THIS DAY IN OUR PAST

The fol­low­ing events took place on Novem­ber 9 in the years iden­ti­fied:

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1947:Area, The Cor­po­rate

rep­re­sented by sev­eral thou­sands of its peo­ple, joins with other com­mu­ni­ties in Ja­maica and the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth in re­sponse to a de­cree of His Majesty the King in ob­serv­ing the Na­tional Day of Re­mem­brance for those who have paid the supreme sac­ri­fice in World Wars I and II. The short ser­vice is not un­like those of other Novem­ber, for while the tugs at heart­strings and the grief borne for loved ones who had car­ried the torch of democ­racy aloft in the face of mighty and fear­ful odds might be eased with the pass­ing of the years, there re­mains the re­al­i­sa­tion that these an­nual re­mem­brance ser­vices are re­minders that life is real and life is earnest, and that in many home there is a va­cant place or places which will never be filled. 1954:by Ap­proval is given

the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the pay­ment of tem­po­rary ad­di­tional al­lowances to trainee nurses at the Univer­sity Col­lege of the West Indies (UCWI) to equate their po­si­tion with that of trainees at the Kingston Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal. The mo­tion for ex­ten­sion of the al­lowances to the UCWI trainees is moved by Min­is­ter of Health and Hous­ing Rose Leon. The cost of the al­lowances, at £26 to £48 a year, will be £4,608 for 1954. A grant in this amount will be made to the UCWI to cover it. 1966:The

in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Fam­ily Plan­ning Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee is held at the Vic­to­ria Ju­bilee Hos­pi­tal on North Street in Kingston, and Health Min­is­ter Her­bert El­der­mire chal­lenges mem­bers to de­velop a pol­icy and pro­grammes which lead to low­er­ing the birth rate to 25 per 1,000 women by the year 1976. The aims and ob­jec­tives of the pro­gramme, the min­is­ter says, are “in gen­eral terms to en­sure that the peo­ple of Ja­maica will be able to bring up their fam­i­lies so that their own and their chil­dren’s fu­ture will not be blighted be­cause of the sheer im­pos­si­bil­ity of find­ing the money to pro­vide food and the means of tak­ing care of their health, ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial needs”.

–The Gleaner Archives

“De peo­ple demma bawl fe sheltah dung deh dem can’t get a room but palace up deh.”

From: Come Wi Goh Dung Deh by Linto Kwesi Johnson

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