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Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM
It was fruit like these that the Banana Board shipped from Jamaica to the United Kingdom partly throughout the summer of 1962.
A.R. Cools Lartigue, acting chief justice, administers the oaths to Sir Clifford Campbell (left) during his swearing-in as Jamaica's first native governor general in November 1962. - File photos

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 con-tinues to share events which made the news, this day, in 1962.

Sir Clifford takes over December 1

Sir Clifford Campbell will assume duty as governor general of Jamaica on Saturday, December 1, 1962. He will inspect a guard of honour mounted by the First Batallion, the Jamaica Regiment, on King's House grounds, and afterwards, he will take the oaths of office in a ceremony in the ballroom at King's House.

Opposition walks out on House

The opposition walked out en bloc yesterday afternoon, the first time there has been a walkout since the Government took office, in disagreement over the procedure in regard to extending the afternoon sitting. The minister of trade and industry, Robert Lightbourne, was speaking on the Trade Law Amendment Bill, which is to abolish the Trade Board, when the time came, at 5:20 p.m., to adjourn the sitting at 5:30.

Lightbourne: Stout tax up

Robert Lightbourne, minister of trade and industry, issued the following statement yesterday: "When the tax was placed on beer, information was received by my ministry that the increase was also being applied by retailers on stout. On the information I received, I issued a notice stating there should be no increase in stout prices.

"I was wrong in that although the statement only referred to an increase in tax on beer, both the Customs Tariff and the Excise Duty Law define beer as including stout and, therefore, any new tax on beer would also apply to stout".

Bananas: UFCo may resume large-scale cultivation

A package deal is now being negotiated between the Jamaican Government and the United Fruit Company's (UFCo) headquarters in the United States by which the company proposes to resume large-scale banana cultivation in the island.

In the UFCo side of the package, the company will invest millions of pounds of renewed banana cultivation in the island, the target being to jump national production from the current level of 10 million stems a year, up to 20 million stems, at least.