Week 35 : 28th August-3rd September 1966

Diary Shelf

Here’s what was going on around the world this week:-

  • August 29th – The Beatles played their final concert, marking the end of a career as international performing artists that lasted just under three years. A crowd of 25,000 turned out at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, paying between $3.80 and $7.00 to see the Fab Four.
  • September 1st – While waiting at a bus terminal, Ralph H. Baer, an inventor with Sanders Associates, wrote a four-page document which laid out the basic principles for creating a video game to be played on a television set.
  • September 1st – United Nations Secretary-General U Thant declared that he would not seek re-election, because of the failure of U.N. efforts to end the Vietnam War. “Today it seems to me, as it has seemed for many months, that the pressure of events is remorselessly leading toward a major war… In my view the tragic error is being repeated of relying on force and military means in a deceptive pursuit of peace.”
  • September 1st – Britannia Airways Flight 105 crashed as it was making the approach to the city of Ljubljana, in Yugoslavia, killing 98 people, nearly all of them British tourists who had departed, the night before, from Luton Airport near London. 
  • September 3rd – The London Midland Region of British Railways closed the former Great Central Railway London Extension to passenger traffic between Aylesbury and Rugby Central.

Here’s what’s occupying Peggy and the family this week:-

Sunday 28th August 1966
Joan rang this morning – all well and all hoping to come next weekend. I’ve been up all day. Cyril has been decorating. I should be writing letters but haven’t the energy.

Monday 29th August 1966
Very showery Bank Holiday – worse in other parts of the country. I have managed to get through that pile of washing and ironing – and have had a shampoo. Di pinned me up. Cyril has been decorating. Thank goodness I managed to cut the lawn before the rain came.

Tuesday 30th August 1966
Worked all morning – Cyril worked too and finished the downstairs loo. He started the bathroom this afternoon and I must say both rooms look very nice. He was very tired and went early to bed. I did some homework.

Wednesday 31st August 1966
Tim to Oxford
Worked 8:30-10:30 then we all went to Esher – bank and shopping. I’ve worked hard all afternoon, polishing floors and furniture. Rang Joan, Tim is to go into hospital next Wednesday for about three weeks. They are all coming for Saturday.

Thursday 1st September 1966
School!
Children didn’t mind so much when it came to going to school! Cyril had meetings all day and didn’t come home lunch time so I worked all day. Joan rang. Tim, Lizzie and Mike are coming tomorrow, the others on Saturday.
Ghastly holiday air crash in Yugoslavia – 92 Britons killed.

Friday 2nd September 1966
Philip’s birthday
Our son is seven today!! No longer a baby. Phil had lots of cards and gifts and is very pleased with life. I had to go back to work – much against my wishes!! Had to get my skates on after school. Tim & co. arrived about 5:20. Baking and preparing all evening.

Saturday 3rd September 1966
Joan & co today.
Up early – Tim off to Lords. Joan & co. arrived at 10:15. Joan and I went to the village – the men went out for a drink and had a second sitting lunch. Joan, Mary and I took the children to the Sports. This evening we’ve looked at the holiday films. Tim very tired when he got in- and very depressed because Worcester lost. Joan, Fred, Dad and Andrew left at quarter to ten. 11pm now, and I’m terribly tired. Waiting for Eileen to come in.

 

 

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