THIS DAY IN OUR PAST
The following events took place on September 20 in the years identified:
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