Here’s what was happening around the world this week in 1967:-
- 23rd April 1967 – James Earl Ray, serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery, escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary. He would later reveal that other inmates helped conceal him inside a four-foot by four-foot container that was used to deliver loaves of bread to prisons. Forty-nine weeks later, on April 4, 1968, Ray would assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. He was finally recaptured on June 10 at London’s Heathrow Airport.
- 23rd April 1967 – The Soviet Union announced the launch of Colonel Vladimir Komarov on “a powerful new carrier rocket”. The Soyuz 1 was launched into orbit from Baikonur on what was to be a 72-hour mission. A separate announcement, from the news agency Tass suggested that a second spacecraft would link to Soyuz 1, and that the cosmonauts would trade places.
- 25th April 1967 – John A. Love, the Republican Governor of Colorado, signed a bill giving Colorado the nation’s most liberal abortion law. Under the law’s terms, an abortion could be carried out if a three member board in an accredited hospital agreed that a pregnancy met one of four specified conditions (death or serious impairment to the mother, child likely to be born with a “grave and permanent physical deformity or mental retardation”, a pregnancy of less than 16 weeks arising from forcible rape or incest, or a girl under the age of 16 made pregnant by rape or incest). Previously, Colorado and other states in the U.S. allowed abortion of a pregnancy only in cases of “a severe threat to the physical health of the mother” or “pregnancies resulting from forcible rape”. On May 17, the state director of health and hospitals announced that a 12-year old rape victim would be given the first legalized abortion in the United States.
- 27th April 1967 – Sandie Shaw’s Puppet On a String, which a few weeks previously had won the Eurovision Song Contest, replaced Somethin’ Stupid at No. 1 in the UK.
- 28th April 1967 – Muhammad Ali refused to take the oath of induction into the United States Army after reporting to an induction center in Houston, Texas. Ali stood in line with 11 other inductees but refused to step forward when his name was called. Ali said he understood the penalties of draft evasion and that his refusal was based on his religious beliefs. Ali was stripped of his boxing title and would not be allowed to fight for the title again until 1970. On June 20, he would be convicted of draft evasion, fined $10,000 and sentenced to five years in prison, but the conviction would be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 1967.
But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-
Sunday 23rd April 1967
Philip is coughing now.
Have had a not too hectic day. Cyril and I went off to buy petrol and paraffin while the children were at Sunday School. Have washed and ironed a few things, nothing much else.
Monday 24th April 1967
Cyril home this week.
Cyril has made a good start on the terrible job of decorating the landing and staircase. I’ve worked morning, afternoon and evening!!
Tuesday 25th April 1967
Philip has a nasty cough so have kept him in bed. Called at Dr. Little’s this morning and have some Mycin for him and more pills for myself. Have lost 5lbs in two weeks. Still need to lose more.
Wednesday 26th April 1967
My assistant starts today and she got cracking on the Income Tax return. I’ve worked all day and wouldn’t like it every day! Cyril has finished the ceiling and walls it’s looking very nice.
Thursday 27th April 1967
Cyril still busy and Philip still at home – but I think he will be OK now – he’s been out in the garden. I played badminton this afternoon and quite enjoyed it.
Friday 28th April 1967
Worked all through lunch time. Have done 128 hours this month. Lovely weather. Phil back at school. Cyril has been in Brighton all day. I’ve washed, ironed, defrosted fridge, mowed lawn and I feel whacked!
Saturday 29th April 1967
Shopping in Esher this morning – an early SALMON lunch and then – of all things, to Kingston. Bought slippers all round, sandals for kids, shirts for Cyril and a lovely, rich – expensive, carpet runner for the landing. Played Canasta.