Kingston in History

Historical Events

  • 1692-06-24 Kingston, Jamaica, founded
  • 1907-01-14 An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1,000
  • 1930-04-05 England out for 849 v WI Kingston, Sandham out for 325
  • 1930-04-10 George Headley scores 223 v England at Kingston
  • 1935-03-15 George Headley completes 270 in cricket v England at Kingston
  • 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 Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston
  • 1955-06-15 Australia score 8-758 v West Indies at Kingston, their best ever

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'
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1991-03-03 Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston
  • 1995-05-01 Steve Waugh scores career best 200 including 231 partnership with brother Mark (126) for Aust v WI in 4th Test win 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)
  • 1901-08-04 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1972)
  • 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)
  • 1929-07-24 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1953-56), born in KIngston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1933-02-27 Edward Lucie-Smith, British poet and poetry critic, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1933-05-03 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1959)
  • 1934-10-17 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), born in Kingston (d. 2015)
  • 1935-04-04 Easton McMorris, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman of 60's), born in St Andrew, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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)
  • 1939-06-29 Ron Headley, West Indian cricketer (son of George, 2 Tests WI v England 1973), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1942-04-05 Arthur Barrett, West Indian cricketer (WI leggie early 70's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1947-04-10 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1948-11-12 Errol Brown, singer-songwriter vocalist (Hot Chocolate), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1950-06-24 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1952-05-10 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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
  • 1956-03-14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1984), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957-04-11 Everton Mattis, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman early 80's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1957-07-11 Michael Rose, rocker (Black Uhuru-Brutal, Positive), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1960-01-17 Chili Davis, American-Jamaican baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Kingston, 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
  • 1962-12-29 Devon White, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1965-10-19 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)

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
  • 1969-11-09 Pepa [Sandra Denton], Jamaican-American hip hop artist (Salt-n-Pepa) and actress, born in Kingston, Jamaica (birth date disputed)
  • 1971-03-13 Robert Samuels, West Indian cricketer (West Indies Test opening batsman v NZ 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1971-11-28 Karin Taylor, playmate (June, 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1973-01-09 Sean Paul, reggae singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1976-09-11 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician (Let's Get Physical), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1979-10-31 Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1994-12-08 Raheem Sterling, British-Jamaican football player (Manchester City, English national team), born in Kingston, Jamaica