Week 31 : 31st July – 6th August 1966

Peggy and Gill brewing up!

Peggy and Gill brewing up!

Here’s what’s happening around the world-

  • 1st August – Charles Whitman, a former U.S. Marine sniper and a student at the University of Texas at Austin, took an elevator to the 28th floor of the tower overlooking the campus, and shot 43 people, killing 13 of them. Earlier in the day, he had murdered his mother and his wife. Whitman began shooting victims at 11:48, and was not stopped until 96 minutes later, when policemen Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy were able to reach the sniper’s perch and to kill him. An autopsy showed later that Whitman had a brain tumour.
  • 3rd August, Died: Lenny Bruce, 40, American comedian, from an overdose of morphine. Bruce was found in the bathroom at his home on 8825 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, reportedly with the needle of his syringe still lodged in his arm.
  • 5th August – Groundbreaking took place for the World Trade Center in New York City, as jackhammers began breaking pavement at the former site of Radio Row. 
  • 5th August – The Beatles’ album Revolver was released in the United Kingdom by EMI Studios. It would be released by Capitol Records in the United States three days later, on August 8, but without three songs that had already appeared on the U.S. version of Yesterday and Today.
  • 6th August -Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the wealthy, but erratic, ruler of the oil-rich sheikhdom of Abu Dhabi, was overthrown by members of his own family, and arrested with the assistance of the British paramilitary force, the Trucial Oman Scouts. At the time, Abu Dhabi and seven other sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula were part of a British protectorate, the Trucial States. The new ruler, Shakhbut’s younger brother Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, would later unite the sheikdoms and become the first President of the United Arab Emirates in 1971.

And here’s what’s happening for Peggy-

Sunday 31st July 1966
Had a bad night – Cyril coughing etc. nearly all night. We managed to have our lunch out at Bantham before heavy rain set in for the day. We went to Bodmin Road and booked Eileen’s ticket for Thursday. Cyril still coughing.

Monday 1st August 1966
Terrible storms during the night. Cyril a bit better. Eileen and I took the children down to the village this morning – we had Joan and Fred to lunch – 9 of us! Steak and kidney, dumplings, beans, fruit trifle and cream! We all walked down to the beach afterwards. I had a lovely surf. Cyril followed. I’ve come back up to make the tea.


Eileen with Gill and Phil at Lostwithiel en route to Fowey.

Tuesday 2nd August 1966
Our worst day. It has poured most of the day – we got soaked in Wadebridge. However we bought some nice Mackerel and sent some flowers off to Doris, which was what we wanted to do. Had to play jolly games in the van all afternoon. Took the children for a walk on the beach this evening.

Wednesday 3rd August 1966
We took a chance today and went to the South coast, looking for better weather AND WE FOUND IT!! Fowey was lovely, we had an excellent lunch at Lostwithiel (good and cheap) then went to Fowey – then to Carlyon Bay, where we were able to sit out and brew up off the beach.

Thursday 4th August 1966
Have had a really good day today. We left here at 9:30 and took Eileen (Cyril’s sister) to Bodmin Road, Phil and Daddy had a hair cut in Bodmin. Went straight back to Daymer and met the crowd and stayed there until 6pm – had a swim. Went straight to Padstow where we bought presents for Phyl and Stan. Didn’t get in until 9:30pm

Friday 5th August 1966
Have had another good day. On Polzeath beach all the time until four o’clock when Joan, Eileen (Joan’s daughter), Gill and I went off to the hairdressers at Rock for our shampoo & sets. It’s lovely to have clean hair! We’ve been busy packing up. I don’t want to go home! Had a lovely surf today.

Saturday 6th August 1966
What a journey! We left Polzeath at 9:30am in pouring rain. It rained every inch of the way. We had great difficulty in getting a meal en route – everywhere full – roads full! Queues galore! We arrived home at 8:40pm. Mary & Leonard left before us, at 9:15, and arrived home at quarter to midnight!! They had a 4 hour stationary queue at Taunton.

All very tired, but we have enjoyed the holiday. The children are looking very well and were full of beans during the journey. I have put on 4lbs in weight!! Rang Joan – they had arrived home ½ hour before us.

Digging for victory at Carlyon Bay!

Digging for victory at Carlyon Bay!


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