May 25: “The King and I Opens At The Little Theatre”

1944: Ella Louise Williamson, relict of the late S. Louis Williamson, who was one of the best-known citizens in the Corporate Area, died at her residence, 29 Beechwood Avenue. Mrs Williamson, who was in her 78th year, had not been enjoying good health for a few months.

1961: A government mission from British Honduras, headed by George Price, is the colony’s first minister and minister of finance, arrives in Jamaica by BWIA Viscount flight from Miami, en route from Belize, on a three-day visit.The mission, which is going to Canada and the United States for talks with officials on matters regarding economic aid for British Honduras, is remaining in Jamaica until tomorrow to meet with government officials and learn something of economic and industrial development.


1963: Kensington narrowly gain first-innings points from the University of the West Indies at Mona on the second day of their senior match. Scores are Kensington 134 and 26 for 3.

1966: Acting Prime Minister Donald Sangster told the House of Representative that instructions have been issued that members of parliament, entering or leaving Gordon House on the country’s business, are not to be obstructed in any way, interfered with or molested by any person or group.

1971: A combined police-military training exercise is carried out in Kingston, covering eastern and western Kingston areas. Commissioner of Police, Jack Middleton said the exercises are of no special significance.

1978: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I, opens at the Little Theatre. More than 100 of Jamaica’s most talented singers, actors, dancers and artistes are involved in this Jamaica Musical Theatre Company production. Director Norman Rae has been working to recreate Rodgers and Hammerstein’s original conception of the show, without slavishly following either the original Broadway success or the very popular film, which soon followed it.

1978: Secretary general of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Fay Saunders, warns that another dispute with the Government was in the making over a decision by Cabinet to deduct seven days’ wages from teachers’ salaries because of the April strike.