Kingston in History

Historical Events

  • 1692-06-24 Kingston, Jamaica, founded
  • 1906-02-28 Stanley Cup: Ottawa HC beats Queen's University (Kingston, ON), 12-7 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • 1907-01-14 An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1,000
  • 1930-04-05 England cricketers dismissed for then record 849 v West Indies in 4th Test in Kingston, Jamaica; Andy Sandham out for 325
  • 1930-04-10 Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley scores patient 223 in drawn 4th Test against England at Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1935-03-15 Brilliant batsman George Headley steers West Indies to an innings victory over England in 4th cricket Test at Kingston, Jamaica with a patient, unbeaten 270
  • 1951-08-17 Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1954-03-30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • 1955-03-31 West Indies cricket all-rounder Collie Smith scores 104 in his Test debut in a 9 wicket 1st Test defeat to Australia in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1955-06-15 Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever
  • 1958-03-01 21 year old West Indian cricket all-rounder Gary Sobers turns his maiden Test century into a world record 365no in the Windies' 3rd Test win over Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica; Sobers and Conrad Hunte (260) 446 run partnership for 2nd wicket

Historic Event

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

  • 1966-08-04 8th British Empire Games & Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica; first Games held outside 'White Dominions'
  • 1972-02-16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100
  • 1972-02-19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston

Boxing Title Fight

1973-01-22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds

  • 1973-02-16 West Indies v Australia at Kingston, 1st time since 1955 without Gary Sobers
  • 1978-05-03 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • 1978-05-03 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
  • 1980-05-20 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • 1990-03-01 England cricket has its first win against West Indies in 16 years and 24 matches; 9 wicket victory in the 1st Test in Kingston, Jamaica; Allan Lamb's first overseas century 132

Sports History

1991-03-03 David Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston

  • 1995-05-01 Future Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh scores career best 200 including 231 partnership with brother Mark (126) in 4th Test win over West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1996-01-27 Shiv Chanderpaul scores 303* for Guyana v Jamaica at Kingston

Famous Birthdays

  • 1759-06-21 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1817)
  • 1882-01-06 Samuel Rayburn, American politician (Rep-D-Tx), born in Kingston, Tennessee (d. 1961)
  • 1901-08-04 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1972)
  • 1907-09-11 Oscar Da Costa, West Indian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1936)
  • 1909-06-20 Robert Marley, Jamaican cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres), born in Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • 1923-03-27 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2012)
  • 1924-12-24 Roy Miller, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 & 0-28), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1926-12-13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4 x 400m relay 1952), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1928-02-11 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • 1929-07-24 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1953-56), born in KIngston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1933-02-27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933-05-05 Collie Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, 4 x 100, HS 168; Jamaica), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1959)
  • 1933-12-21 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1934-10-17 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), born in Kingston (d. 2015)
  • 1935-04-04 Easton McMorris, West Indian cricket batsman (13 Tests, 1 x 100; Jamaica), born in St Andrew, Jamaica (d. 2022)
  • 1937-10-09 Pat Burke, British rock saxophonist (Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), born in Kingston, Jamaica, British West Indies
  • 1938-04-28 Madge Sinclair (née Walters), Jamaican-American actress (Conrack; Roots - "Bell"; Trapper John, M.D. - "Ernestine"; The Lion King), born in Kingston, Colony of Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1938-05-28 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican-born reggae musician and producer (Madness), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)
  • 1939-06-29 Ron Headley, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; son of WI great George Headley; Worcestershire), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1942-04-05 Arthur Barrett, West Indian cricketer (WI leggie early 70's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1943-11-12 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1947-04-10 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • 1948-10-05 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican ska and reggae singer ("Cool Operator"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1949-01-08 Lawrence Rowe, West Indian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1950-06-24 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Jamaican rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1952-05-10 Sly Dunbar, Jamaican reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1953-01-07 Earl Lindo, Jamaican reggae keyboardist (Bob Marley & the Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1953-09-27 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaican reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie - "DJ Riot"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • 1953-10-05 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1956-03-14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Olympic gold. 1984), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1956-05-25 Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott, Jamaican singer (The African Brothers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2010)
  • 1957-04-11 Everton Mattis, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman early 80's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957-07-11 Michael Rose, Jamaican Grammy award-winning reggae singer (Black Uhuru, 1977-84 - Anthem), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1958-01-14 Colin Ferguson, Jamaican murderer (6 people on the LIRR on Dec 7, 1993), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1960-01-17 Chili Davis, American-Jamaican baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Patrick Ewing

1962-08-05 Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-American NBA center, 1985-2002, 11X All-Star (NY Knicks, and 2 other teams; Olympic gold 1992), and collegiate coach (Georgetown, 2017-present), born in Kingston, Jamaica

  • 1962-08-18 Sandra Farmer-Patrick, Jamaican-born American 400m hurdler, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1962-10-30 Courtney Walsh, West Indian cricket fast bowler and captain (132 Tests, 519 wickets @ 24.44; hat-trick v Aust 1988), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1962-12-29 Devon White, Jamaican-born American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963-02-22 Devon Malcolm, Jamaican cricketer (in Jamaica England fast bowler 1989-95), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963-10-13 Colin Channer, Jamaican writer (often referred as "Bob Marley" with a pen), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1965-10-19 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1965-12-05 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician (Under Mi Sleng Teng), born in Kingston, Jamaica


1968-10-22 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], Jamaican-American Grammy Award-winning reggae rapper and songwriter ("It Wasn't Me", "Boombastic",), born in Kingston, Jamaica

  • 1969-11-09 Pepa [Sandra Denton], Jamaican-American hip hop artist (Salt-n-Pepa) and actress, born in Kingston, Jamaica (birth date disputed)
  • 1970-11-24 Marlon James, Jamaican writer (A Brief History of Seven Killings), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1971-03-13 Robert Samuels, West Indian cricketer (West Indies Test opening batsman v NZ 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1972-06-12 Bounty Killer [Rodney Basil Price], Jamaican deejay, born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1973-01-09 Sean Paul, Jamaican dancehall singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1976-09-11 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician ("Let's Get Physical"), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1977-04-17 Sizzla Kalonji [Miguel Orlando Collins], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Chris Gayle

1979-09-21 Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (1999-) and fastest century maker in history, born in Kingston, Jamaica

  • 1979-10-31 Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1981-01-18 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1981-07-19 David Bernard, West Indian cricketer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1986-05-24 Jordan Metcalfe, English actor (Genie in the House), born in Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England
  • 1994-12-08 Raheem Sterling, British-Jamaican football player (Manchester City, English national team), born in Kingston, Jamaica