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.
Two killed in cargo-plane crash
TWO MEN were killed and a woman badly injured when a Colombian cargo plane crashed yesterday morning on a hill at Port Henderson. It was the first crash from the new Palisadoes runway. The twin-engined aircraft crashed on the northern side of a small plateau, a few hundred yards east of Rodney's Lookout, rolled over the cliff on the southern side, and burned.
The crash occurred about 3:50 a.m., just three minutes after the plane had taken off from the Palisadoes Airport on what was to have been a non-stop flight to Colombia. The bodies of the pilot and his co-pilot were trapped beneath two engines and charred beyond recognition.
The other occupant of the Curtiss Commando plane, who, like the others, is from BogotŠ, was thrown clear on top of the 700-foot hill. When found by Sergeant AT Golding of the Police Training School, a member of the rescue party, she was in a seat but the seat belt was not fastened.
Banana industry down for probe
A business consultant firm is to make a thorough investigation of the banana industry's administration to see how much is being wasted in this direction, and to make recommendations to the minister of agriculture and lands on how the position can be rectified. The investigation is to start early in the coming year.
Independence loan opens
Jamaicans are to be given an opportunity to share in the development of their country through an Independence loan, which is being opened today by the Minister of Finance Donald Sangster. Investors are being asked to take up stocks which will carry an interest of six and a half per cent over a 20-year redemption period.
5,000 homes planned by new company
A £7.5-million housing scheme to build 5,000 homes, from Kingston to Montego Bay, is to be launched this week by the Guarantee Home Savings and Loan Association Limited, a company with Jamaica and United States partners. A statement by Bruce A Werlhot, secretary of the Jamaica Mortgage Association Limited, which will operate with the savings and loan association, and will share offices with it at 1A Duke Street, Kingston, said houses are to be built in the main towns of Jamaica.