January 23: “500 Tots Were Crammed Into Space Originally Intended For Not Even Half”

1950: Frustration and resentment mark the reopening of the All Saints’ School, when more than 100 pupils fail to secure admission for the Easter term, through lack of accommodation. Senior pupils are so tightly packed that teachers experience difficulties conducting classes. However, it is in the infant department that congestion was greatest. Nearly 500 tots were crammed into space originally intended for not even half that number.


1951: Dr L.E. Arnold, government pathologist, along with several medical officers and technicians, fly to Montego Bay by British West Indian Airline to carry out a probe in connection with a vomiting sickness, which has already taken a death toll of more than 40 in St James alone. With the pathologist are Dr Wynter-Wedderburn, Dr Fang, Dr Rhodes and Dr Aub. Dr Kenneth Hill, professor of pathology at the University College of the West Indies, flies to Montego Bay to do an advanced investigation. Meanwhile, 14 deaths were reported from five parishes.

1955: One of the largest congregations seen in the Corporate Area in many years packed the Kingston Parish Church to capacity for the service of prayer and dedication held under the auspices of the People’s National Party for the work of the newly elected Government of the country. Scores of persons had to be content with standing space within the edifice, while hundreds crowded the churchyard, extending on to sidewalks in King Street and South Parade in the vicinity of Victoria Park.

1962: Jonathan Grant, minister of labour, announces that a temporary employment office has been opened at Seaton Crescent in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, for the purpose of the registration and recruitment of workers for employment on swamp reclamation work in the area.


1964: A supplemental agreement to the Heads of Agreement between the Government of Jamaica and Esso West Indies Limited was signed in the office of the deputy prime minister and minister of finance. The agreement is signed by Donald Sangster, deputy prime minister, and minister of finance, on behalf of the Government and Carl G. Morrison, president of Esso West Indies Limited. This supplemental agreement was made necessary because new taxing arrangements had to be evolved. When the original Heads of Agreement (1959) are drawn up, Jamaica was within the West Indies Federation and had been at that time negotiating the terms of Customs Union.