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.


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