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"Whereas an Act has been passed by the
Legislator of Island of Jamaica for Terminating the Present System
of Apprenticeship on the First Day of August Next, and Thereby
Granting The Blessing and Privileges of Unrestricted Freedom to All
Classes of its Inhabitants and Whereas It Is Incumbent On All The
Inhabitants of This Our Island To Testify Their Grateful Sense of
This Divine Favour...." (read
August First is Emancipation Day. On 1st August 1834 the
Emancipation Act becomes law. On
August 1st 1838 all non-labourer slaves are freed. On
August 1st 1840 all
labourer slaves become free.
Jamaica's Birthday is August 6th.
Watch Independence Celebrations live on JIS on August 6th.
Video streaming by Ustream.
August is also a month of sporting birthdays. On August 1st 1955
Trevor Berbick is born in Portland, on the 5th in 1962 Patrick Ewing
is born in
and on August 21st 1986
Usain Bolt is born in Trelawny.
Marcus Garvey was born on August 17th 1887 in St. Ann's Bay and the Jamaica Labour Party came into existence on the 9th in
first trade union, The Carpenters, Bricklayers and Printers Union,
held its first meeting on the 8th in 1898. On the 26th in 1998
labour leader and former Prime Minister, Hugh Shearer, married
prominent gerontologist, Dr. Denise Eldermire, daughter of another
prominent political family. On August 30th 1922 Norman Manley was
called to the Jamaican Bar. On the 25th in 1688
Henry Morgan died in St. Catherine and was buried the next day
at Port Royal.
On August 26th 1950 the first six Women Police Constables are sworn
in at the Police School at Elletson Road.
On August 15th 1973 American author, Alex Haley, rents a cottage at
Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth to begin work on his landmark book.
The book is published in 1976 with the title,
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
In August of 1970 a brand new genre of music takes Jamaica by storm
U Roy has three songs on the Top Twenty. Dance Hall is
More Historical Events in August
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an on-line magazine dedicated to showcasing the diversity of
Jamaica. You can read about our rich history. For instance did you
know that Falmouth is one of the world's most perfect examples of
pure Georgian architecture?
Aside from world famous
reggae artists and athletes, there are also Jamaicans like
who developed the Hope Red, one of the most popular varieties of cattle in
There's also the very
diverse geography and
of our Island where, almost side by side; iguanas sun on barren rocks,
crocodiles lie in wait in mangrove swamps and varieties of birds fly
amongst the trees in our
mountains. You might even see a rodent the size of a dog, the agouti,
hiding in a tropical rain forest.
There are lots of other
interesting facts. Did you know, for instance, that Jamaica has greater
roadway density than anywhere else in the world? Or that we own more
cellular phones, per capita, than either the USA or Canada?
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"Jamaica Pepper" Eugenia Pimenta: Native Tree the berries of which are a
popular spice which tastes like a combination of several other spices
Our magazine offers you many aspects which together give you
that unique mixture which is Jamaica.