100m hurdler
  • 1972-05-12 Michelle Kahn, Miss Universe-Trinidad & Tobago (1996)
  • 1973-01-27 Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)
  • 1973-12-30 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
  • 1974-10-05 Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer
  • 1975-06-04 Dinanath Ramnarine, cricketer (Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner)
  • 1976-10-30 Stern John, Trinidadian footballer
  • 1978-10-24 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1982-12-08 Nicki Minaj, Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidadian-born American rapper and singer (Super Bass, Starships)

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • 1984-10-05 Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer

Famous Deaths

  • 1937-06-04 Donald Eligon, cricketer (Trinidad, nail in his cricket boot), dies
  • 1975-05-16 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • 1981-03-29 Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
  • 1981-10-02 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer/pianist, dies at 63
  • 1988-07-31 Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38
  • 1989-05-31 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • 1994-10-29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • 1997-11-04 George Chambers, PM of Trinidad & Tobago (1981-86), dies
  • 2009-01-04 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • 2009-12-20 Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
  • 2016-02-17 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • 2016-07-02 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69