Category: History

Throwback Thursday: Jamaica’s Press Freedom in 1971

May 3 is observed annually as World Press Freedom Day. Fittingly, we have decided to do a throwback to a picture published in The Daily Gleaner on October 13, 1971. Pictured above is former managing director of the Gleaner Company Limited,

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What is the Windrush Generation and why does it matter to Jamaica?

  What is the Windrush Generation? The Windrush Generation are the thousands of Caribbean migrants invited to Britain between 1948 and the early 1970s to help rebuild the nation after World War II. Commonwealth citizens living in the United Kingdom

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Three Times Jamaica Featured In Beychella

It was a historic set from the first black woman to headline the Coachella music festival. Beyonce didn’t just make history; she paid homage to it through an unmatchable performance. The American entertainer turned the April 2018 staging of Coachella

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Throwback Thursday: Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange in 1986

Current minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport; and the longest serving sitting female member of Parliament in Jamaica, Olivia Grange has a long and illustrious career in politics. Among her achievements are being crowned CARICOM’s first Champion for Culture in 2009; being

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Five Facts About Bobsleighing in Jamaica

Here are five facts about Jamaica’s bobsleighing history: Jamaica’s debut in bobsleighing at the Winter Olympics took place in 1988 at the games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which took place between February 13 and 28. That first team comprised Dudley Stokes, Michael

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A Closer Look at All Jamaica’s States of Emergency

Did You Know? Since its Independence in 1962, Jamaica has had a total of six states of emergency. Here are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about them: Since Independence, Jamaica has experienced a total of seven states of

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Our Future On Fire: 3 Instances of Fires at Places Of Safety in Jamaica

Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre – May 2009 On May 22, 2009 there was a fire at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Facility in St. Ann, in which seven young girls died. Five girls perished in the fire and two girls died subsequently from

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10 Epic Moments in Jamaica’s Early History

Jamaica celebrated 55 years of Independence on August 6, 2017. That’s 55 years of epic Jamaican greatness on the world stage. After being granted Independence on August 6, 1962 from British colonial rule by Queen Elizabeth II, Jamaica has not stopped

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Remembering Dr Claude Packer: Consummate Educator

Jamaica lost one of its greatest and most iconic educators with the passing of Dr Claude Packer. Most well-known for his stellar contribution to the Mico College University, and his strong opinions of mathematics and male education in the island,

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Primary Education in Jamaica: From Common Entrance to GSAT to PEP

Primary education in Jamaica has undergone many changes over the years. The eras can be defined by the exit examinations that students have been required to take in order to get placement into higher education system. The first notable exam

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