The following is a snapshot of several events that occurred in Jamaica on July 8 in:
1670: Spain formally ceded Jamaica to England by the Treaty of Madrid.
1943: The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) was officially launched at the Ward Theatre in Downtown Kingston. Sir Alexander Bustamante became the Party’s first Leader.
1962: First Jamaica-made 15-footer fibre glass pleasure boat launched. Constructed by Jamaica Fibre Glass Ltd., the official launch ceremony took place at Morgan’s Harbour at 10:00 a.m.
1962: The National Costume Committee began the National Costume Show to showcase the three designs for the National Costume from which all Jamaicans were urged to vote for a final National Costume. The National Costume Committee envisioned the National Costume “could be worn at times of national festivities, on anniversaries of Independence Day for example or perhaps on occasions such as the Denbigh Fair and so on” (Sunday Gleaner, July 8, 1962, pg. 15).
Louise Bennett, Miss Lou, who was also a member of the National Costume Committee, was reported to have said the following in a meeting of the Committee:
I hope we all agree that Jamaica needs a National Costume – the country-man’s dress is good, especially the bandanna definitely we must have a bandanna, we must take into consideration when styling this costume the climate of course.
Until next time…