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Barbados Errol Barrow Day

Barbados Errol Barrow Day

Barbados Errol Barrow Day


January 21

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Jan 21, Barbados: Errol Barrow Day

This public holiday celebrates the birthday of Errol Barrow, the first Prime Minster of Barbados.

Barrow was a key figure in the movement for independence, and became the first Prime Minster of Barbados on 30 November 1966. During his time as prime minster, he is credited for introducing free education, National Insurance, improving health care and expanding the tourism sector.

After two terms as Prime Minster, he lost the election in 1976. He became Prime Minster for the second time in 1986, but died suddenly while in office on 8 September 1987.

His birthday was made a public holiday in 1989 and at the same time, he was further honoured by his portrait being put on the Barbadian $50 dollar note and a key highway from the airport named after him.

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