Barbados in History

Historical Events

  • 1656-07-11 The first Quakers to land in America (Boston), Englishwomen Ann Austin and Mary Fisher, are arrested and jailed by the Puritan colonial government. After 5 years imprisonment they are deported back to Barbados
  • 1668-10-23 Jews of Barbados forbidden to engage in retail trade
  • 1694-09-27 Hurricane hits Carlisle Bay Barbados; 27 British ships sink & 3,000 die
  • 1780-10-10 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
  • 1831-08-10 Hurricane hits Barbados; about 1,500 die
  • 1930-01-15 Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley scores 157 of 176 on debut on the 4th day of the drawn 1st Test against England in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1942-07-20 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy taking 8-8; West Indian cricket domestic first class record
  • 1948-01-22 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • 1952-12-23 Alain Bombard arrives in Barbados after 65 days at sea proving his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive with almost no provisions, despite having lost 25 kg (65 lbs) in weight
  • 1966-11-30 Barbados gains independence from Great Britain (National Day)

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1970-07-12 Thor Heyerdahl crosses the Atlantic ocean on the raft Ra II, arrives in Barbados from Morocco after 57 days

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 1976-10-06 Cubana Flight 455 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean after two bombs, placed by terrorists with connections to the CIA, explode onboard shortly after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados, killing all 73 people on board
  • 1977-02-18 West Indies cricket fast bowlers Joel Garner (4/130) and (Colin Croft 3/85) debut in drawn 1st Test v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1982-03-20 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is v Barbados

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1984-01-16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 1985-02-08 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • 1986-05-28 Democratic Labor Party wins parliamentary election in Barbados
  • 1992-08-17 Hurricane Andrew forms south-east of Barbados in the Caribbean
  • 1997-03-31 West Indies cricketers win 3rd Test at Bridgetown, Barbados by 38 runs after setting India a modest 120 run target; tourists dismissed for 81 in Brian Lara's debut as Windies' captain

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2007-04-28 Cricket World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Australia defeats Sri Lanka by 53 runs to win their 3rd consecutive World Cup; Glenn McGrath Player of Series

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath
  • 2010-05-16 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Elise Perry with 3 for 18 off 4 overs leads Australia (106/8) to 3 run victory over New Zealand 103/6
  • 2018-05-25 Barbados elects its first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who leads the Barbados Labour Party to victory

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2018-09-22 Singer Rihanna is appointed as an ambassador for Barbados

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna

Famous Birthdays

  • 1855-06-22 Samuel Morris, Australian cricketer (1st black Australian player), born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1931)
  • 1873-03-13 Barbados Joe Walcott, Barbadian boxer (World Welterweight champion 1901-06; first black to hold title), born in Demerara, British Guyana (d. 1935)
  • 1888-06-28 George Challenor, West Indian cricketer (pioneering West Indian batsman), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1947)
  • 1890-10-08 Snuffy Browne [Cyril Rutherford Browne], cricketer (pioneer WI Test player), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1973)
  • 1896-01-29 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), born in Richmond, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1986)
  • 1898-04-28 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands (d. 1971)
  • 1904-04-14 Lionel Birkett, West Indian cricketer (WI vice-capt on Australian tour 1930-31), born in Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1998)
  • 1909-11-25 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricketer (fiery WI pace bowler of 30's), born in St Lucy, Barbados (d. 1972)
  • 1914-04-10 Foffie Williams, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder 1939-48), born in Bank Hall, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1997)
  • 1916-09-16 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader, born in Saint Peter, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1916-11-15 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95)
  • 1918-04-07 C B Bertie Clarke, cricketer (Barbados & West Indian leg-spinner)
  • 1920-01-21 Errol Walton Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados (DLP) (1966-76, 1986-87)
  • 1924-08-01 Sir Frank Worrell, West Indian cricket batsman and captain (51 Tests @ 49.48; 9 x 100s), born in Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1967)
  • 1925-01-12 Ralph Legall, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2003)
  • 1926-08-09 Denis Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2001)
  • 1926-12-14 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
  • 1927-05-06 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), born in St Peter, Barbados (d. 2014)
  • 1927-10-10 Clairmonte Depeiaza, West Indian cricketer (world record partnership v Aust 1955), born in Mount Standfast, Saint James Parish, Barbados (d. 1995)
  • 1927-11-06 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 1998)
  • 1930-04-25 Roy Marshall, West Indian cricketer (prolific Hampshire only 4 Tests for WI), born in Saint Thomas, Barbados (d. 1992)
  • 1933-07-29 Cammie Smith, West Indian cricket batsman (5 Tests), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1936-07-28 Sir Garfield (Gary) Sobers, West Indian cricket all-rounder, captain (93 Tests, 57.78 batting average), born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1937-03-24 Erskine Sandiford, Premier of Barbados, 1987-94)
  • 1937-09-12 Wes Hall, Barbadian former cricketer and politician, born in Glebe Land, Station Hill, Barbados
  • 1940-04-16 David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1943-10-11 Keith Boyce, West Indian cricketer (big-hitting WI all-rounder of 70's), born in Castle, St Peter, Barbados (d. 1996)
  • 1943-11-09 John Shepherd, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1969-71, later in South Africa), born in Belleplaine, Barbados
  • 1945-10-08 Vanburn Holder, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian pace bowler of 70's), born in Deans Village, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1948-06-22 Nolan Clarke, Barbados cricketer (Barbados bat 1970-77, later Holland stalwart)
  • 1951-05-01 Gordon Greenidge, West Indies cricket batsman (108 Tests, 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • 1951-06-11 Collis King, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder late 70s), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1952-12-16 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • 1953-10-14 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981), born in Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
  • 1954-12-11 Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 42 wickets), born in Christ Church, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1954-12-16 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1956-02-15 Desmond Haynes, West Indian cricket batsman and administrator (116 Tests; 7,487 runs @ 42.29; 238 ODIs; Director WI Cricket Board), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • 1956-08-20 Alvin Greenidge, West Indian cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff), born in Bath Village, Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1956-08-28 Beverley Goddard-Callender, English track and field athelete (Olympic bronze 1980, 84), born in Barbados
  • 1957-02-13 Thelston Payne, West Indian cricketer (WI 1986), born in Foul Bay, Barbados
  • 1958-04-18 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker), born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1961-10-18 Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • 1964-02-12 Milton Small, West Indian cricket pace bowler (WI v Australia 1984), born in Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
  • 1965-10-01 Mia Mottley, Barbadian politician, Prime Minister of Barbados (2018-), born in Barbados
  • 1966-05-07 Anderson Cummins, Barbados Canadian cricketer (in Packer's Valley Barbados & WI quickie), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • 1969-03-16 Ottis Gibson, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI 1995)
  • 1969-08-05 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • 1970-08-02 Philo Wallace, Barbadian cricketer (WI ODI opening batsman 1991-92), born in Haynesville, Barbados
  • 1970-11-01 Sherwin Campbell, West Indian cricket batsman (52 Tests, top score 208; 90 ODIs), born in Belleplaine, Barbados
  • 1971-02-23 Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer, born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1971-07-10 Gregory Goodridge, Barbadian footballer
  • 1971-09-26 Patterson Thompson, West Indies cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1971-11-19 Adrian Griffith, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian Test opening batsman), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • 1976-03-30 Obadele Thompson, Barbadian athlete
  • 1979-10-20 Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer

Person of interestRihanna

1988-02-20 Rihanna [Robyn Rihanna Fenty], Barbadian singer-songwriter (Umbrella, We Found Love, Diamonds), born in Saint Michael, Barbados

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna

Famous Weddings

  • 1994-12-29 Billionaire J. Paul Getty Jr marries Victoria Holdsworth in Barbados

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-03-25 Actress-model Liv Tyler (25) weds rock band vocalist Royston Langdon (30) at a private villa in St James, Barbados

Actress Liv Tyler
Actress
Liv Tyler

LoveWedding of Interest

2004-10-05 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

LoveWedding of Interest

2005-06-03 Earl of Mornington, Arthur Wellesley (27) weds great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook and model and make-up artist Jemma Kidd (30) in a seaside ceremony on the beach near Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • 2006-05-27 "The Lineup" anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle (37) weds "Idesign" host Eric Villency at the 5-star Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados
  • 2009-05-08 Westlife singer Kian Egan (29) weds actress Jodi Albert (25) in Barbados
  • 2013-05-26 Cobra Starship rocker Gabe Saporta (33) weds fashion designer Erin Fetherston at St Nicholas Abbey plantation in Barbados
  • 2016-01-30 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

Famous Deaths

  • 1935-10-04 Barbados Joe Walcott, Barbadian boxer (World Welterweight champion 1901-06; first black to hold title), dies in a car accident at 62
  • 1971-11-28 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), dies at 73
  • 1987-06-01 Errol W Barrow, Prime Minister of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • 1995-12-19 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, governor-general of Barbados, dies at 79
  • 1999-02-24 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader, dies at 82
  • 2006-08-26 Sir Clyde Walcott, West Indian cricket batsman (44 Tests @ 56.68; 15 x 100s) and administrator (ICC chairman 1997-2000), dies at 80
  • 2014-06-18 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), dies at 87