THIS DAY IN OUR PAST

The fol­low­ing events took place on Novem­ber 21 in the years iden­ti­fied:

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1945:Ja­maica Pri­vate fly­ing in comes to the fore­ground when a two­engined Cessna, five-pas­sen­ger plane ar­rives at the Pal­isa­does Air­port, pi­loted by Alexander Lilly and ac­com­pa­nied by Vic Jensen, flight me­chanic. The plane, ar­riv­ing from Bar­ran­quilla, is owned by the Si­ple Air­craft Co Ltd of Canada, a com­pany that han­dles sur­plus RCAF planes. The plane, US-made but adapted for pi­lot train­ing and es­pe­cially the train­ing of in­stru­ment fly­ing, is made of ply­wood and fab­ric, sim­i­lar to the fa­mous Mos­quito. While the RCAF paid $50 apiece for them, they are now avail­able to civil­ians at the price of $4,500, and are said to be ex­ceed­ingly eco­nom­i­cal on gas.

1966:Zam­bia Pres­i­dent of Ken­neth Kaunda says, “It is in­con­ceiv­able that mil­lions in South Africa, with South West Africa, in Mozam­bique and An­gola as well as the so-called Por­tuguese Guinea, will sub­or­di­nate their in­ter­ests and destiny in the ser­vice of tiny mi­nori­ties.” Kaunda is ad­dress­ing a spe­cial joint sit­ting of the Jamaican Par­lia­ment. He con­tin­ues: “I sub­mit that, in time, and, per­haps, much ear­lier than is ex­pected, the un­der­cur­rent of ir­ri­ta­tion and the anger of the masses will build to more dan­ger­ous pro­por­tions and blow to pieces the power ex­er­cised over them against their will.”

1967:Prime Min­is­ter Hugh Shearer an­nounces to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives that the Jamaican pound is de­val­ued in keep­ing with the de­val­u­a­tion of ster­ling and the new par­ity of US$2.40 fixed by or­der signed by the min­is­ter of fi­nance and plan­ning. Shearer states that the Cabi­net, hav­ing weighed all the ad­van­tages of var­i­ous al­ter­na­tive cour­ses of ac­tion, con­cludes that the course which will present the is­land with the great­est ad­van­tage is de­val­u­a­tion.

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