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.