1941: Ten per cent of cornmeal is to be used in the manufacture of all bread made locally for sale as from Monday the 16th of this month. The announcement to this effect was made yesterday by the food controller, F. E. V. Smith, and follows closely on the official statement on the matter made in the legislative council by the Colonial Secretary. As a result of intensive production activities the island’s output of corn has risen rapidly to the record figure of 400,000 bushels.

1944: The Jamaica Public Health Association, of which Mr. Frank Hill is president, recently submitted a memorandum to Government recommending a unified Public Health Service in Jamaica which would include sanitary inspectors of the Central Board of Health and Municipal and Parochial workers. It is also recommending that ability and length of service and experience should be taken into consideration as well.

1947: Several Jamaican graduates are to receive degrees at McGill University, Montreal, when the University holds the largest convocation in its long history. Jamaicans listed are: Bachelor of Library Science – Dorothea Elaine Enriques, B.A; Bachelor of Science Agriculture – James Harrington Donaldson; Bachelor of Commerce – Clive Noel Campbell and Dennis Egbert Mair.

1952: Two Knighthoods come to Jamaica in the first Birthday Honours awarded by Queen Elizabeth II. Several Jamaicans are included in the list which marks the celebration of Her Majesty’s official birthday. Created Knights Bachelor are the Honourable Kenneth O’Connor, Chief Justice of Jamaica; and Dr. Thomas W. J. Taylor, principal of the University College of the West Indies.

1956: Portland, the tip of Jamaica’s most southerly peninsular is the third area in the Island where contractors to Jamaica, Stanolind, are conducting oil exploration. Two other areas where exploratory drilling is being done are in the Negril area of Westmoreland in the vicinity of the first bore-hole made last year by Base Metals Mining Corporation and in the Santa Cruz mountains of St. Elizabeth.

1959: The Governor, Sir Kenneth Blackburne, on the recommendation of the Scholarship Selection Committee, has awarded the Issa Scholarship for 1959 to Miss Faith Patricia Bowman of Wolmer’s Girls School. Miss Bowman, who is 19 years old, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. H. Bowman of 4 Balmoral Avenue, St. Andrew.

1964: The acting prime minister, the Hon Donald Sangster, announces in the House of Representatives that a law would be introduced into Parliament this session to control the operations of insurance companies, the same way that banks and building societies are being controlled. Companies also are to be controlled by the new Companies’ Act which is still with a special committee of the House.

1969: The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Michael Manley, proposes in the House of Representatives, the institution of a National Youth Scheme to apply to every young person in Jamaica. Mr. Manley, making his speech on the Budget at Gordon House, includes this among a number of suggestions he makes, touching on the bauxite and alumina industry, tourism, agriculture, labour and education.


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