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1939: Herr Otto Reichsfeld, a 29-year-old Vienna explorer and journalist who has been touring the world for the past four and a half years on a goodwill and anthropological mission, is in Jamaica. He arrives in the Frida Horn and will be here for a fortnight before he goes to Cuba to continue his mission.


1941: A committee of technical officers, led by W.Y. Feurtado, deputy director of the Public Works Department, recommends to the Government that the Hellshire area of St Catherine is the ideal site for the relocation of the General Penitentiary from Rae Town in Kingston. The block now occupied by the penitentiary, together with the brickyard and the premises in which the principal officers of the prison service now reside, would be cleared and sold as building lots. The committee also recommends that the mental hospital be relocated to Hellshire or to Mona in St Andrew, and the lands on which the hospital now stands to be developed into public playing fields and recreational areas.


1952: His Excellency Sir Hugh Foote pays a visit to the Caribbean Preserving Company plant on Spanish Town Road and finds the industry a very interesting and exciting development. Sir Hugh is met by R.W. Youngman.


1955: The Jamaica Christian Council decides to enter into negotiations with the Church World Service in the United States for the supply of surplus American food for distribution to the children and aged poor in Jamaica.


1958: Allan Westwood emerges champion athlete of the Army Individual Track and Field Championship at Up Park Camp. He wins the three miles, the mile and 880 yards.


1980: The Senate observes one minute of silence in tribute to the 146 persons who lost their lives in the Eventide Home fire on Tuesday, May 20. Senator Pearnel Charles, on the motion for adjournment, first draws attention to the fire, which he describes as a “national tragedy”.


1995: Early childhood education in Jamaica is given a thrust through Operation START, a campaign which is officially launched at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston. START, an acronym for ‘Start Teaching at the Right Time’, is a collaborative effort between the Bernard Van Leer Foundation and the Ministry of Education, with input from the Teacher Education Development Department in the Faculty of Education, University of the West Indies. Financial support is provided by European Union and the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust.

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