Celebrating Jamaica 50
1 In April, newly appointed Governor General Florizel Glasspole was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
2 With the signing of US$650-Million loan in April, Jamaica becomes the number-one per capita recipient of the International Monetary Fund lending in the world.
3 Reggae icon and international legend Robert Nesta Marley was laid to rest May 21, after succumbing to melanoma on May 11.
4 In October Jamaica breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba.
5 An Act to repeal the Jamaica School of Agriculture Act, tabled in Parliament saw the closure of the Jamaica School of Agriculture, and establishment of the College of Agriculture in Passley Gardens, Portland.
6 The Public Relations Society of Jamaica (PRSJ) is founded to protect the professional standards in the practice of public relations in Jamaica.
7 Jamaican and West Indian right-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler Marlon Samuels is born on January 5.
8 Jamaica received more assistance from the United States, than it did in the post-war World War II period.
9 HALAGRO (popularly known as Hardware & Lumber) commences operations in Jamaica by opening a retail store at 697 Spanish Town Road.
10 Sandal Resorts International is founded by Gordon 'Butch' Stewart. The company operates luxury-included all-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean islands of Jamaica, The Bahamas, St Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos and Cuba.