August 12: “I Have Won Many Titles Since I Started Boxing As An Amateur”

 1962:  The stage is now set for two weeks of intense competition among 1,557 athletes from 15 countries as they begin their rivalry for medals in the Ninth Central American and Caribbean Games.

 1965:  Two ministers of government; two members of the Opposition party and the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs , will form the mission being sent by the Government to discuss with the British Government its recent decision to further restrict immigration from Commonwealth countries.

 1970:  The all-island finals of the eleventh annual Children’s Own newspaper Spelling Bee ends at the Sheraton-Kingston Hotel. Elizabeth McLaughlin is the winner, giving St Cecelia Preparatory School its second hold on the All-Island Spelling title.

 1970:  Prime Minister Hugh Lawson Shearer says the United States should have a “particular” policy toward the countries of the Caribbean, and that President Nixon had told him that he would consider the idea “in depth”.

 1974:  Prime Minister Michael Manley’s book, The Politics of Change, published by the Andre Duetsch in Britain, and already enjoying worldwide sale (over 17,000 copies so far), is also to be published in the United States.

 197 8:  “I have won many titles since I started boxing as an amateur five years ago, but the thrill I experienced after defeating Beattie last night and winning the welterweight title, has been different. I felt great.” These are the words of Jamaica’s welterweight star and gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games,. Michael ‘Mighty Mike’ McCallum.

1983: The sick out of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, up to the rank of Inspector, to press demands for higher wages and increased fringe benefits, is reported to have spread across the island. The Minister of Labour and the Public Service J.A.G. Smith urges the protesting police personnel “to resume normal duties forthwith.”

1987: A new central public health laboratory is to be built and equipped with a grant of $17.1 million from the European Economic Community at premises adjoining the Blood Bank on Slipe Pen road.