1870: Complaints are made to the Colonial Secretary of persons travelling in railway cars and using obscene language, to the disgust and annoyance of their fellow passengers especially before ladies.


1951: Actress Linda Darnell arrives at the Montego Bay Airport for the stellar role in David Rose’s technicolour production, Saturday Island which is to be filmed in Jamaica. She is met at the airport by her two-year-old daughter, Lois, who preceded her to Jamaica. She motors to Shaw Park Hotel in Ocho Rios where the production crew and actor Tab Hunter, who is her co-star, are staying. The entire crew will remain at Shaw Park for the duration of the film production.


1965: The drought in Queensland, Australia, has killed half the sheep and is now so severe that farmers are shooting their stock to save them from starvation. More than 3,000 sheep are dying every week. Beef and dairy cattle are also affected by the drought, which is being called a “national disaster”.

1966: Mr Lionel Leslie Alexander, real estate agent, trade unionist, sportsman and one of the more colourful figures in Kingston over the past quarter of a century, dies in Nuttall Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 66.


1968: The Ministry of Health is recruiting another group of men and unmarried women as nurses in the United Kingdom. Applicants should be between 16 and 25 years old and hold a certificate in at least two subjects in GCE Ordinary Level or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate. Each trainee will be bonded in the sum of 400 pounds to return to Jamaica to serve for three years.

1972: Jamaica has decided to retain the existing parity of its dollar with the pound sterling on the established basis of J$2 being equal to £1 sterling. This decision means that as a consequence of the floating of the pound, the Jamaican dollar will also be floating against other currencies.

1976: A curfew is imposed in the western section of the city covering an area from Whitfield and Maxfield avenues to Waltham Park and Spanish Town Road.

1979: Aston Thompson also called ‘Buckie Marshall’ one of West Kingston’s truce initiators and who is now on the police ‘Most wanted’ list is reported to have skipped the island. According to sources, Thompson left by Air Jamaica from the Sangster International Airport quite recently and his destination was Canada. 

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