1950: Seven persons are injured when a Maxfield Avenue bus catches fire at the bridge near Tivoli theatre along Spanish Town Road. According to eye witnesses, the lights in the bus suddenly went out and there was a burst of flames from the engine. Some passengers jumped through windows, but most headed for the door. In the stampede, seven of the passengers were injured. Jamaica Utilities Ltd describes the incident as “nothing serious”, and attributed the injuries sustained to “needless panic” on the part of the passengers.

1955: A price-support scheme for the banana industry for five years, that will ensure profitable functioning of the industry over the period and also leave room for reasonable expansion, has been agreed between the British and the Jamaican governments. Norman Manley, chief minister, announces the agreement immediately upon his return from London where he had been conducting negotiations on behalf of the banana and citrus industries.

1957: A stubborn innings of 61 by Frank Worrell saves the West Indians from the threat of defeat in their match against Middlesex at Lord’s, which ends today in a draw. The West Indians starting their second innings 181 runs behind, had lost two wickets for 10 runs when Worrell went in and, with the sixth out at 108, he put up a resistance which enabled the tourists to hold out for a draw.

1963: There was considerably better response to the Mass Child Immunisation Campaign being carried on in the Corporate Area, as well as over 7000 children between the ages of four months and 12 years are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles and whooping cough. Reports from the four centres operating are that 2,700 children are vaccinated at Trench Town School, 1,460 at the Public Health Office, 1940 at Whitfield Town School and 1,594 at Allman Town Junior School, bringing the total to 7,694 and the overall total for the two days at those centres to 12,434.

1964: The president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, L.O. Ramson, says he is in agreement with any reasonable move to curb the growing and indiscriminate granting of credit. He was commenting on the terms, which the Minister of Trade and Industry Robert Lightbourne has placed on hire purchase transactions.

1965: The announcement has been made that the Lascelles Group of Companies has purchased the foreign-owned shares of Federated Pharmaceutical Limited, bringing the company entirely under Jamaican ownership. Federated Pharmaceuticals produces more than 80 different types of drugs for local and overseas distribution. The overseas markets include the Caribbean, Central and South America. Sir Alfred D’Costa, chairman of the Lascelles Group, issues a statement to the Press in which he mentions that Federated Pharmaceuticals will now have full access to technical assistance and know how, from some of the leading pharmaceutical houses of Europe and North America. 


1969: Edward Seaga, Minister of Finance and Planning describe the two regional meeting between Ministers of the Commonwealth Caribbean in Trinidad as “fruitful”. Speaking to newsmen shortly after his arrival at Palisadoes Airport, Mr. Seaga said that regarding the meeting concerned with the Regional Development Bank, that Jamaica’s reservations has been met and the structure of the Bank is now acceptable.

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