We’ve got behind again so here’s a bonus three weeks of Peggy.
Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959
- The IBM 1401 computer and data processing system was introduced, providing the first fully transistorized computer intended for business use. The three piece system, which could be rented for $2,500 a month, had a memory ranging from 1.4 KB to 16KB, could read 800 punchcards per minute and could print 600 lines per minute. More than 14,000 units were installed.
- On Baghdad’s al-Rashid Street, Iraq’s President Abd al-Karim Qasim was ambushed on his way to the East German embassy. The five man team, led by future Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, killed Qasim’s driver and wounded Qasim. One assassin died and Saddam himself was injured, but escaped to a farm. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Saddam fled to the same farm, where he was captured on December 13th of that year.
- A Taiwanese RB-57 surveillance plane, flying at an altitude of 20,000 meters, was downed by three V-750 missiles as it flew near Beijing. It was the first time that a surface-to-air missile (SAM) had brought down an aircraft.
- In the British general election, the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, increased their majority in Parliament, capturing 365 of the 630 seats. Labour had won seats, followed by the Liberals (6) and the Independent Conservative Party (1).
- James Earl Ray was arrested after robbing a supermarket in St. Louis, and given a 20-year sentence in the Missouri State Penitentiary. With more than twelve years remaining on his jail term, Ray would escape on April 23, 1967, and assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King the following year.
- Kirsty MacColl, British singer/songwriter and daughter of folk singer and Ewan MacColl, was born in Croydon. She died in a boating accident in 2000.
- The Russian Lunik 3 probe took the first pictures of the far side of the Moon, 29 images that were later transmitted back to Earth.
- An American B-52F bomber and KC-135 tanker plane collided during refuelling and crashed in Kentucky. The two nuclear weapons on the bomber were recovered without release of radiation.
- The University of Oxford revised its rules to elevate its five affiliated women’s colleges (Lady Margaret Hall or LMH, Somerville, St Anne’s, St Hugh’s and St Hilda’s) to equal status with its men’s colleges.
- Ex Nazi rocket engineer Wernher von Braun’s and his team were transferred from the US Army Ballistic Missile Agency to NASA where they designed the Saturn V rocket that enabled the 1969 Moon landing.
- Ten members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were killed near Ladakh at Hot Springs, while defending an incursion by soldiers from neighbouring China. The other members of the 21 man patrol were taken prisoner, though later released. October 21 is now observed as Police Commemoration Day throughout India.
And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:
Sunday 4th October 1959
Mum & Eileen arrived about 11.30 – just before they came, Olive Frank, Valerie & Pete turned up so we were quite a houseful! Both children have been very well behaved – its 7.30 now & Philip isn’t crying!!!! I’m just going to write to Muriel.
Monday 5th October 1959
The children weren’t any trouble this morning – except that Gillian will insist on going into the garden at the bottom. Its very close again – I feel quite worn out after walking to the village Philip hasn’t slept this afternoon so maybe we’ll have a quiet evening.
Tuesday 6th October 1959
Robert J (Birthday)
I drew our family allowance today for the first time! Its been another warm day but tends to turn chilly. Note from Joan in the M G (morning?) to say she may be paying me a visit one day this week. The children have been well behaved today – except that Phil has cried most of the pm!
Wednesday 7th October 1959
Philip has put on 13ozs this week & now weighs 11.3!! Dr. Lyttle examined him & said he will have to go on cereals when he weighs 12lbs to satisfy him!! Both children have been good – its been another hot day Letter from Dad.
Thursday 8th October 1959
Election day – but its very quiet here – we made our own votes by post. Philip slept all morning – but he has cried most of the afternoon – He’s gone down well this evening. Anne came home with Cyril – I’m tired out again tonight. No letters – I wonder if Joan will come Tomorrow?
Friday 9th October 1959
Took Philip to the Doctor today to have his foreskin pulled back. It was a nasty job – & bled quite a lot. He hasn’t been very happy since. I was very pleased when Joan turned up about 12.15 We went to the village this pm – & her friends called for her about 6.30.
Saturday 10th October 1959
Raining today – the first time for ages. Cyril went to Leatherhead & I carried on here. The children have been very good. Daphne took Jill out this pm – I took Sue to Browns. It started to pour with rain so I went to the village to meet Jill & Daphne. We were all soaked to the skin – I hope Jill wont catch cold. I rang Pages to see if they would like to come over tomorrow – Frank & Kath were out but Anne said they would probably come.
Sunday 11th October 1959
Another bad night last night has given us all the miseries today! Philip has been crying on & off all day. Frank and Kath Page & Anne came to tea but they didn’t arrive until nearly 5.30 – we’d had our tea.
Monday 12th October 1959
Thank goodness for the Spin Dryer – without it I would never have got the washing dried & ironed today – its been raining hard all morning. This afternoon its a bit brighter so Gillian is having a spell in the garden – both she and Philip have been very good today. Letter from Dad & Joan.
Tuesday 13th October 1959
A bit better day than yesterday – we’ve been able to go up to the village Philip & Gillian were very good this morning. Jill was in disgrace last night & awake at 5am! No letters. I’ve posted my entry to the Anglia competition! Philip is yelling now – 4.30pm
Wednesday 14th October 1959
Better day today – I’ve been to the clinic this am – Philip gained 7ozs this week & is 11.10 now. I decided to do my mid week wash when I got back so have had a very busy day – have ironed some of it too. Feel quite worn out tonight. No letters.
Thursday 15th October 1959
I’ve had a day of it today – 5.15 now how glad I shall be when Phil & Jill are asleep. I hope Jill isn’t sickening for anything but she has been a grizzled & wouldn’t rest this morning. It was very foggy first thing but cleared & has been a sunny afternoon.
Friday 16th October 1959
Doctor with Philip
Up & out by 8.15 – Doctor Lyttle is quite satisfied with Philip’s little “Tinkler” – he gave Gillian her second polio injection to save me a trip tomorrow. She didn’t cry but gave him an old fashioned look! I gave her one too about an hour later when she made a mess in her pants!!
Saturday 17th October 1959
Fine day – but quite windy. Cyril has been to L’head – I didn’t get on so well in his absence – both children needed attention. However had baked & washed (Cyril ironed) before lunch. This afternoon I took Gillian & Philip out for a while – had a bath on my return & went to the dentist at 5.45 – put Philip down before I went & Cyril had Gillian bathed & down by the time I got back
Sunday 18th October 1959
I reckon I didn’t have much more than 4 hours sleep last night with getting up to Phil – & Jill had us awake from 5am!! I feel tired out & am just going to bed 9pm Dodger & Gee Gee came for a couple of hours this pm. Nice to see them again.
Monday 19th October 1959
Poured in the night – but has been fine all day so the washing is dried & ironed. We haven’t been far today only to the phone box The children have both been very good. Philip is having his cry session now – 5pm Letters from Dad & Joan.
Tuesday 20th October 1959
Fine but cold – we need a fire early evening now. Jill & Philip have behaved well – except that Phil started his session a little early today – about 3.30! & went on until 5.30!! Cyril home a bit earlier as he’d been to the dentist. Gillian had four birthday cards today.
Wednesday 21st October 1959
Its poured all day today & we haven’t been anywhere – I’ve even missed clinic for the first time – Gillian has been tormenting poor Sue – & Philip is having a cry session. I’ve washed, ironed some of it & iced a cake for Jill – with her help!!
Thursday 22nd October 1959
Our darling Gillian’s second birthday.
Great excitement today – Gillian has had I think 26 cards & lots of presents – and a party with Jennifer, Gillian M & Micheal – Andrew couldn’t come as he has a cold. Cyril had a half day & has taken photos.
Friday 23rd October 1959
Gillian was too excited – she wouldn’t settle in the evening last night – we had Philip up too – but they were both quiet when Cyril got back from seeing Anne onto the train. Two more cards for Jill today – making her total 28 – she has been very good & so has young Philip. Letter from Mur.
Lousy night with Philip.
Saturday 24th October 1959
Quite a change today – we were up very early with the children. I had a bath then did some washing – & boiling – bathed Phil, settled him – put Jill to rest & then went to Esher on the 11 o clock bus. Had an enjoyable hour’s shopping – bought nylons & a pair of red trews for Jill. Got home at 12.45 to find Cyril nursing Philip – the lad hasn’t had much sleep today. Cyril has had an hour in the garden this pm – he’s also started a cold!