June 14: “Duke Ellington Presented With Keys To The City Of Kingston”

1953: Two new roads on the seafront, and extension of two existing ones, are being included in a city waterfront improvement plan being negotiated between the KSAC and Kingston Wharves Limited. Plan is for the building of one arm of a new seafront road from East Street to Hanover Street, and the other from Princess Street through Orange Street to King Street. The entire roadway is to be known as Pier Road.

1959: The Government-owned Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation goes on air in the evening to officially begin its broadcasting service in Jamaica. The occasion is marked by a ceremony in which principals of the Jamaica Government and of the Federal Government of the West Indies take part.

1962: Jamaica’s summer tourist season, which gets under way mid April, goes off to a promising start, according to official arrival figures issued by the Government Immigration Department. Arrivals for May, the first full month of the season, reach a total of 15,334 visitors, the highest count the island has ever recorded for the fifth month of the year.

1965: A movie, titled The Sound of Love, is to be made here this year, beginning in August, according to Sam Noto, general manager for Cinema City Productions Jamaica Limited. He comments that the movie will be a Victor Stoloff production, but declines to say who will star in the movie or what film company will produce it.

1969: Mayor Eric Bell will present the keys to the City of Kingston, symbolic of the freedom of the city, to Duke Ellington at a civic ceremony to be held at the National Stadium, commencing at 6 pm. Following the presentation by the mayor, Duke Ellington and his orchestra will give a public concert at the stadium.

1969: One of the many prizes Miss Jamaica Farm Queen 1969 will receive is a trip to Canada to see the finals of the Canada Dairy Princess Competition which will take place at the Canadian National Exhibition being held in Toronto.

1973: Motor Car assembly is coming to Jamaica, with the possibility of more than one such operation being established here. Five proposals are before the Government for consideration and it is expected that at least one will be given approval, with possibly one other being permitted to operate as well.

1976: Parish Farm Boards will soon be replacing the 13 land authorities, as a result of the restructuring of the Ministry of Agriculture that is to take place, sources close to the ministry disclosed recently. The new Parish Farm Boards will be expected to work closely with the Jamaica Agricultural Society and play a vital role in increasing food production.