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1944: The first of the bills necessary for the general elections in November is tabled in the Legislative Council. It provides for the preparation and revision of the 3,400 lists into which the 700,000 voters of the island will be divided. Also tabled is a message from the governor setting out the financial provisions for the elections, which are now estimated to cost £71,680.


1948: Many a curious eye gaze at a barefooted, ill-clad man sitting on the sidewalk at the northeastern corner of Church and Barry streets. He was a dog catcher and nearby was the dogcart. But not a passerby dared the usual jeer, reason being Mr Dog Catcher had the badge of a district constable on his arm.


1954: Sale of the Myer’s rum interests in Jamaica and in The Bahamas to Seagrams, of Canada is announced. Mr Eustace Myers, head of the House of Myers makes the announcement in Nassau. The price was not disclosed, but it is believed to be in the region of a million pounds. Distillers Corporation, Seagrams Ltd of Montreal, has thus taken over the rum interests of the House of Myers whose Jamaica headquarters is at “The Sugar Wharf” at the Western end of Harbour Street, Kingston.


1958: A woman is killed and eight other persons injured when a Jamaica Omnibus Services bus on the Molynes Road route mounted the sidewalk at the corner of Brentford and Elgin roads, runs into a group of people waiting to take the bus at a stop nearby, and finally ended up in a premises, 1A Elgin Road, where it destroys the verandah of the building. The dead woman, one of those standing at the bus stop dies minutes after she was admitted in the Kingston Public Hospital suffering from multiple injuries.


1961: The new Palisadoes International Airport, built at a cost of about £750,000 and described as a “symbol of Jamaica’s faith in her own future” is formally opened by the Premier Norman Manley. Over 4000 persons including the governor, the Federal Minister of Communication and Works Andrew Rose, who flew in from the Federal capital specially for the openings, Cabinet ministers, members of the Legislature, civil service, officials, business and professional men and just ordinary folk, proud of their new gateway to the Caribbean crowded on to the airport’s apron to witness the ceremonial opening.


1983: Veteran civil servant, business administrator, cricketer and cricket administrator Mr Sydney McWhinnie Abrahams Snr dies suddenly at his home on Halifax Drive in St Andrew a week before his 68th birthday. His death brought the curtain down on a service-filled life, during which he served as an accounting clerk with Grace Kennedy for two years, as a staff member of the Income Tax Department, rising from second class to senior assistant commissioner of income tax during 23 years and after retirement from the service, as general manager of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.

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