May 20: “Eventide Home Fire”

1945: Rev Solomon Levy is ordained a minister of the Church of Christ the Redeemer. The ceremony is performed by Bishop Francis Jacobs, assisted by Revs J.F. Sedden, A.F. Charlton, W.P.J. Clarke, J. Green and F. Gaynair.

1951: Two trains – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon – leave Kingston in a People’s National Party ‘invasion’ of Spanish Town. The crowds camp at the Barracks School.

1951: The Budget Debate in the House of Representative collapses. As a result, the House set an all-time record for the shortest debate on the estimates of the colony.

1959: Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Collie Smith ,who is playing professional cricket for Burnley, takes seven wickets for 29 runs, and is mainly responsible for Rawtenstall’s collapse for 76. He also hits a useful 35 in Burnley’s declared total of 185 for four wickets .

1964: Wash Wash by Prince Buster, and Jamaica Ska by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires are released in the United States to launch the promotion of ska by the Ministry of Development and Welfare and the Jamaica Tourist Board. The Hon Edward Seaga, minister of development and welfare, announces that 21 more ska records are about to be released.

1964: St James Parish Councillor Grace Heaven, an erstwhile member of the People’s National Party (PNP), announces she is now a member of the Jamaica Labour Party. She was expelled from the PNP some time ago and since then she has been sitting in the council as an independent. The PNP, which has had a majority of two members, now has 10 councillors to the JLP’s nine.

1975: An announcement is made by The Caribbean Publishing and Broadcasting Association that the long-mooted Caribbean Regional News Agency (CANA) will get under way on July 7. From this date, a newly appointed board of directors will assume responsibility for Caribbean News. The regional news service, hitherto compiled and distributes by Reuters, will be re-styled Reuters-CANA for a six-month period, at the end of which Reuters will withdraw from the regional operation, and CANA will assume full control.

1975: Vere Technical High School takes home the Headley Cup, which is competed for among rural secondary schools. Vere score 201 and Titchfield 47. Only one of Titchfield’s batsmen, Hubert Francis, reaches double figures of 18. Bowling for Vere, D. Smith takes four for 17, Alexander Morgan three for 8 and Neville Golon two for 16.

1980: A fire at Myers Ward at the Eventide Home for elderly and destitute women destroys the building and burns 145 of the residents, some blind and some physically handicapped, to death. Eventide Home was originally Admiral’s Pen which was used up to the mid-19th century as the residence of the Chief British Naval Officers in Jamaica. Admiral Rodney, for example, lived there, and Horatio Nelson also stayed there to recuperate from poisoning.