THIS DAY IN OUR PAST

The fol­low­ing events took place on Novem­ber 17 in the years iden­ti­fied:

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1939:his­tory, Mak­ing lo­cal

Gov­er­nor Arthur Richards broad­casts over Ja­maica’s first of­fi­cial broad­cast­ing sta­tion. The ser­vice starts to af­ford the is­land a reg­u­lar and wide­spread means of learning the of­fi­cial prices set by war au­thor­i­ties or sta­ple goods and, other ne­ces­si­ties. His speech which is of much wider in­ter­est than the sin­gle mat­ter of food prices, says “The oc­ca­sion on which I ad­dress you is some­what his­toric be­cause this is the first time that the head of the Gov­ern­ment of the is­land has been able to ad­dress the peo­ple of Ja­maica through the medium of a Ja­maican broad­cast­ing sta­tion. I had not in­tended to in­au­gu­rate my own broad­casts un­til De­cem­ber 1939 and I had felt that it would he bet­ter first to es­tab­lish the habit of lis­ten­ing in at 4:30 p.m. on Fri­days by fix­ing that hour for the broad­cast of food con­trol prices, and other mat­ters of pub­lic in­ter­est con­nected with war reg­u­la­tions.” 1939:Bronze The Girl Guides’

Medal, the very high­est award that can be given by that move­ment, is pre­sented by Lady Richards to Joyce Neita of Short­wood Col­lege, in recog­ni­tion of the con­spic­u­ous courage and pres­ence of mind dis­played by her dur­ing the dis­as­trous fire which de­stroyed a por­tion of the col­lege in Jan­uary 1939. The pre­sen­ta­tion is the prin­ci­pal event of a most pleas­ing cer­e­mony held on the grounds of Short­wood Col­lege and which is at­tended by Gov­er­nor Arthur Richards and Lady Richards; Mas­ter Fraser Richards; Miss Ols­son, Head­mistress of Short­wood Col­lege; S.R. Cargill, cus­tos of Kingston; Mrs Bourne is­land sec­re­tary; Girl Guides’ As­so­ci­a­tion; and many oth­ers. 1958:The

12,000-ton Ital­ian liner SS Ir­pinia sails into Kingston from Southamp­ton, trav­el­ling by way of Cu­raçao, and docks at the No. 1 Pier where she dis­em­barks 328 pas­sen­gers, the ma­jor­ity be­ing Ja­maicans re­turn­ing home from Bri­tain. The Ir­pinia sails shortly af­ter noon with 70 Ja­maican mi­grants who are bound for the United King­dom. The ship will call at Bar­ba­dos and Trinidad on her way back to Southamp­ton.

–The Gleaner Archives

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