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.