1952: The strike of employees of the Palace Amusement Company Ltd, affecting Corporate Area cinemas operated by the company, continues with no move being made yet towards settlement. In a comment on the company’s statement that the strike was called without strike notice, Bustamante, the BITU leader said that the dispute was one of nine months’ standing.
1956: Jamaica now has a ninth elected minister. Mr William Mckenzie, 55-year-old St Andrew baker, has been appointed a minister, completing the constitutional requirements under a change made last year. The chief minister, the Hon Norman Manley has relinquished the post of minister of agriculture and lands, taking over the new portfolio of minister of development and Mr Seivright has been assigned responsibility for the subjects and Department of Agriculture and Lands.
1958: The first group of Jamaican political leaders leaves for Port-of-Spain to attend the inauguration of the West Indian Federal Parliament by Princess Margaret. Heading the party which leaves by BWIA Viscount are the Hon Norman Manley, chief minister, Mrs Edna Manley and the Hon Florizel Glasspole, leader of the House of Representatives and minister of education and Mrs Glasspole.
1963: One of the remaining rastafarians wanted by the police in connection with Montego Bay’s Holy Thursday killings is shot by a civilian and is now a patient in the Montego Bay Hospital under police guard. The police gave his name as Gladstone Lawrence, 40, of Rose Hall. Police reports state that Lawrence was found behind a tree in the woods by residents. He had with him a box containing food and clothing.
1967: Jamaica continues to pay homage to Sir Donald Sangster as his body lay in state in the Kingston Parish Church at the end of its slow two-day journey across the island from Montego Bay where it arrived earlier from Canada. Thousands of Kingstonians – from all walks of life move in heavy mournful procession up King Street and into the church on the first of three days during which they will pay their last respects to the 55-year-old prime minister who died in Montreal.
1970: University of the West Indies (UWI) administrators warn of a possible drastic cut back in admissions to the institute in October due to “the present financial uncertainty”. The looming cut back is a direct result of the fact that the Commonwealth Caribbean Heads of Government conference now in progress at the Sheraton Kingston Hotel has not discussed the financing of UWI. The topic is not on the agenda.
1974: The Department of Statistics releases a bulletin on consumer prices for February. The ‘all item’ index at the end of the month was 201.5 points in the Kingston Metropolitan Area and 206.9 in the Rural Area, and, compared with the previous month, had increased by 2.7 points in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.