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1937: The first four entrants in a new beauty contest promoted by the Daily Gleaner are published in the magazine section of the newspaper. The beauties are Joan Wilson, daughter of Mr and Mrs William Wilson of Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, Lesley Fox, daughter of Harold Fox of the Jamaica Government Railway and Mrs Fox, Alex McLaughlin, and Cecile Rutty, daughter of Captain and Mrs Rutty of the Manor House Hotel in St Andrew.


1954: Police race to 31 Arnold Road in St Andrew and find Lurline Hylton, wife of Jamaica and West Indies fast bowler Leslie Hylton, on the point of death in her bedroom with five bullets in her body. Leslie Hylton is arrested by the police on the capital charge of murder.


1960: The Legislative Council passes four bills and refer two to its Select Committee for consideration. The four bills passed are the law to empower the Development Finance Corporation to issue insurance policies in respect to loans secured by mortgages; the law to amend the Public Order Law and the law to validate and confirm jury lists of St James. The bills, referred to the Select Committee, are a law to provide for the establishment of the Bank of Jamaica and a law regulating the business of banking.


1966: Independent Senator Wilton Hill presents a motion in the Senate proposing that Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie be proclaimed King of Jamaica instead of Queen Elizabeth 11. According to Senator Hill, the recent welcome given to the Emperor Haile Selassie by the people clearly showed that “there is far more support for Haile Selassie in Jamaica than for our alien Queen”.


1970: A record number of titles are collected by Jamaica Public Service Company’s Barbara Alexander as she wins an unprecedented four titles in the Jamaica Business House League Table Tennis Championships at Emmett Park in Kingston.


1980: Guinness Jamaica Limited hands over a cheque for $6,000 to David Bicknell, president of the Jamaica Squash Rackets Association, at the Liguanea Club to run the Ting Classic Tournament, the first all-pro squash tournament to be held in Jamaica. Ronnie Herron of Guinness makes the presentation.

1986: Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole confers the insignia Commander of the Order of Distinction on Carmen Parris, Jamaica’s ambassador to the European community at King’s House. Parris was awarded the honour in the 1985, but missed the mass investiture ceremony on National Heroes Day because of her duties in Europe.


1987: Students from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, arrive in Kingston for a fund-raising cultural performance. The Lunatic Generation, as the 48-member troupe is named, will give a performance of songs and dance of Latin America, Polynesia and North America at the Oceana Hotel. Proceeds from the show will go to the Bustamante Hospital for Children and the May Pen Hospital.

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