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1962: Norman Manley, leader of the Opposition, says that the appointment of Sir Kenneth Blackburne to be the first governor general of an independent Jamaica gives him great pleasure. He adds: “But of course, the appointment does not surprise me since it was an open secret that, as an interim measure, he would be appointed.”

 

1962: The House of Representatives announces that Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8 will be public holidays.

 

1962: A ministry paper outlining the new basis of free-place awards to secondary schools by the Jamaica Government is tabled in the House of Representatives. A schedule attached to the paper gives an analysis of free places and grant aided awards to primary and preparatory schools admitted 1958-1961.

 

1965: Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader, the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, states that in all his travels, he has never felt more at home than in Jamaica. Dr King said he was proud to say, “I am a Jamaican.” Dr King is presented with the symbolic Key of the City of Kingston and given the freedom of the city.

 

1971: The statue of Norman Washington Manley is expected to arrive shortly for erection at the northern end of Victoria Park in Kingston. The unveiling of the statue will take place on Sunday, July 4, and will be done by Mrs Edna Manley, widow of the National Hero.

 

1982: The director of the Department of Statistics, Mrs Carmen McFarlane, reports that the 1982 population census is going “very well”. There are minor problems in one or two areas where people resisted giving information.

 

1988: Jamaica will not support the present regime in Haiti, nor will it conduct normal relations with it, the Jamaican Government says. The Government expresses its disappointment at the recent developments in Haiti. It said the ousting of President Manigat and the establishment of a military government had dramatically reversed the tentative steps toward democracy, which were taken earlier this year with the inauguration of a civilian government.

 

1992: Government has purchased 70 acres of land at Barnett Estate in St James to expand the Montego Bay Free Zone area. This is disclosed by Prime Minister P.J Patterson in an address to the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet and awards ceremony at the  Wyndham Rose Hall.

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