May 17: “Sir Alexander Bustamante vs. Norman Manley on Federation”

1955: Pretty, brown-eyed Noreen Campbell, runner-up in the recent carnival queen contest in Port of Spain, sponsored by Trinidad Guardian Publishing Company arrives by BWIA to spend a week at Tower Isle Hotel as her prize in the contest. She is accompanied by her mother, Harriott Mont-Richards.

1957: Four hundred job-seekers leave the island for the United Kingdom. They sail on the S/S Irpina which had come in the morning from Southampton with 67 landing passengers.

1960: Sir Alexander Bustamante, leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, tells Norman Manley, premier, that he has nothing but “contempt and derision for your conflicting statements on Federation”. Bustamante is replying in a letter to Mrs Manley’s remarks at Yallahs on Sunday night.

1962: Minister of Trade and Industry Robert Lightbourne states that his ministry intends to break the stranglehold that powerful shipping cartels have on Jamaica’s future, as a country heavily dependent on foreign trade. Lightbourne is commenting on reports that there has been an increase in the freight rates on canned citrus.

1974: Mark Slattery’s 4 minutes 54.8 seconds clips over nine seconds off the old meet record of five minutes 04.8 seconds set by Ian Baxter in the men’s 400 metres freestyle race at the junior championships at the National Stadium pool. Andrew Phillips also sets a new age-group and resident-citizens age group record of four minutes 55.8 seconds for 11-12 years, while Charlene McKenzie slashes 43 seconds off the old record with 11 mins 33-8 seconds in the 800 metres freestyle, with Tracey Barnes, Denise Marks, Anne-Marie McKenzie, Meg Slattery and Norma Phillips all beating the former record.

1979: A $1.7-billion expenditure Budget is tabled in the House of Representatives, reflecting a cutback of some $64.5 million in the estimates, as approved last year. Gross expenditure proposed amounts to $1,780,306,861, comprising $1,202,566,102 and $577,740,759 in the Capital Budget.

2002: More than 10,000 gallons of diesel oil is seized during a snap raid by members of the Crime Management Unit on an illegal service station on Renford Road, Kingston 11. There persons are arrested and a warrant is issued for the arrest of a fourth person, who was missing from the premises.

2003: The West Indies’ bid for a winning start in the seven-match Cable & Wireless one-day series ends in disappointment for a bumper crowd at Sabina Park when, despite a bold attempt for victory by Ramnaresh Sarwan, they fail by three runs to defeat Australia.