Here’s what’s happening around the world this week
- 13th August 1967 – The legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac made its debut, appearing at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, Berkshire, with Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and (instead of John McVie), bassist Bob Brunning.
- 14th August 1967 – All but one of the United Kingdom’s pirate radio stations played music for their final day, then signed off before the new Marine Broadcasting Offences Act went into effect at midnight. Only one station, Radio Caroline, would continue to broadcast the next day.
- 15th August 1967 – Twenty-seven people in India fell to their deaths when struck by a tree branch while riding on top of a passenger train as it passed through the city of Katiharin. The branch was from a banyan tree that was considered sacred by worshipers of the Hindu goddess Kali. For several weeks, nobody would trim the branch until finally, an enterprising resident named Siaram Jha defied the goddess of destruction and sawed it off.
- 17th August 1967 – Demonstrators in Beijing forced their way into the Soviet Union embassy compound in China, smashed windows in the main building, destroyed furniture and set fire to files. A similar attack would take place on the British diplomatic quarters the following week.
- 18th August 1967 – Israel opened its border crossing at the Allenby Bridge over the Jordan River and began the first of 14 days during which repatriation would be allowed for the 167,500 Palestinian refugees who had applied to return to their homes in the West Bank. On the first day, only 355 displaced people, most of them women and children, or elderly residents, came across the border.
- 19th August 1967 – NASA published the first extensive chart of the hidden side of the Moon ever to be compiled, in advance of the August 22 meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Prague. Most of the features were unlabeled, but the map did use two names that had been proposed by the Soviet Union for features identified when the USSR took the far side’s first pictures in 1959.
Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to back in Oxshott:
Sunday 13th August 1967
Up early – ironing and seem to have been on the go ever since!! At least everything is washed and ironed and I’ve cleaned out the interior of the car. We put some of the pictures on for the children.
Monday 14th August 1967
It was ghastly going back to work and such a lot there. I’ve worked nine hours today and made very little impression on the pile. Took the children for a little ride round after tea.
Tuesday 15th August 1967
Another very busy day. I worked till 12:15pm and have been back this evening for two hours and the pile is still formidable. Been raining nearly all day.
Wednesday 16th August 1967
Another wet day – at least a fine morning but ghastly afternoon. I’m really quite worried about all the work which is piling up at the office.
Thursday 17th August 1967
Debbie and Janet to tea.
Worked very late tonight – at home. It was quarter to eleven before I packed up. Managed to do some washing and ironing this afternoon. Philip and I went over to Chessington for petrol – exhaust pipe broke and the driver’s door jammed on the Anglia.
Friday 18th August 1967
Drove half a car to work today! To my great surprise, Cyril came home at lunch time with spare parts and a half day – and he’s done both jobs! And there I thought I would have to wait for Bill Parker to come home. Went to work this afternoon.
Saturday 19th August 1967
Poured with rain all day long. Cyril did the Esher shopping – I washed then did local shopping. Went to work all afternoon and managed to do quite a lot. There is still plenty for Mrs Stiles next week. Played Canasta.
Here’s what’s happening around the world this week
- 6th August 1967 – Graduate student Jocelyn Bell of the University of Cambridge radio telescope observatory became the first person to discover a pulsar. She found “a peculiar train of radio signals” that repeated every 1.33 seconds when the telescope was viewing a particular section of the sky.
- 7th August 1967 – Lunar Orbiter 5, launched six days earlier by NASA, transmitted the most clear pictures up to that time of the far side of the Moon.
- 9th August 1967 – British colonial authorities in Hong Kong closed down three pro-communist newspapers, the Tin Fung Daily News, the Hong Kong Evening News and the Afternoon News, halting publication pending the resolution of lawsuits, and arresting five of the journalists on charges of sedition and the spreading of false or inflammatory reports.
- 9th August 1967 – Died – Joe Orton, 34, English playwright and film screenplay writer, was beaten to death at his Islington home by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who then committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills.
- 9th August 1967 – ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)’ replaced the Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ as UK No. 1 single.
- 10th August 1967 – Section 127 of the Constitution of Australia, which provided that “In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted”, was repealed as the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967 Act went into effect.
- 11th August 1967 – William C. Foster, the chief American representative at the 18-nation nuclear disarmament conference in Geneva, announced at the White House that the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had agreed in principle on the conditions of a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.
- 12th August 1967 – The Prices and Incomes Act 1966, passed the previous year as a means of controlling inflation, went into effect in the United Kingdom, giving the British government the authority to delay increases in prices, surcharges, and salaries.
Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Cornwall:
Sunday 6th August 1967
We’ve had a lovely day at Tregarnon all day. Called at the farm we used to patronize two years ago and bought eggs which I boiled for lunch. We stayed there until 6:15pm Gillian enjoyed the swimming pool in the rocks.
Monday 7th August 1967
Went to Daymer and played cricket on the beach and had our lunch there. Very windy and dull so we left and went to Mevagissey where it was fine and warm. Leonard and Mary came back here to tea and we played Canasta.
Tuesday 8th August 1967
Wet morning, Children and we spent the morning doing jigsaws which they bought in the village. After lunch we went to Fowey where again it was fine and warm. Children had a river trip with Cyril at the helm. We had a lovely picnic at Carlyon Bay afterwards. Late home.
Wednesday 9th August 1967
Raining – a very wet morning the children played on the beach in anoraks and boots!! A good afternoon – Padstow – a trip on the boat to Coverack – then on to Trevone. Tea above the beach then the children swam and we played cricket till 8pm.
Thursday 10th August 1967
The hottest day we’ve had and we’ve all caught another layer of sunburn. Spent the whole day at Tristram – then on to Trevone where we played evening cricket. Home tomorrow.
Friday 11th August 1967
We left the caravan at noon as it wasn’t a good day. Had a very nice lunch at Tintagel – on to Boscastle. Left there at 3pm and made our way homewards via Dartmoor. Kids did a bit of exploring at Postbridge. No traffic problems. We were at Andover at 8:30pm, so stayed at Mur’s for an hour. Home 11:15pm All very tired.
Saturday 12th August 1967
Very busy washing etc. Line broke too! Had a drive round for an hour to break myself in again. Did a bit of ironing and then played Canasta.
Here’s what’s happening in the world this week in 1967:-
- 21st May 1967 – In anticipation of war, Egypt called up its entire military reserve into service, while Palestinian commandos in the Gaza Strip announced that they were ready to attack Israel.
- 22nd May 1967 – A fire at L’Innovation, the largest department store in Brussels, killed 322 people. The blaze started with simultaneous explosions at the third-floor restaurant and the children’s clothing section on the second floor, and was fed by exploding bottles of butane gas and cardboard displays throughout the 5-story building during its “American Week” sale. Belgian police found “anti-American pamphlets demanding a ‘clean out’ of the store” scattered in the street, however, suspicions of arson would never be verified.
- 24th May 1967 – U.S. President Johnson convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the impending war in the Middle East, and whether Israel had atomic weapons. The memorandum of “Discussion of Middle East Crisis” was only partially declassified in 1983, with more in 1992 but three sections remain secret, including all the details of, “a brief discussion of possible presence of unconventional weapons”. Response to the President’s question “What do we do?” is still redacted, as well as his response to General Wheeler’s statement that, “we would have to decide whether we were going to send in forces and confront Nasser directly.”
- 25th May 1967 – Celtic F.C., defending Scottish League champions, came from behind to become the first football club from northern Europe to win the European Cup, defeating Inter Milan, 2-1, in the final at Lisbon.
- 26th May 1967 – The 12-team United Soccer Association played its very first game, with foreign teams competing under different names in American and Canadian cities. Play opened at Washington, D.C. as the Cleveland Stokers (Stoke City F.C. of England) visited the Washington Whips (Aberdeen F.C. of Scotland). Maurice Setters of the Stokers scored the first USA goal, and Cleveland defeated Washington, 2-1 before a crowd of 9,403.
- 27th May 1967 – In a referendum in Australia, voters overwhelmingly (90.77%) approved the removal of two provisions in the Australian Constitution that allowed discrimination against the indigenous Aborigines. “Ever since,” an author would note later, “the 1967 referendum has popularly been memorialized as the moment when Aboriginal people gained equal rights with other Australians, even won the right to vote. In fact, the referendum did not achieve those outcomes.”
- 27th May 1967 – The folk rock band Fairport Convention played their first gig, with a concert at St. Michael’s Hall in Golders Green, North London.
- 27th May 1967 – Born: Paul Gascoigne, English footballer, in Dunston, Tyne and Wear
- But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-
Sunday 21st May 1967
Beautiful day and a very impressive ceremony at Jonkerboss. Then an excellent lunch at Erica. Jacques took us out for a drive – about 80 miles up to the German border and then sightseeing in Nijmegen. Home 5:30pm.
Peggy(on the right in the hat) at Jonkerboss.
Ceremony at Jonkerboss. 21st May 1967
(Thank you to Eileen for the photos from Auntie Joan’s collection)
Monday 22nd May 1967
A poor day! To start with our coach was over an hour late. Then it rained all day. The long trip to Amsterdam hardly seemed worthwhile – a trip on the canals – in rain! Lunch, then home – 1¾hrs late! The evening social was very good.
Tuesday 23rd May 1967
Shopped in Nijmegen. To Erica for a very good lunch. Back to Jacques house and the shops!! We are loaded! Packed eventually and bade a tearful farewell to the de Rooijs at 8pm. Train left at 8:40pm, Hook about 10:30pm. Calmer crossing but we couldn’t sleep. Pouring at Harwich on arrival.
Wednesday 24th May 1967
Arrived Harwich about 7am. Left at 8:10am. Home 11:15am. Rang Cyril from Harwich. He wasn’t able to meet me so I came home to an empty house. After unpacking I had a couple of hours on the bed. Children gave me a hearty welcome. It’s good to be home, but I’m so tired!!
Thursday 25th May 1967
Back to work today. What a load of work there is!! I’ve been at it all day and this evening too. Very showery weather. I managed to cut the lawns before another downfall this evening.
Friday 26th May 1967
Another busy day at the office – trying to catch up and get straight. Cyril was home today – he has put in four boxes of plants and is suffering with his back. Have written to Jacques and Lie. Cyril and I went shopping at lunch time – shops crowded. Joan rang.
Saturday 27th May 1967
We went to London Airport at 8:45am to meet Ron F – plane delayed and we weren’t home until 12 noon. Have pottered since then. A quick trip to Surbiton to buy underlay for the landing carpet. Phyl home – she and Julian looking very well and very brown. Nasty wet day.
Here’s what’s happening in the world this week in 1967:-
- 14th May 1967 – On the pretext of responding to a threatened Israeli invasion of Syria, the UAR (United Arab Republic – an alliance between Egypt and Syria) sent two divisions of troops across the Suez Canal and into the Sinai peninsula.
- 15th May 1967 – The day after the celebration of the 19th anniversary of the formation of the State of Israel, Israeli Defense Forces paraded through Jerusalem, in defiance of the 1949 Armistice Agreements.
- 16th May 1967 – Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn took a stand against censorship by mailing, 250 copies of a letter to members of the Union of Soviet Writers and to editors of literary newspapers and magazines. Listing eight instances where he had been silenced by the government, he complained that his work had been “smothered, gagged, and slandered”. In order to avoid the risk of anyone other than himself being blamed for the letters, he addressed each of the envelopes in his own writing.
- 17th May 1967 – Queen Elizabeth II announced that her 18-year-old son, Prince Charles, would be invested as Prince of Wales in the summer of 1969.
- 18th May 1967 – The US state of Tennessee repealed its law that made the teaching of evolution a criminal offense. On May 16, the state senate had voted, 19-13, in favor of a bill that permitted school teachers to discuss Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in classrooms. The states of Arkansas and Mississippi would be the last to prohibit teaching evolution as the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down the laws as unconstitutional on November 12, 1968.
- 18th May 1967 – ‘Silence is Golden’ by The Tremeloes replaced Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ as UK No. 1.
- 19th May 1967 – The 3,400 man UN Emergency Force departed from its observation posts along the 117-mile-longEgyptian/Israeli frontier in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, 12,000 troops of the Palestine liberation army took positions inside the Gaza Strip, and the first of more than 80,000 Egyptian troops and more than 800 tanks began crossing into the Sinai.
But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-
Sunday 14th May 1967
It’s poured with rain all day long! – haven’t felt much like work! Baked all afternoon. Philip in flood of tears tonight because I’m going away!
Monday 15th May 1967
Driving lesson went a bit better this evening – shan’t be having another until May 30th. Philip still seems a bit apprehensive about my going away. We all went out in the Anglia for 20 minutes.
Tuesday 16th May 1967
Have worked hard today at the office – trying to get everything cleared up. I think all our pupils passed the cycling test, but I have a feeling it was a bit of a farce! Joan rang – she’s all set for Friday!
Wednesday 17th May 1967
Worked all day as Cyril wasn’t home to lunch – didn’t seem to get very far though! Came home and did some washing but then down came the rain and it’s poured all evening.
Thursday 18th May 1967
Managed to get away from the office at 12:30! Turned out to be a lovely afternoon so I’ve done all the washing and ironing, cleaned the floors, had a hair do – bath and now waiting for Joan!
Friday 19th May 1967
Left at 10:20am; boat 12 noon; off boat 6:45pm.
Joan and I left on the 7:58am train – leaving tearful children. I rang Cyril from Liverpool Street, he said they had gone to school quite happily. It was a two hour trip to Harwich and no coffee en route!
What a ghastly crossing – big waves – cups and glasses flying. I began to feel sick, but fortunately we were chatting with two fellows (!) about wartime and what have you and it passed the time. We didn’t arrive at Nijmegen until 9:30pm. Long day – it was 10:30 before we got to Lie’s house. It was very nice seeing them all again – we had much to talk about.
Saturday 20th May 1967
Went to Jonkerboss (war graves cemetery) and laid a wreath. Shopped in the afternoon and a meal at Erica (restaurant) in the evening.
Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:
- 9th April 1967 – The Boeing 737 made its first flight. Test pilots Brien Wygle and Lew Wallick Jr. flew the plane, following takeoff from Boeing Field in Seattle, over the Pacific Northwest for two and a half hours then landed at the nearby Paine Field.
- 10th April 1967 – Academy Awards went to A Man for All Seasons for Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinneman), and Best Actor (Paul Scofield). Elizabeth Taylor won the Best Actress award for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- 10th April 1967 – Oral arguments began in the landmark Supreme Court of the United States case Loving v. Virginia, challenging the Commonwealth of Virginia’s statutory scheme to prevent marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications.
- 11th April 1967 – Oil from the sunken American supertanker Torrey Canyon washed ashore on the beaches of France for the first time, along a 30-mile stretch of the Brittany coast.
- 13th April 1967 – Gary L. Scott, a science teacher at the high school in Jacksboro, Tennessee, lost his job for violating a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution.
- 13th April 1967 – Somethin’ Stupid by Frank & Nancy Sinatra replaced Englebert Humperdinck’s Release Me as UK No. 1 single.
- 15th April 1967 – Scotland defeated England 3-2 at Wembley Stadium, with goals from Law, Lennox and McCalligog, in the British Championships. The defeat marked England’s first loss since they won the World Cup, and ended a 19-game unbeaten streak.
- But here’s what Peggy and the family are doing:
Sunday 9th April 1967
Joan rang this morning to say Pa had arrived home safely and that she had been there to meet him. I went to 11am Service – have done office work ever since. Gill to Michele’s party.
Monday 10th April 1967
Had my lesson – driving not up to standard so said Mr Green. Took Gill to Dr Little. He’s given her an anti-biotic and given me some pills to get my BP down and to slim me!!
Tuesday 11th April 1967
Had a horrible driving lesson with the MOT examiner in the back. For some reason I was very nervous. Feel like cancelling my test. Am starting my yellow pills tomorrow – my white ones today. Not feeling really A1.
Wednesday 12th April 1967
Thank goodness my lesson was better today and I quite enjoyed it. The children came home by themselves and were quite unconcerned that I wasn’t here to greet them.
Thursday 13th April 1967
My passport came today.
Worked all day, through lunch till 4:15pm. The children came up from school and picked me up. Since coming home I’ve done some washing and dusted the dining room, kitchen, hall and toilet!! Phyl has been in. It’s 11:30pm now and am I tired! Cyril and Joan rang.
Friday 14th April 1967
Worked through lunch hour again today. But at least I have been clearing up some of my work. Cyril surprised us by being at school for 3:30pm Have done some washing.
Saturday 15th April 1967
I felt like going out to lunch but didn’t know where! So we didn’t. We went and shopped in Esher, Cyril made me a cup of coffee when we got in as a consolation prize!! Have washed both cars this afternoon while the others were pottering about in the garden. Playing Canasta tonight.
Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:
- 3rd April 1967 – The island kingdom of Tonga adopted a decimal system of currency, in advance of its full independence from the United Kingdom, replacing the Tongan pound, whose value had been tied to the Australian pound (and, for its final year, worth two Australian dollars).
- 3rd April 1967 – Born: Andy Parsons, English comedian and writer, in Weymouth, Dorset.
- 4th April 1967 – By a vote estimated to be 139 to 11 in favor, the parliament of Spain amended the nation’s criminal code to provide for terms of up to six years in prison for journalists who were convicted of repeatedly criticizing the government, and up to six months for publishing any news deemed to be, “false reports or information” Journalists could also be incarcerated if they showed a lack of, “due respect for institutions and persons when criticizing political administrative action”.
- 5th April 1967 – Police in West Berlin arrested 11 students, on accusations they planned to assassinate U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey during his April visit. The group, dedicated to humorous protests, would be released 34 hours later, after Humphrey’s departure and after a search of their apartments showed that their attack on the Humphrey motorcade would consist of wheat flour, soluble paint, pies and the Vice President’s favourite pudding.
- 7th April 1967 – Israeli jet fighters shot down seven Syrian MiG-21s. Earlier in the day, Syrian troops fired from the Golan Heights at a tractor being driven by a farmer from the kibbutz of Gadot, and then began firing mortar shells in and around the community. At 1:30 in the afternoon, Israel’s Mirage fighters began bombing and strafing the Golan Heights, and at 1:45, the Syrian Air Force scrambled its MiG-21s, which were all shot down in the battle.
- 8th April 1967 – Puppet on a String by Sandie Shaw (music and lyrics by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter) won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom. The song didn’t reach No. 1 in the UK till the 27th April.
But here’s what Peggy and the family are doing:
Sunday 2nd April 1967
Wet and miserable day. Still it will do the garden good. Shampoo and baths all round this afternoon! Didn’t go out anywhere – Gillian in bed all day – coughing well.
Monday 3rd April 1967
Managed to do the washing before going to work. Pa has been gardening this afternoon. Gillian up this afternoon, but she hasn’t shaken off the cough yet. Joan rang. Worked at home this evening.
Tuesday 4th April 1967
Went to the Induction Service and it was well worth turning out at 7pm for. Got a seat in church. The Bishop is a charming man. The Mothers Union did an excellent job providing refreshments. Home at 10pm.
Wednesday 5th April 1967
A lovely day – and our trip was a great success. We left sharp at 10:30 – a brand new coach – and we were picked up at 3:30pm Home at 4:30pm. Father thoroughly enjoyed it. Worked all evening.
Thursday 6th April 1967
It was a good thing I worked at home last night because my goodness it’s piling up. I don’t know when I’m going to see the light I’m sure. Very cold and miserable day.
Friday 7th April 1967
Did quite well on my driving lesson. Very hard work at the office and I’ve had to leave a pile of work. My head has been aching a great deal. Ted rang this evening and said he will meet Pa tomorrow.
Saturday 8th April 1967
We went to the village before nine so I was then able to do a load of washing. We left Gill with the Wellmans when we took Dad as she was going to Teri’s party. We saw Pa off on the 3:50pm. Had Philip’s hair cut then home – to pick up my office work, have tea and pick Gill up. I was all set to start on my mountain of work when Mary and Leonard came in!
Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-
- March 6th – The United Kingdom’s first natural gas from drilling operations in the North Sea was pumped ashore from the West Sole operation 70 miles off Easington, Yorkshire.
- March 7th – CBS aired the first television news documentary in U.S. history to report on gay and lesbian issues. Hosted by Mike Wallace, and viewed by 40 million people, ‘The Homosexuals’ reflected the bias of the American Psychological Association, labeling homosexuality a, “mental illness” but also showed gays and lesbians as individuals whose civil rights were deprived.
- March 7th – A former official of Cuba’s Ministry of Industry testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that the Soviet Union had resumed placement of intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba.
- March 9th – A TWA DC-9 jet flying from Pittsburgh to Dayton, Ohio collided in mid-air with a small Beechcraft Baron executive plane over Concord Township, five miles from Urbana, Ohio. All 25 people on the DC-9 were killed, along with the Beechcraft‘s sole occupant. The accident would lead the Federal Aviation Administration to place speed restrictions on aircraft flying below 10,000 feet and would contribute to its decision to create terminal control areas (TCAs).
- March 9th – Joseph Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, defected to the United States via the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, which then flew her to Rome and helped her find refuge in Geneva, Switzerland.
- March 10th – The world’s largest jetliner, the Soviet Union’s Ilyushin Il-62, with seats for up to 200 passengers, inaugurated regular service with an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Khabarovsk.
- March 11th – The first list of endangered species was issued by Stewart Udall, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior with a total of 78 animals in the U.S. that were threatened with extinction. The list contained 14 mammals, 36 birds, three reptiles, three amphibians, and 22 fishes.
And this is what the family were up to in Oxshott:-
Sunday 5th March 1967
Children presented me with a pot plant and nylons.
A lovely day – we didn’t get up as early as we had intended! So the morning went by very quickly. I went to Weybridge with the Turners – Di drove over the test course for my benefit! We went to church this afternoon. Cyril mowed the lawn.
Monday 6th March 1967
Beautiful Spring-like day – Pity to have to go to work! I have a great deal to do though and the money will be very useful this month (two trips to Worcestershire planned!). Keep thinking about my test!!
Tuesday 7th March 1967
Had my 1½ hour at Weybridge. Time is drawing nearer. I wish I didn’t feel so nervous! PTA meeting tonight not terribly inspiring. I took Philip to Doctor Little this morning because of his ITCHY SPOTS. He’s given him a bottle of the red stuff he had as a baby. It seems to be making him a bit tearful.
Wednesday 8th March 1967
Worked all day and all evening until my eyes and head ached. Cyril very tired and he went to bed early. Philip has gone into cotton sheets – see if that will stop his ‘itches’.
Thursday 9th March 1967
Have been studying the Highway Code. Philip wasn’t so ‘itchy’ this morning and seems to be in good form. Cyril was pleased with the small gifts we gave him. He set off for Cardiff by road about 8:30 – rang tonight. Said he was there by 12:30. Played badminton for an hour.
Friday 10th March 1967
Without any exaggeration, today was the worst ever driving lesson. I was just like a first time out-er!! Let’s hope I’ve had my attack of test NERVES!!! It’s been a ghastly day altogether – Cyril home at 5:30. Had finished the washing!!!
Saturday 11th March 1967
Cyril went up to Mays and put up the shelves for me when we had finished the shopping. I’ve worked this afternoon and shall find the shelves very useful. Played Canasta this evening. Children very pleased – I took them up to ‘Golliwog’ this morning. Gillian bought a magnetic mouse and Phil bought some wax crayons.