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It happened this week in 1994

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Richard M. Nixon
P.J. Patterson
Rodney King
Nelson Mandela
Lascelles Poyser
Brian Lara

Sunday, April 17

- Brian Lara savagely plundered the England bowling attack to join Test cricket's elite 300 club, as the West Indies amassed a daunting first-innings score on the second day of the fifth and final Cable and Wireless cricket Test against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground. At close, the West Indies, who won the toss and batted, had scored a massive 502 for four with Lara on a scintillating, record-breaking 320 not out, and Shrivnarine Chanderpaul 41. The new king of West Indies batting almost single-handedly manhandled a somewhat dispirited and lacklustre England attack in an awesome display of batsmanship of the highest quality as the day wore on.

Monday, April 18

- Cricket superstar Brian Lara etched his name into history as he masterfully compiled 375, the highest individual score in Test cricket, in a West Indies mammoth first innings total of 593 for five declared in the fifth and final Cable and Wireless Test match at the Antigua Recreation Ground. At the close, England, in reply, were 185 for two in their first innings with captain Mike Atherton 63 not out and Robin Smith on 68. Twenty-four-year-old Lara broke Sir Garfield Sobers' 36-year-old record of 365 when he majestically hooked medium pacer Chris Lewis over midwicket for four to move from 365 to 369.

- New World Realtors donated a residential lot in Belvedere Heights, St Andrew, to West Indies batting star Brian Lara who set a world record for the highest individual score in Test cricket. The approximately half-acre lot, with a current market price of more than $500,000, is situated in the posh new residential district called Pleasantville, which overlooks the city of Kingston. Managing director of New World Realtors, Lascelles Poyser, said he was donating the lot of land to show his appreciation for Lara's outstanding achievement. He described it as a symbol of determination and an example for the young.

Tuesday, April 19

- South Africa's political leaders agreed to a deal bringing Zulu chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi's separatist Inkatha Freedom Party into the first all-race elections. "It is my deepest hope that this agreement will bring to an end the violence in our country," President F.W. de Klerk told a news conference, flanked by Inkatha leader Buthelezi and ANC leader Nelson Mandela. Mandela said the whole country, including the overwhelming majority of South Africa's 8.5 million Zulus, wanted to take part in the election. "This agreement is a leap forward for peace, reconciliation, nation-building and inclusive election process," said Mandela, tipped to become South Africa's first black president.

- The jury in black motorist Rodney King's civil lawsuit awarded him US$3.8 million in compensatory damages from the city of Los Angeles for his 1991 police beating. The award was significantly below the $15 million sought by King's lawyers, but well above the $800,000 the city said was a fair sum.

Wednesday, April 20

- Jamaica and Colombia are moving apace to strengthen and increase ties between both nations. Prime Minister P.J. Patterson and President Cesar Gaviria of Colombia signed a scientific and technical cooperation agreement and a tourism cooperation agreement in Bogota, Colombia. The agreements will provide the framework for collaboration in the development of the tourism industries of both countries, and will also provide opportunities for cooperation in areas such as agriculture, language training and the exchange of experts and information. Both leaders emphasised the need to increase trade and investments between the two countries.

- A drifter was sentenced to die in the electric chair for killing five students during a weeklong string of grisly sex murders that terrorised the Gainesville, Florida, college town in 1990. Danny Harold Rolling, who beheaded one of his victims and left her head on a bookshelf, pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder, three counts of sexual battery, and three counts of armed burglary.

Friday, April 22

- Former United States President Richard Nixon died after suffering a massive stroke. He was 81. Nixon, who was forced to resign in disgrace as the 37th US president in 1974 for his actions during the Watergate scandal, had lapsed into a coma at the New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Centre - where he had been taken after the stroke which left him partially paralysed on his right side and unable to speak.

- Life of Jamaica announced it had reached an agreement to acquire American Life Insurance Company (ALICO). This also included ALICO's Bahamian subsidiary, Global Life Assurance Bahamas Limited. These agreements were reached after six months of negotiations between the parties.