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1951: Eric (‘Uncle’) Gairy, 29, Grenada-born politician and trade union leader, arrives here by BWIA from Trinidad. He told reporters that he intended to have talks with Mr Bustamante and Mr Manley, but declined to reveal the nature of the talks. Gairy passed through immigration and Customs before airport visitors were aware of his identity. Of medium height and slight build, he was wearing a cream gaberdine suit, grey felt hat and dark tie.

 

1958: One hundred and nine Jamaican agricultural workers returned to the island by Pan American Clipper from the United States (US). Some of the men had been on farms in Florida and others were in Connecticut and other parts of the US.


1961: Four of the five major prizes, including the first prize of £20,000 in the Jamaica Turf Club, stayed in Jamaica. When Concordant won the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup race in a field of seven, it meant a £20,000 win to an Annotto Bay investor and, judging by the name on the ticket, it was a timely stroke of fortune. The ticket No. OM 40570 was taken in the name ‘Hard Times’. The only one of the major prizes, which went out of the island, was that for the drawer of the second horse, Chutney, which went to ‘Alec’ J.F. Martinez of New York.


1966: Government’s plan for the area cleared of squatters in western Kingston was revealed by the minister of development and welfare, Edward Seaga. Three projects were announced by the minister including: The establishment of Newport East (a corollary to Newport West) on the Foreshore Road and the establishment of a new junior secondary school in the Industrial Terrace area under the proposed World Bank programme for continued development of a modern township in Kingston Pen.


1971: Jamaica’s world-ranking athletes carved three of the five records set as the third Central American and Caribbean Athletic Championships end their second day before some 3000 spectators at the National Stadium. Marilyn Neufville, holder of the world 400 metres record at 51 seconds, added a new achievement to her long list when she circled the 400 metres in 53.5 seconds, to erase the previous best of 55.2 seconds by Cuba’s Carmen Truste

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