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1950: The strikes at United Dairy Farmers’ Limited and Dairy Products continue and, while early settlement is expected at Dairy Products, there is no indication of a coming together of the management of United Dairy Farmers’ Limited and the Trade Union Congress. Police guards and picket lines are much in evidence at the two establishments.


1954: Mr Bustamante announces to The Gleaner the introduction of a plan to prevent public meetings “by communists, fellow-travellers and communist associates”. The Chief Minister’s announcement is made after he had been accosted and threatened on North Street by a group of men, who accused him of being responsible for them not being able to march earlier in the day. They also issued him a warning, claiming that they were planning to get rid of him.


1961: A site of 100 acres close to the present Esso installations along the Foreshore Road in western Kingston is chosen for the $18-million oil refinery on which construction work is scheduled to begin before the end of this year. This site was selected after several special investigations concerning the dredging of the harbour, the reclamation of the necessary lands, fire and explosion hazards, water pollution and air pollution had been studied. The Premier Norman Manley lays a paper on the subject before the House of Representatives, setting out the details of the investigations and technical opinions in respect of the programme, and announces that no further research will be carried out by the Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio, Texas.


1962: The National Anthem of an independent Jamaica is finally chosen. The House of Representatives in formal session, vote unanimously in favour of an anthem with words and music, written and composed by Jamaicans and arranged by Jamaicans. In doing so, the House rejects the tune with words offered by Warrant Officer E. H. Wade, British-born bandmaster of the West Indies Regiment Band, which members have agreed, at an informal meeting last month, should be put forward as the National Anthem.


1965: The minister of education, Edwin Allen, says that Jamaica has failed to sell to young people the idea of national service. Hence, they grow up without a balanced idea of nationality and citizenship. The minister adds that the service in Jamaica has been largely confined to teachers, mostly in primary schools, and to a few ladies of leisure and wealth. The vast majority of people thought of their rights and not their duties, and they did not recognize that the country had done anything for them. Mr Allen was speaking at the inaugural session of the four–week course for volunteer teachers, at Shortwood Teachers’ College.

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