1941: The competent authority Mr F. E. V. Smith sends the following circular to motor car dealers through out the island: “ It is regretted that, on account of staff difficulties arising from the influenza epidemic, it has not yet been possible to set up the full machinery to deal with the sale of motor cars, but this will be effected as soon as possible.”

1948: A highly qualified medical man is coming to Jamaica to join the Government Medical Service. He is Dr Max Sugar, who arrives shortly from England. Dr Sugar will join the staff of the Kingston Public Hospital as specialist in ear, throat and nose.

1948: Central Government is now giving its approval to the KSAC for the expenditure of £1,800 for the establishment of a subsidiary market at Constant Spring. Land for the purpose is being acquired from the Jamaica Public Service Co Ltd, and it is hoped to start erection of the market shortly.

1954: The association of Parochial Boards is to ask Government to consider placing housing for tenement house under the Pioneer Industry Law to assist in relieving the acute, housing problem in the island.

1958: A new industry, the manufacture of wire nails, fence staples and tacks, is to begin in Jamaica next month. The manufacturers, Carib Steel Industries Ltd, has been approved by Government under the provisions of the Industrial Incentives Law, and the factory at Claude Bell Road on Kingston’s Industrial Estate is required to go into production on September 1.

1965: Minister of Labour and National Insurance Lynden Newland, who headed Jamaica’s five-man mission on migration to England, that the mission has been successful. Shortly after his arrival at the Palisadoes Airport, Mr Newland announces that the delegation has presented Jamaica’s views to the British Government in a most forceful manner.

1986: Prime Minister Edward Seaga said Jamaica’s accumulation of payment arrears to the International Monetary Fund was done deliberately as part of negotiating strategy. The Prime Minster and Minister of Finance, in effect, is confirming reports out of Washington that Jamaica is some US$70 million in debt payment arrears.

1988: The People’s National Party 50th anniversary Caravan-of-Peace rolls out of the party’s headquarters, on Old Hope Road, Kingston, an hour late in the morning, but in high spirits.

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