1951: The mass circulation Daily Mirror features a front-page photograph of the beautiful Jamaican dancer, 22-year-old Tessa Prendergast. The paper announces that she would dance two separate versions of Dance of Seven Veils for the film Clementine now being made near London.

1954: Unanimous acceptance of the proposals reached in London last year as a basis of Federation is given in the House of Representatives. Any belief that members on both sides of the House would have been swayed against acceptance of the federal goal by the strong appeal made by Mr Ken Hill, member for Western Kingston, fade in the face of a stirring appeal by the leader of the opposition, Norman Manley, followed by the chief minister, Alexander Bustamante.

1957: The Corporate Area is having the most severe drought in sixteen years. Storage at the Hermitage Dam is now down to 200 million gallons and the total daily consumption remains at about 17 million, according to the day’s readings.

1958: Paul Foreman wins a gold medal in the long jump at the British Empire Games, with Deryck Taylor second, both clearing 24 ft 6 1/4 inches, but as Foreman’s second-best jump exceeded Taylor’s, he is declared the winner. This is an extremely good performance by these two Jamaicans. At the weightlifting, Goldsmith injures his ankle warming up after pressing, and has to retire.

1962: Nineteen-year-old Marlene Murray (Miss Hotel Flamingo) begins her one-year ‘reign’ as Miss Jamaica after her coronation at Myrtle Bank Hotel. Wearing her jewelled crown and scarlet cape, she holds the Charm Trophy, symbol of her victory over 13 other contestants. Her runners-up were Nolia Skipton (Miss Issa’s) and Barbara DeCasseres (Miss Austin).

1966: Gray’s Inn Central Factory in St Mary, sugar-manufacturing plant which has been momentarily expected for some time now to announce closing down, will continue operation, the acting prime minister, Donald Sangster, announces. Sangster makes the announcement in a news release in which he simultaneously discloses that a group of local businessmen headed by Mr John Pringle and Trevor Donaldson are currently negotiating through London for the purchase of the majority shares in the enterprise.

1968: Minister of Finance and Planning Edward Seaga confirms reports distributed internationally within recent months that there is the possibility that two of Christopher Columbus’ ships used in the 1502-1504 voyage might be located in St Ann’s Bay on the island’s north coast. Investigations are now being carried out and excavations, approved by the Cabinet, are to be carried out to check out the possibility that two of the discoverer’s caravels, the Capitano and the Santiago have been located.

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