January 9: “Jamaican Dollar Weakens Against US Dollar”


1950: Another prominent American playwright, Sidney Kingsley of New York, arrives by a BCA plane from Miami on a combined business and pleasure trip. He will remain for three weeks and is staying at Knulah Khoti, Ocho Rios.

1958: The Jamaican flag design, done by a Gleaner employee, Mr Fabian Edwards, is selected by the Governor General’s Advisory Council as the Federal flag of the West Indies.

1963: The People’s National Party is opposing the introduction of fingerprinting of voters proposed as a method of reducing to a minimum, or eliminating altogether, the incidence of bogus voting in the island.

1961: Three-and-a-half-year-old Alvin, son of Louis Dyer, died today at their home at Carratoe Hill near May Pen under tragic circumstances. Dyer reported that the boy was sucking a burst balloon to inflate it and it slipped and stuck in his throat; he was dead in five minutes. The body was taken to the morgue at May Pen where a post-mortem will be held.

1964: A threat by former West Indies opening batsman Easton McMorris to throttle the scoring rate and rob the Jamaica innings of glamour and interest at Sabina Park was eliminated by Teddy Griffith, a 27-year-old Wolmer’s Boys’ School master who played a stroke-full 146 in 226 minutes earmarked by two sixes and 18 fours. And so, despite the snail pace of McMorris’ tedious and stroke-shy 28 in 110 minutes, Jamaica were 255 for five when skipper Frank Worrell declared at 4:30, giving Carreras XI just 45 minutes of play. In that time they replied with 22 for 1.

1980: Jack Ashenheim’s LEGAL LIGHT, currently the top-rated horse in training and the leading all-time stakes winner, is voted the 1979 Horse of the Year by a panel of racing experts at the Red Hills Mall Offices of Racing Promotions Ltd.

1980: Prime Minister Michael Manley told trade union leaders earlier today that the Government intends to lay off 11,000 public-sector workers to facilitate a $50-million Budget cut.

1986: The Jamaican dollar weakened marginally today against the US dollar as the foreign-exchange auction cleared at J$5.51, down one cent. This was the first movement of the clearing rate since the last auction, which cleared at J$5.50 and stayed at that for 13 auctions.

1987: Prime Minister Edward Seaga has requested that the governor general revoke the appointment of Mr Douglas Vaz as minister without portfolio, after a special Cabinet meeting, which was called to consider his threat to resign over differences about an IMF agreement.