Full Name: John Rackham
Why Famous: Known variously as Calico Jack, Jack Rackham or John Rackham, Jack was a famous pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century. He captained several vessels, most notably the Kingston, if only briefly. His piratical career only lasted two years before his sloop was captured and he was executed in 1720.
Jack is most famous for having had two female companions as pirates, his lover Anne Bonny, and Mary Read. He met Bonny in New Providence in 1719 after having received a pardon for his previous piracy; she was married at the time but joined his crew, along with Read, then disguised as a male.
Captured on 20 October 1720, he was hanged in November in Port Royal, British Jamaica.
- 1720-11-15 Pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial