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1940: Nine bodies have been recovered in the Swift River area. Monday night’s heavy rains swept through the parishes of St Mary, Portland and western St Thomas, bringing devastation to cultivations and homesteads and, according to unofficial reports, resulted in loss of life. Rivers in the area deluged and overflowed their banks, creating new watercourses that did damage amounting to thousands of pounds. The railway service, on the Port Antonio line, is suspended and traffic by road halted.

 

1942: The Chevalier Jackson Bronchoscopic Clinic was notified that a nine-month-old girl with an open safety pin inside her oesophagus was being sped from Kingston, Jamaica, by plane. The spokesman said the notification that was made by telegram contained no other details. The distance from Kingston to Philadelphia via Miami is about 1,800 miles.

 

1943: The strike by the majority of employees of the Jamaica Government Railway’s workshops, running shed and yard staff, which lasted for four hours on Monday and resumed Tuesday morning, came to an end. The subordinate staffs of the Post Office and Public Works Department, who were also on strike, also resumed work.

 

1954: President William Tubman of Liberia arrives in Jamaica to  make history as the first head of an African state to pay an official visit to the island. Accompanied by an entourage of 18 top Liberian officials, His Excellency came by a British warship to spend two days here as the guest of the Government and people.

 

1966: Jamaica’s first high commissioner to France said that Jamaica has chosen France as the first country in continental Europe with which to establish diplomatic relations because of its long contact with French culture.

 

1977: For the first time since the inception of the daCosta Cup football competition for rural schoolboy soccer supremacy some 28 years ago, Clarendon College have made it to the finals where they will meet St Elizabeth Technical High School in the long-awaited showdown in Santa Cruz.

 

1979: Two men were killed, a third missing and presumed dead and a fourth hospitalised with injuries when an Alpart alumina train derailed in the New Forest area of Manchester.

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