December 12: "Cynthia Thompson Of Jamaica Established A Record For The 100-Metre Sprint"
1946: Cynthia Thompson of Jamaica established a record for the 100-metre sprint with a mark of 12.2, which compared with the old record of 12.6 set by Nola Thorne, of Panama, during the Panama Games in 1938. She breasted the tape four metres ahead of the second-place winner, Sarah Correa, of Puerto Rico.
1965: The minister of development and welfare declined nomination for re-election to the post of secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party. Reports have it that Edward Seaga declined to seek re-election to this post because “the functions and responsibilities” of the party’s
general secretary (up to now an honorary post) had been bypassed by the executive.
1966: The Jamaican Government announced the start of an £8-millon development programme for education over the next three years. The announcement was made by the way of a Ministry paper laid in the House of Representatives by Minister of Education Edwin Allen, and a press conference held later.
1978: A public investment programme estimated at $2.536 billion for the financial years 1978-79 to 1980-81 is a part of the five-year development plan which is tabled in the House of Representatives with an economic growth target averaging four per cent per annum over the period 1979-1982.
1980: The appeal of the 10 Jamaica Defence Force members who were seeking to have their trial squashed on the ground that a massive pretrial publicity will prevent them getting a fair trial in Jamaica is to be heard by the UK Privy Council on March 23. They are charged with murder and/or conspiracy to murder arising out of the five civilians at the military firing range at Green Bay, St Catherine, on January 5, 1978.
1989: Gas station operators reopened their stations after a two-day shutdown. This followed an agreement with the Ministry of Mining and Energy for further talks on their demand for payment of salaries retroactive to March, of the recent increase in profit margin.
1998: Clarendon College and Dunoon Technical shared the right to be called all-island football champions this year when they played to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their Oliver Shield matchup at Woodside, Clarendon. Clarendon, the daCosta champions and Dunoon, which topped the Manning Cup, ended 2-2 on aggregate.
2005: Three of the six policemen charged with murder of four civilians at Kraal, Clarendon, on May 7, 2003, were freed after Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe ruled there was no case in against them.