August 8: “Expressing Confidence In Jamaica’s Future Under Independence”

1946: Built to take the place of those which were levelled by the hurricane in August 1944, three new government schools will be opened in St Mary, exactly two years after the catastrophe. Carron Hall Government School will be opened on August 19; Derry and Mount Angus government schools, August 20.

1950: It is understood that the Jamaica District of the Methodist Church is negotiating with the owner and principal of Excelsior College, a private secondary school, for the church to take over the institution. Negotiations will be completed within the next few weeks, it has been stated. Currently, Excelsior has about 500 students.

1958: The Government will launch, at an early date, a supplemental feeding programme for children between the ages of one and three years. It is proposed to make milk available to children of these ages in the form of dried, skimmed milk powder, and the number of children who will benefit from the scheme is estimated at 80,000 each year.

1962: Expressing confidence in Jamaica’s future under Independence and a willingness to help the Government of Jamaica give its people a better standard of living, the vice-president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, is loudly cheered on by more than 8,000 people in Charles Square, Montego Bay.

1965: Some 1,332 Commonwealth citizens are being registered as Jamaican citizens since passage of the Jamaican Nationality Act of 1962, in the middle of July this year. During the same period, 392 aliens were naturalised. About 50 applications for citizenship were refused.

1966: The West Indies, unofficial world cricket champions, crush England by an innings and 55 runs in the fourth Test, to take a winning 3-0 lead in the five-Test series. Off-spinner Lance Gibbs bowled superbly, taking six for 30.

1966: Kenya’s Kipchoge Keino runs a magnificent three-mile race at the National Stadium to leave Australia’s Ron Clarke with the bitter back view of a red vest for the second time in three days. A crowd of 30,000 rises to acclaim the Kenyan’s brilliant victory, which earns him a gold medal in the Eighth Games.

1970: Water supply in Montego Bay and its environs will be cut off as from August 12 through to August 19, in order to carry out certain improvement works, a release from the St James Parish Council reveals. The area involved stretches from Greenwood to Great River and includes the town of Montego Bay and its suburbs.