Week 26 : 25th June-1st July 1967

Around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 25th June 1967 – An estimated 400 million viewers around the world watched Our World, the first live, international, satellite television production. The two-hour program was seen in 26 nations on five continents. It opened with the birth of a baby in Mexico City and the debut of The Beatles’ song “All You Need Is Love” live from London.
  • 27th June 1967 – The first automated teller machine (ATM) began service, at a branch of Barclays Bank in North London. The system used printed “Barclaycash” vouchers that were issued to pre-approved customers who were also entrusted with a personal code number. Inserting a voucher and entering the PIN would result in cash being dispensed. Inventor John Shepherd-Brown had originally planned to have the machine respond to a six-digit PIN but, “discovered that his wife could not remember more than four digits”. Thus began the worldwide standard for four digits PINs.
  • 27th June 1967 – Carl Wilson, the lead guitarist of The Beach Boys, was acquitted of charges of draft evasion. Wilson testified that he was a conscientious objector, the defense that had been rejected earlier in the month for Muhammad Ali.
  • 28th June 1967 – Pope Paul VI formally ordained 24 new cardinals at a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. The newly ordained cardinals included Archbishop Karol Wojtyla, who would, in 1978, become Pope John Paul II.
  • 1st July 1967 – The first colour television broadcasts in the United Kingdom took place at 2:00 in the afternoon as BBC 2 showed a Wimbledon tennis match on Centre Court between Cliff Drysdale and Roger Taylor. After initially broadcasting between 15 and 25 hours a week of colour programming, a full colour service would begin on BBC 2 on December 2.

Back in Oxshott, here’s what Peggy and the family are up to:-

Sunday 25th June 1967
Sue for day.
Tim & Co calling in.
It’s Thursday night now – so I must think back!! Had a full day! Sue arrived at 12:15 – boys at 4:50. I was very concerned that Tim was so tired.

Monday 26th June 1967
Put in a lot of hours today – office and home. Can’t remember doing anything else but I suppose I must have!

Tuesday 27th June 1967
Helped Mary entertain the Molesey Young Wives this evening. Pity I was out when Joan rang.

Wednesday 28th June 1967
Philip’s Sports Day.
Cyril went to Cardiff. Philip did well in his sports. In the first three in each of his heats and in the first three in the finals. Gill to Brownies. Brought work home.

Thursday 29th June 1967
Worked all through lunch till quarter to four. I was up and ironing at 6:30am. Consequently am now very tired. Our Mur (Muriel) moved to Andover today.

Friday 30th June 1967
Had a telephone call from Mur this evening. They like their new quarters – I’ve told them we will go and see them soon – perhaps next weekend. Joan rang.

Saturday 1st July 1967
I was pleased to hear that Tim is O.K. after his tiring trip home. We went to Esher and then to Gamages – Cyril has bought me a lovely watch as an anniversary present. I’ve bought him a pen. Very hot and we’re all tired now.



Week 25 : 18th-24th June 1967

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Around the world this week in 1967:

  • 18th June 1967 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix and rock group The Who made their American debuts, appearing on the final day of the Monterey Pop Festival.
  • 19th June 1967 – In a secret meeting, Israel’s cabinet of ministers approved a resolution, approving the eventual return of the captured Sinai Peninsula to Egypt if diplomatic relations could be established and if Egypt recognized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish nation. The same condition of a return to pre-war borders would be offered to Syria, but not to the West Bank or Gaza Strip.
  • 20th June 1967 – Muhammad Ali was found guilty of draft evasion by a federal jury in Houston and sentenced him to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The next day, Ali’s lawyers filed an appeal and Ali remained free pending the its outcome. Now barred from boxing, Ali spent the next three years on the lecture circuit and appearing in movies and even on the Broadway stage, before the Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 1970.
  • 20th June 1967 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted, 385-16, to approve a bill to make the burning of the American flag a federal crime. It was then discovered that they had passed a bill that had left out the word “burning”.
  • 21st June 1967 – Ruhi al-Khatib, the Arab mayor of the formerly Jordanian East Jerusalem, raised the flag of Israel over the town hall in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Israeli Jerusalem. Mayor Kahtib, who had been a civil servant in British Palestine, shook hands with Mayor Kollek and said, “All of us love Jerusalem. We will do our best for Jerusalem”, while Mayor Kollek said “Now we are again citizens of united Jerusalem. We shall both have to adjust ourselves.” Only eight days later, the Israeli government dissolved the Palestinian municipal government of East Jerusalem and fired Khatib.
  • 22nd June 1967 – British Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announced in London that the United Kingdom would adopt year-round “summer time”, moving clocks forward one hour on February 18, 1968, and keeping them at one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
  • 24th June 1967 – Tornadoes, rarely seen in Europe, killed at least 22 people and injured 200 as they swept across France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Six villages in the Nord Department of France were struck, killing seven and injuring 40, while six were killed and 17 hurt in the Dutch provinces of Noord-Brabant and Gelderland. In Belgium, the village of Oostmalle was heavily damaged.

Around Oxshott, here’s what Peggy and the family are up to:

Sunday 18th June 1967
Dads Day! So Cyril had a cuppa in bed!! I’ve been quite busy but have had a pleasant day. Collected the books this am and did the bank statement. Very hot. Children had pool out.

Family in Doris' Garden '64

Happy Fathers Day Pa. Love you. Miss you.

Monday 19th June 1967
Failed my test again and feel very miserable. Had a wretched night with Philip so called on Dr Little and he has given him some sleeping pills.  (!!!)

Tuesday 20th June 1967
Getting over my disappointment. Mrs Stiles and I working hard on a trial balance! We worked all through lunch hour till 3.30pm. Quite a good Young Wives meeting. No longer Young – just Wives now.

Wednesday 21st June 1967
School day off.
Gillian rang me up at noon as Philip was coughing so. I got Sue to run me home. He had been in long grass and was okay after a bit. Very warm this afternoon. Joan rang.

Thursday 22nd June 1967
Worked very hard at office again today – right up till 4.15pm. Mrs S and I are having no luck with our trial balance. Have cleaned brass, done washing and all sorts tonight – tired out.

Friday 23rd June 1967
Morning off – meet Stan at L/A.
Cyril and I went (with Phyl & Julian) to meet Stan. Plane on time and all well – until we got to Claygate on the way home when Julian was very sick! I went to work all afternoon.

Saturday 24th June 1967
Cyril did the shopping while I washed, cleaned carpets and did all sorts. Then I went to the office for 2½hrs. Played canasta and won three games.





Week 24 : 11th-17th June 1967

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Around the world this week in 1967:

  • 12th June 1967 – On the final day of its 1966-1967 term, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia, declaring unanimously that the criminal prohibition against interracial marriage, was unconstitutional. At that time, Virginia was one of 16 U.S. states that still outlawed miscegenation.
  • 12th June 1967 – Venera 4 was launched toward Venus by the Soviet Union. On October 18, it would become the first space probe to enter another planet’s atmosphere and successfully return data.
  • 14th June 1967 – Two days after the Soviet launch of Venera 4, the United States launched Mariner 5 toward Venus. Mariner 5 would reach Venus on October 19, one day after Venera 4 had arrived, and would pass within 4,094 kilometres of the planet during its closest approach.
  • 15th June 1967 – Libya’s Foreign Minister, Ahmad Bishti summoned the United States and United Kingdom ambassadors to demand the closure of their Libyan bases in retaliation for American and British support of Israel during the Six-Day War.
  • 16th June 1967  – The three day Monterey Pop Festival began in Monterey, California. One historian opined that it “ushered in the era of the major music festival”. The musicians who performed on the first evening were The Association, Lou Rawls, Johnny Rivers, Eric Burdon & The Animals and Simon & Garfunkel. The non-profit Festival attracted 50,000 paid admissions and a crowd of 125,000 unpaid spectators, and grossed more than half a million dollars.
  • 16th June 1967  – A Brazilian Air Force C-47 cargo plane, with 25 people on board, crashed in the Amazon jungle while carrying supplies to a besieged monitoring outpost. There were seven survivors, including an Air Force physician, Dr. Paulo Fernandes. Despite a broken leg, Dr. Fernandes located the remaining men and kept all but two of them alive for 11 days until they were located by an aerial search and rescued.
  • 17th June 1967  – The People’s Republic of China successfully exploded its first hydrogen bomb. Only three other nations; the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, had successfully tested a fusion bomb. China’s achievement came less than three years after it had first exploded an atomic bomb.
  • 17th June 1967  – The new Israeli administrator of territories captured from Jordan began the process of making Palestinian Arabs leave their homes in the Old City of Jerusalem, either with eviction proceedings for renters, or payments to residents who owned property. All those made to leave were required to sign a document relinquishing their right of return. About 600 buildings in the quarter were expropriated and either torn down or renovated for use by Jewish residents.

And back in Oxshott, here’s what’s happening:

Sunday 11th June 1967
A busy day – Cyril has put all the plants out in the the front. We’ve cleaned both cars and I had ½ hour out in the Anglia. Barrie rang again.

Monday 12th June 1967
YW Comm meeting.
Gillian to tea with Debbie.
Lovely day. I’m so glad Rob and Maggie have picked such a sunny spell for their holiday at Polzeath. Young Wives committee meeting went on quite late. I did an hour’s work before I went.

Tuesday 13th June 1967
Gillian to tea with Sarah.
Lovely day. My driving lesson went quite well. Washed a couple of blankets this afternoon and played some badminton with Philip. Have written to Dad and Mur.

Wednesday 14th June 1967
Have washed the scatter cushions and covers this afternoon – besides polishing the dining room and lounge. Worked till quarter to four too! Just packing up some sweets to send to Holland.

Thursday 15th June 1967
Mrs Stiles and I were very busy this morning – piles of work to do and wasn’t able to go back this afternoon. Played badminton. Gillian made her cakes this evening for her Cook’s badge tomorrow!!

Friday 16th June 1967
Had my last before test lesson – not too bad! Worked hard, washing, mowing lawns and ironing this afternoon. Joan rang. Tim having a good time. Bad night with Philip.

Saturday 17th June 1967
Brownie Revels 3-5:30pm
Cyril and I shopped in Esher – early lunch then we took children to the fete. Philip and I stayed there while Cyril took Gill to revels (Brownie). We came home about 4:15pm. Cooked salmon etc. for tonight.

Week 23 : 4th-10th June 1967


Around the world this week in 1967:

  • 4th June 1967 – Less than 12 hours after the deaths of 83 passengers on an Air Ferry flight, a British Midland Flight  crashed in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew. The plane was returning from Majorca and was preparing to land at Manchester when it went down. 12 people survived.
  • 5th June 1967 – The Six-Day War began as Israel launched a preemptive strike on Egypt’s air bases shortly after dawn. By 7:30, all but twelve of Israel’s 212 fighter jets were airborne. More than half of the Egyptian Air Force fleet was destroyed on the ground and most of the others were unable to take to the air because of the destruction of the airfields. Without air support, the Egyptian Army in the Sinai was quickly overwhelmed by Israeli bombing.
  • 6th June 1967 – The eleven oil-exporting Arab nations announced a halt of shipments to the United States and the United Kingdom. Egypt announced the closure of the Suez Canal to all ships in retaliation for American and British support to Israel during the Six-Day War.
  • 7th June 1967 – Israel and Jordan agreed to a cease-fire called for by the United Nations Security Council. A few hours before the cease-fire had gone into effect, Israeli jets attacked King Hussein’s personal residence in an apparent attempt to assassinate him.
  • 7th June 1967 – Died: Dorothy Parker, 77, American satirist and literary critic, died in her room at the residential Volney Hotel at 23 East 74th Street in New York City.
  • 8th June 1967 – Procal Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ began a six week run at No.1 in the UK chart.
  • 8th June 1967 – The United Arab Republic (Egypt) agreed to the United Nations resolution calling for a cease-fire with Israel, shortly after Israeli forces defeated the remaining Egyptian soldiers fighting in the Sinai peninsula and blocked their escape routes back across the Suez Canal.
  • 9th June 1967 – Abdel Nasser announced that he was resigning as President of Egypt, in an an address broadcast on nationwide radio and television. After he finished his broadcast, tens of thousands of supporters marched to his residence and urged him to reconsider. Nasser would discuss the matter with the National Assembly the next day and when the legislators told him that they would not accept his resignation, he withdrew it.
  • 10th June 1967 – The Six-Day War ended five days after it started, as Syria and Israel agreed to a United Nations mediated cease-fire at 6:00 in the evening. During the war, Israel’s losses were 777 dead and 2,586 wounded; Egypt, Syria and Jordan had suffered 15,000 deaths and lost hundreds of tanks and airplanes, along with the Sinai peninsula, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank, respectively.
  • 10th June 1967 – Thousands of Israelis spent the Jewish Sabbath crossing into places in Jerusalem that had been closed to them for nearly 20 years. They encountered no hostilities finding that, “Arabs in the old city were cautiously friendly with the swarms of Israeli tourists.”

Meanwhile, at home in Oxshott:

Sunday 4th June 1967 
Gillian, Philip and I went to Family Service at 10am – The new vicar made it very interesting. Cyril put some more plants in and took me out for half an hour’s drive before tea. Shampoo-es all round.

Monday 5th June 1967
Back to school.
Children went off quite happily and I went on to the office to find piles of work!! Had a driving lesson at 2pm and became a bundle of nerves going round the test course. Washed some more blankets.

Tuesday 6th June 1967
Big troubles in Middle East.
Mrs Stiles and I worked solidly all day – not even a lunch break. Looking stormy now (6:45pm). Cyril not in yet. I’ve mowed the lawns and washed three more blankets! Young Wives tonight.

Wednesday 7th June 1967
Fierce fighting in Middle East.
Feeling very tired this evening – it must be two days with long hours at the office. Cyril late home again. We’ve had to water the garden this evening – everywhere very dry.

Thursday 8th June 1967
We both went to the PTA meeting – Gillian’s work still leaves much to be desired – I don’t know what to make of her. Philip’s sums were quite good – but he is untidy too.

Friday 9th June 1967
My lesson wasn’t too bad today. We both feel tired today as Philip had us up and about in the night. Spoke to Tim this evening and also to Maggie – they leave for Cornwall at 5am tomorrow.

Saturday 10th June 1967
To Doris & Will.
Have had a nice lazy afternoon at Doris and Will’s. Did the dentist, bought summer trousers, trunks for Cyril – sandals for me and the children, in Cobham before we left at 10 to 11. Surprise telephone call from Barrie who wanted us to speak to David at school. Rang Barrie back later. Great excitement.