Here’s what’s happening in the world this week in 1967:-
- 7th May 1967 – In Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s Ministerial Committee on Security conditionally approved commencing a war with an attack on Syria.
- 8th May 1967 – In a 7-2 decision in the case of Redrup v. New York, the United States Supreme Court reversed convictions, for sale and distribution of obscene books and magazines, for defendants from New York, Kentucky, and Arkansas, concluding that under the First Amendment, the state “may not constitutionally inhibit distribution of literary material as obscene” unless three conditions were met: (1) the dominant theme must appeal to “a prurient interest in sex”; (2) the material must be “patently offensive”; and (3) the material must be “utterly without redeeming social value.”
- 10th May 1967 – By a vote of 488 to 62, with 51 abstentions, the UK House of Commons approved the government’s decision to apply for membership in the European Economic Community.
- 10th May 1967 – Hundreds of students at the historically black Jackson State College rioted after local police drove on to campus to arrest a student for speeding. The police barricaded Lynch Street in Jackson and the next day, members of the state national guard fired on the crowd, killing a bystander, Ben Brown.
- 11th May 1967 – President Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union met in Moscow with a visiting group of Egyptian officials and provided them a false intelligence report that Israel was mobilizing troops “on its the border with Syria and planning to attack between 18 and 22 May 1967”. “Although the report was false and Egypt’s President Nasser knew it,” an observer would later write, Nasser mobilized troops along the Egyptian border with Israel three days later.
- 12th May 1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience debuted with the release of its first album, Are You Experienced.
- 13th May 1967 – Three million faithful in Portugal turned out to pray with Pope Paul VI during his visit to Fátima, on the 50th anniversary of the first reported appearance of the Virgin Mary there. In becoming the first Pope to visit Fátima (and the first to visit Portugal), Paul VI, in the opinion of one historian, brought new legitimacy to the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar.
- 13th May 1967 – In what was described as “a rebuttal to anti-war demonstrations”, a crowd of at least 70,000 demonstrators marched down New York City’s Fifth Avenue in support of American troops in fighting in the Vietnam War.
But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-
Sunday 7th May 1967
Children had a lie in this morning as they have both been coughing well. Cyril has done a lot of ‘pricking out’ – we have a good show of bedding plants now. Drove out to Chessington and bought some petrol!!!
Monday 8th May 1967
Only worked this morning! I didn’t see the boss – so was able to get away! Went up to the Clothes Line and bought a couple of shirts and a cardigan. Rang British Legion – we are due back at 11am on Weds 24th.
Tuesday 9th May 1967
½ day from school.
Worked until one – lovely afternoon which we spent on the heath (Oxshott Heath). Of course there were 1001 things I should have been doing! Came home to hoover – and the vac has gone up the spout.
Wednesday 10th May 1967
Had another lousy driving lesson tonight! Gill was late getting home from Brownies and put me in a bit of a tizzy! Cyril at Cardiff.
Thursday 11th May 1967
Coloured my hair this evening! Better to do it while I’m on my own. Cyril rang – and Joan. It’s very hot – temperature above 80º in the porch. Have put all the plants outside.
Friday 12th May 1967
Beginning to feel guilty about all the money I’m spending on my Dutch trip!! Cyril home about six. Had done all my washing before he got in.
Saturday 13th May 1967
Went to Esher. Drew a lot of money and spent a great deal. Bought presents to take to Jacq & family. Also bought Gill’s blazer and two new dresses for her. Collected Dutch money from Barclays. Going to the Leyshon’s French party tonight…. Good party! Home about 12:30!