1934: After a voyage of under three days, the Norwegian steamer Belroy, Captain Lura Sigura, arrives at Kingston from Puerto Cortez, Spanish Honduras, with sugar machinery consigned to the United Fruit Company. The machinery referred to consists of a large mill, which will be erected in the United Fruit Co.’s 10,000 ton Central Factory at Bernard Lodge to take the place of ‘crushers’ that has just been scrapped.

1939: Up to recently there has been widespread refusal by jobbing car drivers and owners in the Corporate Area to apply for road licenses under the Island Traffic Law. Prosecutions have not been instituted against a number of these jobbing car drivers who have not fulfilled these requirements of the law and as a result quite a number of them have now applied for either contract or hackney carriage licenses.

1939: Recently, communications have being going on between the St Catherine Parochial Board and the Government with a view to the effect that Government should give favourable consideration to a scheme, whereby the Board would be able to administer a grant of £20,000 from the Government for converting certain tracks into first-class parochial roads.

1943: The Jamaica Garrison headquarters will be opened at Up Park Camp today. In charge will be Colonel Cecil Wilham Mallaby Firth MC, veteran of two World Wars, who has just arrived from England for that purpose.

1953: A municipal tree-planting ceremony in connection with the planting of one million trees throughout the island will take place at Victoria Park. The mayor, Cleveland Walker, the custos of Kingston, Sir Robert Barker OBE, and the deputy mayor, Councilor George Therton will plant trees.

1959: Major David Hartman Smith, 39, is appointed commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, the West India Regiment, to succeed Lt Col Richard A. Davies whose three-year term of appointment with the regiment expires next year April. Major Smith, a Bahamian by birth, will be the first West Indian to be appointed to this rank. His takeover will follow the departure of Lt Col Davies.

1963: A smashing day’s cricket on the third day of the decisive fifth Test match in which two records are broken, left the West Indies very favourably placed to beat England and win the series 3-1.

1970: The first general wards in Jamaica’s new honour system will be announced this year on National Heroes Day. Actually, the first awards in the new system were made last year when Sir Alexander Bustamante and the late Norman Manley were created National Heroes.

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