February 26: “West Indies Celebrates First Victory Over England”


1929: West Indies celebrate after their first victory over England – by 289 runs – in the Third Test at Bourda, Georgetown, British Guiana. Scores are West Indies 471 and 290; England 145 and 327. George Headley scores centuries in both innings – 114 and 112. C.A. Roach scores 209 in the first innings.

1947: Florizel Glasspole, secretary of the Trade Union Congress, studying at Ruskin College, Oxford, shocks members of the British Labour Party when he states that the colonial governors sent by Britain to its colonies have been the worst ambassadors the British people could have had.

1957: St Michael’s School pull off a big upset when they defeat highly favoured Boys’ Town 1-0, in the final of the Hankey Cup at Town Moor at the Kingston Race Course. Boys’ Town are completely outplayed.

1965: Former master at Wolmer’s Boys’ School, Ainsley O’Reilly, is this year’s winner of the Ewen Scholarship to study hotel management, awarded annually by the Jamaica Tourist Board. O’Reilly goes to L’Ecole Hotelier in Lausanne, Switzerland, on a three-year course. He joins Vincent Walters, the first Ewen scholar, who is at the L’Ecole Hotelier. O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. The Ewen scholarship is named in honour of Ma Ewen, a pioneer in the Jamaica hotel industry.

1972: Because Edward Seaga, the JLP’s West Kingston candidate in the general election which takes place three days later, claims that PNP President Michael Manley lost the walking stick given to him by Emperor Haile Selassie when he fled from a meeting at Coronation Market five nights earlier, and that he has it, the PNP publishes an advertisement saying that Seaga has a Stick of Deception, which is not Joshua’s Rod. The Selassie walking stick has become an almost hypnotic symbol of the PNP’s campaign, and has been called ‘the Rod of Correction’ with which Manley, who is called Joshua, will beat his political opponents.

1988: Archie Lewis, one of the first blacks to sing solo in public performances in England, dies at the University Hospital, Mona, St Andrew, at age 70. He was also one of the first to perform on command of Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. He was the featured singer with the Geraldo orchestra of England, during the 1940s. He toured with Geraldo, entertaining troops in Africa, France and Belgium. He also worked with Josephine Baker in Paris, France. His most successful recording, sung with the Luton Girls Choir in England in 1948, While the Angelus Was Ringing, sold over a million copies. He returned to Jamaica in 1964.

1989: The Mount Alvernia High School Queen and Princess Pageant held at the school in Montego Bay sees Michelle Samuels and Janine Evans winning the respective titles. In addition to being crowned queen, Samuels is adjudged the most intelligent contestant and having the best personality in the contest. Second place goes to Eboni Aretha Grant while third placer is Olivia Llewelyn. In the princess contest, Janine Evans is also adjudged the most talented and intelligent contestant, while second-placed Nadia Standford wins the prize for having the best personality. Third place goes to Alicia Fullerton.