April 9: “The First Son Of Jamaica”

1948: A bomb explodes in the yard of the headquarters of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union on Duke Street. The bomb rolled under a mango tree and exploded. No damage was done. Police reports surrounding the incident of this fourth bomb explosion in recent weeks indicate that the charge was packed into the outer shell of a thermos flask and, from statements made by union members in the yard, was apparently hurled from John’s Lane over a brick wall to the north of the building.


1951: A civic welcome to Governor Sir Hugh Mackintosh Foot, KCMG, and Lady Foot is given by the Municipality of Kingston and St Andrew at a reception held in the Ward Theatre attended by hundreds of persons and broadcast to thousands more outside the theatre and by radio.


1957: Over 1,470 fewer heads of cattle are consumed in the city for the first three months of this year than in the corresponding period last year. Similar declines also took place in the number of small stock – pigs, goats and sheep – the public ate this year than last year. Figures compiled by the Livestock Clearing House show that whereas for the months
of January, February and March last year, a total of 2,137 heads of cattle were slaughtered for city consumption, only 662 heads were killed during the similar period this year.


1961: There has been no new development in the full-scale police search for saboteurs and those engaged in Jamaica’s most recent outbreak of subversive activities. Two persons who had been detained following last week’s series of raids faced identification parades but witnesses who attended the parade failed to pick out any suspects. The men held were released soon after. Police are still pursuing their search for a powerfully built foreigner whom they want to question in connection with these activities.


1963: For the first time in Jamaica’s Independence, the legislature is formally opened by a governor and Sir Clifford Campbell is the first Jamaican governor general to perform this duty. He also made another piece of history as he was the first “son of Jamaica” to present the Throne Speech to Parliament.


1969: The West Indies Sugar Company (WISCo) has given notice to Vere Cane Farmers’ Association that Monymusk Sugar Estate in Clarendon may cease operations as from the end of the current crop. The notice is contained in a letter which WISCo’s managing director Paul Bovell sent to the chairman of the Vere Cane Farmers’ Association, R.P. Lord over the Easter weekend. The letter reaches Lord’s hands and is discussed at top level within the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers’ Association, where Lord is now also vice-chairman.