January 8: “To Forget And Forgive Political Partisanship"
1896: The ceremony of cutting the first sod of the carriage road from the Cooperage through to New Castle to Hardware Gap is performed by His Excellency the Governor Sir Henry Blake.
1931: All seats are full by members of the parochial board with Mr A.H. Browne (chairman) at its meeting to give consideration to the application of Messrs Fletcher and Co Ltd to erect a pier at their premises, No. 4 and 5 wharves, to be connected with the railway line proposed to proceed from the corner of Barnett and Harbour streets.
1941: Austin E. Barrett, second son of Mr F. Barrett, headmaster of Swallowfield School, takes up his Purcell Scholarship at the Calabar High School. Young Barrett received his earlier training at the Swallowfield School and. subsequently at the Suthermere Preparatory School under the guidance of Mrs Z. M. Sutherland.
1941: The first of a regular series of short programmes, especially designed for the entertainment of children, is presented on Radio ZQI, featuring the reading of the classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit read by Joyce Thelwell.
1956: Rosalee Hart, a 16-year-old student from Half-Way Tree in St Andrew, wins the first prize for her design of a tuberculosis poster in a competition held in the United Kingdom for schoolchildren in the West Indies.
1959: One man is killed and another seriously injured when a helicopter crashes into another shortly after taking off at Cow Park, Caymanas, St Catherine.
1964: Six teams representing local clubs take part in the first Jamaican Jamboree Golf Tournament at the Half Moon-Rose Hall course. Participating are two teams from Tryall, and Half Moon Rose Hall, and Constant Spring Club in St Andrew, and one headed by the Runaway Bay Golf Pro, Caleb Haye.
1965: Lyndon Thompson, a temporary clerk employed at the Ministry of Health at its headquarters on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston, is happy after being freed from the main vault of the office after three agonising hours. Thompson was in the vault labelling old official documents when it was locked at 4:30 p.m. by the officer in charge of stationery. One hour later, office attendant Norma Loffman hears tapping in the vault and calls the police. Donald Daley, who has the key, is finally found and the vault is opened.
1981: A motivational bumper sticker campaign urging Jamaicans to ‘Put Jamaica First’ is launched by Kaiser Bauxite Company’s General Manager Ed Coyne at a Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Jamaica Hilton in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann. Coyne calls on Jamaicans “to forget and forgive political partisanship, jealousy and hate, and unite to build a better society”. The stickers have been distributed to all employees of the bauxite companies operating in Jamaica, and Coyne invites other firms to manufacture ‘Jamaica First’ T-shirts and buttons for schoolchildren, and other materials.