Bermuda in History

Historical Events

  • 1864-05-16 Battle of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia
  • 1864-05-19 Battle of Port Walthall Junction, Virginia (Bermuda Hundred)
  • 1890-07-01 Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable
  • 1910-10-04 Adoption of the Flag of Bermuda.
  • 1913-03-04 NY Yankees are 1st to train outside US (Bermuda)
  • 1918-03-06 US naval boat "Cyclops" disappears in Bermuda Triangle
  • 1930-04-02 1st NY-Bermuda airplane flight lands in Bermuda
  • 1945-12-05 Flight 19 the "Lost Squadron" of 5 torpedo bombers and 14 airmen is lost east of Florida in the supposed Bermuda Triangle
  • 1951-01-08 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow (the Bermuda petrel) is rediscovered in Bermuda

Meeting of Interest

1961-12-21 US President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan meet in Bermuda

  • 1968-06-08 Bermuda adopts its constitution
  • 1968-06-08 New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted
  • 1982-07-10 Zimbabwe beats Bermuda by 5 wickets to win ICC Trophy
  • 1995-10-01 Bermuda begins using new area code 441
  • 2017-06-26 America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman
  • 2020-02-16 'Ghost ship' cargo vessel MV Alta washed up on the Irish coast near Ballycotton by Storm Dennis, after drifting across the Atlantic from Bermuda

Famous Birthdays

  • 1852-02-16 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, American citizen credited with importing tennis to the US from Bermuda (1874), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1913-05-09 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, born in Southcote, Bermuda (d. 1998)
  • 1923-01-22 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), born in Devonshire Bermuda (d. 2015)
  • 1929-08-02 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), born in Burnley (d. 2017)
  • 1930-05-16 Desmond Langley, British army officer and Governor of Bermuda, born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1935-07-03 John Swan, 4th Premier of Bermuda (1982-95), born in Bermuda
  • 1967-07-06 Heather Nova, Bermudian singer and songwriter (Oyster), born in Bermuda
  • 1969-04-27 Brett Steven, New Zealand tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-12-07 Mauricio Hadad, Colombian tennis star (1995 Bermuda), born in Cali, Colombia
  • 1973-10-03 Lena Headey, British actress (Game of Thrones), born in Hamilton, Bermuda

Famous Weddings

  • 2007-10-06 TV talk show host Montel Williams (51) weds American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler (37) on a beach in Bermuda

Famous Deaths

  • 1886-05-03 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, American citizen credited with importing tennis to the US from Bermuda (1874), dies of illness at 34
  • 1973-03-10 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • 1990-03-28 Helene Fortescu Reynolds, actress (Bermuda Mystery), dies at 65