August 18: “Greatest Intellectual Crime In The Political History Of Jamaica”

 1960:  Premier Norman Manley is set for his meeting with the delegation recently appointed by the Rastafarian brethren to meet him to discuss the recommendations of the UCWI research team which recently reported on the movement.

 1966:  England, under new captain Brian Close, did well to hold the West Indies to 268 runs on the opening day of the fifth and final Test at the oval. The West Indies total would have looked very sticky had Rohan Kanhai not been in such cracking form, for he hammered the England attack for 104 runs and Gary Sobers plays a fine captain’s innings with a masterly 81.

 1972:  Britain’s three- week-long docks strike ends just in time to prevent West Indies banana cargoes worth more than £1 million (J$2,000,000) from becoming a total loss in ships’ holds, fruit trade sources reported.

 1976:  National Hero Marcus Garvey, is lauded for his contribution to the universal condition to the development of black people by several speakers at a function to mark his 89th birthday in St. Ann’s Bay.

 1980:  Prime Minster Michael Manley charges the opposition Jamaica Labour Party with the “greatest intellectual crime in the political history of Jamaica” for “claiming” the late National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Mr Manley “prayed that God may forgive them, for I cannot”. He was delivering the main address at the giant four- hour Garvey Rally which packed and overflowed the Mandeville square, Manchester.

 1980:  The National Executive Council of the People’s National Party is to monitor actions of the Security Forces for what it describes as “abuses of power by both the police and the military.”

 198 6:  Hundreds of people express disappointment with the way in which the anti-Apartheid rally is organised, following an announcement made shortly after his arrival that Bishop Desmond Tutu had to leave because he was tired.

1992: In a continuing effort to curtail the commercial banking activities of the Bank of Jamaica, a substantial number of government accounts have been transferred to the commercial banking sector.