October 14: “Students Sat On The Steps And Blocked The Entrances”

 1935:  At today’s session of the legislative council, a Bill titled ‘A Law for Raising the Necessary Money for Public and Municipal Works and other Purposes’, will be introduced by the attorney general.

 1955:  Norman Manley, QC, chief minister, states that the Ministry of Agriculture regards it as essential to the success of the Farm Development Scheme that the closest coordination should exist between all agencies that are concerned with rural development.

 196  9:  The Registry of the University of the West Indies, Mona, remains closed all day as students sat on the steps and blocked the entrances from six o’clock until half past three. At the same time, most classes are deserted except in the Faculties of Medicine and Natural Sciences.

 1970:  Prime Minister, Hugh Shearer discusses at Jamaica House, with representatives of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, the National Workers Union and the Jamaica General Trained Nurses Association, various problems and grievances as stated on behalf of nurses in the service of government hospitals in the island.

 1982:  Second-year students at the Kingston School of Nursing on Half-Way Tree Road demonstrated outside the school, protesting against the condition under which they have to live. They called on the minister of health to deal with the problems affecting them.

 1982:  A public enquiry into the administra-tion of the Trade Administrator’s Department since 1977 is called by the Jamaica Civil Service Association.

 1990 :  Jamaica Labour Party leader Edward Seaga charges that the ‘Gang of Five’ dissidents “backed by some business friends”, who expect to “reap rich rewards”, have been trying to “undermine and sabotage his leadership of the JLP”.

1992: It is confirmed that an unspecified number of senior administrative personnel of the University of the West Indies now earn annual salaries of $1 million.

1980: Opposition Leader Edward Seaga, following his nomination in West Kingston, expressed regret at the incident that resulted in the death of the PNP Parliamentary Secretary Roy McGann, but charged that had the word of the prime minister been heeded, the event might not have happened. Seaga, who declared that McGann’s death marked a new dimension in political violence in Jamaica, called on the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation to publicly apologise to the country for the first broadcast carried on the incident which, he said, gave “strong impression” that JLP supporters were involved in the shooting, since the broadcast said McGann was shot while putting up posters.