May 21: “Sir Stephen Luke As Interim Commissioner”

1941: Excelsior take hold of the Issa Challenge Cup, donated for annual competition among girls of private secondary schools, at this year’s championships at Sabina Park in Kingston. Highlight of the meet is a leap of 4ft 8in. by Olga Heron of Merl Grove in Class 2, which equals the mark posted by Beryl Delgado, the Jamaican champion. Performance of Excelsior’s M. Lindo, also Class 2, clearing the pit in the long jump with a leap of 17ft, is also another outstanding mark of the meet, as this sets a brand new record among girls of the private secondary schools. Excelsior’s captain is Thelma DaCosta who wins the high and long jumps. Tutorial, Merton and St Simon’s colleges place second, third and fourth, respectively.


1962: A release from the Jamaican Government Public Relations Office states that it is expected that the West Indies Federation will be dissolved at midnight on May 31, 1962. The release announces the appointment of Sir Stephen Luke, a former controller for development and welfare in the West Indies, as interim commissioner for the West Indies and adds that it is expected he will assume office on May 29.


1963: Under an agreement signed by the prime minister of Jamaica, the Hon Sir Alexander Bustamante and the Ambassador of the United States, Mr William C. Doherty at the prime minister’s East Race Course office, a trade union education institute at the University of the West Indies will be established.


1970: Bad weather over Cuba foils an attempt to hijack an Avianca aircraft from Colombia to Havana and instead force-land at Palisadoes Airport. The DC-3 two propeller aircraft of Avianca- Colombia airline is believed to be hijacked by four men during a domestic flight in Colombia and the pilot told to fly to Cuba. Bad weather over Havana and radio trouble prevented the plane from landing. However, after circling overhead for more than five hours, it flew to the Palisadoes airport.


1978: A bust of Anglican Bishop Percival Gibson, carved by Alvin Marriott, is unveiled at Kingston College, 2A North Street, Kingston, by the Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole. Bishop Gibson is the founding headmaster of Kingston College.