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Today In History: June 28

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An accused murderer makes a daring escape and Junkanooer Paul ‘Diamond’ Knowles. See what events took place on this day in history.






BAHAMAS – On this day in Bahamian history, in 2012, a 17-year-old boy accused of murder escaped from police custody while he was receiving medical treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital, despite round-the-clock police presence.

An investigation was ordered to determine how he escaped. On July 13th, he was recaptured in eastern New Providence.

Then in 2014, cultural icon and Junkanooer Paul ‘Diamond’ Knowles died in Nassau. 

He was 62. Knowles founded Roots in 1990.

In 2017, the country mourned the loss of another nation builder; former Minister of National Security Dr. Bernhard Nottage passed away at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. 

An official funeral for the late Dr. Nottage was held at St. Agnes Anglican Church on July 14th that year.

Dr. Nottage is credited for the launch of the Citizen’s Security and Justice Programme in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and a national parole system.

And finally in 2018, former World Boxing Champion Boxer Oswald Everette ‘Elisha Obed’ Ferguson died at the age of 66.

The historical society notes over his 21-year career, he won 89 of his 126 professional fights.