Week 5 : 29th January – 4th February 1967


An earlier photo of (l-r) Joan, Peggy and Muriel

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

  • January 29th – The demarcation of the boundary between Jordan and Saudi Arabia was completed after a Japanese surveying company, hired by both nations, finished the placement of border markers in accordance with the treaty of August 9, 1965.
  • January 30th – The final section of the North Cornwall Railway, between Bodmin and Wadebridge, was closed as a result of the Beeching cuts.
  • January 31st – The United Nations opened the Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees for signature. For purposes of UN aid, the new treaty (which would enter into effect on October 4) defined a refugee as, “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
  • February 1st – The federal minimum wage in the United States increased from $1.25 an hour to $1.40 an hour for 30,000,000 workers. An additional 8,000,000 workers in retail work, hotels, restaurants, construction, laundries and hospitals were guaranteed at least $1.00 an hour, to increase to $1.60 by 1971, and 400,000 farm workers were covered by minimum wage for the first time as a new law took effect.
  • February 1st – Pink Floyd signed their first professional recording contract, with EMI.
  • February 3rd – British record producer Joe Meek, best known for composing the 1962 popular instrumental “Telstar”, murdered his landlady, Violet Shenton when she visited to collect the rent at his North London studio. Meek then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He was 35, Shenton was 52.
  • February 4th – NASA launched the unmanned satellite Lunar Orbiter 3 from Florida on a mission to photograph the exact sites where manned space missions would be able to land.
  • February 5th- The Monkees’, ‘I’m a Believer’ remained at No.1 in the UK charts. Spotify users, can click here.

And here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 29th January 1967
Today has been very similar to yesterday – except that it was Cyril’s turn to have a nap on the sofa! Children only got up for ‘Thunderbirds‘ at 4:15pm. Was hoping that Joan would ring but she hasn’t.

Monday 30th January 1967
Had a good night’s sleep!
Children stayed in bed until 5pm today. They seem much better and should be fit for school this week. Joan rang. She and I are thinking of going on a Dutch Pilgrimage in May!! Stayed at the office until 11am and have put in several hours at home. Should have a fair sized pay packet this month!

Tuesday 31st January 1967
Went to the office until eleven – well- it is payday!! The children were all right – I got them up and dressed as soon as I came in. Been baking steak and kidney pies for tomorrow’s lunch. Going to Young Wives presently to a cooking demonstration.

Wednesday 1st February 1967
Children went back to school today – both sniffing well and tending to be irritable tonight. Had a very good salary cheque today! Miserable sort of day – trying to rain.

Thursday 2nd February 1967
Cyril to Cardiff.
I’m up late tonight – nearly midnight and I’ve yet to clean the shoes and clear up. Have put in 9½ hours work today and feel it too!! Cyril rang- Doris rang and Joan rang. Have had my form to fill in from B Leighton (no idea – but it’s something to do with the Dutch trip).

Friday 3rd February 1967
Driving lesson didn’t go too badly. Came back here. Cyril got in soon after me – about 3:15 – just in time to have a cuppa before going to meet the children. Have sent Joan and my applications off for Holland! We went to Esher – shopping, straight from school.

Saturday 4th February 1967
G & P Dental – Cobham 9:30am
Philip had a filling – Gillian didn’t need anything. She bought a record afterwards – The Monkees!! (Oh dear, the shame).  I did quite a bit of housework during the afternoon.  Washing line broke – aided by our neighbour! Oh I was mad!! Played Canasta.


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