May 4: “Hermitage Dam Completed”

1927: The completion ceremony at the Hermitage Dam is one which makes history in Jamaica, marking as it does the completion of the biggest private engineering feat ever undertaken by the colony. The Hermitage Dam is not only remarkable or even chiefly, for the fact that it is a great engineering feat. It represents a great benefit to the community of the Corporate Area, and is the first of the policy of progressive works which are the most distinguishing and promising feature of Jamaica’s political history for many years.

1933: The opening first-class match of their cricket tour in England results in a splendid victory for the West Indies, as they defeat Club Cricket Conference XI by an innings and runs in a two-day match at Catford Bridge. Scores are Club Cricket Conference 102 and 119, West Indies 233. George Headley of Jamaica scored a masterly 85 the day before.

1963: Barbara Carter, an ardent racing fan, is voted ‘The Woman Best Dressed for the Occasion’ at the race meet at Caymanas Track, and wins for herself and companion an all-inclusive weekend at the Trelawny Club. She is ‘nattily attired in a simple linen print with avocado green and brown the predominant colours’. She wears a French straw hat and carries a bronze straw bag. White shoes finish her ensemble.

1964: The Gleaner is reliably informed that A.M. Edun, resident magistrate for St Andrew, has been appointed to act as a judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Jamaica. The appointment becomes effective immediately.

1971: Veron Witter is appointed information manager, Jamaica Telephone Company. A former member of the editorial staff of Catholic Opinion, he joined the company in January 1968. He will continue to be responsible for the publication of the Jamaica Telephone Directory, as well as the information and public relations programme of the company.

1975: A mob attacks the premises of the Reverend Claudius Henry at Green Bottom, six miles from May Pen in Clarendon, setting fire to a grocery shop and injuring two persons. A detachment of policemen from May Pen visits the scene, restores order and detains three persons in connection with the incident.

1980: The St Catherine off-spinner Colin Hinds continues among the top wicket takers in the Senior Cup Cricket Competition, as he mesmerised the Lucas batting by claiming six for 18 at Lucas.