Dominica in History

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

1493-11-03 Christopher Columbus 'discovers' the island of Dominica, which was originally inhabited by the Kalinago

  • 1772-08-31 Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica
  • 1967-02-27 Dominica gains independence from England
  • 1967-03-01 Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain
  • 1978-11-03 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • 2004-11-21 Island of Dominica hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. Damage concentrated in the north and the town of Portsmouth. Also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1921-08-19 Philip A. Potter, Dominica Secretary-General World council of Churches
  • 1930-05-13 Vernon Shaw, President of Dominica (1998-2003) (d. 2013)
  • 1954-06-30 Pierre Charles, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica, born in Grand Bay, Dominica (d. 2004)
  • 1966-02-18 Phillip De Freitas, English cricket fast bowler (44 Tests, 140 wickets, 4 x 50; 103 ODIs, 115 wickets; Derbyshire, Leicestershire), born in Scotts Head, Dominica

Famous Deaths

  • 2004-01-06 Pierre Charles, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica, dies at 49