September 9: “Strangle The Gleaner Newspaper In Jamaica”

1946: The American government cables to authorise the recruiting of an additional 50 Jamaican farm aworkers, so that the number that will be dispatched altogether in this emergency group will be 1,700 instead of 1,650.

1952: No general overall increase in salaries and wages of government employees will be considered by the Government at this time, in view of the steady deterioration of government finances over the past year and concentration of the limited resources on development purposes.

1963: The second phase of the Mass Child Immunisation campaign being run by the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Department against diphtheria, measles, tetanus and whooping cough ends at six centres in the Corporate Area, with a total of 62,372 children being innoculated.

1964: Jamaica calls for more flexibility in interest rates of the World Bank to meet the needs of middle countries, in a speech before the third day session of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meeting here.

1965: At the Hanover Parish Council’s meeting today, the council approved a resolution moved by the acting Minister of Local Government Arnold Jackson that in future all expectant mothers who are inmates in infirmaries throughout the island should be removed to maternity hospitals for their babies to be born.

1977: Trinidad and Tobago’s two daily newspapers lash out at Jamaica’s Prime Minister Michael Manley for what they see as an attempt to strangle the Gleaner newspaper in Jamaica. Fuelling the editorial mills of the Guardian and the Express papers is Manley’s statement that his government will end any support for a certain newspaper that chose to promote capitalism and defeat democratic socialism.

1983: An additional draw down of about US$32 million to be channeled into the Export Development Fund is stalled by a failure by the Bank of Jamaica to replenish the fund under an agreement with the World Bank.

1990: Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole challenges the nation to redouble the efforts to eliminate illiteracy and to ensure the provision of basic education for all. He expresses the hope that public awareness of the damage done by illiteracy would be stimulated and that public participation and support of activities everywhere to combat the problem would be intensified.

2007: Jamaica’s Asafa Powell confounded critics after a disappointing performance in the World Champ-ionships last month to obliterate his world record in the 100 metres, running a blistering 9.74 seconds at the Rieti Grand Prix. The Jamaican set the mark in the second of two heats to reach the 100m final. “That's what happens when I start to listen to the coach,” said Powell, who eased up before the finish line. He lowered the mark by 0.03 seconds, having run 9.77 three times, despite never winning a major competition aside from the Commonwealth Games 100m.