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This day in 1962

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 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.

Holding Budget this year

PRACTICALLY all the existing programmes and projects in housing, agriculture, education and other fields of Government are to be maintained for the time being, while a general reassessment takes place. The Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure to be presented to the Legislature at the current session will constitute a holding Budget only, designed to sustain these programmes.

These were the main points of the Throne speech delivered to a joint meeting of the new Legislative Council and House of Representatives yesterday morning by the Governor, Sir Kenneth Blackburne, as he formally opened the first Spring Session of the Legislature which is to take Jamaica into Independence.

However, Sir Kenneth said the Government will, in the meantime, make special efforts to lessen unemployment, stimulate agricultural production and improve marketing arrangements, seek methods of arresting the rise in the cost of living, including price control where advisable, and take steps to ensure that those who derived most benefit from the recent economic boom make a greater contribution to the public revenue than hitherto.

Dennis Gick dies

Dennis Gick, Jamaica's first radio announcer and an employee of the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, died yesterday evening at the age of 58.

Gick began his career in Jamaica as a society photographer and reached the top of that profession before he turned to broadcasting for ZQI, the first public radio station in this island.

PNP names five to anthem, flag committee

The People's National Party, at a meeting of its parliamentary group yesterday, named five members to the informal joint committee of the House of Representatives to consider a flag and an anthem for an independent Jamaica.

Named to the committee were F.A. Glasspole, Wills O. Isaacs, Dr Glendon Loban, B.B. Coke and the Honourable Dudley Thompson.

Glasspole and Mrs Iris King were appointed to the PNP representatives to the consultative committee on the Independence celebrations.

'Forced' to take chair

The ancient British tradition of forcing a speaker to take the chair was re-enacted at Gordon House yesterday afternoon as soon as the clerk of the Legislature had announced the election, unopposed, of Tacius Golding as speaker of the House of Representatives.

There was subdued merriment as Golding remained in his seat until he was 'arrested' by the Honourable Donald Sangster, who is well known for his sense of history, and the Honourable Edward Seaga, and 'escorted' to his new position.

Even then, it was some time before Golding sat down for he went straight into his address, thanking the House for electing him and praising his predecessor, Burnett Coke.