1912: The Ward Theatre’s first production the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Pirates of Penzance is presented on its stage.


1948: Twelve-sided three-penny coins become legal tender today but members of the public who receive them from banks are having difficulty getting them accepted by traders.

1951: The new Caribbean Parish Library in May Pen is officially declared open by acting Governor D.C. McGilverey.

1965: Jamaica record a win in their first-ever game in the World Cup football competition when the team scores a 2-0 victory over Cuba in the elimination game at the National Stadium. Oscar Black and Patrick Blair are the scorers.

1969: Jamaica Air Services’ Hawker Siddeley 748 plane left Montego Bay Airport this morning on flight 201 to Ocho Rios at 11:07 and returned 18 minutes later minus the rear baggage compartment door. Shortly after take-off, one of the pilots said a warning light came on indicating that the door was unsafe. Passengers were immediately instructed to fasten seat belts and no sooner had this been done that there was a sound made by the door as it flew off and struck the stabiliser on the starboard side.

1970: Banana shipments to the United Kingdom this week were 1,268 tons more than last week. Figures made available by the Banana Board showed that 2,868 tons of bananas were loaded on to two ships this week. They were the m.v. Northern Lights and the ss Aragon.

1976: The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, closes down operations, affecting some 230 guests and 315 employees. General Manager D. Autonie Van Zantwijk said the closure is in the interests of the tourist industry in general and the guests in particular. The 230 guests are shifted to other hotels in the area, mainly the Sheraton after the closure.

1979: Legislation conferring adult status in legal matters on persons aged 18 is passed by the House of Representatives.

1981: David Weller, cyclist and Merlene Ottey, 100- and 200-metre sprinter, are awarded the Carreras Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year trophies at the Grand Jamaica Suite of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, St Andrew.

1987: Allan St Aubyn Isaacs, one of Jamaica’s prominent politicians of the period from 1940 to 1984, dies. He was a month away from his birthday. Information leading up to his passing are scant, but Isaacs had been a heart patient for many years. 


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