Tag Archives: Jamaica

today holiday: Jamaica Independence Day


Jamaica Independence Day

The island of Jamaica became an independent nation with loose ties to the British Commonwealth on August 6, 1962. Before that, it had been a founding member of the Federation of the West Indies. Allegiance to the British gradually gave way to the emergence of a national identity, and the federation was dissolved. A public holiday throughout the island, Independence Day is celebrated with a grand parade, traditional music and dancing, arts and crafts exhibits, and agricultural and other events as part of the Jamaica Festival. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica (1692)


Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica (1692)

In the 17th century, Port Royal was the capital of Jamaica and a popular destination for pirates to store and spend their treasure, earning the city a seedy reputation. On June 7, 1692, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the city, causing a large portion of it to sink into the Caribbean Sea. Between 1,000 and 3,000 people—a significant percentage of the city’s population—were killed in the disaster. What nickname have archaeologists since given the city? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Bob Marley Succumbs to Cancer at Age 36 (1981)


Bob Marley Succumbs to Cancer at Age 36 (1981)

Born in a small Jamaican village and raised in the slums of Kingston‘s Trench Town, Marley overcame tremendous hardship to become a groundbreaking singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He propelled reggae to worldwide popularity, creating music that reflects his commitment to nonviolence and the Rastafarian religion. In 1975, Marley released “No Woman, No Cry,” a song that brought him international fame. Marley was diagnosed with cancer in 1977 but refused the recommended medical treatment. Why? More… Discuss

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Sting – Shape of My Heart