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Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

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.

IMF bill passed

The House of Representatives last night passed a bill approving Jamaica's membership of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The Government announced that, at present, consideration was being given to the question of Jamaica joining two subsidiary organisations of these world financial bodies - the International Finance Corporation and the International Development Association.

Jamaica flag up at Perth

PERTH, Australia:

Jamaica's black, green and gold flag was raised for the first at a sporting event outside the country during today's flag-raising ceremony at the Empire and Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village.

"This is a proud moment," said team coach Herb McKenley, who has represented Jamaica at several Olympic and Empire Games meets.

The flag came into being when Jamaica became an independent nation in August this year. A week later it was raised at the National Stadium in Kingston, when Jamaica played host to the Ninth Central American and Caribbean Games.

Sir Colin retiring

The Hon Sir Colin Malcolm McGregor, chief justice, is retiring from the judicial service which he entered 37 years ago. He goes on retirement leave at the end of the year. Sir Colin was appointed chief justice of Jamaica on February 20, 1958, succeeding Sir John Carberry. He has been on sick leave since the better part of October.

Film-budgeting mission

Eric Cross, director of photography of Cine International Corporation, arrived in Jamaica on Monday to look into the budgeting of a film which may be shot mainly in the island.

The film is to be called Quigley's Quest and will be a comedy satirising the well-known production, Around The World In Eighty Days.

Is Castro ready to flee?


Cuban exiles said today Fidel Castro has everything in readiness to flee the island. The students' revolutionary directorate said it learned from contacts in Cuba that a Brittania plane, one of four owned by Cubana Airlines, is kept in a state of preparedness at the Rancho Boyeros Airport near Havana.