THIS DAY IN OUR PAST

The fol­low­ing events took place on Septem­ber 20 in the years iden­ti­fied:

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1949:Rep­re­sen­ta­tives

The House of votes to ap­prove the sub­mis­sion of a pro­posed ap­pli­ca­tion to the Sec­re­tary of State for the Colonies seek­ing a fur­ther grant of £4,000 un­der the Colo­nial De­vel­op­ment and Wel­fare Act, to as­sist in fi­nanc­ing the op­er­a­tions of the Ja­maica So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals for a pe­riod of five years. 1959:Pre­mier

and Leader of the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) rides through the west of the city for more than an hour at the head of march­ing col­umns of tri­umphant party sup­port­ers cel­e­brat­ing the ‘com­ing of age’ of the PNP, which marks the 21st an­niver­sary of the party. Pre­ceded by a bi­cy­cle brigade, the PNP Leader rides in an open car with Mrs Man­ley be­side him. Other rep­re­sen­ta­tives are Ver­non Ar­nett, min­is­ter of fi­nance and gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Party; Mrs Iris King, mayor of Kingston; and Edith Dal­ton-James. 1961:King­dom As the United

and the West Indies re­act sharply to the de­ci­sion of the Ja­maican peo­ple to with­draw from the Fed­er­a­tion of the West Indies, the pre­mier, Nor­man Man­ley, sum­mons an emer­gency meet­ing of the Cab­i­net and be­gan to take steps to im­ple­ment the de­mands of the vote in the ref­er­en­dum. 1961:Ja­maica Leader of the

Labour Party, Alexan­der Bus­ta­mante, states that Pre­mier Nor­man Man­ley’s ac­tion in re­quest­ing the Sec­re­tary of State for the Colonies to re­ceive a delegation from the Ja­maica Govern­ment “is un­con­sti­tu­tional, un­par­lia­men­tary, a breach of pub­lic faith and po­lit­i­cal trick­ery at the low­est level”. Bus­ta­mante fur­ther states that Mr Man­ley has no author­ity what­so­ever to do such a thing. His only hon­ourable and proper ac­tion must be ei­ther to re­sign forth­with and al­low the peo­ple to elect a govern­ment to carry out their wishes as ex­pressed in the ref­er­en­dum de­ci­sion.

– The Gleaner Archives

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