Week 47 : 20th – 26th November 1966

Diary Shelf

Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • November 20th – Cabaret, one of the most popular musicals on Broadway, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre. In its initial run, the Tony Award winning Kander and Ebb production would have 1,165 performances. A 1998 revival would be staged 2,377 times.
  • November 20th – In what would later be described as, “the first instance of a spacecraft imaging an archaeological site on the Moon”, Lunar Orbiter 2 photographed Ranger 8 and its impact point in Mare Tranquillitatis (“The Sea of Tranquility”). The photographs of “Blair Cuspids”, “an unusual arrangement of seven spirelike objects of varying heights” at the western edge of the Mare Tranquillitatis was cited in pseudo-science as the product of extraterrestrial intelligence. Reactions to the photo varied.
  • November 22nd – A terrorist bomb exploded in the baggage compartment of an Aden Airways DC-3 airplane in the Federation of South Arabia. The plane reached an altitude of 6,000 feet when the bomb exploded. All 25 passengers and the crew of three were killed, including the apparent target of an assassination, Amir Mohammed bin Said, the deputy ruler of the Sultanate of Wahidi.
  • November 24th – The Beatles began recording their classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, starting with “Strawberry Fields Forever”.
  • November 24th – UK Unemployment sees a small rise to 531,585.
  • November 25th – Due to an ongoing smog event, New York City was placed under a “first-stage alert” by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller because of heavy air pollution that had been held over the metropolitan area by a stagnant air mass. Residents were ordered to drive “only when necessary”, to maintain minimum temperatures in all buildings heated by oil or coal, to avoid open fires and to not run incinerators until the alert ended. The days of smog were later credited with causing 169 additional deaths in New York City.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 20th November 1966
Gillian enjoyed a lie-in with Joan until 10am!! We had coffee with Phyl. Tim rang – sounded sad. He has to go into hospital tomorrow. We saw Joan through London Airport. She rang at 6:30pm from Moreton-in-the-Marsh.

Monday 21st November 1966
Driving Lesson
Got on quite well – did my 3-point turn and some traffic work and put in for my test. Had to do some work at home this evening. Joan rang – nothing to report on Tim yet.

Tuesday 22nd November 1966
Worked am & pm – didn’t feel like going to Young Wives – but I made it along with eight others! We did some play reading. Joan rang while I was out. Tim comfortable.

Peggy's tried and tested recipe for Christmas Puds.

Peggy’s tried and tested recipe for Christmas Puds.

Wednesday 23rd November 1966
Joan rang – Tim had the radium needles inserted – but x-rays showed them to be in the wrong place – so it has to be done again. Wrote to Dad and Mur. Mixed the Christmas puds.

Thursday 24th November 1966
Very foggy all day. Not feeling at my best today. Don’t know if I’m tired or what – I do feel weary. Did some baking when we got home from school. New shop in village rather pricey.

Friday 25th November 1966
12:45 Dental – me
Mr Ross just filled one tooth – I was able to catch the five past one bus to Esher. Shopped in the rain. Very tired! No sooner home than out again to meet children. Joan rang – Tim comfortable.

Saturday 26th November 1966
What a spend this morning! We went to Walton and I bought three dresses for me and one for Gill!! Then after lunch to Claygate where I bought a pair of ‘moddy’ black shoes costing £4:0:8! Joan rang – Tim wasn’t so uncomfortable today. Made the Christmas cake.



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