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This day in 1962

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 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.

Princess Margaret to represent The Queen at Independence celebrations

AT THE request of the premier, made on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, and after consultation with the leader of the Opposition, Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret has graciously consented to represent Her Majesty the Queen at Jamaica's Independence celebrations in August.

Making the announcement last night, Norman Manley said: "I am very pleased indeed to learn that HRH Princess Margaret has accepted my invitation, given on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, and made after consulting the leader of the Opposition, to come to Jamaica to represent Her Majesty the Queen at the Independence celebrations.

Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret visited Jamaica in February 1955, the year in which the island celebrated the Tercentenary of British connection with the colony, and fulfilled a number of public engagements, among them the opening of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay, St Thomas (the hospital was named for her). It was then generally agreed by all that the princess had endeared herself to the Jamaican population.

Jamaica's motto will be 'Out Of Many, One People'

On the authority of the premier and Cabinet leader of the Opposition, this announcement was made yesterday by Chairman of the Independence Celebrations Committee, Theodore Sealy.

The motto will be inscribed in the scroll of the Jamaica Coat of Arms, which will be retained without any other alternation. The existing Latin motto "Indus Uterque Serviet Uni" (The Indians twain shall serve one Lord), will be discarded as bearing no relation to modern independent Jamaica.

As was explained in a Ministry Paper tabled recently in the House of Representatives, the existing Coat of Arms was granted Jamaica in 1661, under Royal Warrant and was partially revised in 1957.

It constituted a badge of great historical significance. The original Arms were designed by William Sandcroft, who was, at that time, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the use of the Royal Helmet and Mantling is a unique distinction accorded Jamaica.

Decision on the National Flag will not be taken until after the election, but the Coat of Arms is most suitable for souvenirs and other commemorative devices, the celebrations' chairman stated.