January 7: “Make The Government More Functional And Effective”

1952: Councilor Florizel Glasspole leads a tree-planting ceremony, planting more than 70 acacia trees down the centre of Windward Road, from Paradise Street to Portland Road, providing shade and adding appearance to the double driveway.


1955: Members of the Jamaica Constabulary and the Jamaica Regiment are given the opportunity to be the first citizens of the island to poll their votes in the 1955 general election for the House of Representatives.


1958: An earthquake of moderate intensity is felt at various points throughout the island including the Corporate Area, no damage was reported.


1971: Delegations from all over the Caribbean region start arriving in the island for the conference on “Agricultural Development Problems in the Caribbean”, which starts at the Sheraton Kingston Hotel.


1977: Miss World Cindy Breakspeare is presented with an Air Jamaica ‘Golden Pass’ by president of the airline, Mr G. Machado. The pass entitles her to a year’s free first-class travel on Air Jamaica. In accepting the honour bestowed on her, Cindy expressed gratitude and pledged her support for Jamaica, and said during her reign as Miss World she would continue to encourage people to visit Jamaica


1983: The Jamaica Civil Service Association has called civil servants to a meeting at Jacisera Park, St Andrew. They are to discuss a dispute with the Government involving claims for wage increases and a long-outstanding claim for increases in travel and subsistence allowances.


1988: Mr Frank Pringle, People’s National Party’s spokesperson on tourism, calls for the transfer of Air Jamaica from the Ministry of Public Utility and Transport to the Ministry of Tourism. He adds that with the increasing importance of tourism to the country’s economy, and the important role the national airline was playing in the development and growth of the industry, the time had come for the airline to be streamlined under the Ministry of Tourism.


1990: After failing to win first innings lead against Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, led by two splendid innings from James Adams (108) and Robert Haynes (55), played themselves into a good position to win their opening match of the 1990 Red Stripe Cup with a brilliant batting display at Sabina Park.


1995: Prime Minister PJ Patterson announces a reduction in the number of Government ministries from 17 to 15, and re-arranges portfolios to make the Government “more functional and effective”. This is the first step in an exercise that will be extended throughout the public sector including statutory bodies.