May 14: “Don Drummond’s Funeral Postponed Until Post Mortem Results Known”

1946: Recruitment of the first batch of workers for the United States from Portland was concluded. Of the 609 men picked last Tuesday from the original number of 970 who reported, 334 were selected today. This means that from just over 2,000 men called to the recruitment station, approximately 650 have passed all tests.


1953: Yvonne Correoso, who is employed to the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, has been awarded the 1953 Issa Scholarship. Correoso was head girl at the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha).


1956: Negotiations are completed at the offices of Messrs Nation and Nation, solicitors, Montego Bay, resulting in the sale of Casa Blanca Company. The proprietors involved in this transaction are the Casa Blanca Hotel, the Coral Cliff and Duppy Farm.


1960: Jamaica’s welterweight boxing champion, Basil Campbell, earns a unanimous decision over Cuba’s former boxing champion, Kid Fichique, in the feature 10-round bout at Sabina Park. For his masterly display, Campbell is awarded the fight 100-90 by judge Tony Bridge, 99-91 by judge Steve Danos and 100-73 by referee Speedy Flynn.


1962: Harold Phillips qualifies for the finals of the men’s singles in the Kingston Club Lawn Tennis tournament at Sabina Park when he defeats Vernon March in straight sets. While in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Peter Phillips, ranked number two for the British Caribbean Lawn Tennis singles championship, turned back Franklyn Gunn Munro at Tranquillity Club courts in a courageous performance.


1969: The funeral service at Madden’s Funeral Parlour Chapel on North Street in Kingston for Jamaica’s leading trombonist, Don Drummond, is postponed by members of his family when a man interrupts and insists that, “No burial service will take place today until the results of the post mortem are known.” His demand is echoed by the crowd, which spills into North Street. Drummond died at the Bellevue Hospital 11 days ago, and there has been a rumour he was beaten to death by some of the warders.