Here’s what was going on in the world this week in 1960
- The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan was signed at the White House by U.S. President Eisenhower and Japan’s Prime Minister Kishi. Unpopular in Japan, the treaty was ratified there in June, and Kishi resigned soon afterward.
- The Soviet Union successfully test-fired the first ICBM, the R-7 Semyorka, demonstrating a range of at least 7,760 miles when it reached a target area in the Pacific Ocean. The explosion on impact was observed by the crew of a Qantas aircraft.
- In the third worst mine disaster in history, 437 coal miners were killed at the Coalbrook North Colliery at Coalbrook, South Africa, when a three square kilometer section collapsed, filling the mine shaft with methane.
- Undersea explorer Jacques Piccard and Navy Lt. Don Walsh descended in the U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste into the deepest depths of the ocean, reaching the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, a depth of more than seven miles.
- Avianca Flight 671 from New York to Montego Bay, Jamaica, crashed and burned when its landing gear collapsed on touchdown, killing 37 of the 46 persons on board.
And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:
Sunday 17th January 1960
To Molly & Ted
It was a lovely morning for our drive to Watford & we all enjoyed it – no sickness this time – we reached North Approach about quarter to twelve & had a very nice day with Molly & Ted. Left at six thirty – home quarter to eight.
Monday 18th January 1960
Good washing day – & what a lot I’ve had! – missed doing my bits over the weekend. The children have both been very good – we went to the Green this afternoon & have at last bought the dog licence!!
Tuesday 19th January 1960
My birthday cards have started coming in – one from Mum today – It’s been a fine day – but very windy this afternoon. We’ve been up to the village – & rang Daddy! Gillian & Philip both slept well this morning enabling me to get my polishing done!
Wednesday 20th January 1960
I had two parcels today – one from Mrs Green with an apron, baby pwd. smarties & two cigs – & one from Mum with an overall & hankies. Philip has put on 17 1/2ozs in the last two weeks. Its been a fine day but cold. Gillian & the infant have had a good deal of fresh air today.
Thursday 21st January 1960
Nice surprise this morning – pr. of slippers from Cyril & a bowl with three hyacinths from Jill & Phil! 17! cards – scarf from Olive; talc from Renee so I’ve done very well for my 39th. I’m now in my 40th year! Ah well. Never mind age. A miserable wet day. We haven’t been out.
Friday 22nd January 1960
Didn’t go out again today – Gillian & I have been baking this afternoon – Phil slept out all morning. I don’t know why but I’m down in the dumps – and am just doing my chores automatically – no joy in anything.
Saturday 23rd January 1960
I was going out to have a look at the shops this afternoon but its so wet I’ve had a bath instead. Cyril went shopping to L’head this morning & came back with two large plaice which I’m now going to cook for tea – an expensive tea – 3/7d!!! (22p) Philip is looking rather pale today but he’s quite happy. Both children slept well last night – it was quarter to seven before I went into Phil & Gillian hadn’t woken then.