Trinidad and Tobago in History

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

1498-07-31 Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Trinidad on his third voyage

  • 1781-04-29 French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence
  • 1797-02-18 Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby
  • 1797-02-21 Trinidad, West Indies, a Spanish colony, surrenders to the British
  • 1832-01-04 Insurrection of Trinidad negroes
  • 1941-03-27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • 1942-03-29 British cruiser HMS Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea
  • 1942-07-20 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy taking 8-8; West Indian cricket domestic first class record
  • 1962-08-31 Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day) with Eric Williams as first Prime Minister
  • 1962-09-18 Rwanda, Burundi, Jamaica & Trinidad admitted (105th-108th) to UN
  • 1976-08-31 Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution
  • 1976-10-26 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
  • 1977-07-16 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • 1979-07-19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 tons of oil spill
  • 1984-03-21 Australian Allan Border scores 100* vs West Indies in a cricket test at Trinidad after scoring a 98* in his 1st innings
  • 1986-11-13 Giselle Jeanne-Marie LaRonde of Trinidad, 23, crowned 36th Miss World
  • 1987-03-19 Hassanali inaugurated as president of Trinidad & Tobago

Sports History

1988-01-22 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is

  • 1989-05-13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989-11-19 US beats Trinidad, 1-0 qualifing for 1990 world soccer cup finals it was US' 1st qualification since 1950
  • 1991-12-17 Patrick Manning becomes premier of Trinidad & Tobago
  • 1996-02-23 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
  • 1996-02-25 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad v Leeward Is
  • 1996-03-12 Leeward Islands beat Trinidad by 73 runs to win Red Stripe Trophy
  • 2001-06-07 BP announces that it will build a new $600-million platform offshore Trinidad that is expected to double the company's production of natural gas there by 2004
  • 2007-11-29 A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as south as Trinidad.
  • 2013-02-16 Anthony Carmona is elected President of Trinidad and Tobago

Famous Birthdays

  • 1885-11-19 Erskine Sanford, American actor (Citizen Kane, Angel on My Shoulder), born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 1969)
  • 1901-09-21 Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder, lawyer and politician (UK's first black peer), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad (d. 1971) [1]
  • 1911-09-25 Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (People's National Movement: 1962-81), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981) [1]
  • 1915-11-02 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (d. 2000)
  • 1917-12-28 Ellis Clarke, president Trinidad & Tobago (1976-87)
  • 1919-11-29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (popularized African dance), born in Port of Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1920-06-11 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981)
  • 1920-12-08 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Williamsville, Trinidad (d. 2013)
  • 1921-01-22 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • 1924-12-20 Errol John, Trinidadian actor & playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1988)
  • 1930-08-01 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie; The Wiz), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2014)

V. S. Naipaul

1932-08-17 V.S. Naipaul, British novelist (Middle Passage), born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2018)

  • 1937-05-15 (Trinidad) "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1939-08-16 Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1939-09-28 Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
  • 1940-11-28 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • 1945-02-25 Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist, essayist (Fireflies)
  • 1946-08-17 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), born in San Fernando (d. 2016)
  • 1947-10-08 Tony Wilson, Trinidadian rock songwriter, bassist, and vocalist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Trinidad
  • 1950-01-21 Billy Ocean [Leslie Charles], Trinidadian-British pop and R&B singer ("Caribbean Queen"; "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"), born in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1950-01-30 Trinidad Silva, American character actor (Hill Street Blues -"Jesus Martinez"), born in Mission, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1950-08-16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951-07-22 Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
  • 1953-05-29 Ranjy Nanan, West Indian cricket spin bowler (WI 1 Test; Trinidad & Tobago), born in Preysal, Trinidad
  • 1961-08-02 Pete de Freitas, English rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1989)
  • 1968-08-31 Glenroy Gilbert, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trinidad
  • 1969-02-06 Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95), born in Barrackpore, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1970-01-06 Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player & actress (Extremists), born in La Jolla, California
  • 1970-07-12 Marsha Guialdo, San Juan Trinidad, 100m hurdler
  • 1973-01-27 Margot Bourgeois, Miss Universe-3rd place (Trinidad & Tobago, 1997)
  • 1973-12-30 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
  • 1974-10-05 Heather Headley, Trinidadian singer, born in San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1975-06-04 Dinanath Ramnarine, cricketer (Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner)
  • 1976-10-30 Stern John, Trinidadian footballer (Columbus Crew), born in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1978-10-24 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer (Trinidad and Tobago national football team), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago

Nicki Minaj

1982-12-08 Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper and singer (Super Bass, Starships), born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

  • 1984-10-05 Kenwyne Jones, Trinidadian footballer, born in Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago

Famous Deaths

  • 1975-05-16 Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • 1981-03-29 Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (People's National Movement: 1962-81), dies at 79 [1]
  • 1981-10-02 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • 1989-05-31 C. L. R. James [Cyril Lionel Robert James], Trinidadian historian (The Black Jacobins), journalist, intellectual and socialist, dies at 88 [1]
  • 1994-10-29 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (poplularized African dance), dies at 74
  • 1997-11-04 George Chambers, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago (1981-86), dies at 69
  • 2009-01-04 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • 2009-12-20 Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
  • 2016-02-17 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • 2016-07-02 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69