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1959: It is learnt from Government sources that the Federal Government is considering the enactment of federal legislation to regulate the operation of insurance companies in the region. The aim of this legislation it states, is broadly, to eliminate ‘fly-by-night’ insurance companies that are likely to engage in ‘fradulent insurance transactions.’ The matter is one of the subjects discussed at the recent meeting of the Regional Council of Ministers of Port of Spain which is attended by the Chief Minister Norman Manley and Minister of Trade and Industry Wills O Isaacs.

1960: It is announced at Melbourne Park that for the first time, the West Indies umpires panel will be brought into operation and as a result Trinidadian umpire Eric Lee Kow is cabled by the Board asking him if he is available to stand with Jamaica’s Perry Burke in the third Test, starting at Sabina Park on February 17, 1960. The Board states that if Lee Kow is unavailable, Barbadian Cortez Jordan will be asked to stand with Burke. The decision to send for Lee Kow follows a conference between The West Indies selectors, England’s captain Peter May and West Indies captain Franz Alexander.

1961: The pageant to commemorate the golden jubilee of the Holy Trinity Cathedral opens at Winchester Park to a fair crowd. Ralph Thompson and Dorothy Blondel-Francis are narrators. The pageant traces Jamaica’s catholic growth from the landing of Christopher Columbus. The first Catholic cathedral was destroyed in 1907 and Holy Trinity was built to replace it in 1911. Cardinal Cushing speaks after the pageant and Bishop McElney gives the vote of thanks.

1964: Kingston College (KC) and Calabar High School dominate the development meet held at the National Stadium. Lennox Miller from KC, who won both the 100 and 200 yards at the schoolboy championships last year, wins the 100 yards in 9.7 seconds, a record set by Dennis Johnson in 1958.

1967: The first commercial tyre to be made in Jamaica comes out of a machine at the factory of Goodyear Jamaica Limited. Black, gleaming – and hot, it looks every inch the perfect tyre. It bears the name Goodyear with the company’s symbol of the winged foot. More significantly it bears the important words: “Made in Jamaica.” Minister of Trade and Industry Robert Lightbourne tells the honour of taking the tyre from the machine. Putting on asbestos gloves which are used in the factory, he holds the hot rubber article. “This is a great moment for Jamaica – and for me.” He says. A small gatthering of company officials and others, including workers in the plant witness the historic event. A thrill of excitement runs through the group as the machine opens and the tyre is revealed.

1968: Jamaica’s effort in improving itself as a developing country impresses the British Minister of Overseas Development, Reg Prentice who ends his visit to Jamaica. Mr. Prentice says that it is the responsibility of developing countries to help themselves and not to expect external aid from developed countries to do the job for them. Speaking in this context, he says: “I am impressed with what is happening in Jamaica.” The increase that takes place in the Gross National Product of approximately 7 per cent per year is something praise worthy.

1969: Riot squad police from Harman Barracks, Kingston, and police officers from the Spanish Town Police Station clear the main entrance to the School of Agriculture at Twickenham Park, Spanish Town, at which a blockade has been set up by students protesting for the “immediate resignation” of the principal, G.F. Gayle.

1976: The Ocho Rios Inter-continental is considering laying off some 40 members of staff as a result of cancellation of bookings received for the months of March and April. Cancellations have cut projected occupancy for the period from 100 per cent to about 40 per cent The hoteliers blame the cancellation on “bad foreign press”.

1983: Jamaica gives a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, as they arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport. On this day, they begin their four-day royal visit to Jamaica, the fourth in 30 years. The queen and her husband’s visit coincides with the anniversary celebration of Jamaica’s 21st year as an independent nation. A massive crowd, estimated by official count to be one of the largest ever to turn out for a visiting head of state, gives a tumultuous welcome to the Queen of Jamaica and her husband, in a continuous display of affection from the airport to King’s House.

1986: An emergency meeting involving the highest public officials and citizens in Manchester is held to deal with the sex scandal that has been rocking this community. Police raids on nightclubs and private homes have so far failed to find copies of a pornographic video film said to involve schoolgirls, the subject of a Star lead story.

2001: Of the five Jamaicans in the West Indies one-day team return from Australia. Among the foursome is batsman and right-arm slow bowler Marlon Samuels who was one of the few positives to emerge for a West Indies team, which lost all five Tests and then were swept 6-0 by the Aussies in the one-dayers. All rounder Laurie Williams, Wavell Hinds and Ricardo Powell are the others to return.

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