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Caribbean

Christopher Columbus's expedition seeking a Western route from Europe to India, makes landfall in The Bahamas, thus accidentally discovering the 'new world' of North America. In 1936, Chu Berry and Andy Razaff will be inspired to write the song Christopher Columbus, which will be recorded by Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, The Ink Spots, Duke Ellington and many others. Adherents of the Rastafarian religion, however, see Columbus as an oppressor, thus the Burning Spear reggae song Christopher Columbus castigates the explorer for claiming to have discovered the West Indies when, in fact, they were already inhabited by the Arawak tribe. Another song inspired by Columbus is Christopho Columbo, performed by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong in the 1951 movie Here Comes The Groom. The 1960 Jimmy Jones hit, Good Timin', also refers to Columbus' achievements, with the lines "Who in the world woulda ever known what Columbus could do, If Queen Isabella hadn't hawked her jewels in 1492".
Lancelot Victor Edward Pinard is born in Cumuto, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean. He will find success as calypso singer Sir Lancelot.
Cliff Hall, a founder member and singer of internationally-famed Liverpool folk group The Spinners, is born in Oriente Province, Cuba, Caribbean.
Trinidad Lopez III is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success in the 1960s as Latin-pop hitmaker Trini Lopez.
Winston George Sparkes is born in Jubilee Hospital Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will find success as a reggae DJ under the name of King Stitt.
The Eric Deans Band, including trombonist and songwriter Don Drummond, travels from Jamiaca, West Indies, Caribbean, to Haiti for live shows.
The Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra plays in The Globe Cinema, Port Of Spain, Trinidad, Caribbean.
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White by Perez Prado reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, including drummer Ringo Starr, are fulfilling a three month residency at the Rock And Calypso Ballroom, Butlins, Skegness, England, UK, Europe.
Cy Grant performs a topical calypso on the BBC tv current affairs programme Tonight in London, England, UK.
Cy Grant sings a news-based calypso on the BBC-tv topical magazine show Tonight, broadcast live from London, England, UK, Europe.
The Hollies, Millie and Brian Poole And The Tremeloes appear on UK tv's Five O'Clock Club.
Shawn Elliott is appearing during one week at The Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA, promoting his new Roulette Records single, The Joker.
Jimmy James and the Vagabonds play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand, Phil Ochs plays at an Anti-Vietnam Concert in the Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, USA.
Joan Armatrading plays at Frederick Eberthalle, Ludwigshafen, Germany, Europe.
Bob Marley And The Wailers play in Dijon, France, Europe.
Peter Tosh plays at The Forum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Legendary Bahamian singer/guitarist Joseph Spence dies.
The Notting Hill Carnival in West London, England, UK, Europe, features performances by Freddy McGregor, Ziggy Marley, Misty In Roots and Maxi Priest.
Jimmy Cliff And The Carribean All Stars play at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Heavy D And The Boyz release their second album Big Tyme on Uptown Records in the USA.
Errol Brown plays at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Scotland.
Errol Brown plays at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, UK.
Singer-songwriter Heather Nova is prominent among the protesters marching in Bermuda, Caribbean, to protest against the proposed dredging of Sinky Bay, Southampton, to accommodate a new dolphin park.
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Taj Mahal plays at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England, UK.
Rihanna and Queen Latifah are among the artists attending the second annual Music UpFront Event in New York City, USA.
Rihanna releases her fourth album, Rated R, on Universal Music in Brazil and Spain.
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Rated R by Rihanna drops from No9 to No15 on the UK Official Album Chart, but simultaneously rises to No2 on the UK R'n'B Chart, its new peak.
During a 13-date tour, Rihanna plays at The MEN Arena, Manchester, England, UK.
Rihanna, Ke$ha and Travie McCoy play at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ricky Martin headlines the Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland, Europe, during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The Bank Atlantic Centre, Sunrise, Florida, USA.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The Manchester News Arena, Manchester, UK.
Rihanna reaches No1 in the Billboard 100 album chart in the USA with Unapologetic, on sales of 238,000 copies.
On her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna plays the second of two nights at Manchester Arena, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
When Drake's Would You Like a Tour? tour plays at The Palais Omnisport de Bercy, Paris, France, Europe, he is joined onstage by his former girlfriend Rihanna for a performance of their collaboration hit Take Care.
Legendary Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez dies aged 80, following a short illness in hospital, in London, England, UK. He is perhaps best-known to pop music fans as the trombone player for The Specials.
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Drake and Rihanna are seen at Eagle Rock Plaza Plaza, Los Angeles, California, USA, apparently shooting a music video with some horses on the set.
On her Anti World Tour, Rihanna plays at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
On her Anti World Tour, Rihanna plays at The Verizon Center, Washington DC, USA.
On her Anti World Tour, Rihanna plays at The Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
On her Anti World Tour, Rihanna plays the first of two nights at The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
On her Anti World Tour Rihanna plays at Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, with Big Sean and DJ Mustard.
On her Anti World Tour Rihanna plays at San Siro, Milan, Italy, Europe.
On her Anti World Tour Rihanna plays at The RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany, Europe.
On her Never Be The Same tour, Camila Cabello plays at The Fox Theater, Oakland, California, USA.
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