Week 13 : 26th March-1st April 1967

Diary Shelf

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

  • March 26th – Battered by a gale, the supertanker Torrey Canyon broke into two pieces eight days after it had wrecked, sending almost all of its remaining cargo of crude oil into the sea off of the coast of Cornwall.
  • March 26th – Scottish nationalists removed signs that marked the border between England and Scotland, in a symbolic act of reclaiming Berwick-upon-Tweed. City officials would return the border markings to their marked location a few days later.
  • March 28th – Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Populorum progressio, giving support to the principle of educating the public about birth control, without relaxing the long-standing Roman Catholic Church ban on artificial contraception. On April 18, the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, would clarify that the encyclical must not be interpreted as a change in the Church’s position against birth control.
  • March 28th – The Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force dropped firebombs on the wreckage of the supertanker Torrey Canyon and the mile wide carpet of oil that had been leaking into the sea for the past ten days in an effort to prevent further fouling of the beaches of Cornwall.
  • March 30th -The Beatles posed with a photographic collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud’s famous museum for the cover artwork of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
  • March 31st -Kicking off a tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck at The Astoria in London, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He was taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands.
  • April 1st – Radio Zurich played an April Fool’s Day joke on its listeners, by interrupting regular programming with bulletins about an American manned landing on the Moon. “Belief in the story was increased,” a UPI dispatch noted, “because there are no week-end newspapers in Switzerland and television does not start broadcasting until 6 p.m.”

But here’s what Peggy and the family are doing:

Sunday 26th March 1967 Easter Sunday
Great excitement when the children found Easter eggs in the nesting boxes!!! All the family to tea – a very merry gathering and another late night.

Monday 27th March 1967
Back home with Dad
Up and about early as the children wanted to go to see the cows milked. Cyril and I fetched Dad about 11am. We set out about 2.20pm – home at 6.20pm. Not too bad.

Tuesday 28th March 1967
Cyril at Cardiff.
Loads of work piled up at the office. I worked all morning. Went for a walk this afternoon and have worked – or tried to – all evening. Feeling very tired. It’s 11:30pm now.

Wednesday 29th March 1967
Cyril Cardiff am/Derby pm
Up quite early – had two (wrong number) telephone calls before 7:30am!! Only worked till lunch time – haven’t brought any home either! Goodness knows when I’m going to see the light. Dad and I went to the village this afternoon.

Thursday 30th March 1967
Feeling very tired. Suppose I’m trying to do too much. Called at Dr Little’s for some cough syrup for Gill (broke the damn bottle at lunch time and lost half of it!!).  Went for a walk over the Heath and up to the village after lunch. Cyril got home about 7:35pm. Children were still up.

Friday 31st March 1967
Didn’t go out walking this afternoon – did the washing instead. We really are having lovely weather. Stan went to America today. Cyril and I went shopping before tea.

Saturday 1st April 1967
Did the rest of the washing then we all went to Esher. Had my passport photo taken and must now fill in the forms. Went to work this afternoon while the others worked in the garden. Have spent the evening doing my accounts!



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