1962: Sir Kenneth Blackburne, Jamaica’s first governor general, accompanied by Lady Blackburne and their son, Martin, said his final farewell at the Palisadoes Airport, boarded a BOAC jetliner and at 2:15 p.m. flew for London, on pre-retirement leave.


1952: His Excellency the Governor, Sir Hugh Foot, KCMG, left by air for England where he will have talks with the secretary of state for the colonies on forthcoming constitutional changes in Jamaica.

1968: Sydney Fullerton, 78, who was missing from his home since Thursday afternoon, died in the Spanish Town Hospital shortly after he was involved in a motor-vehicle accident near Ferry on the Kingston to Spanish Town Road.

1976: Two Jamaica Labour Party supporters were gunned down and the party’s west Central St Mary office gutted by terrorists who unleashed a wave of political violence following nomination day proceedings in Central St Mary.

1983: George Alphanso Headley, OJ, one of cricket’s immortals, and an outstanding son of Jamaica, died shortly after midday at the age of 74. A legend in his time, Headley had been ailing for many months before he slipped away quietly at his home, with his wife Connie and a few close friends by his bedside.

1986: Prime Minister Edward Seaga yesterday accused the People’s National Party of having links with “ganja barons” whom he said were fast becoming deeply involved in the political system of the country. Addressing the annual conference of the Jamaica labour Party at the National Arena, Seaga said that six persons suspected of trafficking ganja have been served notice to pay income tax based on their earnings.

1984: The Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd is to improve its relations with customers by improved systems to deal with billings and disconnections. This emerged from discussions at Jamaica House between Prime Minister Edward Seaga, Minister of Public Works and Transportation Pearnel Charles and top management of the Company in which the prime minister sought and obtained an up-to-date report on progress made by the company in tackling the many complaints of consumers.

1988: A police spokesman said police will continue to enforce the curfew, which was expected to be lifted at the end of November, until they are notified by the Ministry of National Security to stop doing so. No spokesman from the ministry was available to comment about the curfew, which has been in effect since Hurricane Gilbert struck the island on September 12.

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