Week 25 : 18th-24th June 1967

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Around the world this week in 1967:

  • 18th June 1967 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix and rock group The Who made their American debuts, appearing on the final day of the Monterey Pop Festival.
  • 19th June 1967 – In a secret meeting, Israel’s cabinet of ministers approved a resolution, approving the eventual return of the captured Sinai Peninsula to Egypt if diplomatic relations could be established and if Egypt recognized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish nation. The same condition of a return to pre-war borders would be offered to Syria, but not to the West Bank or Gaza Strip.
  • 20th June 1967 – Muhammad Ali was found guilty of draft evasion by a federal jury in Houston and sentenced him to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The next day, Ali’s lawyers filed an appeal and Ali remained free pending the its outcome. Now barred from boxing, Ali spent the next three years on the lecture circuit and appearing in movies and even on the Broadway stage, before the Supreme Court reversed his conviction in 1970.
  • 20th June 1967 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted, 385-16, to approve a bill to make the burning of the American flag a federal crime. It was then discovered that they had passed a bill that had left out the word “burning”.
  • 21st June 1967 – Ruhi al-Khatib, the Arab mayor of the formerly Jordanian East Jerusalem, raised the flag of Israel over the town hall in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Israeli Jerusalem. Mayor Kahtib, who had been a civil servant in British Palestine, shook hands with Mayor Kollek and said, “All of us love Jerusalem. We will do our best for Jerusalem”, while Mayor Kollek said “Now we are again citizens of united Jerusalem. We shall both have to adjust ourselves.” Only eight days later, the Israeli government dissolved the Palestinian municipal government of East Jerusalem and fired Khatib.
  • 22nd June 1967 – British Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announced in London that the United Kingdom would adopt year-round “summer time”, moving clocks forward one hour on February 18, 1968, and keeping them at one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
  • 24th June 1967 – Tornadoes, rarely seen in Europe, killed at least 22 people and injured 200 as they swept across France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Six villages in the Nord Department of France were struck, killing seven and injuring 40, while six were killed and 17 hurt in the Dutch provinces of Noord-Brabant and Gelderland. In Belgium, the village of Oostmalle was heavily damaged.

Around Oxshott, here’s what Peggy and the family are up to:

Sunday 18th June 1967
Dads Day! So Cyril had a cuppa in bed!! I’ve been quite busy but have had a pleasant day. Collected the books this am and did the bank statement. Very hot. Children had pool out.

Family in Doris' Garden '64

Happy Fathers Day Pa. Love you. Miss you.

Monday 19th June 1967
Failed my test again and feel very miserable. Had a wretched night with Philip so called on Dr Little and he has given him some sleeping pills.  (!!!)

Tuesday 20th June 1967
Getting over my disappointment. Mrs Stiles and I working hard on a trial balance! We worked all through lunch hour till 3.30pm. Quite a good Young Wives meeting. No longer Young – just Wives now.

Wednesday 21st June 1967
School day off.
Gillian rang me up at noon as Philip was coughing so. I got Sue to run me home. He had been in long grass and was okay after a bit. Very warm this afternoon. Joan rang.

Thursday 22nd June 1967
Worked very hard at office again today – right up till 4.15pm. Mrs S and I are having no luck with our trial balance. Have cleaned brass, done washing and all sorts tonight – tired out.

Friday 23rd June 1967
Morning off – meet Stan at L/A.
Cyril and I went (with Phyl & Julian) to meet Stan. Plane on time and all well – until we got to Claygate on the way home when Julian was very sick! I went to work all afternoon.

Saturday 24th June 1967
Cyril did the shopping while I washed, cleaned carpets and did all sorts. Then I went to the office for 2½hrs. Played canasta and won three games.





Week 24 : 11th-17th June 1967

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Around the world this week in 1967:

  • 12th June 1967 – On the final day of its 1966-1967 term, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia, declaring unanimously that the criminal prohibition against interracial marriage, was unconstitutional. At that time, Virginia was one of 16 U.S. states that still outlawed miscegenation.
  • 12th June 1967 – Venera 4 was launched toward Venus by the Soviet Union. On October 18, it would become the first space probe to enter another planet’s atmosphere and successfully return data.
  • 14th June 1967 – Two days after the Soviet launch of Venera 4, the United States launched Mariner 5 toward Venus. Mariner 5 would reach Venus on October 19, one day after Venera 4 had arrived, and would pass within 4,094 kilometres of the planet during its closest approach.
  • 15th June 1967 – Libya’s Foreign Minister, Ahmad Bishti summoned the United States and United Kingdom ambassadors to demand the closure of their Libyan bases in retaliation for American and British support of Israel during the Six-Day War.
  • 16th June 1967  – The three day Monterey Pop Festival began in Monterey, California. One historian opined that it “ushered in the era of the major music festival”. The musicians who performed on the first evening were The Association, Lou Rawls, Johnny Rivers, Eric Burdon & The Animals and Simon & Garfunkel. The non-profit Festival attracted 50,000 paid admissions and a crowd of 125,000 unpaid spectators, and grossed more than half a million dollars.
  • 16th June 1967  – A Brazilian Air Force C-47 cargo plane, with 25 people on board, crashed in the Amazon jungle while carrying supplies to a besieged monitoring outpost. There were seven survivors, including an Air Force physician, Dr. Paulo Fernandes. Despite a broken leg, Dr. Fernandes located the remaining men and kept all but two of them alive for 11 days until they were located by an aerial search and rescued.
  • 17th June 1967  – The People’s Republic of China successfully exploded its first hydrogen bomb. Only three other nations; the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, had successfully tested a fusion bomb. China’s achievement came less than three years after it had first exploded an atomic bomb.
  • 17th June 1967  – The new Israeli administrator of territories captured from Jordan began the process of making Palestinian Arabs leave their homes in the Old City of Jerusalem, either with eviction proceedings for renters, or payments to residents who owned property. All those made to leave were required to sign a document relinquishing their right of return. About 600 buildings in the quarter were expropriated and either torn down or renovated for use by Jewish residents.

And back in Oxshott, here’s what’s happening:

Sunday 11th June 1967
A busy day – Cyril has put all the plants out in the the front. We’ve cleaned both cars and I had ½ hour out in the Anglia. Barrie rang again.

Monday 12th June 1967
YW Comm meeting.
Gillian to tea with Debbie.
Lovely day. I’m so glad Rob and Maggie have picked such a sunny spell for their holiday at Polzeath. Young Wives committee meeting went on quite late. I did an hour’s work before I went.

Tuesday 13th June 1967
Gillian to tea with Sarah.
Lovely day. My driving lesson went quite well. Washed a couple of blankets this afternoon and played some badminton with Philip. Have written to Dad and Mur.

Wednesday 14th June 1967
Have washed the scatter cushions and covers this afternoon – besides polishing the dining room and lounge. Worked till quarter to four too! Just packing up some sweets to send to Holland.

Thursday 15th June 1967
Mrs Stiles and I were very busy this morning – piles of work to do and wasn’t able to go back this afternoon. Played badminton. Gillian made her cakes this evening for her Cook’s badge tomorrow!!

Friday 16th June 1967
Had my last before test lesson – not too bad! Worked hard, washing, mowing lawns and ironing this afternoon. Joan rang. Tim having a good time. Bad night with Philip.

Saturday 17th June 1967
Brownie Revels 3-5:30pm
Cyril and I shopped in Esher – early lunch then we took children to the fete. Philip and I stayed there while Cyril took Gill to revels (Brownie). We came home about 4:15pm. Cooked salmon etc. for tonight.

Week 23 : 4th-10th June 1967


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.

Week 22 : 28th May-3rd June 1967

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Here’s what was going on around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 28th May 1967 – 65-year old Sir Francis Chichester completed his round-the-world voyage sailing into Plymouth Harbour in his 54-foot yacht, Gipsy Moth IV. He was greeted with cheers from 250,000 spectators. Chichester had departed Plymouth on August 27 and stopped only in Sydney, Australia.
  • 30th May 1967 – King Hussein of Jordan made the fateful decision to sign a five-year mutual defense pact with Egypt, effectively placing Jordan’s regular army, Egypt’s command in the event of a war with Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban would say later that King Hussein’s decision was, “the final step that ensured the inevitability of war”, and that until then, Israel had planned to leave Jordan (including the West Bank and East Jerusalem) out of the conflict.
  • 1st June 1967 – The Beatles released their iconic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It would be the number one best selling album in the United Kingdom for 27 weeks, and number one in the United States for 15 weeks.
  • 1st June 1967 – The McDonald’s fast-food chain went international with the opening of its first restaurant outside the United States, in Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2nd June 1967 – A race riot began in predominantly African-American Roxbury suburb of Boston, the first of many riots during the summer of 1967. When the rioting in Boston ended after three days, 70 people had been injured, 100 arrested, and millions of dollars of property damage had taken place. Violence in June would follow in Philadelphia, Tampa, and Cincinnati, Dayton, Lansing, Michigan, Atlanta, and Buffalo.
  • 3rd June 1967 – All 83 passengers and five crew on board an Air Ferry flight carrying British vacationers to a Mediterranean holiday crashed into the side of the Canigou mountain peak in the Pyrenees while circling the resort city of Perpignan preparing for landing.

But here’s what’s happening in Oxshott:-

Sunday 28th May 1967
Another stormy day. Cyril took me out for ½hr in the Anglia. The children and I spent ages clearing out the playroom and bedrooms. Landing carpet down and looking lovely. Children up late tonight – watching Francis Chichester come home.

Monday 29th May 1967
Bank Holiday.
Had a lie in this morning. Then I did some washing and had a trip to Kingston market with Mary. Bought towelling to make a beach cape. Pottered this afternoon – mowed the lawns.

Tuesday 30th May 1967
Children very good while I went to work – I came home at midday – Cyril was in town for lunch. Collected some work for the evening.

Wednesday 31st May 1967
Pay day.
Quite a nice day – children sat outside painting most of the morning. We took Gillian along to a party at 3:00pm. Had to stay in – waiting for the TV repair man.

Thursday 1st June 1967
Flaming June – but not quite! Haven’t collected my salary yet. Cyril in Cardiff, so we had a makeshift lunch then went off to Hampton Court and Bushey Park along with Phyl and Julian. Didn’t get home until 6:15. Very tired.

Friday 2nd June 1967
Worked 4 hours at the office and several hours in the home – washing, hoovering etc. etc! Collected my salary – biggest ever and have split it between deposit and current account. Cyril home from Cardiff at 5:00pm.

Saturday 3rd June 1967
Brownie fete.
Weather kept fine for the fete. Gillian and I were there from 2:20-6:15pm and was I weary! The ‘men’ left about four-ish. Have done my ironing since our return, but that’s about all. Have an aching elbow so am going to have a couple of disprin and go to bed – it’s 10:50pm – Cyril has beaten me to it!

Week 19 : 7th-13th May 1967

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

  • 7th May 1967 – In Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s Ministerial Committee on Security conditionally approved commencing a war with an attack on Syria.
  • 8th May 1967 – In a 7-2 decision in the case of Redrup v. New York, the United States Supreme Court reversed convictions, for sale and distribution of obscene books and magazines, for defendants from New York, Kentucky, and Arkansas, concluding that under the First Amendment, the state “may not constitutionally inhibit distribution of literary material as obscene” unless three conditions were met: (1) the dominant theme must appeal to “a prurient interest in sex”; (2) the material must be “patently offensive”; and (3) the material must be “utterly without redeeming social value.”
  • 10th May 1967 – By a vote of 488 to 62, with 51 abstentions, the UK House of Commons approved the government’s decision to apply for membership in the European Economic Community.
  • 10th May 1967 – Hundreds of students at the historically black Jackson State College rioted after local police drove on to campus to arrest a student for speeding. The police barricaded Lynch Street in Jackson and the next day, members of the state national guard fired on the crowd, killing a bystander, Ben Brown.
  • 11th May 1967 – President Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union met in Moscow with a visiting group of Egyptian officials and provided them a false intelligence report that Israel was mobilizing troops “on its the border with Syria and planning to attack between 18 and 22 May 1967”. “Although the report was false and Egypt’s President Nasser knew it,” an observer would later write, Nasser mobilized troops along the Egyptian border with Israel three days later.
  • 12th May 1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience debuted with the release of its first album, Are You Experienced.
  • 13th May 1967 – Three million faithful in Portugal turned out to pray with Pope Paul VI during his visit to Fátima, on the 50th anniversary of the first reported appearance of the Virgin Mary there. In becoming the first Pope to visit Fátima (and the first to visit Portugal), Paul VI, in the opinion of one historian, brought new legitimacy to the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar.
  • 13th May 1967 – In what was described as “a rebuttal to anti-war demonstrations”, a crowd of at least 70,000 demonstrators marched down New York City’s Fifth Avenue in support of American troops in fighting in the Vietnam War.

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

Sunday 7th May 1967
Children had a lie in this morning as they have both been coughing well. Cyril has done a lot of ‘pricking out’ – we have a good show of bedding plants now. Drove out to Chessington and bought some petrol!!!

Monday 8th May 1967
Only worked this morning! I didn’t see the boss – so was able to get away! Went up to the Clothes Line and bought a couple of shirts and a cardigan. Rang British Legion – we are due back at 11am on Weds 24th.

Tuesday 9th May 1967
½ day from school.
Worked until one – lovely afternoon which we spent on the heath (Oxshott Heath). Of course there were 1001 things I should have been doing! Came home to hoover – and the vac has gone up the spout.

Wednesday 10th May 1967
Had another lousy driving lesson tonight! Gill was late getting home from Brownies and put me in a bit of a tizzy! Cyril at Cardiff.

Thursday 11th May 1967
Coloured my hair this evening! Better to do it while I’m on my own. Cyril rang – and Joan. It’s very hot – temperature above 80º in the porch. Have put all the plants outside.

Friday 12th May 1967
Beginning to feel guilty about all the money I’m spending on my Dutch trip!! Cyril home about six. Had done all my washing before he got in.

Saturday 13th May 1967
Went to Esher. Drew a lot of money and spent a great deal. Bought presents to take to Jacq & family. Also bought Gill’s blazer and two new dresses for her. Collected Dutch money from Barclays. Going to the Leyshon’s French party tonight…. Good party!  Home about 12:30!


Week 18 : 30th April-6th May 1967

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Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1967:-

  • 30th April 1967 – The British cabinet voted, 13 to 8, to seek the admission of the United Kingdom into the European Economic Community, referred to at the time as the “Common Market”. Prime Minister Harold Wilson would announce his plans on May 2 and the House of Commons would approve the resolution, 488 to 62.
  • 1st May 1967 – Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu were married in a brief civil ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • 1st May 1967 – Klavdia Andreyevna Kosygin, 58, wife of Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, collapsed and died while she, her husband, and other Soviet leaders were reviewing the annual May Day parade in Moscow. Mrs. Kosygin had been seriously ill and undergoing cancer treatment for nearly six months.
  • 2nd May 1967 – A group of 40 members of the Black Panthers, armed with shotguns, rifles and pistols, forced their way into a session of the California House of Representatives at the state capitol building in Sacramento as a protest against gun control. The Assembly was debating a bill that would forbid the carrying of a loaded firearm in any public. No violence took place, other than scuffling between some of the Panthers and the state police who responded to the incident. Sacramento city police also stopped five cars that were bringing another 26 armed men join the 40 inside the capitol, and confiscated 15 weapons. The police declined to make arrests because there was no violation of the law, and the weapons were returned to the group.
  • 4th May 1967 – Lunar Orbiter 4 was launched by the United States from Cape Kennedy at 6:25 p.m. and would become, on May 4, the first probe to enter into a polar orbit around the Moon. In addition to getting the first pictures of the lunar south pole, the probe was also able to photograph 99% of the near side of the Moon.
  • 6th May 1967 – In a game marked by fan violence, Manchester United clinched the 1966–67 Football League title with a 6-1 win over West Ham United at Upton Park. At least 20 people were hospitalised during and after the match.

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

Sunday 30th April 1967
Cyril finished painting the doors and I must say the colour scheme is very effective. We all went out for ½ hour after lunch – me driving the Anglia.

Monday 1st May 1967
Very cold today – snowing slightly. Joan rang. I’ve been trying to balance the deposit account without success.

Tuesday 2nd May 1967
Worked hard today – and cycle training after lunch. Cyril not feeling so well – he went to bed early. I worked this evening.

Wednesday 3rd May 1967
Philip had to come with me on my driving lesson. I didn’t do very well – bit depressing! Bill Parker did the brakes on the Corsair this evening.

Thursday 4th May 1967
School day off.
Church service 9:15am.
Went into Phyl & Stan’s and saw Bill Parker’s holiday slides. Worked until 11:15am – home to cook lunch and then a quick trip back to the hairdresser for Gill’s haircut. Poured all day long. Reconciled the bank statement during the afternoon.

Friday 5th May 1967
Still raining. Cyril not feeling too good. I’ve worked all day – hard too and have done some washing this evening. Cyril late home as he’s been to London Airport.

Saturday 6th May 1967
Gillian was slightly sick in the early hours. No fuss though and she doesn’t look too bad. Cyril went to Esher alone. I did my household chores and then went to the office for 2½ hours this afternoon. Cyril to bed early – he’s done a bit more painting and is poorly again.

Week 17 : 23rd-29th April 1967

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

  • 23rd April 1967 – James Earl Ray, serving a 20-year sentence for armed robbery, escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary. He would later reveal that other inmates helped conceal him inside a four-foot by four-foot container that was used to deliver loaves of bread to prisons. Forty-nine weeks later, on April 4, 1968, Ray would assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. He was finally recaptured on June 10 at London’s Heathrow Airport.
  • 23rd April 1967 – The Soviet Union announced the launch of Colonel Vladimir Komarov on “a powerful new carrier rocket”. The Soyuz 1 was launched into orbit from Baikonur on what was to be a 72-hour mission. A separate announcement, from the news agency Tass suggested that a second spacecraft would link to Soyuz 1, and that the cosmonauts would trade places.
  • 25th April 1967 – John A. Love, the Republican Governor of Colorado, signed a bill giving Colorado the nation’s most liberal abortion law. Under the law’s terms, an abortion could be carried out if a three member board in an accredited hospital agreed that a pregnancy met one of four specified conditions (death or serious impairment to the mother, child likely to be born with a “grave and permanent physical deformity or mental retardation”, a pregnancy of less than 16 weeks arising from forcible rape or incest, or a girl under the age of 16 made pregnant by rape or incest). Previously, Colorado and other states in the U.S. allowed abortion of a pregnancy only in cases of “a severe threat to the physical health of the mother” or “pregnancies resulting from forcible rape”. On May 17, the state director of health and hospitals announced that a 12-year old rape victim would be given the first legalized abortion in the United States.
  • 27th April 1967 – Sandie Shaw’s Puppet On a String, which a few weeks previously had won the Eurovision Song Contest, replaced Somethin’ Stupid at No. 1 in the UK.
  • 28th April 1967 – Muhammad Ali refused to take the oath of induction into the United States Army after reporting to an induction center in Houston, Texas. Ali stood in line with 11 other inductees but refused to step forward when his name was called. Ali said he understood the penalties of draft evasion and that his refusal was based on his religious beliefs. Ali was stripped of his boxing title and would not be allowed to fight for the title again until 1970. On June 20, he would be convicted of draft evasion, fined $10,000 and sentenced to five years in prison, but the conviction would be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 1967.

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

Sunday 23rd April 1967
Philip is coughing now.
Have had a not too hectic day. Cyril and I went off to buy petrol and paraffin while the children were at Sunday School. Have washed and ironed a few things, nothing much else.

Monday 24th April 1967
Cyril home this week.
Cyril has made a good start on the terrible job of decorating the landing and staircase. I’ve worked morning, afternoon and evening!!

Tuesday 25th April 1967
Philip has a nasty cough so have kept him in bed. Called at Dr. Little’s this morning and have some Mycin for him and more pills for myself. Have lost 5lbs in two weeks. Still need to lose more.

Wednesday 26th April 1967
My assistant starts today and she got cracking on the Income Tax return. I’ve worked all day and wouldn’t like it every day! Cyril has finished the ceiling and walls it’s looking very nice.

Thursday 27th April 1967
Cyril still busy and Philip still at home – but I think he will be OK now – he’s been out in the garden. I played badminton this afternoon and quite enjoyed it.

Friday 28th April 1967
Worked all through lunch time. Have done 128 hours this month. Lovely weather. Phil back at school. Cyril has been in Brighton all day. I’ve washed, ironed, defrosted fridge, mowed lawn and I feel whacked!

Saturday 29th April 1967
Shopping in Esher this morning – an early SALMON lunch and then – of all things, to Kingston. Bought slippers all round, sandals for kids, shirts for Cyril and a lovely, rich – expensive, carpet runner for the landing. Played Canasta.