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.
Banana growers reject directors' plan
Delegates to the special general meeting of the All-Island Banana Growers Association, yesterday, at Ramson Hall, Kingston, stormily threw out the resolution by the directors, recommending that instead of the directorate being reduced from 22 to 12 members, it should be cut down to 16 only.
In place of the directors' resolution, the delegates passed another, instructing the directorate to reduce itself to 12.
Allen back from talks
The Hon Edwin Allen, minister of education, returned to the island yesterday by BOAC jet after attending a UNESCO conference in Paris and a Commonwealth conference in London. Allen said, on arrival at the Palisadoes Airport, that "some scholarships for Jamaica were under consideration" but details were not yet finalised.
He said he gave an address to the conference in Paris and, from Jamaica's point of view, the London conference was a great success.
Doherty: All men are born equal
The US ambassador to Jamaica, William Doherty, yesterday refuted certain allegations published in Jamaica recently which, in effect, stated that he was the head of an organisation which practised discrimination.
Doherty, in addressing the US Men's Club luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel, said, "To begin with, I am a staunch adherent of the Roman Catholic faith which knows no discrimination against race, colour or creed. And if I were not a Catholic, if I were a member of the Protestant faith, I had learnt from my mother's apron strings that all men are born equal."
Trade mission calls on PM tomorrow
Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante will receive a courtesy call from the Italian trade mission at his office on East Race Course tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The mission will arrive in Jamaica at 2:10 this afternoon on BWIA from Trinidad and Tobago, and will spend five days in the island.
While here, members will make a number of calls on businessmen and government officials to study the possibility of increasing trade between Italy and Jamaica, both by buying and selling.