Week 18 : 30th April-6th May 1967

Diary Shelf


Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1967:-

  • 30th April 1967 – The British cabinet voted, 13 to 8, to seek the admission of the United Kingdom into the European Economic Community, referred to at the time as the “Common Market”. Prime Minister Harold Wilson would announce his plans on May 2 and the House of Commons would approve the resolution, 488 to 62.
  • 1st May 1967 – Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu were married in a brief civil ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • 1st May 1967 – Klavdia Andreyevna Kosygin, 58, wife of Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, collapsed and died while she, her husband, and other Soviet leaders were reviewing the annual May Day parade in Moscow. Mrs. Kosygin had been seriously ill and undergoing cancer treatment for nearly six months.
  • 2nd May 1967 – A group of 40 members of the Black Panthers, armed with shotguns, rifles and pistols, forced their way into a session of the California House of Representatives at the state capitol building in Sacramento as a protest against gun control. The Assembly was debating a bill that would forbid the carrying of a loaded firearm in any public. No violence took place, other than scuffling between some of the Panthers and the state police who responded to the incident. Sacramento city police also stopped five cars that were bringing another 26 armed men join the 40 inside the capitol, and confiscated 15 weapons. The police declined to make arrests because there was no violation of the law, and the weapons were returned to the group.
  • 4th May 1967 – Lunar Orbiter 4 was launched by the United States from Cape Kennedy at 6:25 p.m. and would become, on May 4, the first probe to enter into a polar orbit around the Moon. In addition to getting the first pictures of the lunar south pole, the probe was also able to photograph 99% of the near side of the Moon.
  • 6th May 1967 – In a game marked by fan violence, Manchester United clinched the 1966–67 Football League title with a 6-1 win over West Ham United at Upton Park. At least 20 people were hospitalised during and after the match.

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

Sunday 30th April 1967
Cyril finished painting the doors and I must say the colour scheme is very effective. We all went out for ½ hour after lunch – me driving the Anglia.

Monday 1st May 1967
Very cold today – snowing slightly. Joan rang. I’ve been trying to balance the deposit account without success.

Tuesday 2nd May 1967
Worked hard today – and cycle training after lunch. Cyril not feeling so well – he went to bed early. I worked this evening.

Wednesday 3rd May 1967
Philip had to come with me on my driving lesson. I didn’t do very well – bit depressing! Bill Parker did the brakes on the Corsair this evening.

Thursday 4th May 1967
School day off.
Church service 9:15am.
Went into Phyl & Stan’s and saw Bill Parker’s holiday slides. Worked until 11:15am – home to cook lunch and then a quick trip back to the hairdresser for Gill’s haircut. Poured all day long. Reconciled the bank statement during the afternoon.

Friday 5th May 1967
Still raining. Cyril not feeling too good. I’ve worked all day – hard too and have done some washing this evening. Cyril late home as he’s been to London Airport.

Saturday 6th May 1967
Gillian was slightly sick in the early hours. No fuss though and she doesn’t look too bad. Cyril went to Esher alone. I did my household chores and then went to the office for 2½ hours this afternoon. Cyril to bed early – he’s done a bit more painting and is poorly again.


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