1950: The Leader of the Opposition, N.W. Manley, KC, put forward a demand for complete self-government as the House of Representatives met in select committee to consider recommendations which it will propose on constitutional advance in Jamaica. Mr Manley’s proposal was the pivot of the debate on the Constitution, but it produced a deadlock when it met up against the stand of W.A. Bustamante, leader of the majority party, who held that Jamaica was not ready for complete self-government and that the Jamaica Labour Party will not go further than a demand for an elected majority on executive council with the retention of official and nominated members and the governor’s power of vote.

1954: Fire of unknown origin, lasting for more than three hours, destroys the greater portion of a two-storey building at 106 East Street. Three women are injured, two seriously, when they jumped through windows from the top storey, which they occupied. Adina Bingham sustained two broken legs, while Susan Duncan had one leg broken and her back twisted.


1960: The season’s first hurricane, small but violent, Abby, still poses a serious threat for Jamaica as it churned westward across the Caribbean, having bypassed the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It is currently located south of Dominica Republic and Haiti. If its present speed westward is maintained, the hurricane will be in the vicinity of Jamaica by 6 a.m. In the face of the hurricane, the Cabinet, under the chairmanship of the Premier Norman Manley, QC, did a check-up on standing arrangements existing for the mobilisation of the various organisations which are brought into operation as soon as hurricane warnings are issued.


1963: The Arawak Hotel, near St Ann’s Bay, has been leased on a long-term basis to Hilton Hotels International by the St Ann Hotel Company, owners of the hotel. Principals of the St Ann Hotel Company are West Indies and Caribbean Developments Ltd, of which Abe Issa is chairman and Martin Tours Ltd, of which Ferdie Martin is chairman. The hotel is now taken over by Hilton Hotels International.

1966: The Foreshore Road shantytown, a squatter settlement on the Kingston waterfront, will be demolished by bulldozers. The shantytown was the seat of violence, which started as gang warfare and spread to include political clashes in Kingston’s west in the last five weeks. Today is the deadline for squatters to remove their shacks from the settlement, a move long called for by civic leaders and principals in industry. This deadline was set by Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante on July 1 in a statement, which said in part “squatting must cease; repeat, must cease…”.

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