Week 26 : 26th June – 2nd July 1966

Diary Shelf

This week in 1966:-

  • 28th June – The British tanker, Alva Cape, which had exploded killing 33 people on June 16th, suffered another explosion whilst being unloaded of its remaining cargo, killing a further four people.
  • BORN – John Cusack, American actor in Illinois.
  • 29th June – Introduction of the first British Credit Card by Barclays Bank. The Barclaycard is born!
  • 30th June – France formally withdrew from NATO.
  • BORN – Mike Tyson, American boxer.
  • DIEDGiuseppe Farina, aged 59. Retired Italian racing driver. Killed in a car accident.
  • DIED – Margery Allingham, British detective novelist and creator of Albert Campion.
  • 1st July – Manuel Santana became the first Spanish winner of Wimbledon, defeating American Dennis Ralston in straight sets, 6-4, 11-9, 6-4.
  • 2nd July – Billie Jean King won the first of her six Wimbledon singles titles, defeating Brazil’s Maria Bueno 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Back in Oxshott:-

Sunday 26th June 1966
Children seem none the worse for their long day – they went to Sunday School. I did some washing. This afternoon the children and I went to Wisley with Leonard.

Monday 27th June 1966
Sweep 8:00am
The sweep was on time and away before we all left at 8:50 – Room is all straight again now. Have washed curtains etc. Went round to Knipp Hill this afternoon.
Joan rang.

Tuesday 28th June 1966
Went back to work – shooting up the hours. Young Wives tonight – a talk by Baroness Edith de Ward (a local councillor), who was quite interesting, though I didn’t agree with all her sentiments! Mowed the lawns.

Wednesday 29th June 1966
Very nice day – almost like summer again. Letter from Ted this afternoon. Very busy at the office. Mr. Murray going on holiday tomorrow.

Thursday 30th June 1966
Cyril Cardiff
Open Day
Saw the children’s work at school – afraid neither of them are very good workers. Played badminton afterwards. Only three of us turned up – so how we played. Phew!! Very hot afternoon. Have done some washing and defrosted the fridge.

Friday 1st July 1966
Another fine day. Cyril arrived home from Cardiff about 1:30pm – very hot and tired. I had to go back to the office. Mowed the lawns (again?) this evening.

Saturday 2nd July 1966
Had a good grocery spend up in Esher! Gillian went off to Brownie Revels – I managed to do the washing before we went. Cyril gave me a fiver to buy an anniversary present – I bought him a hose and sprinkler – at his request! Played Canasta.

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