1948: Apart from the arrest of five TUC leaders and supporters and a fracas outside the West Street depot of Jamaica Utilities Ltd, the strike of the bus drivers and conductors continues without any sign of negotiation on either side. With a view to preventing any recurrence of bomb explosions on the buses, the governor had issued regulations giving the police, special constables, drivers and conductors powers to search any article of every description, whether closed or open “capable of being used for the conveying of any other article”.


1952: The economic policy of the Government is laid down in the Legislative Council by the Hon Robert Newton when he moved the second reading of the bill for the setting up of the Industrial Development Corporation. The House subsequently gives a third reading of the bill and as soon as the governor has given his assent, steps will be taken to recruit personnel for the corporation and then to set it in operation with an initial allocation of a quarter-million pounds.


1955: While welcoming a number of “remarkably large and generous donations” to the Princess Alice Appeal Fund, Sir Harold Mitchell, chairman of the Jamaica Committee, expresses pleasure at the many smaller donations which are coming in. He says it is a symbol that they have the people of Jamaica, the West Indies and the outside world behind them in wishing the University College well and great success.


1959: The West Indies crumble against Pakistan’s attack as they are shot out for 76, their lowest-ever Test score. At the end of the second day’s play in the second Test between the countries, with five second-innings wickets left, Pakistan lead by 189 runs. Fazal Mahmood, Pakistan’s captain and medium-pace bowler, and Nasim-ul-Ghani made the visiting batsmen look like novices on the matting wicket.


1960: The Princess Royal, aunt of her Majesty the Queen, steps ashore at the Victoria Pier to be greeted by Governor Sir Kenneth Blackburne, Premier the Hon Norman Manley, their wives and officials of the Government. Then, in an open-hood Austin, the Princess Royal rides up King Street to receive warm cheers from large crowds of schoolchildren and ordinary citizens lining the sidewalks in front of gaily decorated buildings.


1963: A new Coffee Industry Board has been appointed by Minister of Agriculture John P. Gyles, notwithstanding that the Jamaica Agricultural Society (named as the “approved Association” in the coffee law) has declined to make nominations for growers’ representatives on that body. Announcement of the new board is made by the minister in a press release, which set outthat he invoked the powers of the recently passed Coffee Industry Regulation (Amendment) Law, to make the appointments.

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