February 21: "Jamaica’s First Election Since Independence"
1954: An executive council will consider the setting up of an committee of inquiry to go into the problems involved in demands by workers in the hotel trade in Montego Bay. This is announced in Montego Bay as the Bay Roc strike and lockout entered its fifth day. The hotel management has still not received word from the owners in New York to advise the chief minister in the local government.
1958: His Excellency the Rt Hon Lord Hailes, Governor General of the West Indies, will be given a big welcome to Jamaica – with guns firing, flags flying and bands playing when he arrives. He will arrive in the island on Federation Day to bring to a climax a familiarisation tour of the newly federated territories of the West Indies.
1964: The Senate meets for an hour today passing six bills, two of which are private members acts for the incorporation of the Presbyterian and Baptist Mid-Missions denominations, to allow them to handle their own property, mortgages and so on, in the course of their ecclesiastical and educational work.
1967: The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) wins the general election by 33 seats to 20 and bells are ringing all over the island. Yet, less than 5,000 votes separate the parties islandwide. This is Jamaica’s first election since independence, and it is the first time that the JLP is led in the field by any person other than Sir Alexander Bustamante, the outgoing prime minister.
1967: For the first time since Jamaica gained Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944, the Rt Hon Sir Alexander Bustamante, Leader of the JLP did not vote in a general election. It is also the first general election since 1944 in which Sir Alexander did not contest a seat.
1972: Jamaican Lawrence Rowe achieves a new landmark in the history of Test cricket when he is allowed by his skipper to reach a century before West Indies declares their second innings in the first Test match against New Zealand in the Caribbean, at Sabina Park. He becomes the first batsman to score separate centuries on his Test debut-214 and 100 not out.
1976: Dr William Walsh, founder, president and medical adviser of ‘Project Hope’ is presented with the insignia of the Commander of the Order of Distinction, for “public service particularly in the field of medicine”, by His Excellency the Governor General, the Most Hon Florizel Glasspole at King’s House.
1978: The House of Representatives gives approval to a resolution moved by Jamaica Labour Party’s Dr Percival Broderick calling on all Members of Parliament who have foreign residence permits to inform the Speaker and surrender these permits immediately. The motion also calls for the amendment of the Representation of the Peoples Law to provide that any member of the House holding such a permit be disqualified and called upon to vacate his or her seat immediately.