May 7: “The Jamaica Cancer Society Launched”

1935: His Worship the Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monsieur Frederic Duvignaud, pays his first visit to Jamaica on the Colombia liner Pastores. He comes to join his wife and mother who came down on a holiday trip a week ago.

1948: One hundred regulars of the Jamaica Constabulary and 50 auxiliary special constables paraded before His Excellency the acting governor, Hon D.C. MacGillivray, in a colourful ceremony at the Elletson Road depot. The parade is to mark the “coming-out” of the Corporate Area’s new motorcycle traffic squad.

1950: Mr Harry Tyrer, British Pro-Consul to Barranquilla, Colombia, arrives by plane from his headquarters and is due to leave within a day. Mr Tyrer will spend 10 days in the Dominion and proceed to the United Kingdom for consultation with the Foreign Office. He is staying at the Myrtle Bank Hotel.

1956: The Jamaica Cancer Society is officially launched at the St Luke Church Hall.

1956: Kingston’s improved public transport system goes into operation. The extensions of Barbican, Eden and Mountain Gardens and on the new routes into Greenwich Town and out to Four Miles at Captain Morgan’s Factory, now spare travellers a great deal of walking to get transportation to and from the city.

1959: The Gleaner publishes the first paper on its new Crabtree Press.

1960: Former West Indies and Jamaica cricketer Ken Richards and Jamaica Railway’s Aston Sheerwood, hits centuries in the fourth round of the Senior Cup cricket competition. Richards, who opens, scores 120 out of Kingston’s 279 for 5 declared against St George’s Old Boys at Emmet Park.

1962: The inaugural flight of Cunard Eagle’s Londoner Jet Service touches down at Palisadoes on its flight from London to Jamaica.

1978: Attorney and minister, Vivian Blake, QC, accepts an appointment to the Bench of the Supreme Court in the Bahamas. Blake was first appointed a senator in 1962, and currently he is the member of parliament for North East St Ann. He contested with Michael Manley for the office of president of the People’s National Party when the founding president, Norman Manley resigned in 1969. He, however, lost. Mr Blake will resign as member of parliament in the next three months.