October 1: “Jamaica Goes To The Polls For The Fifth Time Since Independence”

 1950:   At the request of R.L.M. Kirkwood, president of the Central Council of Primary Producers in Jamaica, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations is taking steps to send an expert on pineapple growing to Jamaica.


 1964:   E.C. Thorburn, a member of the Council of the Association of Accountants of Jamaica, Inc, and J.F. Lord, president of the association, presented to the vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Philip Sherlock, the final deeds of covenant which will provide just over £3,000 a year for five years to enable UWI to appoint a full-time lecturer in accounting at the university’s Mona campus.

 1965:  US President Johnson tells finance ministers and central bankers from scores of countries the international monetary system merits a new and imaginative look “to improve the system of currency reserves”.

 1969:  Minister of Rural Land Development W. G. McLaren announces that five different areas of the recently appointed land authorities have been selected for the operational start of the Self-Supporting Loan Assistance Scheme of the Farmers’ Development Programme.

 1980:  Jamaica goes to the polls, for the fifth time since Independence and the ninth time since adult suffrage was granted in 1944, to elect a government for a five-year term. A total of 990,367 electors are on the voters’ list. It will be the climax of the longest and most violent and bloody election campaign in the history of the country. This reality is being reflected in the almost complete closedown of commercial and productive activity throughout the island.

 199 0:  A wish for redundancy, as some workers at the Kingston Trans-shipment Port seem unfearful of being laid off because of the strike which led to two shipping lines temporarily pulling their operations out of Jamaica.


1992: Two Rastafarians lost their bid in the Supreme Court to bar the Prison Authority from cutting their locks and beards. The Rastafarian men, who have been jailed on ganja-related charges, state that they want to serve their prison terms with their locks and beards because of their Rastafarian beliefs and the fact that their locks are an integral part of their religious principles.