1955: Sixty-five girls selected by the Government of Jamaica for domestic service in Canada, leave the island by special Pan American flight to Montreal. The other 10, to complete the total of 75 finally required, will go later.


1960:Thousands of spectators in downtown Kingston and other parts of the Corporate Area were treated to a brilliant display of formation flying, loops, rolls, corkscrew changeovers and cloverleaf turns, when the famous USAF Thunderbirds Aerobatic team performed over Kingston Harbour. Flying their sparkling red, white and blue jet fighters, five professional air force pilots carried through the show with skill and precision.


1963: The voices of Jamaican political personalities, a sporting personality and Miss World 1963, were carried across the Pacific Ocean on the first night of the operation of Common-wealth Telephone cable, which links London with Sydney. The messages put through from Kingston delighted Cable and Wireless officials who monitored the calls to test their strength. Leslie C. Hill, the manager said, “Frankly, in all my years in communications I have never experienced anything like it. The calls sounded as though they were local phone calls”.

1968: Jamaica’s decimal-conversion programme, which culminates in September next year, moved another step forward when the design and nature of the new coins were announced by Edward Seaga, minister of finance and planning. Seaga, who has overall charge of the conversion programme, which is being carried out by the Bank of Jamaica, gave information about the new coins at a press conference being held at the bank’s conference room.

1980: Prime Minister Edward Seaga headed a five-man delegation to Washington and New York, where they will hold top-level talks with international financial institutions, private investors, and with United States President-elect Ronald Reagan’s transitional team.

1982: Manning Cup champions Camperdown confirmed their superiority in Corporate Area schoolboy football when they tagged Wolmers 2-0 in the final of the Walker Cup at the National Stadium.

1987: Jozefina Boreland, wife of the assistant attaché in the Netherlands Embassy in Kingston, was killed by armed robbers at her home in Beverley Hills, St Andrew.

1988: Two people were shot and wounded in a flare-up of violence as the police tried to disperse demonstrating higglers at South Parade, Kingston. Miss Lorna Clarke, 21, of 12 Metcalfe Road, Kingston 13, and Henry Grant, 32, winch operator of 27 Penwood Road, Kingston 11, were the two people shot. They were reported to be in stable condition in the Kingston Public Hospital.

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