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This day in 1962

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 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.

An aerial view of the National Stadium at Briggs Park. The bleachers have been completed, the 10 floodlight poles have been erected, the cycling and running tracks are ready for use and work on the grandstand is moving rapidly. In the foreground (right) are the swimming and diving pools, and at extreme left, the arena for games such as basketball and netball.

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.

Carreras to start cigarette factory

A £150,000 cigarette factory is to be erected soon in Jamaica by Carreras Ltd, the British manufacturers who make Craven "A".

The plant, which is to have the most modern machinery available installed at an estimated cost of £120,000, is to be started about May this year, and should be ready to go into production early next year, as the building is expected to take about six months.

Editor's note: The Carreras factory was built in Twickenham Park, Spanish Town. The statue of a large black cat, cast in bronze and eight feet six inches tall, which stands at the Jamaican factory, was originally one of two which dominated the entrance to Carreras' Arcadia Works plant in Mornington Crescent, London, which was opened in 1928.

The black cats stood guard over Arcadia Works until 1959 when Carreras merged with Rothmans of Pall Mall and moved to a new factory in Basildon, Essex. The cats were separated, with one making the short journey to Essex and the other to Twickenham Park.

British Lords debate Ja's 'promiscuous procreation'

London, March 20 (Reuter):

Peers clashed in the House of Lords tonight over what Lord Milverton, a former governor of Nigeria, called an attempt to turn the Government's Commonwealth Immigration Control Bill into the "legitimisation of concubinage".

The House of Lords was debating a Labour opposition amendment to a clause about the deportation of criminals.

The amendment sought to exempt from deportation a woman who had been living in permanent association with a man, so as to put her in the same position as a wife. The amendment was eventually withdrawn.

Lord Milverton said one of the causes of the desire to migrate from Jamaica was the "reckless increase of the population due to promiscuous procreation".

He thought it extraordinary that Britain should accept as immigrants men who brought these women with them as their wives.

"These people come here to be integrated into our community," he added. "Are we to throw overboard what is supposed to be one of the civilised factors of society - a respect for the marriage tie?"

National Stadium construction resumes

Work will begin again this morning on construction of the National Stadium, Briggs Park, after the suspension of work on the project for nearly a month, Herbert MacDonald, chairman of National Sports Ltd, announced yesterday.

But work on the stadium, scheduled to be the venue for the Jamaica Independence celebrations on August 6 and of the Ninth Central American and Caribbean Games later in August, will begin under new contractors - A. D. Scott Ltd, associated with Caribbean Construction Ltd, and Leonard I. Chang (Engineers) Ltd.

Suspension of work at the stadium on which over 1,000 workers were employed, first began on February 24 when the then contractors, C.J. Fox & Company Ltd, suspended work and later requested National Sports Ltd to grant them permission to withdraw as principal building contractors.

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' Broadway play written in Jamaica

Ale Wasserman, American playwright of stage, films and television, has chosen Jamaica's north coast as the place to get away from it all, while he writes a new play, scheduled for production later this year.

Wasserman arrived in the island three weeks ago and has been staying at the Windsor Hotel, St Ann's Bay, where he's hard at work on the play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This is based on a novel of the same name by Ken Kesey.

Wasserman is doing the scripting exclusively for movie actor Kirk Douglas, who has chosen this play for his first Broadway appearance in many years. After Broadway, it is planned to make a film of the play.

Editor's note: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed in 1975 as an American drama.

The film was the second to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay) following It Happened One Night in 1934, an accomplishment not repeated until 1991 by The Silence of the Lambs.

The film is No. 20 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Movies list. It was shot at Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon, which was also the setting of the novel.