1951: Robert Christiani’s knock should decide whether or not British Guiana will follow on against Jamaica in the final Intercolonial match at Sabina Park. When play ended on the second day, the tourists were in a bad position but their champion batsman was still there and defending with confidence. British Guiana with six wickets intact need 250 runs to save the follow-on. Replying to Jamaica’s 519 all out, four of their best batsmen were back in the pavilion with 120 on the tins.


1954: It is Jamaica’s great day at the Seventh Central American and Caribbean Olympic Games in Mexico City. The men’s team wins the 4x100-metre and 4x400-metre relays in record times and the women’s team finished second to the mighty Panama quartet in the record-breaking 4x100-metre relay final. Eight gold medals and four silver are secured by Jamaica on the final day for track and field athletic competitions.

1962: A 14-man Trade and Industrial Mission from the United Kingdom, led by the Rt Hon Lord Rootes, chairman of the Western Hemisphere Exports Council, arrives at the Palisadoes Airport by BOAC jetliner from New York. They will explore industrial development, investment and reciprocal trade between the UK and the West Indies. The mission is met at the airport by Lieut Richard Carr, representing the governor, L. F. Collymore representing the Ministry of Trade and Industry, among others.

1971: Harbridge House, Boston firm of industrial consultants, which the Sugar Manufacturers’ Association has engaged for guidance, has recommended that all foreign-owned sugar estates in the island should at once divest themselves of all their cane lands and make these available to Jamaican farmers for cultivation. Sir Robert Kirkwood, chairman of the Sugar Manufacturers’ Association, discloses this in a statement commenting on an observation made by John Pringle, deputy chairman of the Banana Board, at the West Indian Committee meeting at the Sheraton Kingston hotel.

1977: An agreement is reached between representatives of Penn Overland and Crystal Transport Limited which operate on the Kingston-Spanish Town routes and the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) at the Ministry of Labour, under the chairmanship of the Minister Hon William Isaacs for the resumption of the bus service. The agreement provides that the company recognises the BITU as the sole bargaining agent for the workers.

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