Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-
- February 19th – The American space probe Lunar Orbiter 3 sent back the first detailed pictures of the far side of the Moon, not visible from the Earth.
- February 20th – Born: Kurt Cobain, American musician and artist, leader of the band Nirvana; in Aberdeen, Washington.
- February 21st – Voting concluded in the five day long national parliamentary election for the Lok Sabha. The Indian National Congress party, led by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, lost 78 seats but retained majority control, with 283 of the 520 available.
- February 22nd – Died: David Ferrie, 48, was found dead in his New Orleans home only four days after Jim Garrison had announced his plans to indict alleged conspirators in the John F. Kennedy assassination. Ferrie had been a flying service operator who had been accused by Garrison of being a “get-away pilot” for participants. United Press International noted at the time that Ferrie was, “at least the 14th person to die who had something to do, directly, indirectly, or by the slightest of connections, with the assassination of President Kennedy and its aftermath”.
- February 24th – Albert DeSalvo, who had confessed to the 13 murders of women carried out by the “Boston Strangler”, escaped from the Bridgewater State Hospital, a mental institution where he had been held after being tried and convicted for several rapes.
- February 25th – Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. began speaking out at length against American involvement in the Vietnam War, starting with a speech in Los Angeles for The Nation Institute, titled “The Casualties of the War in Vietnam”. Among the “casualties” that he referred to were “the Charter of the United Nations”, “the principle of self-determination”, “the Great Society” programs, “the humility of our nation”, “the principle of dissent” and “the prospects of mankind’s survival”.
- February 25th – Britain’s second Polaris missile submarine, HMS Renown, was launched.
- February 25th – Born: Nick Leeson, British stock trader whose speculative trading caused the collapse of the venerable Barings Bank in 1995; in Watford
Meanwhile, back in Oxshott, here’s what’s occupying Peggy’s world:-
Sunday 19th February 1967
Not a very nice day – raining and cold. I’m glad I did the washing yesterday. Was going to have ½hr in the Anglia – but she was out of petrol!! (I must buy 4 galls before I can do much more driving). Wrote to Mur.
Monday 20th February 1967
Went to the office as usual and worked till 11:30 – have done a lot at home also (and cleaned the house). Filthy, wet and cold day. Joan rang. Really must get down to some writing – and send our party invitation reply.
Tuesday 21st February 1967
Did my office chores – the three of us spent some time in the garden during the afternoon, having a bonfire and doing some general tidying up. Cyril very late home – the Corsair sprang a leak in the radiator hose and had to be left overnight at Chessington. I went to a Young Wives Committee meeting.
Wednesday 22nd February 1967
Still stormy. Worked this morning and took it all back this evening to give me a fair start tomorrow. Joan rang – nothing new to report. Ought to write some letters tonight.
Thursday 23rd February 1967
Cyril – half day.
We all went off to the Natural History Museum this afternoon. Took Helen with us too. Cyril and I were worn out!! Am going to get down to the month end list presently! Roll on pay day.
Friday 24th February 1967
Another hectic day at the office. I expect I am in bad books as I left at noon – in the thick of it! My lesson went off quite well. Cyril did the bank and took Phil for a haircut. Then we all went shopping – and what a shopping! Enormous list at Price-rite.
Saturday 25th February 1967
Didn’t have to rush off this morning so I did the washing before we went up to the village. We then went on to Claygate to buy some water pistols!! Turned out fine this afternoon. Gill came up to the office with me for a couple of hours. Philip helped Daddy in the garden.