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It happened this week in 1969

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 2:12 PM
Dr Cheddi Jagan
Dr Neville Gallimore
Edward Seaga
Lynden Newland
Willy Brandt
Norman Manley
Alexander Bustamante



n Michael Manley, leader of the opposition, returned home from his world tour, which took him to Europe, Africa, and North America. He described his visit to Africa as "a tremendous inspiration from many points of view". The primary purpose of his visit was to begin dialogue with the political leaders throughout Africa on the need to develop diplomatic relations.

n British Minister for Sport Denis Howell told the South African cricket touring team to stay away from Britain. He warned that South African cricket star Colin Bland, a Rhodesian, would not be able to enter the country with a Rhodesian passport. Howell, speaking on a television sports programme, said he didn't think the South African team should come as he didn't have time for any sport based on racial considerations as South African sport did in the selection of their team.


n Jamaica celebrates its first National Heroes Day. The first national heroes - Sir Alexander Bustamante and the late Norman Manley - were formally conferred with the award. At the National Heroes Day parade held at Up Park Camp to mark the occasion, citations were read making the award to the two great Jamaican leaders. Jamaica's first prime minister and the only surviving national hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante, was described as the greatest unifying and stabilising factor in Jamaica and one who had brought peace and prosperity out of chaos. A man of law, whose advocacy was dedicated to the extension of law to the weak and to the poor, was how the late Norman Manley was described in his citation. Manley was described as a giant among men, who dedicated his life to his people and to the persuasion of men's minds to truths and freedoms.


n The Federal Aviation Authority reported that a Miami-bound Pan-American Airways plane was hijacked over Merida, Mexico, and the pilot ordered to fly to Havana, Cuba. There were 36 persons on board the plane, which took off from Mexico City.

Social Democrat leader Willy Brandt was elected West Germany's first socialist chancellor, ending 20 years of Christian Democrat rule. Three weeks after the federal elections, the new Bundestag voted 55-year-old Brandt into office by 251 votes - two more than the required absolute majority.

n Spectators threw bottles and seat cushions on to the pitch during the World Cup soccer match between Australia and South Korea. The trouble started when Australia scored a disputed equaliser midway through the second half. Bottles and seat cushions were thrown at Australian officials and reserves who had to run for cover. Police reinforcements moved into the 25,080-strong crowd, but another barrage of missiles was hurled on to the pitch at the end of the match. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, assuring Australia of top place in the three-nation group, which also included Japan.


n Steps to be taken by the Government of Jamaica and the United States (US) to curb the fleecing of Jamaican workers seeking jobs in the United States were discussed between Minister of Labour and National Insurance Lynden Newland and officials of the US Department of Labour in Washington, DC, during the conference of labour ministers of the Organization of American States.


n Tribute was paid to Norman Manley by the House of Representatives. Speakers on both sides of the House were unanimous in their praise of the contributions Manley had made to the constitutional, political, social, and economic life of Jamaica over the years, and to the parliamentary life of the country as a member of the House of Representatives for 20 years. Ministers of government announced during the debate that a life-size painting of Manley would be hung in the Institute of Jamaica, and a statue had been commissioned, and Edna Manley, if it suited her, would undertake the work.

n Minister of Finance and Planning Edward Seaga, assisted by Governor of the Bank of Jamaica G. Arthur Brown, presented commemorative sets of the new Jamaica coinage to the members of parliament at Gordon House. Seaga informed the group of the commemorative souvenirs, which included the one-dollar coin not yet in circulation. A complete set, including the new notes, was handed to the Speaker, ECL Parkinson, to be kept in the Parliamentary Library.


n Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Dr Neville Gallimore called on members of the United Nations to join in a united assault on the many and varied problems and impediments in the way of international cooperation. Gallimore was speaking at the flag-raising ceremony held at the George VI Memorial Park in honour of United Nations Day.


n Home Affairs Minister Gerard Montano reported that the Trinidad and Tobago Government banned 16 South African Jaycees because it would in no way condone South Africa's racist policies. The South Africans were due in Trinidad with a party from London to attend this year's conference of the Junior Chamber International. Montano, speaking on the issue, said everyone knew South Africa's very strong racial policy, which the government, as well as every civilised government in the world, had strongly condemned. The government banned all trade with South Africa and Rhodesia.

n Guyana's Marxist opposition leader Dr Cheddi Jagan called on the Government to establish a fair practices commission to investigate allegations and charges of racial and political discrimination. He suggested that the Opposition be adequately represented on such a commission.