1957: The Ministry of Education and Social Welfare in an official press release announces that seven private schools that are attached to religious denominations are granted recognition by the Government, as of August 1, as schools in which new secondary places will be provided for annually. The seven are Merl Grove, York Castle, Oberlin High School, Branch Texas, Holy Childhood, Convent of the Assumption and St Mary’s College.

1965: Twenty-one-year-old Roy Lee becomes the new Jamaica middleweight champion at the National Stadium as he beat former holder Rudolph Bent in every bout of the 15-round contest. In other fights, Stonewall Jackson beat Carlton Marshall on points, Island featherweight champion Barry Mason knocked out Linton Morris in two minutes 25 seconds of the third round of their eight-round bout, and Johnnie Gumbs out-stripped the Bermudan middleweight champion Fred Thomas over eight rounds.


1968: The United States (US) Embassy is putting back appointments for visas to December 31, due to the enormous numbers of people who have applied to go to the US. One of the reasons for this increase is the ‘desire to beat’ the hemisphere limitation, which became effective on July1. Many people thought that limitations would have resulted in a sharp cut in the number of immigrant visas issued. In January-June 1968 there were 13,337 applications made compared to 8,504 in the corresponding period.

1969: Work officially starts at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards. The first meeting of the Standards Council is held at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Kingston and the minister, the Hon Robert Lightbourne, addresses the members. Setting up of the bureau and the establishment of the council is hailed as a ‘landmark’ in Jamaica’s economic and industrial life by both the minister and Emil George, the first chairman of the council.

1972: The Gleaner reports that the offices of the Ministry of Labour and Employment is to be relocated on the site of the old YWCA building on North at the junction of Wildman Street. The Ministry is now located on East Street in Kingston.


1983: Kingston Cricket Club gains their sixteenth hold on the Senior Cup when the Courtney Daley led team scores a decisive innings and 131 run victory over Kensington Cricket Club at Sabina Park.

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