1954: About 250 subordinate workers in the General Post Office went on strike, crippling mail delivery in the Corporate Area just as the island’s rail service resumed after the two-day shutdown by workers at the Jamaica Government Railway. Alexander Bustamante, chief minister, visited the post office and ordered the closing of the circulation branch, as large numbers of strikers defied his advice that they resume work before the authorities would meet them.

A Barclay’s Bank Morris van was held up by two masked men, about two miles from May Pen, on the main road between Chapelton and May Pen. A wooden box containing £1.027 was stolen from the van. The van was returning from the branch in Chapelton with the day’s lodgments when, on reaching this point, the driver, Lloyd Nelson of New Denbigh, May Pen, saw two logs completely blocking the road, causing him to stop.

1976: Jamaica remained the leading supplier of bauxite and the second supplier of alumina to the United States during the first eight months of 1976, despite a drop in the shipment compared with the first eight months of 1975, according to a release from the Jamaica Bauxite Institute.

1976: Additional measures aimed at maintaining peace, to keep incidents of violence at a minimum and to safeguard the peace of citizens during the election campaign and on election day, are being instituted by the Government through the security forces, according to the Minister of National Security Keble Munn.

1983: Grassroots drama excels as the Sistren Theatre Collective, a dramatic group of 20 women, all former street cleaners from Jamaica, so captivated London Theatre audiences that the Drill Hall was packed to overflowing throughout their six-day performance in August. The Collective is among four theatres from Commonwealth countries brought together by the second London International Festival of Theatre, Lift ’83. The Commonwealth Foundation gave a grant to the Lift ’83 to support the visit of the Sistren Collective and Tabule Theatre Company.

1988: Canon Herman Victor Spence, rector of St Andrew Parish Church, is elected Suffragan Bishop of Kingston at the Special Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica. The post had been vacant since 1976.

1993: The Supreme Court threw out motions by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) to imprison or fine Mike Fennell, president of Air Jamaica, for alleged breaches of an undertaking by the company. Justice Harrison, in dismissing the motions, upheld preliminary points taken by attorney-at-law Dennis Goffee, QC, that there was no provision in Jamaican law for committal proceedings to be taken against an individual. 

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