1952: Dr. John G. Reinhold, professor of clinical chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, accompanied by his wife, arrives in the island by Pan American Clipper from Miami to do research work at the Department of Pathology of the University College of the West Indies. He will remain for a few months. He comments that during his stay he would help in the setting up of a laboratory for chemical blood testing, and also work on the nutritional programme.

1952: The number of Jamaican agricultural workers to be recruited under the current farm-work recruitment programme has been reduced from 2,000 to 1,400. Mr William Tyler, director of special services, Resort Airlines Inc, states the cut in the recruitment figure is partially due to rains and cold weather in the north and Midwest United States.

1960: The Hon Douglas Fletcher, leader of government business, announces in the Legislative Council on Friday that ‘Gordon House,’ the new Chamber, will be provided with microphones and amplifiers,
which should tend to increase the efficiency of reports.

1967: Frome Sugar Estate of Westmoreland emerges winners of the 1967 Sugar Manufacturers’ Association Track and Field Athletic Championship for the Horace Campbell Trophy at Innswood Sugar Estate. Their score is 130 points – 52 points more than their nearest rivals Monymusk, whose score is 77 points.

1971: Marked with traditional ceremony, the new session of Parliament opens at Gordon House, Kingston, with a joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Clifford Campbell, declares the session open by wishing God’s blessing on the deliberations, after he reads the Throne of Speech giving the Government’s policies and programmes for 1971-72.

1982: The National Workers Union calls on the director of the JAMAL Foundation, Ms Leila Thomas, to convene an urgent meeting to discuss redundancies which are expected to take effect this month. It is of the understanding that some 400 employees of JAMAL may be laid off.

1987: The University Hospital has a new dialysis unit for the care of kidney patients. The Minister of Health officially opens the million-dollar facility, which was financed by the National Commercial Bank. The unit sees about 100 patients from Jamaica and other islands each year.

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