Jamaica's historical landscape is littered with dates which have shaped the terrain as well as the future of the country's diverse inhabitants.
These events range from catastrophic to euphoric with no shortage of recollection whenever the various milestones are mentioned.
From earthquakes, hurricanes and fires to Olympic glory and Independence, The Gleaner started chronicling Jamaica's roller-coaster history ride in 1834, and has had a front-row seat at every major event since.
With 2012 marking Jamaica's 50th year of Independence from Great Britain, The Gleaner continues to share events which made the news, this day, in 1962.
Jamaica admitted to UN
The Commonwealth had a field day as the General Assembly opened its 17th session today with the admission of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago to UN membership, and election of Mohammad Zafrulla Khan of Pakistan as president.
Rwanda and Burundi, which formerly constituted the Belgian-administered trust territory of Ruanda-Urundi, were also admitted. That raised total UN membership to 108, compared with 51 at the birth of the United Nations in 1945.
Barclays gifts for Jamaica
Barclays Bank DCO announced today that to mark the emergence of Jamaica as an independent nation in the Commonwealth, it was providing as a gift to the Caribbean island an X-ray machine, an electro-cardiograph machine and other equipment for a children's hospital.
Cuban military tribunal sentences Jamaican
A 59-year-old Jamaican biochemist accused of counter-revolutionary activities in Cuba has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by a military tribunal in Santiago de Cuba, it was disclosed today.
The British Embassy said the sentence was passed on the Jamaican, Milton Percival MacDonald, last week. He was tried on July 10, and it is understood an appeal failed.
New development plan for Jamaica
Edward Seaga, minister of development and welfare, said yesterday that the government is now preparing a new and planned development programme for Jamaica.
The minister made his statement at the monthly luncheon of the US Businessmen's Luncheon Club, held at the Sheraton Hotel, and at which Seaga was guest speaker.
The new development programme would totally reflect the policies of the present government and would replace the 10-year plan prepared by the past government, the minister said.
Jamaicans complain of ill-treatment by UK police
Various complaints of unfair treatment by certain sections of the police have been lodged by Jamaicans with the London High Commission. One distinct case was brought to the attention of Jamaica's prime minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante, who immediately gave instructions to the Jamaican Migrant Service to engage legal representation, at a cost to the Jamaican Government, of up to three hundred pounds.
The case concerns a Vincent James of South London who stated that he was not only illegally arrested, but while in custody was beaten until he was almost unconscious, and then transferred to another place of custody and beaten again.