THIS DAY IN OUR PAST
The following events took place on November 17 in the years identified:
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