Week 39 : 25th September-1st October 1966

Diary Shelf

Around the world this week in 1966:-

  • September 25th – The rivalry between the American film industry and American television reached a major turning point when an estimated 60,000,000 viewers tuned in to ABC Sunday Night at the Movies to watch The Bridge on the River Kwai, more than had ever seen a feature film on TV. ABC had paid Columbia Pictures two million dollars for the rights for two showings of the 1957 film and reaped $1.8 million in commercials on the first night as the Ford Motor Company sponsored the entire film.
    BORN – Jason Flemyng, British actor
  • September 26th – In a protest over the continuing administration of South West Africa by the apartheid government of South Africa, only 28 of the 118 members of the UN had representatives who listened to the address given by South Africa’s ambassador, D.P. de Villiers. The boycott began with a walkout by the delegations of 32 of the 36 African nations. However, four of the five members of the UN Security Council, the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and France, as well as the African nations of Ethiopia and Liberia, and Malawi and Mauritania remained to listen to de Villiers.
  • September 27th – A three day riot broke out in San Francisco, when a white police officer, shot and killed a 16 year old African-American boy who was fleeing the scene of a stolen car. The teenager was reportedly left bleeding for more than an hour, and was dead before an ambulance arrived; over the next three days, 31 police cars and 10 fire department vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and 146 rioters were arrested, 43 of whom were injured in the process, including 10 who were shot by the police.
  • Nien Cheng, a 51 year old adviser to the British managers of the recently closed Royal Dutch Shell oil company in Shanghai was arrested and placed in the city’s prison, the ‘Number One Detention House’, where she would be held for over six years. Upon her release she was told that her offence had been to divulge the grain supply situation in Shanghai in a letter she had sent to friends in England, in 1957.
  • September 28th – An extremist group calling itself ‘El Condor’ hijacked an Aerolineas Argentina DC-4 en route from Buenos Aires to the resort of Rio Gallegos, diverting it to the Falkland Islands where it landed on a horse racing track at Port Stanley. The hijackers addressed an assembled crowd to denounce British rule of the islands. After freeing the hostages, the hijackers, stuck in the dirt track and unable to refuel the DC-4 to take off again, surrendered and were returned to Argentina, where they received jail terms ranging from two to five years.
  • On the same day, gunmen in Buenos Aires fired machine guns at the British ambassador’s residence where Prince Philip was preparing for a dinner held for the diplomats of the British Commonwealth embassies. According to Argentine press reports, an extremist group planned to kidnap Prince Philip, with the ransom being the Falkland Islands. The Islands, claimed by the Argentines, have been governed as a British colony since 1832.
  • September 29th – Hurricane Inez made landfall on the island of Hispaniola, hitting Haiti and the Dominican Republic. More than 1,000 Haitian people were killed and another 60,000 were left homeless.
  • The Chevrolet Camaro, one of the most popular sports cars in the United States, went on sale. The name itself, according to a Chevrolet press release was a French word meaning comrade, pal or buddy, adapted from the French ‘Camarade’.
  • September 30th – The Republic of Botswana, formerly the Bechuanaland Protectorate, gained independence from the United Kingdom. Sir Seretse Khama was sworn is as the first President of Botswana. Botswana remains the oldest democracy on the continent of Africa.
  • The Times, published since 1785 was acquired by the publishing empire of Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, a Canadian born multimillionaire who had been elevated to the nobility in 1964.
  • October 1st – Former Nazi leaders Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released from Spandau Prison at midnight after 20 years incarceration. The Soviet Union vetoed the release of the last remaining prisoner in Spandau, former Deputy Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess.

But here’s what’s keeping Peggy and the family occupied….:-

Sunday 25th September 1966
Another lovely day, but we haven’t done a great deal – rested after yesterday!! I shampooed and color-glo-ed my hair before breakfast, that took an hour! We went for a ride round this afternoon. Joan rang to say how well Tim looked and how much he had enjoyed the weekend.

Monday 26th September 1966
Another very nice day. Philip went to Colin’s party after school – Gill came home on her own. Full of her own importance. I went to Keep Fit. Very strenuous!

Tuesday 27th September 1966
Am putting in some hours at work this month! Went to a very pleasant evening at Young Wives. Joan rang while I was out and said Tim is making good progress.

Wednesday 28th September 1966
Worked morning, afternoon and evening!! Gillian at Brownies after school – Philip is a bit sniffley, don’t know if he’s starting a cold. We’re having fires in the evening now. Very chilly.

Thursday 29th September 1966
Cyril Cardiff
Played some hectic Badminton this afternoon. Polished all the floors when I got in – and had Debbie and Janet to tea. Don’t know where I found the energy. Joan rang – Tim is very much better.

Friday 30th September 1966
Very nasty, foggy, damp day and Cyril said the sun was shining in Cardiff. We managed to do our cycle training – it went much better this afternoon when the mothers took things in hand. Cyril arrived home earlier than we thought – at 3pm and found me at work. Had a big pay cheque – £39+!!

Saturday 1st October 1966
Philip to Carol’s party.
Our new pink lav. seat (yes, really) ladder and bulbs came from Gamages this afternoon.
Philip went off to his party – Gill went out with Debbie and Dennis so I went to Kingston for a couple of hours. Bought some socks for the children.
Played cards.


Week 38 : 18th-24th September 1966

Gill & Phil School

Gill and Phil at school

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

  • September 19th – Ronald “Buster” Edwards, one of the suspects in the Great Train Robbery of August 8, 1963, voluntarily surrendered to detectives from Scotland Yard. After hiding for more than three years, Edwards had exhausted his £150,000 share of the loot from the robbery.
  • September 19th – At a press conference at the New York Advertising Club, Timothy Leary announced the formation of the League for Spiritual Discovery, which he described as a new, “psychedelic religion”. Leary said, “We seek to find the divinity within and to express this revelation in a life of glorification and the worship of God. These ancient goals we define in the metaphor of the present — turn on, tune in, drop out.”
  • September 20th – The American probe Surveyor 2 was launched toward the Moon for purposes of making a soft landing there, but began tumbling out of control after one of its three thruster rockets failed to ignite for a 10-second course alteration. Rather than making the soft landing that had been planned for, the Surveyor probe crashed into the lunar surface on September 23.
  • September 24th – On an airplane flight across the Atlantic to London, backup guitarist James Marshall Hendrix, who had played using the stage name Jimmy James (and had launched his own group, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames), agreed with his manager Chas Chandler that he should launch his solo recording career with a new stage name, as Jimi Hendrix.
  • At No. 1 in the UK charts was All Or Nothing by The Small Faces.

Meanwhile, back in Oxshott this week:-

Sunday 18th September 1966
We’ve made up for our day out yesterday! Cyril has been painting the back lower outside window frames – clearing out the greenhouse – making SLOE GIN etc. etc. I’ve cleaned both cars and polished the Anglia. Thinking of having driving lessons again. (Look out Oxshott)

Monday 19th September 1966
Lovely day. I didn’t go to work this afternoon – even though I was inundated with it. Have done a lot of housework! Joan just rang to say Tim is having bad headaches So has had to have his head x-rayed – I hope he’s alright.

Tuesday 20th September 1966
Didn’t mind working this afternoon as I had had a good polish up yesterday. Lovely day again. Have been in touch with the Oatlands Park Driving School about lessons!! Must put in plenty of hours to pay for them!

Wednesday 21st September 1966
Rang Joan to see how they found Tim – she said he was very drowsy and was taking a lot of pills for headaches. Have been at work all day.  Cyril has been treating the wood facing under Gill’s bedroom window.

Thursday 22nd September 1966
PTA 7:45pm
Played some strenuous badminton this afternoon and was elected to the PTA Committee this evening! Quite a busy life I’m having!! Cyril has had another go at the woodwork – it’s looking very nice now.

Friday 23rd September 1966
Cyril – day off.
Cyril has worked hard today painting the lower rear windows – putting another coat on the woodwork. Looking very much better now. I did my hour’s stint in the playground – cycle training – then an hour in the office before going down for the children. Have washed and done the ironing and the lawns!! Joan rang – much to our surprise, Tim has been allowed home for the weekend.

Saturday 24th September 1966
Phil had a disturbed night so we were a little late getting up! We all went to Leatherhead -rang the office and invited Susan to lunch. Cyril picked her up at 1pm. After a delayed washing up, I eventually joined the others in the garden. Cyril potted some fuchsia cuttings.
Played Canasta this evening.



Week 37 : 11th-17th September 1966

Diary Shelf

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

  • September 11th – France’s President Charles de Gaulle closed out his world tour with a visit to French Polynesia, and personally witnessing France’s third nuclear test at the Mururoa Atoll. Unfavorable winds had forced a 24-hour postponement of test but despite continued winds that would blow the fallout west toward inhabited islands, rather than south to Antarctica, the test took place so that the President could see it before he went to his next scheduled stop.
  • September 12th – The first episode of the television series The Monkees was broadcast on the NBC network, introducing a rock band that had been assembled as part of the casting of a situation comedy, but whose records would become bestsellers. The group, composed of Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, went on to have seven gold records, starting with “Last Train to Clarksville”, released on August 16, a month before the show’s debut.
  • September 15th – The Royal Navy launched its first submarine capable of firing nuclear missiles, as the United Kingdom’s new Polaris sub, HMS Resolution, departed from the shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness. HMS Resolution would fire its first test missile on February 15, 1968, and begin patrols later that year. Capable of carrying 16 nuclear-tipped Polaris missiles, each with a range of 2,500 miles, the sub was soon joined by HMS Repulse, HMS Renown and HMS Revenge.
  • September 17th – The American television show Mission: Impossible made its debut, appearing on the CBS network. The premise was that a U.S. intelligence agency, the Impossible Mission Force, would secretly intervene against hostile foreign governments. “As the Vietnam protests mounted in strength,” an observer would write later, “the idea of American agents toppling foreign governments became less popular, and the scripts changed, with the team now attacking organized crime.”
  • September 17th – The 1966 International Gold Cup motor race was won by Jack Brabham in a Brabham BT19. Denny Hulme crossed the line a fraction of a second behind Brabham, driving a slightly newer Brabham model, the BT20.

But here’s what’s happening in Oxshott:-

Sunday 11th September 1966
Gillian was up for a while this afternoon to watch the Air Display. She is still feverish and not wanting to eat or drink yet. I fetched some work home as I don’t think I’ll be at the office much tomorrow.

Monday 12th September 1966
Thank goodness Gillian is at last showing signs of improvement. She has been eating a little today and came down to meals. I left her while I did a couple of hours work. Also did ½hr at home.

Tuesday 13th September 1966
Gillian went to school this morning. I wasn’t particularly happy about her going but I don’t think she wanted to miss the Globe Players! I went back to work this afternoon. Plenty to do – Mr Murray comes back today.

Wednesday 14th September 1966
Picked Sloes (Hmm Sloe Gin!!!!)
Had Gillian home to lunch today – and she thoroughly enjoyed coming home! Very blustery day – Philip and I went to the village after seeing Gill to Brownies. I mowed the lawn before tea. Joan rang, Tim is probably having the weekend at home so we won’t be going on Saturday.

Thursday 15th September 1966
Cyril – Cardiff (motoring this time over the new bridge!)
Cyril went by road to Cardiff today to try out the Severn Bridge. Gillian seems better now. We, at the office, went to The Vic and had champagne and sandwiches with Gloria – I was home in time to change for badminton. Cyril rang.

Friday 16th September 1966
Cycle Training 1:25
Walked to school this morning. Philip to Nicholas’s party this afternoon. I worked until it was time to go down for cycle training. Then did another hour before the children came home. Cyril got back about five.

Saturday 17th September 1966
Joan rang last night to say Tim couldn’t go home for the weekend so we shall be going to see him after all. Cyril went shopping – we set off for Oxford at 11:45 – had our lunch in Hampton Court and arrived in Oxford via London Airport and the M4 at 2:30.

Found Tim looking not too bad, but depressed and lonely. It’s been a beautiful day – we had a picnic tea outside the ward and the children played around. We left at 5pm – home 7pm – even though we stayed too long on the M4!


Week 36 : 4th-10th September 1966


Sisters. Joan, Peggy and Muriel (pre 1966)

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

  • September 4th – After having marched for civil rights in the South, the Congress of Racial Equality challenged racism in the northern United States, with a 250-person march through the streets of the Chicago suburb of Cicero.
  • September 6th – South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, was stabbed to death by Dimitri Tsafendas during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town. Tsafendas gave as his motive that the Prime Minister was doing too much for nonwhites and not enough for South Africa’s white population.
  • September 8th – Star Trek, the new science fiction television series from NBC-TV, was broadcast for the first time on American television. Critic Rick Du Brow said that “‘Star Trek’, a science fiction opus centering around a mammoth space ship, is so absurd that it is almost entertaining.”
  • September 8th – The Severn Road Bridge was opened, crossing the Severn estuary between Wales and England. At the opening ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II hailed it as the dawn of a new economic era for South Wales.
  • September 9th – China detonated its third nuclear weapon, a 100 kiloton atomic bomb dropped from a Tu-16 bomber over the Lop Nor desert test site.
  • September 10th – Muhammad Ali defended his world title in Frankfurt, West Germany, in a challenge by the European heavyweight champion, Karl Mildenberger. Ali won by a technical knockout in the 12th round after the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

Here’s what’s happening in Oxshott this week:-

Sunday 4th September 1966
Neil’s Christening.
Heavy rain this morning – and it was pouring when we went to (Church) Crookham. However, it cleared up and was warm and sunny all afternoon. Joan rang this morning – they arrived home at half past midnight.

Monday 5th September 1966
Here it is, Wednesday night!  What happened Monday? I went to work – Mick and Eileen went to London, Tim stayed at home! This evening I went out with the Young Ones!!! It was all right – wouldn’t like to do it every night tho!

Tuesday 6th September 1966
Cyril – air display
Tim & co. going home. I didn’t work this morning. Went up for meat etc. Prepared lunch – did the washing. Tim & co. went off about 2:15 (home 5:20). I worked in the afternoon (and evening).

Wednesday 7th September 1966
Dad’s birthday.
Been thinking about Tim today – he’s gone to hospital – worked all day and have been down with Mrs Findlay for a couple of hours this evening.

Thursday 8th September 1966
Mrs Pocock, the school secretary died – the school won’t seem the same without her.
Worked till twelve – very busy. This afternoon I had 1½hours badminton. Very nice too. No doubt I’ll be stiff tomorrow. Have bottled some damsons this evening. Now I must write some letters.

Friday 9th September 1966
Road Safety 1:25
Worked through lunch then went to school and had an hour on road safety. Cyril in town so he wasn’t home lunch time. Gillian came out of school looking very poorly. Went straight to bed with a high temperature. She has since been sick. School dinner!!

Saturday 10th September 1966
Frank Parker’s wedding
Cobham – dental G & P 9:15am
I believe the wedding went off as planned. I took down a gift but didn’t meet the bride. Gill wasn’t able to go to the dentist – Phil had a filling then he and I went to Leatherhead on the bus. Cyril has finished the bathroom. It looks very nice. We played Canasta. Gillian still running a temperature.