1954: Literacy without compulsory school attendance is the theme of an address being delivered by Edwin L. Allen, minister of education and social welfare, at the opening of the Tower Hill school near Mavis Bank in eastern St Andrew.

1954: A farewell function is held at Baillieston Elementary School in honour of W.A. Wright, JP, who had been headmaster for that school for 38 years. Past and present students feted him, showing their appreciation for the years he had laboured with them.

1960: Representatives of various church denominations will take part in the dedication of the new chapel at the UCWI. The dedication service is scheduled to begin at noon. The Lord Bishop of Jamaica, the Rt Rev Percival Gibson, will say the prayer.

1969: In addition to the 50 junior secondary schools now being erected, the Government is now negotiating for another 50 to be built in various areas of the Island. It’s the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr Arthur Burt, who made the comment.

1975: The Machado Award for excellence in sports for the top male and female sport personalities will be presented at a ceremony at the Sheraton Kingston Hotel starting at 7 o’ clock. This year, there are 15 people whom the Machado Sports Foundation feels have made the most impact on the sports scene, both at home and abroad, during the year 1974.

1987: Residents of Lime Hall and the Williamsfield area of St Ann are experiencing severe water shortages for several months and are now complaining about the inconvenience it is causing. This, they say, is causing severe hardship.

1990: Montego Bay gains yet another accomplishment. It has captured the attention of the Caribbean by its free zone being selected as the site of a major data entry breakthrough in the Image Processing, Optical Reduction and Transmission (IMPORT) system. The system is being used for the first time in the Caribbean. It allows for electronic images of source documents to be received from the United States and reformatted by data-entry clerks.

1990: The Neighbourhood Watch Programme established by the Government in 1987 has been successful in reducing crime in the communities in which it has been established. This assessment is from the Minister of National Security, K.D. Knight, as he addresses the launching of the 58th Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

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