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It happened this week in 1979

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Carl Rattray
Pierre Trudeau
Donald Quarrie
Dudley Thompson
Michael Manley

Sunday, May 20

• A top-level Arab delegation - the first to visit Jamaica since Independence - arrived headed by Iraqi Vice-President Taha Muhi al Deen Marouf. At the Norman Manley International Airport to welcome Marouf and his 22-man delegation were Prime Minister Michael Manley, Minister of National Security Dudley Thompson, and Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Arthur Jones. During the two-day visit, the delegation will discuss with the Government and local officials areas in which Jamaica and Iraq can enhance trade links and cooperate in the technical and scientific fields.

- Cuban stars dominated the first day of Cuba's Barrientos Games, with sprinters Silvio Leonard and Osvaldo Lara beating Jamaican Olympic champion Donald Quarrie in the 100 metres. Leonard clocked 10:12, Lara 10:23, and Quarrie 10:28. Quarrie, who won the 200 metres at the Montreal Olympics, said, "I started badly and couldn't recover the disadvantage, but in any case I consider Leonard the best sprinter in the world at the moment."

Monday, May 21

- Prime Minister Michael Manley, leader of the People's National Party, said that his party would not be entering into any alliance with the Communist Workers' Party of Jamaica. At the same time, Dr Trevor Munroe, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Jamaica, issued a statement saying that his party "had taken a decision that it will be seeking an electoral alliance with the PNP". Dr Munroe had announced the alliance at a meeting of his party.

Tuesday, May 22

- Tribute to six past Caribbean leaders who had, in various ways, contributed to the struggle against racism in Africa and the liberation of Africans, was paid by the special session of the UN Special Committee against Apartheid at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. The six whose memory were honoured were Marcus Garvey, national hero of Jamaica; George Padmore and Sylvester Williams of Trinidad; Frentz Fanon of Martinique, Dantes Bellegarde of Haiti, and Jose Marti of Cuba.

Wednesday, May 23

• Political novice Joe Clark and his Progressive Conservative Party ended the 11-year rule of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Trudeau, one of the Western world's most experienced leaders, said he would ask Canada's Governor General to appoint Clark, 39, as prime minister. Clarke will head a minority government. Election results left the Progressive Conservatives a handful of seats short of an absolute majority in the House of Commons. Trudeau, moist-eyed, appeared before hundreds of his loyal followers rejecting their cries of "no, no, no", and declared that he would step down and become leader of the Opposition. Clark, 20 years junior to Trudeau, will be the youngest leader in Canada's 112-year history and the youngest leader of a major Western country.

- Gunmen assassinated El Salvador's Education Minister Carlos Herrera Rebollo after clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators in which at least 17 people were killed and 10 wounded. Police said Herrera Rebollo and his wife were on their way to his office when gunmen in a passing car riddled their car with bullets, killing him and his chauffeur. The minister's wife was slightly injured.

- A United Nations committee rejected the credentials of a South African delegation, halting the country's bid to return to the UN General Assembly for the first time since it was suspended in 1974. The nine-member assembly credentials committee voted seven to two in a closed-door meeting for rejection. The committee was hurriedly called into session after the African group of countries challenged South Africa's surprise reappearance to take part in a debate on Namibia (South-West Africa). Committee sources said that China, India, Sierra Leone, Suriname, the Soviet Union, Thailand and Zaire voted for rejection. Only the United States and Denmark voted to accept the South African credentials, the sources said.

Friday, May 25

• The Senate erupted in an uproar of protest over the proposed appointment of PNP Senator John Junor to the Joint Select Committee on Electoral and Constitutional Reform. Opposition senators registered "their strongest protest" at a motion by Leader of Government Business Carl Rattray to add the name of Senator Junor to the Senate members of the committee.

- At least 276 people were killed in the worst air crash in the United States' history when a DC-10 jumbo jet exploded shortly after take-off from the Chicago's O'Hare airport and then crashed into a caravan camp. All 264 passengers and 12 crew died aboard the American Airlines plane, flight 191 heading for Los Angeles. The plane exploded after an engine caught fire 200 feet up. It then plunged into a caravan camp in Elk Grove village, just missing a large complex of oil storage tanks.