July 31: "New Honours Determined For Jamaicans"
1967: The St. Catherine Housewives Association pass a resolution requesting that Farm Queens be not referred to as “beauty queens”. Etta Mae Forsythe, the Association’s president tells the news media that members have been disturbed at the Jamaica Agricultural society’s reference to the Farm Queens as beauty queens, and are requesting that they stick to the original requirements handed down for judging at the parish level.
1968: A joint parliamentary committee recommends that in the future all British honours should be dropped for Jamaican nationals as a matter of course, and that they should be replaced by Jamaican honours. The new honours for Jamaican citizens proposed are as follows: The Order of Merit, The Order of Distinction, The Medal of Honour for the Army, Police and other uniformed services and the Badge of Honour for civilians. Some knighthoods are to be cropped with the title ‘Sir’.
1968: Minister of Home Affairs Roy McNeil announces that the Royal birthday has been celebrated as a public holiday in Jamaica for the last time this year. Next year, this holiday – The Queen’s official birthday – will disappear from the list of public holidays observed in Jamica and will be replaced with a new holiday on the third Monday of October, whatever date that might be, and is to be known as National Heroes Day.
1969: In Mexico, a seven-year-old was burned to death during a witchcraft ceremony to drive evil spirits from his body. The police states the little boy was taken to the neighbour who is a known witch, who gave him a bath in alcohol then held him over a fire, still wet with alcohol. the boy caught fire and suffered burns to over 80 per cent of his body.
1999: Police Services, especially street patrols, are crippled across much of the Corporate Area, as many members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force call in sick in protest of the Government’s stance on its wage dispute with the Force. Commanding officers across most of the capital city acknowledge that only a few patrol teams are on the streets. With the limited personnel, they opted mainly to secure jail cells and protect sensitive national infrastructure.
1999: Consumers begin paying more for sugar, as Jamaica Cane Product Sales increases the price of brown sugar from $8.20 to $10 per pound. The price of refined sugar in stock also increases from $9 to $11.60 per pound. Karl James of Jamaica Cane Producers notes that there has been no increase in the price of sugar since 1995 and says the added earnings will help put the island’s sugar industry in a more viable position.