August 14: “Oath of Allegiance Administered To Norman Manley”

1959: In a private ceremony at King’s House, His Excellency Sir Kenneth Blackburne, Governor of Jamaica administers the oath of allegiance to the Hon Norman Manley, as well as the oath for the due execution of the office of Premier.


1964: Jamaica’s youngest polo team ever to go on tour, leaves the island by Pan American Clipper for Medellin, Columbia, where they will play their first of a five-match series in the three-cornered tournament which includes themselves, the Medellin Polo Club and the Cali Polo Club. Team members are John Masterton. Nigel Nunes, Tony Browne, Harry Miller and Dennis Lalor

1969: Dorothy Ebanks became the first woman to be employed as a driver by the Jamaica Omnibus Services. Mrs Ebanks, who is from Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, begins her first journey on route 10, which operates between downtown, Kingston, and Jack’s Hill.

1975: Coconut oil to a volume of about 14,000 tons, and valued at around $5 million is currently being imported into the island to help meet the shortage created by falling delivery of coconuts by growers to the various copra factories. The island’s total requirement of coconut oil has been placed this year at 18,000 tons, but local manufacture is expected to yield only around 4,000 tons.


1977: Jamaica buries its National Hero, the Right Excellent Alexander Bustamante with solemnity and ceremony, as thousands turn out to pay their final tribute to the ‘people’s champion’.

1985: The rural parishes take home the major prizes in the finals of the 1985 Gleaner Children’s Own Spelling Bee Competition at the Oceana Hotel. Champion All-Island speller is 11-year-old Juanita West from Clarendon; second-place winner is 13-year-old Angella James from St. Ann, while champion boy and third-place winner is 10-year-old Cornell Zinck of Vaz Prep, Kingston.


1990: Acting Prime Minister P.J. Patterson announces that the Bank of Jamaica will no longer set the minimum interest rate on savings accounts as of October 1, this year. Commercial banks have been advised that a minimum rate – currently 18 per cent, would no longer be set by the Central Bank. The deregulation of interest rate by the Cabinet means that market forces will determine how much people will get as interest at various banks and other financial institutions.