Archive for April, 2012
- 1964 – Singer Barrington Levy is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.
- 1967 – Sound engineer Peter Chemist (Danovan Thompson) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
- 1997 – An airlift starts to ship Rwandan refugees, trapped in Zaire and hunted by rebels, back to Rwanda.
- 1994 – Soccer great Pele (53) weds psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos (36).
- 1992 – 208th and final episode of Cosby Show on NBC-TV.
- 1989 – Dancehall deejay Tiger (Norman Jackson) is arrested for overstay for 15 days at airport in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. After that he had been locked up in Boston until May 18th.
- 1976 – Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young More >
- —-: I-Octane (Byiome Muir) is born in Sandy Bay, Clarendon, Jamaica.
- 1930 – Cricketer Alfred Lewis Valentine is born in Spanish Town, Jamaican. (d. May 11, 2004 in Orlando, Fla.).
- 1992 – Jury acquits Los Angeles police officers of beating Rodney King, riots begin.
- 1992 – Sheena Easton collapses on stage while performing in “Man of LaMancha”
- 1992 – Voting ends on choice of Elvis stamps.
- 1990 – Wrecking cranes began tearing down Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate.
- 1988 – Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson marry.
- 1985 – Tony Tubbs TKOs Greg Page in 15 for heavyweight boxing title.
- 1983 – Harold Washington sworn in as Chicago’s More >
Bunny Wailer, the surviving member of trailblazing reggae group The Wailers, is unhappy with certain aspects of the just-released documentary, Marley.
For Wailer, who was one of the main voices in the Kevin MacDonald-directed film, Rastafari — a central theme in the life and ‘livity’ of Bob Marley — was not given its rightful and respectful place in the production.
He told the Sunday Observer via telephone that he agreed to be part of the production based on the fact that Bob Marley’s eldest son, Ziggy, was executive producer. Therefore, it was felt that this would allow for a true picture More >
In Marley, the Kevin Macdonald-directed documentary which premiered at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, two Thursdays ago, there are many insights into Bob Marley through his words and the memories of close friends and colleagues.
The Marley/Wailers music utilised is mainly acoustic takes and demos, Macdonald choosing mainly to stay clear of the familiar tracks from the Island Records years and the Studio One cuts. And in telling tales of Marley, fellow Wailing Wailer, Bunny, speaks about how two songs in particular were written.
Corner Stone and Small Axe are both written in a somewhat competitive spirit, the first when Marley was More >
- 1938 – Actress Madge Sinclair (Madge Dorita Walter) of Bell-Roots, Trapper John is born in Kingston Jamaica. [d. December 20, 1995].
- —-: Dancehall deejay General Degree (Cardiff Butt) is born in Manchester, Jamaica.
- 1966 – Quino (Joaquin William McWhinney) [Big Mountain] is born.
- 1998 – Nigeria’s former deputy leader, Ge. Oladipyo Diya, and five others are sentenced to death by firing squad for plotting to overthrow military leader Gen. Sani Abacha.
- 1994 – Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court decides to decriminalize private use of marijuana and hashish.
- 1994 – 1st multi-racial election in South Africa ends [3 days].
- 1993 – Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, More >
- 1946 – Former Jamaica’s Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange is born.
- 2010 – The U.S. Senate investigates Goldman Sachs, finding that they made billions of dollars at the expense of clients during the housing market collapse.
- 1998 – Recorded at Ali Campbell and Travers new recording studio in Jamaica, “UB40 Presents The Dancehall Album”, featuring toasting by the likes of Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Lady Saw and Mad Cobra among others, all backed by the band, is released by Virgin.
- 1994 – The South Africa general election is held. Lucky Dube may have voted for the first More >
- 1979 – Reggae singer Tarrus Riley is born in Bronx, New York, USA.
- 1964 – Jamaican athlete Albert Lawrence (4X100m relayer, Olympic-silver-1984) is born.
- 1975 – Trudi Ferguson, Miss Universe-Jamaica (1996) is born.
1999 – Reggae star Jah Cure get a 15-year sentence after he was found guilty of rape and gun charges.
- 1996 – Sotherby ends 4 day auction of Jackie O stuff-take in $34.5 million.
- 1994 – 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr. Nomaza Paintin is 1st black South African to vote.
- 1992 – Alex Haley, (Roots), wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously.
- 1991 – Soccer star Diego Maradona, More >
- 1972 – Stephen “Steve” Marley [Melody Makers] is born as the second son of Bob.
- 1999 – The Clash’s “Sandinista!” album [Epic] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). “Story Of The Clash” album [Epic] is also certified Gold and Platinum on this day.
- 1999 – Two disaffected students brought guns to their high school in Columbine, Colorado and murdered twelve students, one teacher and then killed themselves.
- 1992 – Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner.
- 1981 – Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) is invested with the Order of Merit (O.M.)
- 1981 – Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested More >
- 1949 – Big Youth (Manley Augustus Buchanan) is born in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica. (The Guinness Who’s Who of Reggae says b. February 1955).
- 1975 – Gentleman (Tilmann Otto) is born in Osnabrück, Germany.
- 1994 – Inkatha ends boycott of South African multi-racial election.
- 1994 – Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation of police beating.
- 1991 – Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavywgt boxing title.
- 1989 – Republic Day in Sierra Leone.
- 1989 – Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), passes away at 82.
- 1986 – Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title.
- 1982 – Guinon Bluford announced More >
- 1941 – Singer Hortense Ellis is born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica. (d. October 19, 2000 at age 59). She was the younger sister of Alton Ellis.
- 1994 – Arsenio Hall announces he will end his show in May 1994.
- 1993 – David Lee Roth arrested in New York City for purchasing marijuana.
- 1989 – Zimbabwe gains independence.
- 1988 – Barbra Streisand records “Warm All Over”
- 1987 – An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air.
- 1983 – Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) awarded Pulitzer Prize for “The Color Purple.”
- 1982 – Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act.
- 1982 – More >