1934: The officer administering the Government appoints a committee, consisting of the director of agriculture, Chairman Dr J.W.N. Hudson, to enquire into and report on the pimento industry of the colony, and to suggest ways, and means whereby the industry can be safeguarded, extended, and made more profitable to those interested in the growing, handling and marketing of the crop.

1941: Jamaica will soon be manufacturing between 200 and 300 tons of coir annually from the millions of coconut husks that are rotting all over the island. For months, a Czechoslovakian expert with the backing of Mr W.L.M. Garsia and other Kingston businessmen, had been experimenting in the manufacture of coir and other products, which it is understood, is highly successful.

1950: A fire wipes out a whole block of the commercial section of Christiana. The damage is estimated to be £35,000. Constable Walcott discovers the blaze in the dry goods establishment of Mr Naseef Azan. The brigade was called out but the appliances proved inadequate to cope with the fire. Volunteering townsfolk, however, prevented the flames from spreading across the street.

1955: The new Land Bonds Bill, which is to be introduced at the current session of the House of Representatives, will be used sparingly as far as compulsory acquisition of lands in special cases is concerned.

1955: The Towns and Communities Law is to be amended to permit the shops operated by concessionaires in the terminal buildings at the Montego Bay Airport and also at the Palisadoes Airport to open and do business on Sundays. These shops cater exclusively for international passengers, providing them with food, beverages and certain luxury items.

1959: The Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC), in collaboration with Radio Rentals (Ja) Ltd, is completing arrangements for the broadcast of JBC’s programmes at Hope Gardens. A public-address system will be installed in the public gardens, in the vicinity of the bandstand, and visitors will be able to listen the programmes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

1964: Finishing touches to the prime minister’s official residence are still under way as the Ministry of Communications and Works formally takes over the premises from the contractors, McGregor and Levy Ltd. Except for the gatehouse, all the buildings on the 30 acres of King’s House land have been completed in a late bid to beat an independence anniversary deadline.

1969: Months of grooming, excitement and speculation will culminate at the National Arena when Miss Jamaica, Miss Independence and Miss Festival will be crowned in a programme, which begins at 8:15 pm.

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