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It happened this week in 1964

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Norman Manley
Dr L G Gordon
Lyndon Johnson,
Mr B St J Hamilton,
Donald Sangster
Donald Sangster
Arthur W. Roebuck
William B. Tennent

Sunday, November 1

n A Federation with independence from the outset was formally agreed on by the Regional Council of Ministers' meeting. The meeting of delegations, from the seven islands which would form the new Federation, concluded their discussions in Barbados. The new Federation, like the first, will be named the West Indies Federation and unit governments will be granted full internal self-government before the inauguration of an independent federation. The council said no unit should be permitted to secede from the Federation except with the agreement of all unit governments.

Monday, November 2

n Mining operations at Kaiser Bauxite in St Elizabeth went back to normal, ending a two-week strike of more than 600 workers in the Fellowship mining area and at the Port Kaiser installation. The miners had walked off the job to protest the suspension of a union delegate. They were later joined by the Port Kaiser workers. The workers resumed work after agreed terms were formulated at a Ministry of Labour conciliation meeting between the company and the National Workers Union.

n Mr B. St J. Hamilton, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour, left the island to tour farm-labour work camps in the United States, on behalf of the Regional Labour Board (RLB). As permanent secretary, Hamilton is also chairman of the RLB. He will spend about three weeks making the annual checks. He was joined in Miami by Frank Ogle of Barbados and together they visited Florida, Connecticut, New York, and Washington, the states where the majority of West Indian workers were stationed.

Tuesday, November 3

n Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th president of the United States. Lyndon ran powerfully everywhere but in the deepest South, swamping Republican Senator Barry Goldwater to take the presidency of the United States. Johnson jumped into the lead at the very start, winning Kentucky, a state that had gone Republican in the last election. State after state fell to Johnson, including big ones such as Ohio, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, with 26 per cent of precincts reporting Johnson had 12,574,064 votes to Goldwater's 8,727,963. In electoral votes, the president led 391 to 35.

n The controversial Commonwealth Citizens and Foreign Nationals (Employment) Bill was passed in the House of Representatives, with a unanimous vote on both sides of the House. The bill was passed as amended by the Senate. The Senate amendments made two principal changes to the bill as originally passed by the House. The first of these changes provides the lawful exemption of all Commonwealth citizens who have lived and worked in Jamaica for a period of 10 years, broadly speaking, from the necessity of acquiring work permits. The second transfers ownership of work permits from employers to employees, so employees will not suffer undue influence from employers. The bill and its provisions created much controversy in Jamaica, even among the Cabinet ministers themselves.

Wednesday, November 4

n International Airlines cancelled all flights into British Guiana following a strike by members of the aerodrome fire service at Atkinson Airport. The 33 firemen walked off the job in protest over their demand for government to settle all outstanding grievances immediately. They are demanding better working conditions, a boosting of allowances, better accommodations, and shorter work hours.


November 5

n Two groups of Commonwealth parliamentarians visiting Jamaica for the 1964 Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association began a tour of Jamaica's agricultural centres, industrial centres and tourist areas. The overseas delegates travelled on a tour which took them through mid-Jamaica to Montego Bay and back to Kingston via the north coast and Port Antonio.

n Dr L.G. Gordon, director of the Citrus Growers' Association, around whom controversy has raged for the greater part of the year, was unanimously declared by his fellow directors to have vacated his seat on the board. The declaration was made at a regular meeting of the directorate where it was said in April, May and June, Dr Gordon failed to attend any of the directorate's meetings.

Friday, November 6

n A programme of Democratic Socialism as the future political policy of the People's National Party (PNP) was announced by party president Norman Manley, QC, during a press conference at the party's South Camp Road headquarters. Manley said the programme was the work of a special committee of the party and of the PNP National Executive Council, and would go before the Annual General Conference of the PNP. An absolute limit of 500 acres on the ownership of land; the right of the government to acquire land compulsorily from holdings above 100 acres which were not in productive use; restriction on foreign ownership of land in Jamaica; the nationalisation of the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd, as a start in a programme to transfer ownership of vital sectors from private to public ownership were a few of the items highlighted in the programme.

Saturday, November 7

n Defeated United States Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater flew in from Washington with his wife and six friends for a week of vacation at the Royal Caribbean Hotel. "I'm here for total relaxation - to play golf and go fishing," Goldwater told reporters at the Montego Bay International Airport.