Here’s what’s happening around the world this week
- 31st July 1967 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richard had their jail sentences revised by an appeal tribunal led by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Parker. Jagger had been sentenced three months imprisonment, and Richards to a year, after being convicted of possession of pep pills and marijuana respectively. “If you keep out of any trouble for the next 12 months,” Lord Parker told Jagger, “what has happened will not be on your record as a conviction.”
- 1st August 1967 – Nine Japanese high school students were killed by a lightning strike while they were descending Mount Nishihodaka, a 2,900m peak in Japan’s Hida Mountains, near Nagano. Ten others were injured, and the other 31 members of the group were unhurt.
- 2nd August 1967 – Israel issued an order canceling the municipal council elections that had been scheduled in the Palestinian towns of the West Bank prior to its capture from Jordan. The four-year terms of all of the members who had been elected in 1963 were extended indefinitely.
- 3rd August 1967 – U.S. President Johnson asked Congress to temporarily increase individual and corporate income taxes by 10 percent for the 1968 tax year and announced that he had approved sending an additional 45,000 American troops to fight in the Vietnam War before June 30, bringing the total number of U.S. personnel in South Vietnam to more than half a million.
- 4th August 1967 – The Defence Amendment Act, 1967 went into effect in South Africa, providing that every young, able-bodied white South African male was subject to military training and service with the South African Defence Force (SADF).
- 5th August 1967 – One hundred and thirty seven people died from poisoning at a new moon festival in Madras after drinking varnish, mixed in a cocktail with lime juice, because of a prohibition in Madras state against the sale of liquor.
Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Cornwall:
Sunday 30th July 1967
Much to our surprise, as it was a dull day when we awoke, we have spent most of the day on the beach – I’ve even been in and had a surf. Lovely it was too. We’ve been for a walk this evening.
Monday 31st July 1967
Went to Wadebridge and from there to Daymer where we spent the afternoon swimming (glorious). To Padstow in the evening where, thank goodness, we found the boat Philip has been searching for.
Tuesday 1st August 1967
Coo – my neck is burning! Had an early (cooked) lunch, then went up the top at Polzeath – have spent a long time in the water – on the surf. Going to the pictures tonight to see ‘My Fair Lady’ – home nearly midnight.
Wednesday 2nd August 1967
Dull day today – we had lunch with Mary and Leonard and didn’t go out until close on 4pm – went to Tintagel and explored the ruins – home about 7:15pm. Children very tired after last night’s late night.
Thursday 3rd August 1967
A lovely day. We’ve had six hours on Tristram Bay today and have another layer of sunburn. Plenty of surfing. Gillian was still in the sea at 5:45pm! Her second session. Rained in the night.
Friday 4th August 1967
Another fine, warm day which we have spent at Daymer. Had a swim after lunch then the children and I with Mary and Di walked to Rock and took the boat to Padstow and bought fish for tea. Home about 6:30pm.
Saturday 5th August 1967
A fine morning – we walked to Rock from Daymer and caught the ferry to Padstow and had lunch there. Found Mary and Leonard parked next to us when we got back to Daymer. Weather worsened – turned cold so we came home to tea. Tried to do my accounts during the evening, but the lighting is very bad.