January 17: "The Nation’s Light And Power Company Is Not Making Money"
1933: An advertisement in The Gleaner states: Good used cars, Chevrolet truck – 1929 model in fair order, £60; Durrant Tourer – 1929 model, well reconditioned, £60. Call and inspect the cars. John Crook, 7-11 Hanover Street, Kingston.
1960: Premier Norman Manley of Jamaica leaves by air for home with a clear-cut plan to protect the territory’s position in the West Indies Federation, the issue of talk with Britain’s colonial secretary.
1965: A plea has been made to the leaders of the trade unions to bring forcibly to the attention of their members, that an independent Jamaica demands a greater level of production from all its people.
1968: Singer and actress Jill Jarman, a voluptuous auburn-tressed Hollywood beauty, opens at the Jamaica Playboy Club at Boscobel in St Mary for five nights. She has played roles in a number of films including Spartacus, and in many television programmes such as Dr Kildare and Cheyenne, and made guest appearances on the Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Welk shows.
1969: What is being described as The Organisation and Development Services Agreement, which will permit construction of 188 three-bedroom cooperative houses on six-and-a-half acres of land on Mountain View Avenue is signed at the Ministry of Housing and Public Utilities.
1974: An unbeaten and unblemished 133 by Lawrence Rowe in 270 minutes, which includes 17 fours, is the backbone of Jamaica’s 297 for one wicket at the close of play on the first day of their four-day Shell Shield game against Guyana at Sabina Park.
1980: Electricity services across the island are struggling to maintain order in the wake of a two-day power blackout imposed by a strike of supervisors of the Jamaica Public Service Company.
1984: Special provisions are made for the conduct of the business of Parliament, including the equivalent of 15 seats to spokesmen from the public in the House of Representatives, the prime minister, the Rt Hon Edward Seaga announces to the House of Representatives.
1990: Hugh Small, minister of mining and energy, reveals at a news briefing at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, that the Jamaica Public Service Company, the nation’s light and power company, is not making money. It is losing and its electrical consumers are going to have to pay more.