March 8: “Unable To Bear The Pinch Of The Famine”

1942: The water famine being experienced in Ewarton, St Catherine, has now reached a crisis. The people of Cocoboo district, which is a quarter-mile from Ewarton, are unable to bear the pinch of the famine and, as a result, break the main pipe leading to Jattoo reservoir, the main source through the district to Ewarton. The supply in the pipe is so weak that it takes around half an hour to fill a small bucket, and the force so meagre that it is impossible for water to reach Ewarton.


1954: One gold medal, three silver medals and a bronze are won by Jamaica as the Seventh Central American and Caribbean Games enters its second day of competition in Mexico City. Kathleen Russell gains the gold medal by clearing 4’11’’ in the women’s high jump. In the 100 metres, Leslie Laing finishes second to Rafael Fortun of Cuba in a 10.5-second run. Fortun became the first athlete to win first place three times in a row.

1958: Wilbert Mitchell, a mechanic employed at Bog Walk Auto Supplies, 4 Victoria Avenue, dies at the Kingston Public Hospital after being severely injured at his workplace while working on a tractor. He is reported to have been working on the tractor, with others, when the vehicle was suddenly turned on. Mitchell was then caught up in the blade of the tractor.

1961: Sixty-two new bills, which the Government proposes to introduce into the Legislature during the current legislative year, are listed in a statement presented to the House of Representatives by Florizel Glasspole, leader of the House. The proposed legislations covers many aspects of public affairs, including the Constitution and membership of the legislature, the sugar industry, the banana industry, friendly societies, petroleum, cemeteries and burials, among others.

1966: The Duke of Edinburgh flies from Montego Bay Airport for Miami, Florida, by way of Nassau, to begin a two-week tour of the United States and Canada. Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Duke, arrived in Jamaica for a four-day official tour of the island as part of their monthlong visit to the Caribbean and British Guiana.

1972: Two more parish champions are chosen, as the spelling master and his team continues their islandwide tour, conducting parish finals of the 1972 Children’s Own newspaper Spelling Bee. Elvis Clark, 13, of Granville School, is the winner in Trelawny. Corinaldi Avenue Primary School came out to defend their St James parish title and did so through the effort of 11-year-old Evett Lenonia.