Jamaican History

Jamaica: Kingston

Historical Events

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1494-05-05 On 2nd voyage to New World Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, landing at Discovery Bay

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1720-11-15 Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial

Pirate Anne Bonny
Anne Bonny
  • 1720-11-28 Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies won them stays of execution
  • 1865-10-11 Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.
  • 1903-04-27 Long Island's Jamaica Race Track opens
  • 1907-01-14 An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1,000
  • 1911-04-05 MCC tour match v Jamaica finishes in a tie
  • 1911-08-02 Haiti's dictator Simon flees on US warship near Jamaica
  • 1951-08-17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957-10-31 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances
  • 1959-04-11 "Jamaica" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 558 performances
  • 1959-07-04 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony

  • 1962-02-09 Jamaica signs agreement to become independent
  • 1962-03-01 American Airlines 707 plunges nose first into Jamaica Bay, NY, killing 95
  • 1962-08-06 Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule
  • 1962-09-18 Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica & Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to UN

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-04-21 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Kingston, Jamaica

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 1966-08-04 8th British Empire Games & Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica; first Games held outside 'White Dominions'

MurderAssassination Attempt

1967-12-03 Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1976-12-15 Jamaica premier Manley wins elections
  • 1978-12-17 The Workers' Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
  • 1980-05-20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • 1981-05-21 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral
  • 1982-03-12 1st-class debut of Courtney Walsh, Jamaica v Leeward Islands
  • 1982-12-29 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica
  • 1985-02-08 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • 1988-09-10 -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
  • 1988-09-12 Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica
  • 1988-10-16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • 1989-02-09 Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
  • 1989-02-10 Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
  • 1992-03-30 P J Patterson, resigns as 6th PM of Jamaica
  • 1993-03-30 Jamaican premier Percival Patterson wins parliamentary election
  • 1993-11-27 Lisa Hanna, 18, of Jamaica, crowned 43rd Miss World
  • 1996-01-27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston
  • 1996-12-23 Four women ordained priests in Jamaica, 1st in 330-year Anglican history
  • 1997-02-27 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade) arrested in Jamaica for disobeying a police officer
  • 1997-06-25 Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop
  • 2005-06-14 Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new Men's 100 meters world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium
  • 2012-10-24 Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Jamaica killing 1 person and causing over $50 million in damage
  • 2014-11-18 Jamaica win the 2014 Caribbean Cup in football

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-08-27 15th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2015-10-13 Marlon James becomes first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
  • 2016-01-23 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years

Famous Birthdays

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Person of interestStamford Raffles

1781-07-06 Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore, born in off the coast of Port Morant, Jamaica (d. 1826)

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 1811-07-20 James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin & Kincardine and Governor (Jamaica), born in London (d. 1863)
  • 1815-08-05 Edward J Eyre, British explorer/governor (Jamaica)
  • 1890-06-09 Leslie Banks, English actor and director (Jamaica Inn, 48 Hours)
  • 1890-09-15 Claude McKaye, Jamaica/American author (Songs of Jamaica, Banjo)
  • 1893-09-18 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1960)
  • 1900-03-01 Edna Swithenbank Manley, Jamaican sculptor, wife of PM
  • 1901-08-04 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1972)
  • 1909-06-20 Cecil Marley, cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres)
  • 1909-09-25 Florizel Glasspole, 3rd Governor-General of Jamaica (1973-91), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2000)
  • 1914-07-24 Frank Silvera, Jamaican-American actor (High Chaparral, Killer's Kiss, Fear and Desire), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1970)
  • 1915-11-13 Howard Cooke, Governor-General of Jamaica (1991-2006), born in Goodwill, St. James, Jamaica (d. 2014)
  • 1920-03-25 Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner (d. 1992)
  • 1922-07-10 Herb McKenley, Jamaican 4 X 400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Pleasant Valley, Clarendon, Jamaica (d. 2007)
  • 1923-03-27 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2012)
  • 1925-02-19 Leslie Laing, Linstead Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1926-12-13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete (2 Olympic Golds 1952) born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1927-04-22 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (d. 2005)
  • 1928-08-16 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)
  • 1929-06-09 Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • 1929-08-06 Mike Elliott, saxophonist, born in Jamaica, West Indies
  • 1929-12-30 Barbara Nichols, American actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), born in Queens, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1930-04-29 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • 1930-05-28 Edward Seaga, PM (Jamaica)
  • 1932-01-26 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • 1933-02-27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1934-11-12 Ann Flood, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Queens, New York
  • 1936-03-20 Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican Reggae artist
  • 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)
  • 1942-07-16 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • 1944-01-29 Patrick Lipton Robinson, Jamaican judge
  • 1944-10-19 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaica, reggae musician (Mystic Man, Mama Africa)

Person of interestBob Marley

1945-02-06 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician and singer-songwriter (Wailers-No Woman), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1946-08-29 Bob Beamon, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in Queens, New York
  • 1946-10-06 Millie Small, Jamaican singer (My Boy Lollipop), born in Clarendon
  • 1946-11-22 Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)
  • 1947-04-10 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1947-12-05 Bruce Golding, Jamaican politician
  • 1948-03-01 Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1948-11-12 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1949-05-25 Jamaica Kincaid, [Elaine P Richardson], Antigua/US journalist (NYer)
  • 1949-06-18 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • 1949-10-06 Bobby Farrell, Jamaica, rock vocalist
  • 1950-06-24 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1950-12-17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
  • 1951-02-25 Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • 1951-10-14 Marcia Barrett, Jamaican-British rock vocalist (Boney M), born in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica
  • 1952-05-10 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1952-07-12 Liz Mitchell, Jamaican-British rock vocalist (Boney M), born in Clarendon, Jamaica
  • 1953-06-21 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (d. 1999)
  • 1953-09-27 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaican reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie-DJ Riot), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1953-10-05 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1955-08-01 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican professional boxer, born in Norwich, Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • 1956-03-14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1984), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1956-05-25 Sugar Minott, Jamaican singer
  • 1956-08-08 David Grant, Jamaica, singer/songwriter (Stop & Go, Heaven Knows)
  • 1957-07-11 Michael Rose, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1958-09-28 Angella Issajenko, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1959-02-03 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1959-11-16 Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1960-04-02 Linford Christie, British sprinter (Olympic gold 100m 1992), born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica
  • 1960-05-10 Merlene Ottey, Jamaican/Italian running star (Olympics)
  • 1961-04-26 Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1961-06-10 Maxi Priest, [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)
  • 1961-06-14 Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1961-12-17 Venice Kong, St Mary Jamaica, playmate (September, 1985)
  • 1961-12-30 Ben Johnson, Canadian athlete (Olympic 100m gold 1988-disqualified), born in Falmouth, Jamaica

Person of interestPatrick Ewing

1962-08-05 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 1992), 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
  • 1963-02-22 Devon Malcolm, cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95)
  • 1963-06-02 Jay B Cooper, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Jamaica), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963-10-13 Colin Channer, Jamaican writer (often referred as "Bob Marley" with a pen), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1964-04-30 Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
  • 1964-11-11 Robert Haynes, cricketer (Jamaica & WI leggie, one-dayer but no Tests)
  • 1965-11-17 Winthrop Graham, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1965-12-05 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician
  • 1966-01-17 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician and reggae deejay (X-tra Naked ), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • 1966-04-02 Garnett Silk [Garnet Damion Smith], Jamacian reggae musician, born in Manchester, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • 1966-06-07 Heathcliff Slocumb, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Queens, New York
  • 1966-10-19 Roger R. Cross, Jamaican-born actor
  • 1967-05-24 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rapper, born in Mandeville, Middlesex (d. 2011)
  • 1967-12-16 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-96)
  • 1968-01-02 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • 1968-01-09 Katie Anderson, Canada 100m hurdler (Olympic 7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1968-06-16 Nehemiah Perry, cricketer (fine Jamaican off-spinner)

Person of interestShaggy

1968-10-22 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], Jamaican-American reggae musician and rapper (Boombastic), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
  • 1969-01-02 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer
  • 1970-11-08 Diana King, Jamaican singer and songwriter ("Shy Guy", "I Say a Little Prayer" remake), born in St. Catherine, Jamaica
  • 1971-12-03 Frank Sinclair, Jamaican footballer
  • 1972-04-20 Stephen Marley, Jamaican-American reggae musician, son of Bob Marley, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1972-06-12 Bounty Killer, Jamaican deejay
  • 1972-07-05 Robert Esmie, Jamaica, Canadian 4X100m runner (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973-01-09 Sean Paul, reggae singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1973-07-04 Michael Johnson, English-born Jamaican footballer
  • 1976-08-21 Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player, born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 1976-09-11 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician (Let's Get Physical), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1977-04-17 Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
  • 1978-07-21 Damian Marley, Jamaican musician
  • 1978-09-25 Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-05-04 Actor-producer Forest Whitaker (35) weds actress-model Keisha Nash (23) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-01-11 "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Actress/Singer Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
  • 2003-04-22 "Star Trek: Enterprise" actress Jolene Blalock (28) weds "Live Nation" CEO Michael Rapino in Negril, Jamaica
  • 2004-07-10 "The West Wing" actor Dule Hill (29) weds actress Nicole Lyn (26) in Montego Bay, Jamaica

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-07-15 Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis (39) weds former Miss Jamaica runner-up Violet Chang at William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Jamaica

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 2006-02-04 Daughter of June Carter country singer Carlene Carter (50) weds Joe Brown began at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica
  • 2008-09-19 NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica

Famous Deaths

  • 1863-11-20 James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin & Kincardine and Governor (Jamaica), dies at 52
  • 1901-11-30 Edward J Eyre, British explorer/governor (Jamaica), dies at 86
  • 1917-09-20 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • 1948-05-22 Claude McKaye, Jamaican/American author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
  • 1967-04-11 Donald Sangster, Jamaican prime-minister (b. 1911)
  • 1970-06-11 Frank Silvera, Jamaican-American actor (High Chaparral, Killer's Kiss, Fear and Desire), accidentally electrocutes himself at 55
  • 1972-01-07 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies at 70
  • 1987-04-17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • 1989-02-06 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • 1989-04-19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • 1995-05-13 Cecil Marley, cricketer (WICBC pres 1971-74, Jamaican capt 1946), dies
  • 1997-03-06 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • 1999-01-23 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
  • 1999-05-18 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 1999-06-02 Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
  • 2000-10-19 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
  • 2004-06-09 Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
  • 2004-07-05 Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1923)
  • 2005-07-17 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer (b. 1927)
  • 2006-05-25 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • 2006-10-28 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican professional boxer, dies at 52
  • 2008-03-15 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 2010-10-25 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 2011-11-08 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • 2011-12-03 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2012-09-14 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2015-05-06 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71