1934: Eugene Kromer Koller, a Rumanian visitor staying at the Royal Standard Hotel on Harbour Street in Kingston, meets two women while walking in the vicinity of Orange and Beckford Streets. He asks them to show him where he can buy Kola – a soft drink. They escort him to a house on Luke Lane and to a room upstairs where they rob him of US$61, Six Pounds sterling, and 7,000 Francs. Expensive Kola for Koller!
1936: After being inactive for many years, the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association is revived at the initiative of businessman and sportsman G.M. DaCosta, Gene Martinez, and Herbert McDonald. At this inaugural meeting it is decided to introduce the metric system at all JAA sports meets ‘to fall in line with the Olympiads, as one of these days Jamaica will be sending a team to these games.’
1948: Cherry Whittingham is chosen as Miss St James to represent the parish in the Buy Jamaica Beauty Contest to take place in Kingston later this month. Runners-up are Marjorie Magnus and Nellie Reynolds.
1960: The first drive-in cinema is opened on the Washington Boulevard in St Andrew by Minister of Welfare and Housing Dr Glendon Logan. Guests include Opposition Leader Alexander Bustamante. The drive-in accommodates 430 motor cars and seats 500 pedestrians on trestles at the rear of the premises. Facilities include a cafeteria and a playground for children, with a St John’s Ambulance Service nurse in attendance. The movie shown is Next To No Time starring Kenneth More and Betsy Drake.
1962: Rosselino Pavesi, former assistant manager of the Myrtle Bank Hotel, is appointed manager of the Terra Nova. Pavesi was trained in hotel management in Italy and Switzerland.
1986: Madge Morgan is appointed a senior puisne judge, the first woman to hold this office.
1963: Michael Nunes is elected commodore of the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club and becomes the first Jamaican in the club’s 78-year history to fill the office which has been held in previous years by Jamaica’s governors. Three years ago, the club decided to end this tradition which provided for the governor to be automatically invited to be commodore. The practice had its origin in the fact that the club has a Royal Charter and it has been felt that as His or Her Majesty’s representative these heads of State were by right entitled to be the commodore. Kenneth Blackburne is the last Governor to be commodore.
1980: Industry and Commerce Minister, William ‘Vunnie’ Isaacs resigns from the Cabinet and will not be contesting the forthcoming elections. Isaacs is the present Member of Parliament for Eastern Kingston. His resignation is for personal and family reasons.