January 18: "My Warmest Good Wishes For Economic And Political Progress"
1933: There is an important meeting of the fire committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, lasting for about two and a half hours when the scheme for improving the fire brigade is discussed.
1938: To improve water supplies and some other parochial undertakings, a meeting of the parochial board of St Catherine is staged at the board’s Office. It is being agreed that the Government asked to sanction a loan of £10,000 to the two funds to finance what will be the first installment of improvement works.
1945: The Jamaica Match Factory remains close. No conference has been held and matters take a different turn as the Hon. Alexander Bustamante, who represents 75 per cent of the workers employed, insisted on a “closed shop”. The Trade Union Council, in telegrams to the labour advisor and the Hon. O.K Henriques, senior director of the factory, describes the dispute as “one of vital importance to the whole trade union movement,” and asks for an early conference.
1948: Rioting again breaks out in Trench Town, resulting this time in the wounding of three persons – one serious and the arrest of two. Shortly after the incident, the Hon. W. A. Bustamante, mayor, and Mr. L. G. Newland, deputy mayor, arrive on the scene and did a bit of investigation on their own.
1953: The Right Honourable Winston Churchill, prime minister of Great Britain, is presented with the key to the city of Kingston by Mayor Edward H. Fagan. Mr. Churchill, in response, states that, “I extend to the people of Jamaica, and to all people of the British West Indies, my warmest good wishes for economic and political progress within the great British Empire and Commonwealth.”
1956: Kingston’s first big fire of 1956, sweeps through the new warehouse of the Jamaica Times Store on Temple Lane. After raging for about seven hours, the fire finally subdues after it had done damage estimated unofficially in the vicinity of £60,000. Starting at about 11 a.m., the fire gives the Brigade an all-day battle.
1958: The West Indies has a superlative second-day as they advance their overnight score of 266 for 2 to 579 for 9 declared, at Kensington Oval in the first Test match against Pakistan. Close-of-play scores are West Indies 579 for nine declared, Pakistan six without loss.
1965: Two more children of a family at Egypt Pen, Belfield, about seven miles from Annotto Bay, St Mary, die in the Annotto Bay Hospital from ackee poisoning. The number of deaths have now reached four.