1953: An additional 5000 acres of land is being acquired by the Agricultural Development Corporation, bringing the total acreage under its control to 8,500 as the corporation moves forward with its programme of rice expansion in Jamaica.
1957: Polythene water piping will be manufactured in Jamaica to supply the needs of the Island’s agricultural industry and for export to other West Indian Islands. Polythene piping is a new plastic product, extensively employed for irrigation purposes, industrial and cold-water services.
1960: When news of the birth of Queen Elizabeth is received by the crew of H.M.S. Troughbridge, a 21-gun salute is fired by the ship. Federal flags and Union Jacks are flown from most business places in Kingston.
1964: The United Nations Special Funds Division makes extensive plans for the West Indies and hopes to be “very active” in the area. Robert M. Heurtematte, head of the division, tells a meeting of Caribbean and Latin American newsmen.
1969: It is Jamaica’s day as the four-day Shell Shield cricket match against Guyana begins at Sabina Park. The Jamaicans keep the visiting Guyanese cricketers in the field all day in making a sound start of 266 runs for the loss of four wickets.
1973: Jamaica decides to retain its present relationship with the United States dollar, of J$1.00 to U.S. $1.10. This is an effective international devaluation of the Jamaican dollar by 10 per cent, since the US dollar has been recently devaluated by 10 per cent.
1977: The Jamaica Labour Party is calling for the immediate setting up of an independent five-man electoral commission which would remove from ministerial portfolio, the subject of elections. Simultaneously however, the party states that it would be contesting next month’s parish council elections.
1984: Jamaica and Costa Rica sign an agreement on trade and cultural relations, paving the way for both countries to explore specific areas of economic cooperation and exchange of technical information. The agreement takes place between Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Edward Seaga and Costa Rica’s President Dr Luis Alberto Monge.
1988: An industrial park estimated to cost US$20 million is on the drawing board for Trammell Crow, the owner of Wyndham Hotels, rated the fastest growing hotel company in America. Meanwhile, a J$2-million improvement programme is currently under way at the Wyndham property in New Kingston.