Guyana in History

Historical Events

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1616-03-20 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh

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1627-06-02 English king Charles I establishes Guyana Company

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1946-03-19 French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique & Reunion become overseas "departments" of France
  • 1953-04-27 1st general elections in British Guiana, won by the People's Progressive Party with Cheddi Jagan first person of Indian descent to be elected head of government outside South Asia

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1953-10-09 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1966-05-26 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • 1968-10-01 The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • 1970-02-23 Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)

MurderMurder of Interest

1978-11-18 In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult
Jim Jones
  • 1980-10-06 Guyana adopts constitution
  • 1986-02-12 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • 1996-01-27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston

Famous Birthdays

  • 1734-10-07 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (Dutch Guyana)
  • 1918-01-10 Arthur Chung, President of Guyana, born in Windsor Great Park, United Kingdom (d. 2008)
  • 1918-03-22 Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese politician, Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) 'Father of the Nation', born in Port Mourant, Guiana (d. 1997)
  • 1923-02-20 Forbes Burnham, premier Guyana (1964-85)
  • 1928-10-03 Shridath Ramphal, Guyanese Secretary-General (1975-90), born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana
  • 1929-03-09 Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Guyanese politician and President of Guyana (1985-92), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2002)
  • 1942-03-23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian and political figure (d. 1980)
  • 1944-11-28 Ronald Bertram "R.B." Greaves, American pop singer ("Take A Letter Maria"), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2012)
  • 1947-02-23 Shakira Caine, Guyana, actress (Man Who be King)/Miss Guyana (1967)
  • 1948-03-05 Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer (Electric Avenue)
  • 1952-12-25 CCH Pounder, Guyanese American actress (ER. The Shield), born in Georgetown, French Guiana
  • 1958-04-04 Derek Kallicharran, cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy), born in Berbice, Guyana
  • 1963-03-17 Roger Harper, cricketer (Guyana & WI off-spinner Extraordinary field)
  • 1968-02-14 Chris Lewis, English cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 93 wickets; 53 ODIs), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1975-07-17 Troy Amos Ross, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 1975-10-06 Reon King, West Indian cricketer from Guyana
  • 1975-10-09 Mahendra Nagamootoo, West Indian cricketer (Guyanese leg-spinner), born in Whim, Berbice, Guyana
  • 1980-06-23 Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer

Famous Deaths

  • 1978-11-18 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • 1980-06-23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • 1997-03-06 Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese politician, 'Father of the Nation' Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies at 78