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1953: Books and machinery, including a tractor and other things valued at more than £10,000, were destroyed by fire at the University College of the West Indies (UCWI), Mona. Four fire brigade units raced up to the UCWI campus and fought the fire for two hours.
 

1961: A proposal that immediate steps be taken to establish a pension scheme for banana growers is passed to the directorate of the All-Island Banana Growers’ Association for considera-tion. Decision to do this was made at the annual meeting of the association, held in Ramson Hall, Duke Street, Kingston. It came after the introduction of a resolution to the meeting by growers of the Port Antonio Area Council.
 

1966: The House of Representatives completed its sittings for the 1966 calendar year at Gordon House. The House met and passed a number of bills and resolutions. Most important among them were customs resolutions on rubber imports into Jamaica in respect of the operation of Goodyear (Jamaica) Ltd, due to begin in January.
 

1978: The Industrial Disputes Tribunal meets this morning in a bid to avert a threat to essential imports for the Christmas season arising from a go-slow by port workers at Port Bustamante on the Kingston Waterfront.
 

1988: Nestlé Jamaica Ltd will not be able to produce the ‘food drink’ Milo at its Michleton Factory, St Catherine, for another eight to 10 weeks because of the explosion there on Monday. Instead, the company will be getting Milo in bulk from Trinidad and Tobago, R.D. Simons, managing director of Nestlé Jamaica, announced.
 

1992: Prime Minister P.J. Patterson is appointed a member of the Privy Council of Queen Elizabeth II. The release issued said that the announcement from Buckingham Palace, London, came through Governor General Howard Cooke, at King’s House.
 

1997: The island’s two main political parties continue to drum up support for Thursday’s general election on the weekend, both spending time in western Jamaica. On Friday, Jamaica Labour Party leader Edward Seaga and his team went to St Elizabeth, while People’s National Party president, P.J Patterson, led his campaign train through St James on Saturday, ending with a mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.
 

1999: Hyped-up Arnett Gardens look set to take another step towards defending the Jackie Bell knock-out title when they tackle ‘A’ League team Constant Spring in the first semi-final of a double-header at the Harbour View Mini Stadium this afternoon at 5. While Arnett Gardens are highly fancied to tighten their grip on the Jackie Bell title, defending National Premier League (NPL) champions Tivoli Gardens face a stiff hurdle against home side Harbour View in the second game at 7.

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