1955: The St James Parochial Board estimates that damage done by recent flood rains to parochial roads in the parish will entail an expenditure of not less than £7,000 for repairs.

1956: Fifteen thousand boxes of marsh seedless grapefruits are ordered from growers by the Citrus Growers’ Association to make up the first export consignment of citrus for the 1956-57 season.

1958: Stockholders of the Bank of London and South America agree at an extraordinary general meeting to an increase in the authorised share capital from £5,050 to £10,000 by the creation of 4950,000 shares of £1 each. This expansion is in connection with the formation of the Bank of London and Montreal to develop trade and financial and banking operations in the Central American and Caribbean area.

1963: The one-millionth Ford tractor to be manufactured, and which is presented to the Jamaica Project through the National Federation of Young Framers Clubs in the United Kingdom, lands at Hanover Street Wharf in Kingston.

1966: Thirty-three women from Clarendon are attending the first training course for women held at the National Farmers’ Training Centre at Twickenham Park. The centre opened in June 1965 and since then training courses have been organised for men from various parishes.

1979: The World Bank and its affiliate, the International Development Association, loaned Jamaica the most money in the Caribbean region during the fiscal year during June 1979. In a year of record lending, Jamaica got US$66.5 million from the bank. This was the second-highest loan figure to Jamaica, surpassed only in 1978, when the island received US$68 million. It was to be used in the development of small business, forestry and highways.

1979: The Cabinet makes alternative wage offers to government workers, whose industrial action has created chaos in hospital services island-wide. The offers were conveyed to union leaders by Prime Minister Michael Manley, who had a series of consultations aimed at reopening the Kingston Public Hospital and the resumption of normal operations at the Victoria Jubilee, according to a Jamaica House press release.

1989: Commonwealth finance ministers resolve here to press industrialised nations at next week’s International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington to do more to promote global economic expansion and find more funds for Third-World debtors.

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