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1959: The monthly magazine, Soviet Press, reported that the editor of the newspaper, Evening Moscow, has been fired for major journalistic oversight, as he did not get around to printing the news of the launching of the Soviet rocket that hit the moon last September. He said it was a serious political mistake which was not accidental.


1960: An emergency meeting of the Jamaica Labour Party’s Central Executive Committee votes Sir Alexander Bustamante into sole charge of the party’s administration and decision until such time, as special annual conference of JLP delegates is held and a new executive is elected.


1960: Minister of Education Florizel Glasspole announces changes in Jamaica’s educational system to be introduced in January in the House of Representatives. As from January, next year, infant-school training will be reduced to two years instead of three, and primary and senior school training will be five and three years, respectively.


1971: Five men armed with guns held up the Barclay’s Bank in Christiania and robbed it of an undetermined sum of money. Police later held four men in the woods in the Bronte/Spaldings area and seized $2,100, a shotgun, a revolver and a quantity of ammunition.


1975: The Kiwanis Clubs in Jamaica called on leaders of the country to moderate their statements and actions so as to encourage discipline and respect for law and order. A statement yesterday from the lieutenant governor of Kiwanis International, Lloyd Distant, outlined a number of recent happenings which had had serious, deleterious effect on law and order and discipline within a large segment of society.


1980: A strong earth tremor was felt in eastern Jamaica. The tremor had a magnitude of 31/2- 4 on the scale of 10 and its centre was located about 10 miles off Boston Bay in Portland at a depth of about 17 miles. A spokesman of the Seismic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies (Mona campus) said, “it was felt along the coast of Port Antonio to Manchioneal in Portland and some people said they felt it in Kingston”. The spokesman further stated that it was the strongest felt in the island since one in February 1978.


1980: Jamaica’s commitment to CARICOM was reaffirmed by Prime Minister Edward Seaga as he made the keynote speech at the opening of the third Heads of Governments conference at the Americana Hotel.


1980: Another cache of high- powered guns is being seized by the police. Six AR-15 carbine bush rifles were found yesterday in bushes at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine. A golfer searching for a golf ball in the bushes stumbled on the arms and alerted the police.


1982: The cream of Brazil’s young footballers, represented in their country’s national Under-21 aggregation, arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport, “fit and ready to entertain Jamaican spectators with Brazilian-style soccer”.

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