April 20: “Mona Reservoir Is Not Doomed”

1949: Mona reservoir is not doomed. It will hold water after a special floor treatment. This is the opinion of Guy Howard Humphreys, the expert who ends his visit to Jamaica to inspect and report on the ‘big pond’. But the question is: Who is going to find the tens of thousands of pounds needed to carry out the work? This and other considerations are raised by Humphreys in an interview with The Gleaner.

1952: The one-week strike which closed the five city cinemas opened by the Palace Amusement Co Limited ends after Labour Adviser George Scott, OBE, had been asked to call a meeting of the representatives of the company and the union. The Carib Theatre, Cross Roads, resumes shows, and in the evening all city theatres were back to normal.

1958: Jamaica has two places on Sir Grantley Adams’ Cabinet, the names of which are announced following consultation between the prime minister and governor general. The Jamaican ministers are F.B. Ricketts, former chairman of the St Ann Parish Council, and Senator Allan Byfield, former schoolmaster of the Trench Town Government School. Decisions on the complexion of the Cabinet are taken in a meeting of the Federal Labour Party leaders and are not settled upon till late, since there is always the possibility that Jamaica would obtain a third place in the Cabinet.

1959: A further reduction of sixpence per dozen has taken place in the price of eggs offered by one of the two egg cooperative societies to the public. The latest reduction brings the price of extra large eggs to four shillings threepence per dozen, large eggs to four shillings per dozen, medium eggs to three shillings nine pence and small to three shillings sixpence. This is the fourth occasion in as many weeks that the price of eggs to consumers has been reduced and the fifth occasion since the new year began. The co-op concerned is the Jamaica livestock body.

1962: Firemen from the Half-Way Tree station are called into action at the nearby Half-Way Tree police lock-up when flames are seen coming from a ventilator window on the top floor of the cell block. Firemen control the blaze from outside the building, running a ladder up the side and dousing the flames with one jet. Afterwards, it was discovered that two pairs of trousers had been set alight and thrust into the opening of the ventilator window.

1967: Acting Solicitor General Ira Rowe continues his arguments before Justice Robinson (acting) in chambers, concerning the summonses filed on behalf of Chief Electoral Officer R.C. Roxburgh. The summonses concern the 11 election petitions filed in the Supreme Court by defeated People’s National Party candidates seeking to have the court determine that the winning Jamaica Labour Party candidates were not duly elected or returned and that the election and return of these candidates were and are wholly null and void.