March 17: “Alliances Between Communist Organisations And The PNP Youth Organisation”

1953: Detective Corporal Nathan Foster, of the Montego Bay Criminal Investigation Division, is attacked by a man armed with a hunting knife. Corporal Foster, with other members of the force, was investigating a robbery from the store of Messrs Samuel Hart and Son Ltd, Montego Bay, when they came across a man on the Fairfield Road. As the corporal accosted him, the man pulled a knife from the waist of his trousers. Before he could use it, a detective held his hand.


1958: A joint announcement is made simultaneously in Kingston and New York by the Hon Wills. O. Isaacs, minister of trade and industry, and Mr Lewis Lapham, president of the Grace Line, concerning a new sea link between Jamaica and the United States. Arrangements have been completed between the Grace Line and the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Trade and Industry, for a weekly passenger and cargo service between Kingston, New York and Baltimore.


1962: Two labourers are killed when a deep trench near the National Stadium caves in. The men killed are Mr Adolphus Ebanks, 37, of 19 Bond Street, and Mr Lezgar Clarke, 35, of a Mountain View address. About six men were digging a sewer main about 18-feet deep, leading to the stadium when the northern side of the trench caved in just where the steel bracings along the sides terminated.

1965: Government’s new bill to control gambling receives mixed reaction from bookmakers and promoters in the city. The bill proposes to regulate betting, gaming and lotteries. It covers sweepstakes, horse racing, bookmaking and licensed betting shops. Besides dealing with the unlawful gaming in every form, it provides for a pool betting duty and a bookmaker’s registration fee.

1970: Jamaica shoot into the lead in this year’s Shell Shield cricket competition when they complete a 207 run victory over the combined Windward-Leeward Islands about half hour after lunch on the final day of their four-day match at Victoria Park, St Lucia. The defending champions now have 30 points from three matches and will play their final game at Port-of-Spain against Trinidad.

1978: Opposition Leader Edward Seaga calls for an end to alliances between communist organisations and the PNP Youth Organisation, including certain ministers. In a statement, Mr Seaga said the Opposition would continue to parade a lack of confidence in the Government until the prime minister and PNP leader “unequivocably denies that his party and Government will embrace any of the five specific positions advocated by the PNPYO as it set out in its position papers”.

1980: Jamaica will probably not be conducting a census this year. Although preparations began three years ago for a 1980 census, indications are that the census will not take place. This is in contrast to a number of countries, which carried out a census in 1970, and are now preparing for census takings as of April 1. According to Mrs Carmen McFarlane, director of the department of statistics, one of the main reasons for this, apart from the increased costs of conducting a census, is that so far no allocations have been made in the Supplementary Estimates for a census to be carried out.