1941: The Little Theatre Movement announces that rehearsals begin for its first Fairy Pantomime to be presented over the Christmas Season beginning on Boxing Day. The Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, has been dramatised by Jack Burton, adapted to music by Captain R.C. Jones, and directed by Elinor Lithgow. The LTM says a special feature will be “a first class ballet” under the artistic management of Hazel Johnston.


1944: At least 40,000 persons, proportionately representing the masses and the classed of Jamaica, assembles at South Parade and its precincts to hear His Excellency Governor Sir John Huggins, KCMG, MC, publicly read the Proclamation and Letters Patent conferring on this colony a new Constitution. The historic occasion is marked by due ceremony and the enthusiasm of the tremendous crowd.


1953: Firefly defeats Melody at the opening of the 1954 Regatta season. Firefly and Melody are two scratch cruisers of the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club fleet.

1953: A smashing victory by the grandly bred colt, Black Watch in the Dewhurst Stakes and Doubleman’s defeat of Burgundy in the Eclipse Stakes, feature a day of fine racing at Knutsford Park for the start of the four-day carnival to mark the Royal visit. The big and gay crowd, which includes Chief Minister Alexander Bustamante, sends up a mighty roar and applauds Doubleman’s success, as the wonder colt returns to the unsaddling enclosure. They are thrilled to see the champion in form again.

1964: Kingston College defeat St George’s College 6-0 to capture the Manning Cup for the seventh time since the competition among grant-aided secondary schools started in 1914. Tony Keyes and Trevor Harris score three goals each. This victory brings to the college the three major schoolboy sports competition trophies this year, the track and field championships and the Sunlight Cup for cricket. Since the Manning competition started, Jamaica College have won the cup 17 times, St George’s College 14, Wolmer’s eight, Kingston College seven, and Excelsior one. In 1960, the competition was abandoned due to bad behaviour.



1971: Leila Robinson is re-elected unopposed to serve her 10th term as president of the Jamaica Netball Association at the annual general meeting at Wolmer’s Girls School. Joyce Taylor defeats Jasnieth Smith for the post of first vice-president and Smith is elected as second vice-president. Dorothea Morris is returned as secretary and Isabelle Bernard is elected as treasurer, replacing Vilma McDonald who does not seek re-election.

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