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1940: Mr Deeb Hanna and Ms Rose Wehby wed at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Mr Hanna is the only son of Mrs Saleem Hanna and a popular young merchant of Port Antonio. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs H. Wehby of St Andrew.

 

1952: His Excellency, the Governor, Sir Hugh Foot switches on the power which set in motion the big modern cement factory at Rockfort Gardens. The occasion is the opening of the plant built by Caribbean Cement Company Limited.

 

1955: Her Royal Highness Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone attend the opening of the Orchid Exhibition, presented by the Jamaica Orchid Society at 51 Half-Way Tree Road. The show is part of the Jamaica Tercentenary programme and will take place over a period of three days.

 

1959: The Constant Spring Club scores a double victory over the visiting University of Miami golfers at Constant Spring Golf Club. The men defeat their University of Miami counterparts by five matches to nil with one halved; the local women lost one match and won three.

 

1963: A further step towards the establishment of television in the island is made when the contract between the Government and the Scottish Television Consortium is signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante in his office.

 

1973: Ian Chappell and his Australian team arrive in the island with a promise to play attractive and attacking cricket, and are confident that they will be out in front after what could be a hard series.

 

1975: The Jamaica Employers’ Federation proposes that the National Minimum Wage should be set at 25 cents per hour on the basis of ability to pay, and that initially it should not be tied to any number of hours per day or week. The proposal is submitted by Mr Deryck Stone before the first public hearing of the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission.

 

1976: One man dies of suspected food poisoning in St James, bringing the death toll to 20. Sixty-one persons were treated at hospitals as the wave of poisonings attributed to contaminated flour enveloped more than half the island, with cases being reported in St Ann, Manchester and Westmoreland.

 

1980: The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association says that following publication of gas restriction proposals made by the minister of mining, the Hon Horace Clarke over the weekend, there was panic buying in at least one area – Spanish Town.

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