November 25: “Eight Prisoners Escaped While Being Taken In A Police Vehicle”

1948: With the passing of Charles Stuart Morrison, whose death occurred at a sanatorium in lower St Andrew, the legal, social and sporting community has lost one of the most outstanding personalities in Jamaica for many years.


1953: Queen Elizabeth, a smiling royal lady of picture-book beauty and fairy-tale charm, is now on a visit to Jamaica. She arrived by air from Bermuda, to spend three days in the island before setting out on the long voyage to New Zealand.

1959: At a formal inquiry held in the harbour master’s office into the grounding of the Greek ship in the harbour near Fort Augusta, the Marine Board found that pilot David A. Rhino, who was conducting the ship out of port, was not guilty of any negligence.

1963: Thousands of people attended the Requiem Mass for United States President John F. Kennedy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Hundreds of these remained outside and many others stood inside for the hour-long rites. The cathedral was full for more than an hour before the mass began.

1964: Eight prisoners escaped while being taken in a police vehicle from Mandeville to the General Penitentiary. The prisoners, who were all convicted at the session of the Manchester Circuit Court, were all handcuffed. Police believe they escaped after breaking the glass window at the back of the pickup.

1969: Chicken-meat importations are to be allowed into the island should the market become starved of this product as a result of the cease-sales order issued by the two big broiler-producing organisations. Alva Ross, member of parliament and parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, disclosed an enquiry being made at the ministry on what the Government intends to do about the strike by the broiler producers.

1986: Police charged a man in connection with the gun-slaying of three policemen at the Olympic Gardens Police Station, Kingston 11. Charged with murder is Wayne Smith, 24, woodworker of Barbados Road, Olympic Gardens, who was held at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, trying to board a flight to London.

1988: Forty-three per cent of recorded crimes between July and September this year is the result of violence in the family. National Security Minister Errol Anderson has said, “This means that we could reduce the criminal statistics by 43 per cent were it not for family violence”.