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1950: Governor Sir John Huggins, GCMG, MC, says “farewell to the old and welcome to the new” as Station ZQI gives place to Radio Jamaica in the inauguration of the commercial broadcasting in the island. There was a short ceremony conducted by ZQI’s station manager, Mr Denis Gick, to whom the Government paid high tribute for the work he had done along with his staff during the past few years at the local station.


1954: A company secretary and a CID sergeant are the principal witnesses as the State Secrets trial of Lester Lascelve Simmonds, MHR, and Vincent Madden Truman, Gleaner staff reporter, has its second day’s hearing in the Home Circuit Court before Mr Justice MacGregor and a seven-man jury. The accused is being tried on a 12-count indictment, the first of which charges conspiracy and the others the communication and receipt of information relating to discussions and decisions in the Executive Council of the island.

1956: Harold A. Dayes, solicitor and company secretary of 561/2 Duke Street, is arrested by Deputy Superintendent D. Godfrey of Police Headquarters, Kingston, on a charge of conspiring with Marjorie Howells “and others unknown” to assist David Michael Howells in evading the police. Michael Howells, 21-year-old son of Marjorie Howells, is sought by the police in connection with fraud charges brought in connection with the Universal Travel Service, 35 West Parade.


1959: The largest integrated aluminium company in the world has acquired an interest in a special mining lease to prospect for and mine bauxite in Jamaica. This is announced by the Premier Norman Manley. The new company, the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), is to partner Caribex Limited in an intensive bauxite search in the Mocho area of Clarendon, for which Caribex, a subsidiary of American Metal Climax Incorporated, was granted a licence in 1957.


1961: Several persons are injured in a collision of two cars on the Rockfort Road, near Palisadoes Road. The cars are badly damaged. The police were told that a Chevrolet, owned and driven by Capt Lascelles Rerrie, transport manager of Jamaica Transport, was traveling east when a small black Austin from the opposite direction pulled out from a line of traffic held up by a broken-down truck and the cars collided. The name of the Austin driver is yet to be ascertained but the car is registered in the name of W. Eather.

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