January 11: “Thank You, America!”

1939: Jamaica’s sugar-cane farmers are dissatisfied about the price manufacturers pay them for their canes. The cost of labour for the growing and cultivation of canes has gone up, they argue, yet they are being paid the same and, in some cases, less per ton today than before the disturbances.


 1942  The General Post Office distributes dies and a metal franking stamp to all its offices in Jamaica, and all letters mailed in Jamaica to be sent to the United States will now have the words on the envelopes, ‘Thank You, America!’, to show gratitude to the US “for the part it is playing in the present war to rid the world of German, Italian and Japanese tyranny.”


1944: Arthur White, who is described as “a menace to the society” by Justice Watts, is sentenced to seven years hard labour for housebreaking and larceny of two typewriters and other articles, the property of Clifton Neita, solicitor.


1944: The Government approves an expenditure of £2,500 by the water commission for work to be done on the Gordon Town water supply. This scheme was introduced and carried through by the efforts of Councillor T. Duval.


1948: Unrealistic price fixing by the control authorities is being blamed, in some quarters, because of the fact that a black market flourishes in almost every line of local produce and controlled prices are being “laughed at”, according to a recent report on market conditions in Kingston.


1952: Police is stepping up the anti-ganja campaign throughout the island by offering an incentive to securing the assistance of the public in this campaign. “Substantial rewards” will be paid by the police for information leading to the conviction of growers of and dealers in the drug. The intensification of the anti-ganja campaign follows the labelling of Jamaica by the British Press as ‘Narcotic Island’.


1955: Craft vendors are enjoying a brisk trade with their straw brooms because the slogan being used by the People’s National Party for the general election which takes place tomorrow is ‘Sweep Them Out’. Brooms, which normally sell for seven and half pence, are going for two shilling six pence, nearly four times the usual price.


1969: Air Jamaica introduces its first 58 trainee stewardesses at a cocktail party held at the home of its general manager, Guillenno Machado. The girls are from every parish, except St Thomas. Four are finalists in recent Miss Jamaica contests.