Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959
- Three days after departing the United States, where he had met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev began talks with China’s Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing. In 1967, Khrushchev would tell an interviewer from the West German magazine Stern that “In 1959 Mao Tse-tung said to me, ‘We must just provoke the United States into a war, then I will send you as many divisions as you need— 100, 200, 1,000’.
- The 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was celebrated .
- Aleksandr Alekseyev, a Soviet KGB agent and correspondent for TASS, arrived in Cuba to forge a relationship between the U.S.S.R. and the Castro government. By October 12, he had met with Che Guevara, and by October 15 with Fidel Castro, creating a Soviet ally 90 miles from the United States.
- The ballistic missile submarine, USS Theodore Roosevelt, was launched from Mare Island. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the 75-year-old daughter of the 26th American president, broke the champagne across the submarine hull on her second attempt.
- Celebrated senegalese singer, Youssou N’Dour, who became perhaps the first worldwide star of ‘World Music” was born in Dakar.
- A total eclipse of the sun was visible from the northeast United States to West Africa.
- ‘Only Sixteen’ by Craig Douglas was in its last of four week as UK No. 1 single.
- The Brunei Constitution and Agreement of 1959 gave the British colony of Brunei its first written Constitution and protectorate status. Great Britain was given complete control of the external affairs of the South Pacific nation, while the Sultan, Omar Ali Saifuddin III, presided over an Executive Council. Brunei became fully independent in 1984.
And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:
Sunday 27th September 1959
Philip didn’t sleep so well this morning but had a good session this pm. Cyril took Jill & Sue to the station to get his ticket – so I had an hour on the bed! No visitors again today – much to our surprise. I’ve written a couple of letters this evening while Cyril nursed Phil!!
Monday 28th September 1959
The children have both been very good enabling me to do all the washing & I finished ironing this evening. We went to the village this afternoon – & the novelty has worn off the pram seat _ Jill wants to walk most of the time – making it a slow job!
Tuesday 29th September 1959
Philip has been good today but Gillian has been a bit irritable & hasn’t had much sleep. We’ve been to the village – a long slow trek with Gillian walking. It makes me so tired. Have cleaned some of the windows today as the window cleaner came.
Wednesday 30th September 1959
Philip had us awake for a couple of hours during the night & hasn’t been very good this morning. We went to the clinic this pm. – he weighs 10lbs 6 now having put on another 9ozs. The health visitor thinks his crying spells are due to the fact that he is overfed! Joan sent a pretty dress for Philip today. Gillian has been a good girl!
Thursday 1st October 1959
Defrosted the frig this am. Cyril insisted on boiling up my wash last night & rinsing it. I’m glad now that he did as Phil cried all morning & Jill joined him from about 1230! What a pantomime! We haven’t been out this pm – as Phil is asleep I’ve done the ironing.
Friday 2nd October 1959
Philip has excelled himself & been very good all day – & this evening I hope he keeps it up through the night as I’m really very tired. These broken nights are beginning to tell on me! Present for Phil today from Dodo – pretty pram pillow case & feeder
Saturday 3rd October 1959
We had an awful night with Philip last night – & Cyril has bought him a DUMMY today!!! Its another hot day – I carried on with the chores while Cyril went to Esher – this afternoon Daphne & I took Gillian & Philip to the village. I bought a couple of vertex vests for Baby as I think the woollen ones are too hot – have also opened his P.O. account with Molly’s £1 note. I’m hoping the children will behave this evening as I want to have a bath & facial!!