July 4: “Blood Flows At All Three City Wharves”

1946: Blood flows at all three city wharves as one man is shot in the wrist, a boy shot in the knee and several men beaten up, as war is declared by members of the Bustamante and Norman Manley-led trade unions on members of the United Port Workers Union and mob violence surged through lower Kingston. For several tense moments, it was touch-and-go. The situation reached alarming heights, threatening to develop. With the coming of night, an uneasy tension hangs over the waterfront and, in fact, over the entire Kingston.


1951: A big stock of bread, buns, cakes, and quantities of dough are seized and ordered dumped by officers of the Sanitary Department of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, when they raid Rae Town Bakery at 17 Water Lane in the township, owned and operated by Mr Wong Kim Moy. The raid was the result of reports of insanitary conditions at the bakery. Open gutters, bad position of sanitary conveniences and lack of proper storage place were among the reasons, a sanitary department officer said.


1956: Chief Minister Norman Manley, QC, says in the House of Representatives that he does not propose to order any investigation into the allegations made in the House by Mr Edwin Allen, member of parliament for North Western Clarendon, that rumours ascribed graft to the contract awards for the Negro River Bridge construction in St Thomas. Mr Manley said that he is satisfied that the director of public works discharged his responsibility in the award of contracts in a proper manner, uninfluenced by anybody and without any attempt on the part of anybody to influence it in any respect.


1958: About 250,000 citrus seedlings, or enough to plant 2,500 new acres of this crop, will be available to growers in 1959. The two varieties will be marsh seedless grapefruit and valencia oranges. Mr Colin Russell, manager of the Citrus Growers’Association, discloses this in a statement. Simultaneously, Mr Russell announces that 30,000 seedlings will be ready for growers in the autumn this year.


1961: A severe drought is being experienced in several areas of the island. Tanks are running dry and cultivation hard hit by the drought. Four parishes – St Thomas, St Elizabeth, Clarendon and St Catherine – are acutely affected in some areas. Parish councils are engaged in transporting water to drought-stricken areas. In the Corporate Area, supplies are adequate for approximately another month without rain, a spokesman for the water commission says.


1969: The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Michael Manley, proposes in the House of Representatives the institution of a National Youth Scheme to apply to every young person in Jamaica. Mr Manley, while making his speech on the Budget at Gordon House, included this among a number of suggestions he made, touching on the bauxite and alumina industry, tourism, agriculture, labour and education.