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More interesting facts on Jamaica
- the alternative country band The V-Roys were originally named The Vice Roys, but were forced to change their name after being threatened with a lawsuit from a Jamaican band?
- the Jamaican Gun Court Act of 1974 mandated a sentence of indefinite imprisonment with hard labor for all firearms offenses, including possession of unlicensed guns?
- in 2008 one of Jamaica's most wanted fugitives evaded police capture when a motorist flashed his headlights to warn of police activity ahead?
- although Brendan Nash was born and grew up in Australia, he qualifies to play international cricket for the West Indies because his father, who represented Jamaica at the Olympics, is of Jamaican origin?
- after the HMS Tyger wrecked in 1742, the crew survived 56 days on a desert island and another 56 days sailing to Jamaica in small boats, at a loss of only 11 out of 281 men?
- the Boga is also known as the Snit in Jamaica and as the Bonnetmouth in the Bahamas?
- the graves of 13 Britons and a Jamaican trained at Royal Canadian Air Force Station Mount Hope during World War II, are still maintained in a local churchyard in Glanbrook, Ontario?
- the wide variety of people who have been deported from the United States includes Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick, political activist Emma Goldman, and Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh?
- when The Mighty Diamonds' album Right Time was released in 1976, music charts were banned in Jamaica because of violence within the music industry?
- the pet parrot species the Yellow-billed Amazon (pictured) is only found on the island of Jamaica?
- the landmark Insurance Exchange Building in Long Beach, California, has housed a boy's clothing store, courthouse, dance studio, nightclub and Jamaican restaurant?
- the introduction of the small Asian mongoose to Jamaica may have led to the extinction of the rice rat Oryzomys antillarum (skull pictured)?
- a lunar eclipse enabled Christopher Columbus to trick the indigenous people of Jamaica into resuming supplying food to him and his crew while they were stranded there?
- Sloan’s Urania (Urania sloanus) (pictured), a Jamaican day flying moth of the Uraniidae family, was last reported in 1894 or 1895?
- Jamaican singer Bob Marley (pictured) gave Vincent Ford writing credit for the song "No Woman, No Cry", but Marley's wife and manager were granted the rights after claiming that Marley had written it himself?
- Jamaican-born poet, playwright and screenwriter Evan Jones wrote the 1963 BBC television play Madhouse on Castle Street in which Bob Dylan made his acting début?
- Jamaican ambassador Anthony Johnson appealed at a Reggae Fest in Washington D.C. to gain support for Jamaica's National Disaster Recovery Fund following Hurricane Gustav?
- Jamaica's Dry River isn't?
- Hurricane Michelle (pictured), a storm which took place in the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season, caused numerous deaths and large-scale damage in Jamaica, Cuba, Honduras, and Nicaragua?
- Althea Byfield played collegiate basketball in the United States, is signed to play semi-professional netball in New Zealand, and has represented Jamaica internationally in both sports?
- Francis Barber was born a slave in Jamaica and was the manservant for over 30 years, and finally the heir, of Dr. Samuel Johnson of dictionary fame?
- Neil Gardner holds the sixth-fastest recorded time for a Jamaican 400 m hurdler?
- L.C. Lecesne rose to prominence as an activist against slavery after the British Government compensated him for his illegal exile from Jamaica?
- J-ska is contemporary Japanese music with origins in Jamaica?
- Gladys Bustamante became a leading Jamaican trade unionist after she took a job as a secretary for her future husband, Sir Alexander Bustamante?
- 1988's Hurricane Gilbert was the first to make landfall on Jamaica since 1955?
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