April 1: “We In Jamaica Are Denying Opportunities Of Schooling To Nearly A Quarter Million”

1952: From today and for the next six weeks, all licences for imports from dollar countries will be frozen. This decision has been reached by Executive Council on recommendations of the Trade Control Board to afford opportunity “to review the whole import policy of the island and to determine what imports it will be necessary to cut in order to keep within the approved dollar ceiling.”


1957: A lease for 25 years with the option to renew the lease for another 25 years has been granted by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to Mr A.M. Excell, bus owner, to erect a country bus depot. The sites include 33,056 square feet of land at 57A West Street and the 200,200 square feet of KSAC property in Marcus Garvey Avenue, to the east of the Corporation Stores, formerly reserved for a municipal workshop.

1959: Thaddius Hyatt, 26-year-old handyman and labourer of Labyrinth, St Mary is arrested in Labyrinth and charged with the murder of eight persons in the western St Mary village on Easter Monday night. Hyatt was the target of a round-the-clock man hunt. Thaddius, a short, black, medium-built young man, was held at the home of Mr Joseph Allen, an elderly small farmer who had married Hyatt’s aunt.

1963: A group of 33 Jamaican businessmen, accompanied by Mr Roy Blake, commercial councillor at the Canadian High Commissioner’s office in Jamaica, leave here by chartered Trans Canada Airlines to attend the National Canadian Samples Show in Toronto. The National Sample show is the second of Canada’s four-phased ‘Operation World Markets’ an export drive announced last year.

1965: The president of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association, Mr A. Wesley Powell, says that Jamaica’s educational system could be vastly improved by having a school year of 48 weeks instead of the present 36, and by more frequent and intensive use of school buildings. Addressing the Kingston Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon at the Myrtle Bank Hotel, Mr Powell, speaking on “Education for Nationhood”, said that “the fact that today we in Jamaica are denying opportunities of schooling to nearly a quarter million, out of half a million children of school age, makes talk about nationhood seem idle.”

1969: Jamaica’s national airline, Air Jamaica, and its new junior partner, Air Canada, have their inaugural services between Jamaica and the United States. The function at the Palisadoes International Airport to mark the event on the occasion of the New York-Jamaica run is attended by a cross section of MPs and accompanied by pageantry. Air Jamaica’s former partnership with BOAC and BWIA ended earlier in the week and their new partnership with Air Canada has come into being.