August 5: “God Save The King”

1948: “God Save the King” is heard for the first time in the Olympic Victory Ceremony at Wembley. However, it is Jamaica that does it, as giant-striding Arthur Wint triumphs in the 400 metre final in 46.2 seconds over his highly fancied team-mate, Herbert McKinley.

1948: A typhoid outbreak hits the parish of St Thomas, and threatens to spread unless immediate measures are taken.

1951: Governor, Sir Hugh Foot, KCMG invites the Unofficial members of the Legislative Council and representatives of the Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party to unilateral conferences “to discuss the next step to be taken in constitutional advance” for Jamaica.

1955: Minister of Labour Florizel Glasspole submits plans to re-organise the Labour Department and its integration with the Ministry of Labour, to the House of Representatives. The posts of Permanent Secretary and Labour Advisor, Deputy Labour Advisor and Assistant Labour Advisors are to be abolished and in their place a Permanent Secretary who will remain principal policy adviser to the Minister, two principal Assistant Secretaries and three additional Assistant Secretaries are to be appointed.

1963: Television broadcasting begins officially in Jamaica, just seven months after negotiations were concluded by the Government for the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) to establish the service. Witnessing the ceremony is a packed JBC studio of dignitaries of Church and State headed by the Governor-General Sir Clifford Campbell who addressed the gathering, and Lady Campbell.

1967: Laurel Williams (Miss Wink), a 20-year-old bank clerk representing Kingston and St Andrew, is crowned Miss Jamaica 1967 at the National Arena. Thunderous applause greets the decision of the judges as hundreds rise from their chairs and scream their approval.

1971: In the sixth Pan American Games in Cali, Jamaica has another good night, as they win the 4×100 metres relay in 39.2 seconds. Cuba is second in 39.8 and the United States third in 39.8 as well.

1975: The first phase of a project aimed at urban upgrading and increased citizen participation in the running of their communities is launched experimentally in Central Kingston by Prime Minister Michael Manley.