Week 39 : 24th-30th September 1967

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Here’s something of what’s going on around the world this week:-

  • 24th September 1967 – Israel’s Prime Minister Levi Eshkol announced Government Decision 839 approving Jewish settlements in lands captured during the Six Day War, starting with the re-establishment of the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. The decision came almost twenty years after the previous Kfar Etzion settlement had been destroyed and 157 of its 161 residents massacred.
  • 24th September 1967 – The Karisoke Research Center for protection of gorillas was founded in Rwanda inside the Volcanoes National Park by primate researcher Dian Fossey. She chose the name because the campsite was located between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Visoke.
  • 25th September 1967 – Seventeen children in the Mexican city of Tijuana died and people 574 were hospitalised after eating breakfast. Initially, investigators believed that the milk they had consumed had been tainted, but the poison was soon traced to bread that had been contaminated by parathion, an insecticide that had been stored in a bakery supply warehouse. Contaminated flour and sugar had been shipped to nine bakeries, which in turn distributed its products to retail outlets around the city.
  • 27th September 1967 – Canada broke with the United States for the first time over Vietnam War policy, as External Affairs Minister Paul Martin addressed the United Nations General Assembly, suggesting that the U.S. make an unconditional halt to the bombing of North Vietnam. “All attempts to bring about talks between the two sides,” Martin said, “are doomed to failure unless the bombing is stopped.”
  • 29th September 1967 – Speaking in Texas at the National Legislative Conference, U.S. President Johnson told his audience, “I am ready to talk tomorrow with Ho Chi Minh and other chiefs of state to discuss an ending to the Vietnam War”, but added that an immediate halt to bombing would happen only if he believed that it would, “lead promptly to productive discussion”, and that “It is by Hanoi’s choice, not ours, not the world’s, that war continues.” Earlier in the speech, Johnson gave his reasons for a continued fight: “I cannot tell you, with certainty, that a southeast Asia dominated by communist power would bring a third world war closer to terrible reality,” he said, “But all that we have learned in this tragic century strongly suggests that it would be so.”
  • 29th September 1967 – The classic sci-fi TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was broadcast for the first time, on ITV.
  • 30th September 1967 – BBC Radio completely restructured its national programming, with the inauguration of four new stations. Radio 1, introduced by its first disc jockey, Tony Blackburn, modeled its pop music format on pirate radio stations. Radio 2 featured music formerly heard on the Light Programme. Radio 3 adopted the classical cultural format formerly heard on the Third Programme. Finally, Radio 4 followed the talk radio and news format formerly heard on the Home Service.

And here’s what’s occupying our family:-

Sunday 24th September 1967
I was up first and did the veg before breakfast. Then went and picked a few mushrooms. Rob and I took David James’ coat to Bredon. Nasty, wet day. We four, Rob, Mag, Cyril and I went for a pre-lunch drink. We left Longdon at 2:40pm, home at 6:20pm. Nice to be home.

Monday 25th September 1967
Back to work! – and there is plenty of it. Lot of washing to do too. Cyril and I had a snack lunch and have roast the chicken etc. for our evening meal. Have had to do an hour’s office work at home tonight.

Tuesday 26th September 1967
Another very busy  day at the office – everything seems to be complicated and I was glad to get away at 3:45. Plenty to do at home too!

Wednesday 27th September 1967
Cyril and I had a half day and dashed up to Gamages and had a spending spree – bought a new bed for Gill’s room and carpets for both their rooms – and a suit and shoes for me – and a few odds and ends. Home at 5:20pm.

Thursday 28th September 1967
Worked until 12:15pm. Played badminton this afternoon – a bit better. I managed to get three games in. It’s been a beautiful day but is raining now.

Friday 29th September 1967
Wet, miserable day. Cyril wasn’t home to lunch so I went to Esher at 12:15. Did the bank and a great deal of shopping. Tired myself out. Mr. Trapmore brought round the fireplace pieces (a Claygate fireplace) this evening ready to start tomorrow.

Saturday 30th September 1967
We’ve had the fireplace put in today. Not too much mess and it certainly makes a great difference to the room. Philip went to Carol’s party. I took Gillian and Debbie out looking for conkers for an hour this afternoon. Played Canasta.


Week 38 : 17th-23rd September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 17th September 1967 – Jim Morrison of The Doors defied CBS in a live telecast of The Ed Sullivan Show, after initially agreeing to a request to alter the lyrics of their hit, Light My Fire. Morrison had been asked to change the lyric “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better”. Given that the word “better” did not rhyme with “You know that I would be a liar”, Morrison sang “higher” anyway. The Doors were banned from future Ed Sullivan shows.
  • 18th September 1967 – U.S. Defense Secretary McNamara announced in a speech to journalists in San Francisco that the United States would deploy a “Chinese-oriented” anti-ballistic missile system to protect against any threat posed by attacks from the People’s Republic of China. The first 22 pages of McNamara’s 25 page speech had been a policy statement that suggested that the U.S. would not deploy any ABMs, with the last three giving notice of the deployment, which led many to believe that McNamara was forced to change his speech.
  • 20th September 1967 – The Cunard Line cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 was launched onto Scotland’s Clyde River after being christened by the monarch for whom it was named. The name of the new 58,000 ton liner had been kept secret until the ceremony. For two minutes after shipyard workers knocked away the timbers that had been holding the ship in place, it failed to slide down the slipway as expected, but finally began its descent amid cheers from 30,000 spectators.
  • 22nd September 1967 – Dissident Soviet writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers after a tribunal was held by the Union’s secretariat, chaired by Konstantin Fedin. The expulsion brought an end to his ability to publish his work within the Soviet Union.
  • 22nd September 1967 – The cruise ship RMS Queen Mary departed from New York City for its 500th and last time, leaving the Cunard Line Pier with a ceremony marked by thousands of people cheering and waving, and a performance by the 55-man U.S. Merchant Marine Academy band. The noisy send off contrasted with the Mary’s routine departure from Southampton, England, on Sept. 16th, when only a couple of hundred sightseers lined the dockside and music was supplied through the ship’s loudspeaker system.
  • 23rd September 1967 – Voters in New Zealand overwhelmingly favored a measure to end the limits that had engendered the “Six o’clock swill”, where bar patrons drank heavily after leaving work because alcoholic beverages could not be legally sold after 6:00 in the evening. The limitation had been in place in New Zealand and Australia since the beginning of World War One as an emergency measure. A previous attempt at repeal in New Zealand had failed in 1949.

But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 17th September 1967
Feeling sore – throaty and full of cold today – have been on the bed all afternoon. Cyril seems to have a cold too. A bright pair! Philip seems better. Wrote to Mur.

Monday 18th September 1967
Cyril coughing well. My throat is much better. Philip back at school. He’s looking rather pale though. Had to go and buy petrol then went to Penny Nairne’s (too crowded) and then to the office for an hour. Straight to Cobham after school to get Philip’s hair cut.

Tuesday 19th September 1967
Cyril at Leeds.
Came home from work for ½ hour to take Cyril to the station. Blustery sort of day – have done some washing and ironing –  also 2 hours work on the month’s bills. May have a day off tomorrow.

Wednesday 20th September 1967
Hairdresser 9.30am
Have been quite a devil today! Had my hair done then did a few jobs in the office – then checked the car and went off to Frimley. Only had a couple of hours there so just saw Greenie, Celia and Ernest. Home by 3.25pm.

Thursday 21st September 1967
Worked till quarter past one – Cyril rang me at 1.40pm to pick him up at 2.20pm so I took Alma to badminton then picked Cyril up. I stayed till 3.45pm – picked children up, came home and did washing – but it rained.

Friday 22nd September 1967
Busy, busy day!
Worked all morning and was late leaving at lunch time. Just made it before Cyril came home with fish and chips for our lunch. I did the shopping in Leatherhead and we set off at 4pm – bad journey and we didn’t get to Longdon (Gloucestershire – near Tewkesbury) until 8.20pm. Children very tired.

Saturday 23rd September 1967
Have had a good day. Saw Ted – he came over to Longdon. Dad came for the day. Rob and I took the children to Tewkesbury – I drove back in his A40. Children out in the fields until after one. We enjoyed the fete – our roses won first prize! Joan came over and stayed until ten-ish. Cyril and I took Dad home, Maggie came too. Didn’t get back to Rob’s until nearly midnight.


Week 37 : 10th-16th September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 10th September 1967 – The CBS television network censored The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in advance of the evening broadcast, by editing out the performance of Pete Seeger’s antiwar song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”. Seeger, who had been blacklisted from commercial television 17 years, had been allowed to perform the song before the studio audience but the tape shown on television only showed Seeger performing the song “Winoweh”.
  • 11th September 1967 – The unmanned NASA lander Surveyor 5 made a soft landing on the Moon in the Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility) and began transmitting information back to Earth. Over the next three weeks, it would send 18,006 images of the lunar surface, along with data drawn from chemical analysis of the soil. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 would land only 24 km from Surveyor 5.
  • 11th September 1967 – The Bee Gees Massachusetts reached No. 1 in the UK single chart.
  • 13th September 1967 – Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), specially designed for fighting jet fuel fires, was given its first public demonstration at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the U.S.
  • 14th September 1967 – Ewa Klobukowska of Poland, who held the world 100 meter sprint record, became the first athlete to be disqualified for failing a gender verification test. Her world record was taken away from her, however Klobukowska would prove her gender beyond doubt a few years later by becoming pregnant and giving birth.
  • 14th September 1967 – Ironside, starring Raymond Burr as a wheelchair-bound police detective, premiered at 8:30 pm on NBC.
  • 14th September 1967 – Batman began a third season on ABC and added actress Yvonne Craig as Batgirl in an attempt to inject new life into the series. In place of the twice-weekly episodes, the network broadcast only a weekly 30-minute episode that ended with the appearance of the following week’s villain. “Camp had been replaced by silliness,” it would be noted later.
  • 16th September 1967 – Vladimir Tkachenko, a 25-year old Soviet physicist working in the UK, was abducted from the streets of London by two Soviet agents. After witnesses saw him forcibly being carried into the Soviet Embassy, police from Scotland Yard intervened. Tkachenko had been drugged and driven to Heathrow Airport and was seen being put on Aeroflot jet, but the police stopped the plane from leaving and took him into protective custody. Two days later, after Tkachenko himself protested while in a psychiatric hospital, police returned him to the Soviet Embassy and allowed him to return to Moscow.

But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 10th September 1967
Busy day doing this and that. Have been instructed in changing the wheel of the car this afternoon in case  I ever have to. Hope I don’t! (I received that instruction too some years later! G. Me too! P)

Monday 11th September 1967
Went round to the ‘Clothes Line’ this afternoon and bought a few odds and ends. Was fortunate in finding two decent pairs of boys pyjamas – for Gill!! Mary took her test today but I haven’t heard the result yet.

Tuesday 12th September 1967
Worked all day today – just took ½hr for lunch as Cyril was out for the day. Went straight to Cobham from school to spend Philip’s 7/6d (37½ pence I think…).

Wednesday 13th September 1967
Poor Philip has coughed all day today and I very nearly sent him to school this morning!! Must have been sixth sense that made me tell him to go back to bed after breakfast. I went to the office till quarter to eleven and I have worked at home since then. Phil very sick this evening – but it’s done him good – got rid of his phlegm (oh yuk – TMI!)

Thursday 14th September 1967
Badminton begins.
Poured most of the day again – worked till eleven and then hurried home to Phil. He’s much better today thank goodness. I helped clean his (train) layout this afternoon and we tidied up a bit. Also did some baking and worked at home this evening for a while.

Friday 15th September 1967
Only worked till eleven and have only done an hour at home. Philip very much better. He dressed after lunch and has been playing quite happily. I’ve done all my washing and it’s drying.

Saturday 16th September 1967
I was in Esher soon after 8:30am and had a good start with the shopping. Philip still looking pale and wan – he had a nose bleed while I was out. Mowed the lawns this afternoon and prepared pastry and fruit for tomorrow’s pie – Sunday School is early so we shall have to look snappy tomorrow! Went to Cobham this afternoon and had a browse round buying birthday cards, nylons, sweets etc all by myself!


Week 36 : 3rd September – 9th September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • 3rd September 1967 – At 5:00 in the morning local time, all road traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left hand side of the road to driving on the right hand side. Beginning at 1:00 in the morning, all non-essential traffic was barred from the roads. At 4:50, all remaining vehicles were brought to a stop at checkpoints. Ten minutes later, police directed vehicles to move to the other side of the road.
  • 3rd September 1967 – Died: Mohammed bin Laden, 59, Saudi Arabian billionaire and father of future al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, was killed when the airplane he was in crashed during a landing.
  • 5th September 1967 – The British science fiction television series The Prisoner, created by and starring Patrick McGoohan, was broadcast for the first time, premiering in Canada. The show would not appear in the UK until late September.
  • 6th September 1967 – Walter E. Washington was appointed as the first African-American mayor of a major American city, as President Lyndon Johnson announced his nomination as Mayor-Commissioner of Washington, D.C.
  • 7th September 1967 – NASA launched Biosatellite 2 from Cape Kennedy, with a cargo of life forms to study the effects of weightlessness and gamma radiation on cellular development. NASA would successfully recover the craft two days later. The life forms on board included parasitic wasps, flour beetles, vinegar gnats, amoebae, frog eggs, wheat seedlings and bread mould.
  • 9th September 1967 – Greece’s Prime Minister Konstantinos Kollias and Turkey’s Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel began an unprecedented series of summit meetings, traveling to each other’s nations during the weekend to discuss their differences regarding the island republic of Cyprus. At the close of the summit, the two men issued a joint press release that declared that they, “expressed their belief that the long-term interests of both countries require the strengthening of the ties of friendship, good neighborliness, and cooperation between the two countries, within the spirit of cordiality created by the two great statesmen Atatürk and Venizelos, and by taking into consideration the fact that they belong to the same alliance.”

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

Sunday 3rd September 1967
Poured all morning so it was an ‘In’ morning. Gillian and Philip made hard work of writing letters to Doris and Eileen. Didn’t do much in the afternoon either!

Monday 4th September 1967
Children feeling a bit blue about school tomorrow. I worked till 12:15pm then we had lunch and went to Epsom swimming. Took Janet with us and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Am wondering if Joan will ring tonight as Eileen was supposed to come tomorrow.

Tuesday 5th September 1967
Autumn Term commences.
Back to school today – neither of them very thrilled!! I went to work this afternoon then after school we went to Leatherhead – spent a fiver buying shoes for the two and another 25/- on petrol. Gale force winds all day.

Wednesday 6th September 1967
Bit brighter today and thank goodness Mrs Styles is back so she was able to get cracking on some of the pile up of work! Did a bit of washing when I got in – but it poured.

Thursday 7th September 1967
Not a very nice day – in fact it has turned so cold that Cyril has started a fire. Having a little car trouble in that my brake lights won’t go off. Hope it won’t be too difficult to rectify the fault.

Friday 8th September 1967
Cyril out to lunch.
Had a blow this morning. Car wouldn’t start so I had to walk to the office. Gillian was disgusted that she had to walk home from school. Lovely sunny day. Joan rang.

Saturday 9th September 1967
Bill P is going to do my car this afternoon if he can. Cyril did the shopping. Ivy and I took the children blackberry picking this afternoon – got enough to flavour the pie tomorrow (had some nice apples given to me at the office). Played Canasta.