Week 33: 16th August – 22nd August 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • Television arrived in the Australian State of Queensland, as QTQ Channel 9 started broadcasting in Brisbane. TV had been operational in New South Wales (Sydney) and in Victoria (Melbourne) since 1956.
  • Measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, an earthquake struck the Madison River Canyon in Montana at 11:37 p.m., near Yellowstone National Park. Lasting 8 seconds, the tremor toppled 80 million tons of earth into the canyon, killing 28 people, and creating Quake Lake.
  • In Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where 200,000 were gathered at the Temple of the Tooth for the Esala Perahera ceremonies, an elephantcharged into a crowd and killed 20 people and injured hundreds.
  • The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights was signed by 21 member states of the Organization of American States. The OAS’s “Declaration of Santiago” came at the conclusion of the Fifth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, in Chile.
  • Hawaii was proclaimed the 50th state of the United States of America. At 3:14 p.m. Washington time, 10:14 a.m. in Honolulu, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called William F. Quinn, who was then administered the oath as the first state governor. Quinn had been the last territorial governor, appointed by Eisenhower in 1957. Eisenhower then issued Executive Order 10834, prescribing the standards for the 50-star American flag.
  • Hawaii was proclaimed the 50th state of the United States of America. At 3:14 p.m. Washington time, 10:14 a.m. in Honolulu, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called William F. Quinn, who was then administered the oath as the first state governor. Quinn had been the last territorial governor, appointed by Eisenhower in 1957.
  • Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra played at the Moscow Conservatory for their first visit to the Soviet Union. The orchestra performed Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony in the presence of its composer, Dmitri Shostakovich. For Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major, Bernstein played the piano and conducted at the same time.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 16th August 1959
Cyril was up at seven this morning & polished the floors & did the Hoovering before breakfast. He has an awful black eye – where Jill’s head came into contact with it. Anne left soon after three – & Cyril has been washing since then.

Monday 17th August 1959
Jill had me up several times last night – consequently we’re both very tired today. Cyril’s eye looks awful – all colours & so sore. Its been a fine day – I had a sleep this pm while Cyril took Jill & Sue out in the woods. I wonder what tomorrow holds for us all. Letter from Joan.

Tuesday 18th August 1959
A/NC (ante-natal clinic)
Mrs G. Jim (birthdays)
Very hot again today – it would be for my first day out! I’ve been to the clinic – & I haven’t got to go to hospital yet!!! – I still have to rest as much as possible. Cyril will go in tomorrow so I shall have to cope on my own. He’s taken Gillian to Anne’s office this pm.

Wednesday 19th August 1959
I’ve been in charge again today – and it hasn’t gone down very well. I feel awfully tired & don’t seem to be able to do very much. Mrs. Mott has been very good – she fetched the shirts & pyjamas & washed & ironed them for me. Its very hot again today – unfortunately!! Letter from Dodo.

Thursday 20th August 1959
I don’t seem so tired today & its just as hot – couldn’t sleep last night for the heat. Jill has been very good – I went to bed while she rested. Cyril put most of the washing out before he went to the office & I’ve done a bit of ironing – just the starched. No doubt I’ll cop it.

Friday 21st July 1959
There has been a threat of thunder today – but it hasn’t come to anything so far. Its very close – I’ve been trying to find the energy to make cake but have only washed the fruit. The things came from Gamages this pm. I’ve just taken Jill & Sue for a walk round the block but its given Gillian the miseries – she didn’t want to come in!

Saturday 22nd August 1959
If it wasn’t for my two hourly ‘trots’ during the night we should have good nights as Gillian is sleeping well. Its hot again this afternoon after a cool morning. Cyril went to L’head & since his return he has laid the lino in the spare room – it looks very nice too. I can begin to get it ready for Philip/Linda now! This afternoon he is laying the lino tiles on the landing. I’ve turned out Cyrils chest of drawers & transferred all his things to his wardrobe & can now use that chest for the babe. Gillian is to have the whitewood chest – painted

Week 32: 9th August – 15th August 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The SM-65 Atlas, America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, with a range of 4,350 km, was declared to be operational after successful testing.
  • Four of the five singers for The Platters, who had hit No. 1 earlier in the year with “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, were arrested in Cincinnati and charged with soliciting prostitutes and using drugs. The charges were eventually dismissed, but the group’s concert dates were cancelled, and disc jockeys refused to play their records, for several months.
  • North Korea and Japan agreed on terms for repatriation of Koreans living in Japan. For two years, thousands moved back to their homes in North Korea, even with an option to live in South Korea.
  • The Earth was photographed for the first time from an orbiting satellite, Explorer 6, which had been launched on August 7. The first image, taken from an altitude of about 27,000 km, showed the clouds over the northern Pacific Ocean. Although the photo was crude, it demonstrated the potential of observing weather patterns from orbit.
  • The first fatal crash of a passenger jet killed five American Airlines crewmen, who were on a training flight of a Boeing 707. The crew were practicing landings at a private airfield owned by Grumman Aircraft when the jet crashed in a potato field at Calverton, New York, at 4:40 pm.
  • ‘Living Doll’ by Cliff Richard & The Shadows was No. 1 in the UK.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 9th August 1959
Hot, thundery today – in fact we’ve had a storm about 5pm – didn’t last  long & hasn’t cooled the air much. Cyril took Jill & Sue out for a couple of hours – we were expecting Anne but she didn’t turn up – maybe she will come tonight with her parents.

Monday 10th August 1959
I wouldn’t have got the washing dry today without the spinner – it poured all morning & I wasn’t able to hang out much after lunch. It’s still very close though & I’m still perspiring!! Anne didn’t come after all yesterday – she sent three dresses she’s made for Jill & they’re very nice.

Tuesday 11th August 1959
A/NC (Ante-natal Clinic)
Not very good at the clinic today – Dr. B. wanted me to go into hospital but has given me a week’s grace as long as I stay in bed! – so Cyril is going to have some time off. I’m feeling very depressed.

Wednesday 12th August 1959
Mrs. G & Celia arrived soon after 11.30 & we’ve had a good gossip! It was nice seeing them again & Gillian hasn’t been at all shy. Celia took her out this afternoon. Cyril has been to Gamages & ordered lino etc for upstairs – he was home soon after 3pm looking very hot & tired.

Thursday 13th August 1959
Have had my first full day in bed today – & haven’t minded a bit. – except that I’ve been sorry for Cyril having to cope with everything – & a “trying” Gillian! I’m taking the pills the doc prescribed & I can only think its them making me so tired and listless.

Friday 14th July 1959
Another lazy med day in bed! Gillian has been happier today so it has made things a bit easier for Cyril – also Mrs. Mott took her out for an hour this afternoon – while Cyril was BAKING & cleaning windows.

Saturday 15th August 1959
I got up for a couple of hours this morning to cope with Gillian while Cyril went to L’head to do the shopping. I only pottered round but I was jolly glad to be able to get back to bed!! We’re expecting Anne in the afternoon.
Anne arrived about three. Just as Cyril was taking the girls to meet her_ they all went for a walk then. I sat downstairs for a short while this evening.

Week 31: 2nd August – 8th August 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The US Army’s Combat Development Experimentation Centre unveiled the “Soldier of Tomorrow”, described in a press release as “America’s ultimate weapon – the man.” The soldier of 1965 would have “a helmet with a built-in radio, infra-red binoculars and his own rocket device”, a “jump belt”, which “will enable him to cross streams and cliffs with ease”.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Christian Herter presented a check to Carlos P. Romulo, President of the Philippines for $23,862,751 for damages caused by the 1934 devaluation of Philippine currency, caused when the U.S. abandoned the gold standard. The U.S. also agreed to pay $73 million for war damages, but rejected fifteen other claims totalling $950 million.
  • Three months of negotiations between the Soviet Union, and the United States, Great Britain and France, ended in Geneva with no resolution on the future of Berlin.
  • After more than 1,000 performances in the London production of My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews retired from the role of Eliza Doolittle, freeing her to go on to a career in film and television.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 2nd August 1959
We’ve had a busy day today so that we can take it easy tomorrow – have also had an unusual Sunday lunch – braised steak. Very nice it was though. We had a late tea – I got the girls out for a short walk. Olive & Frank turned up about 6.15 until 9pm

Monday 3rd August 1959
Mum & Eileen
Mum & Eileen arrived about 11.15 & Anne at 11.45. Its been quite a nice day & they all (except Mum & I) went for a walk this afternoon. I had a sleep. Jill is playing up now (8pm)& wont settle. M & E left at 6.45 & Anne ?? 8pm. I’m hoping to get into the bath – if Jill will settle.

Tuesday 4th August 1959
A/NC (ante-natal clinic)
Very hot again Today. Jill had a very disturbed night last night – over tired and excited from all the visitors I expect. I’ve been to the clinic – have to go again  next week. Anne was going to come and have Jill but I was surprised to see Cyril get off the train – Anne couldn’t get off.

Wednesday 5th August 1959
Gillian has been rather irritable today – in spite of the fact that she had a good night last night & and a couple of hours sleep this morning. Its quite warm again so maybe thats why she’s cross. We haven’t been out – I’ve just written to Joan. Osmans have collected the T.V. for repair.

Thursday 6th August 1959
Jill was in bed by 6.15 last night
& she slept right through until 6.45 this am & still seems tired. Its very hot again. I do hope we’re not in for another hot spell or I shall give up!! We’ve had a walk as far as Browns this afternoon & now Gillian is quietly eating an ice cream. Peace for 5 mins!!

Friday 7th July 1959
Another hot one. I’m feeling very lazy after walking up to the village. I haven’t done any baking! Jill walked all the way home from the Post Office & was ready for bed when we got in. Heard a news flash this afternoon that the Queen is expecting a baby – so I’m in good company.

Saturday 8th August 1959
It feels as though its going to be another scorcher today. Cyril has been to L’head on the early bus. I did the chores then took Jill to shop in the village & we met Cyril off the bus. Hope we don’t have any visitors today as I’ve done no baking yet. Have got on & done my a/cs (accounts) up to date though. Put Jill to bed early so we had a longer evening. Cyril very head-achey after his busy day in the garden.

Week 30: 26th July – 2nd August 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • Lt. Col. William H. Rankin bailed out of his crippled F-8 fighter after it stalled at 47,000 feet. After a two-minute freefall, his parachute opened automatically at 10,000 feet, but it took him another 38 minutes to reach the ground. Rankin descended into a thunderstorm and was buffeted up and down by the winds until landing near Ahoskie, North Carolina.
  • After passing both houses of the UK Parliament, the Legitimacy Act of 1959 received royal assent, giving equal rights to children born out of wedlock.
  • Robert Noyce of the Fairchild Semiconductor company filed a patent application for his invention of an integrated circuit that could be mass-produced. On April 25, 1961, he would receive U.S. Patent 2,981,877 and, along with Jack Kilby who had applied for a patent for the original IC five months earlier, would receive the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000.
  • Euzkadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), the Basque separatist organization, was founded in Spain. In its first 40 years, ETA’s paramilitary attacks killed more than 800 people and wounded thousands.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 26th July 1959
At the moment (7pm) its raining quite well & has been doing so on & off since 4.30! It hasn’t cooled down very much yet though – at least I’m not cool. Cyril had a very busy day with all the household chores poor thing. I had breakfast in bed. Jill inclined to be miserable after her bad night.

Monday 27th July 1959
We’ve had a lovely lot of rain & I think we’re going to have some more today! I feel very tired this afternoon – even though Gillian slept all through the night. The little one is looking pale today & is a bit irritable. I don’t think she’s as fit as usual. Letter from Joan.

Tuesday 28th July 1959
ANC L’head (Ante-natal clinic, Leatherhead)
Cyril had the half day today while I went to the clinic. I was glad he was here as Jill is still a bit touchy. She hasn’t had much sleep today & looks pale. I was out of the clinic at 335 so caught the earlier bus – felt very tired when I got home. I’ve had 1/2 hour on the bed.

Wednesday 29th July 1959
Gill was restless last night – eventually slept with me, which wasn’t a good thing as I was very restless myself with back ache. Very stormy again today – I’ve washed the shawls out & got them dry but the baby nighties haven’t dried properly yet. We’ve just been for a short walk – Gillan is quiet with an ice cream.

Thursday 30th July 1959
Had a good nights sleep last night & it made a lovely change. Jill didn’t waken at all. I was only up twice for a penny. Very showery again today but I have managed to dry & iron the wash. Gillian has been very good so far – we’re going to Browns presently.

Friday 31st July 1959
I was going to have a lie in this morning but Gillian had different ideas. It’s quite warm again today. We’ve a lovely big trout for dinner tonight that Mr. Mott caught & gave us. Weighed about 2 1/2 pounds so we should feed well!!  

Saturday 1st August 1959
We went off to Esher & Kingston this morning. Spent a great deal of money – & I enjoyed it. We’ve bought Gillian a sweet coat & bonnet & white leggings for winter & shorts & socks for Cyril. Slippers for me and nappy pins for junior!! We were so tired we came back to Cobham and took a taxi home. I’ve just been sorting out what’s left of the cash!! Jill has gone to sleep.

Week 29: 19th July – 25th July 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • Two milestones in the erosion of censorship happened on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In the United States, federal judge Frederick van Pelt Bryan enjoined the U.S. Postmaster General from stopping the delivery of the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover., while in Britain, the Obscene Publications Act 1959 was passed, marking what John Sutherland would describe as “the great liberation for printed literature”.
  • The Kitchen Debate took place between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and American Vice-President Richard Nixon, at Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, where the American National Exhibition was being held. At a display of a model kitchen, Khrushchev and Nixon argued, through interpreters, over the merits of communism and capitalism. Both recounted the incident years later, in Six Crises by Nixon, and in Khrushchev Remembers. Time Magazine would later describe the first public discussion between the Soviet and American officials as “what may be remembered as peacetime diplomacy’s most amazing 24 hours”. Videotapes of the Kitchen Debate were broadcast on American television, after a delay occasioned by the Soviet government’s request to have 20 minutes of the Nixon-Khrushchev exchange shown in both nations simultaneously. However because the Soviet television equipment would not accommodate the American video format, the tape was not broadcast there.
  • King Mutara III Rudahigwa, ruler of the Tutsi people in the Belgian colony of Rwanda, collapsed and died after being given a penicillin injection by a Belgian physician in Bujumbura. The death was believed by other doctors to be from anaphylactic shock from a penicillin allergy, although other histories refer to the death as an assassination. In the violence that followed, 20,000 Tutsi were killed and 150,000 fled the country over the next seven years.
  • On the 50th anniversary of the first airplane flight across the English Channel (by Louis Bleriot), the first hovercraft trip across the Channel took place, as the SR N1 made the journey on a cushion of air.
  • The Japan–Paraguay Immigration Agreement was signed, providing for 85,000 Japanese citizens to immigrate to Paraguay over a 30-year period, settling on farmland purchased by Japan’s government. In consideration for the agreement, Japan made a $3.8 million loan so that the Paraguayan Navy could purchase seven war ships. The plan failed, with less than 7,754 Japanese moving to Paraguay.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:







Sunday 19th July 1959
Awfully hot again, doesn’t it make my spots itch! We havent been out anywhere today. Gillian has been quite happy to have a swim in the garden in her pool. We had a rest on the beds this pm. I’ve just written to Mum and Mur.

Monday 20th July 1959
Another hot one. Washing & ironing all done. I’ve aired it outside. I had a bad night last night – all itchy. I’ve been on the bed for over an hour as Daphne took Gillian out for a walk but wasn’t able to sleep. Letter from Joan. 

Tuesday 21st July 1959
Joan (birthday)
ANC L’head (ante natal clinic, Leatherhead)
Not so good at the clinic – they didn’t like my spots or my B.P.!! & told me to be prepared to go into hospital early.  I was able to catch the ten to four bus back which was just as well as Gillian wasn’t very happy when I left her with Daphne.

Wednesday 22nd July 1959
I woke up with the miseries this morning – feeling sorry for myself with my itchy spots. However I got over it as the day wore on & have done quite a few jobs – including defrosting the frig & washing it. A very pleasant surprise – Beryl C turned up at 4.30 & stayed until 8.30 – she’s looking very fit!

Thursday 23rd July 1959
I really don’t know how much more of this hot weather I can take. It really is boiling again & I am good for nothing. We’ve just been round to Browns – & had an ice cream in the woods. Now I want to flop!!! No letters.

Friday 24th July 1959
Paul (birthday)
Yet another schorcher – its likely to continue according to the weather men! I’ve been baking this morning & am perspiring profusely – which wasn’t doing my rash any good. Only been as far as the Weedons this afternoon. Letter from Dad.

Saturday 25th July 1959
We’ve been on a spending spree in Esher this morning – bought shorts, boots & winter vests for Gillian – towels for the baby & bits and pieces for me to take in. Really feel as if I’ve got on with it today. It’s very hot again and we were home by ten to twelve & within minutes Gillian was asleep in her cot. She’s been very good & dry all morning. This afternoon she has been having a swim in her own private pool – I’m siting in the shade writing this. Surprise this p.m. – a visit from Stan & Bette Davis & the boys. Home after 3 yrs in Malta.

Week 28: 12th July – 18th July 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The worst nuclear accident in American history happened at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in southern California. The Sodium Reactor Experiment, which used liquid sodium to cool the uranium fuel rods and the nuclear reactor, experienced a sudden rise in temperature and radiation. Technicians managed to shut down the reactor, and after a two-hour inspection, the reactor was restarted. On July 26, a second inspection determined that 13 of the 43 fuel rods had melted. For two weeks, radioactive by-products had been released into the surrounding area.
  • In Kirkuk, Iraq, a rally to celebrate the first anniversary of the 1958 revolution degenerated into a three-day-long massacre of ethnic Turks by the Kurds. At least 30 people were killed, and over 100 injured. The event was last referred to as the Kirkuk Massacre. On the same day, Iraq became the first Arab nation to appoint a woman to a ministerial post, with Dr. Naziha ad-Dulaimi becoming Minister of Rural Affairs.
  • More than 500,000 steelworkers walked off the job as the United Steelworkers of America called the largest strike in American history. Only after intervention by the President and the Supreme Court did the strike end, 116 days later, on November 6.
  • Anthropologist Mary Leakey unearthed a skull fragment, commonly referred to as Zinjanthropus, that would lead to a rethinking of the origins of human beings. Discovered at the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where Louis Leakey had found prehistoric tools 28 years earlier. Zinjanthropus (now Australopithecus boisei) is not considered a direct human ancestor, but another Olduvai discovery from 1960, the mandible with teeth of “OH 5” (Olduvai Hominid 5), the toolmaking Homo habilis, some 1.75 million years old, is believed to be.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 12th July 1959
We all had a good night – up quite early – & breakfast before nine. Cyril has a tummy upset & doesn’t feel well. Joan & I took the children out this pm – lost ourselves & got caught in a terrific storm. Cyril came to meet us with macs – he’d arrived about 5.15 & they all left at 6.45! Poor Jill very upset when they went! I was in bed before 9!! 

Monday 13th July 1959
Monday Jill tired today – reaction from weekend. Its much cooler & looks stormy. We’ve only been out for a short walk – I’m still feeling weary!!

Tuesday 14th July 1959
A/NC L’head  Hot again today. Mrs Chapman & Daphne looked after Jill while I went to clinic. Didn’t get home until 5.30pm. & have to go again Friday Heard from Joan – they got home at 10.30 so that wasn’t too bad. Bad night with Gillian she slept with me eventually. 

Wednesday 15th July 1959
I’ve been on the bed & had a sleep this afternoon! Mrs. Chapman came & took Jill out about 3.15. Its quite hot again & I’m feeling very sleepy! – Missed my beauty sleep last night having Gillian in bed with me. 

Thursday 16th July 1959
R&M anniversary (Rob & Maggie)
Another hot one though there is a breeze. While I’m writing this Gillian is sitting in her chair enjoying a 3d cornet! She certainly knows what ice cream is now! We haven’t been for a walk – rang Daddy on the way home. 

Friday 17th July 1959
Clinic L’head.
Jill didn’t have her sleep this morning – I had to take her to L’head with me on the 130. She was very tired & fell asleep in her push chair coming home! – Thought we would be able to have a rest on the bed but she wasn’t having any! I’ve done a lot of washing since we got in. Very hot again

Saturday 18th July 1959
Cyril Foster.
VERY HOT! I’ve been round to the Doctor this morning about my rash – he doesn’t think its anything infectious – an allergy rash. It wasn’t there long. Cyril has been to the village with Gillian to do the weekend shopping she’s had an upset tummy – due I think to some raisins Mrs. Chapman gave her!!
I was in bed by quarter to eight tonight.

Week 27: 5th July – 11th July 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • David Ben-Gurion resigned as Prime Minister of Israel and new elections were called for the Knesset. Ben-Gurion’s Israel Workers’ Party won a majority of seats in the November election.
  • German jurisdiction over Saarland, and its one million residents, became effective at 12:01 am after a period of transition that had begun on January 1, 1957. France had administered the region since the end of World War II, and Saarlanders were given five days to exchange 117 French Francs for each German Deutschmark.
  • Venus passed between Earth and the star Regulus providing astronomers an opportunity to learn more about the second planet. Because the Regulus starlight dimmed measurably as it passed through the Venusian atmosphere during the occultation, the density of that atmosphere could be calculated more precisely. The next conjunction of Venus and Regulus will take place on October 1, 2044.
  • United States Army Major Dale R. Buis and Master Sergeant Chester M. Ovnand formerly listed as the first two of 57,939 Americans to die in the Vietnam War, killed by a Viet Cong attack on the divisional headquarters at Biên Hòa. They were two of the 700 American military advisors sent to South Vietnam, and had been watching a movie with six other advisors when the attack began. Four were wounded. Buis’ name is the first on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • After a 16-month break, the United States resumed U-2 spy plane flights over the Soviet Union. Pilot Marty Knutson flew into Soviet airspace to photograph the missile site at Tyuratam. Ironically, the same day marked the signing of an exchange agreement between the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R.
  • A memorial for Frank Foley (1884–1958) was dedicated in Harel, Israel, in the form of a forest planted in the desert. As a passport control officer at Britain’s embassy in Nazi Germany, Foley flouted strict rules in order to help as many as 10,000 German Jews to leave the country.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 5th July 1959
I’m suffering from heat exhaustion today! Oh its so hot – not a breath of air. I’ve had a long lie down this afternoon but I couldn’t drop off!! We’ve been boiling up the washing & haven’t been for a walk yet – its 6.30pm.

Monday 6th July 1959
Another hottie! – We’ve just been as far as Browns & up the shoe-menders – & I’m nearly boiled!! T.G. the ironing is done. Heard from Joan today that they will be here on Friday for the weekend. Good – 

Tuesday 7th July 1959
How glad I am not to go to the clinic today – it really is a scorcher. This morning I’ve been up to the village but shall keep Gillian in this afternoon – its too hot for her & she gets very tired.  

Wednesday 8th July 1959
I had a wretched night last night & today its hotter than ever – I’m bathed in perspiration just doing nothing! We’ve only been as far as the clinic today for orange juice. I think I’ll keep Gillian in  this afternoon as theres no shade in the garden. Cyril cleaned all downstairs windows this evening.

Thursday 9th July 1959
Not quite so hot today & we had a few drops of rain! I had a better night last night – so did Gillian. I’ve baked a cake today – & its just like a pudding!!! – have also ironed and cleaned windows upstairs. Daphne took Jill out this pm.

Friday 10th July 1959
It looked like rain first thing – but now (11.15) its as hot as ever! We’ve just been round to the paper shop – Gillian is resting & I’m going to see if my baking efforts are any better today!! Yes they were!! Joan & Ted & the children arrived about 8.45 – Jill was asleep & didn’t stir during the excitement!

Saturday 11th July 1959
It poured all night – thunder & lightening too – so perhaps the gardeners will be pleased now!! Joan slept with me – & we had Jills cot in our room. We didn’t have a very good night! We were all up early Joan Eileen Jill & I went into Leatherhead – I was extravagant & bought a summer weight maternity two piece!! This afternoon after having a rest we took the children through the woods – & Sue & really enjoyed themselves. I’m hoping Gillian will go down this evening without a fuss!!

Week 26: 28th June – 4th July 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was created as a separate entity from Egypt’s Coptic Christian church. Egypt’s Pope Cyril VI appointed Bishop Abuna Basilios as the patriarch of the church, with authority to consecrate his bishops within the Ethiopian church.
  • Pope John XXIII issued his first encyclical, Ad Petri Cathedram, prior to the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The papal letter emphasised that a renewal of the Roman Catholic Church would precede a reunion with other Christian denominations.
  • Twenty-one students were killed and more than 100 were injured when an American F-100 plane crashed into Miamori Elementary School at Ishikawa, Japan, on the island of Okinawa. The pilot had ejected after the plane malfunctioned and struck the school.
  • A new standard for the yard and for the inch was adopted by the United States and Britain. The yard was formally defined as 0.9144 meters, and, as 1/36th of a yard, the inch was 0.0254 m or 2.54 centimetres.
  • At 12:01 a.m., the consumption of opium in Thailand became illegal, and all approved opium dens were closed. When 12:01 arrived, Field MarshalSarit Thanarat sent the military on a nationwide crackdown on the opium trade.
  • For the first time, a Wimbledon champion came from South America, as Alex Olmedo of Peru won the men’s singles title, beating Australia’s Rod Laver 6–1, 6–3 and 6–4. The next day, Maria Bueno of Brazil completed the South American sweep and ended a 21-year streak of U.S. titles, defeating American Darlene Hard, 6–4, 6–3, to win the women’s singles.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 28th June 1959
Cyril & I had a bad night last night – Cyril made tea at 2am – & then gave me my breakfast in bed while Gillian slept. We’ve been in the woods this pm. – & while I put Jill to bed Cyril boiled up the wash. Molly & Ted arrived about 7.45 until 9pm – Gillian was up for them.

Monday 29th June 1959
We’ve had quite a heavy rainfall today – so that will please the gardeners! Gillian has slept well this morning to make up for her bad night. She’s cutting her lower eye teeth & is quite miserable at times. I’ve dried & ironed the washing. No letters. 

Tuesday 30th June 1959
Greens Silver Wedding
Not so bad at the clinic today – I went out & did my shopping & made the time go more quickly. Mrs Mott had Gillian & unfortunately she had a fall & a nasty bump on the forehead. Very close again. Letter from Joan. 

Wednesday 1st July 1959
Another rainy morning – but it has cleared up & is quite warm this afternoon! We – Gillian & I had a lie in this morning – I’ve been able to dry the washing & we’ve just been for a short walk around to the paper shop.

Thursday 2nd July 1959
Another scorcher altho’ thank goodness there is a breeze. Gillian slept on this morning so I was able to get the washing out of the way before she had breakfast. We’ve been for a slow walk this afternoon round to Browns.

Friday 3rd July 1959
Our 9th Anniversary
Surprise – seven cards for our 9th! – Carnations for me from Jill & Anne & Chocs from Cyril. Its been hot again. Jill & I went on the train to Stoke D’ & from there on the bus to Cobham. I bought a butter dish for Greens silver wedding – & a bottle of lager & lime for Cyril!! 

Saturday 4th June 1959
A real scorcher – & wasn’t it hot in bed last night – Gillian slept most of the night with me. Cyril has been to Leatherhead & I had to go to the village so we met him off the bus. Oh – I was baked. Gillian went off to sleep quite happily – its too hot for her today & for poor Sue. Jill up all evening & in bed with me all night. 

Week 25: 21st June – 27th June 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The first multinational treaty on nuclear security came into force. The OECD Convention on the Establishment of a Security Control in the Field of Nuclear Energy had been signed by the nations of Western Europe, along with the United States and Canada, on December 20, 1957.
  • Seán Lemass took office as Taoiseach of Ireland following elections to replace Éamon de Valera, and began a course of pursuing peaceful cooperation, rather than unification, with Northern Ireland.
  • Klaus Fuchs, who had given America’s atomic bomb and hydrogen bomb secrets to the Soviet Union, was quietly released from a British prison after serving nine years of a 14-year sentence for espionage. He traveled as “Mr. Strauss” on a LOT Airlines flight from London to East Berlin, where he lived until his death in 1988.
  • Queen Elizabeth II, Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower officially opened the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
  • Voters in Hawaii went to the polls on the question of whether to become the 50th state of the United States of America. The result was 132,938 in favor, and 7,854 not. Only one of the 240 precincts went against statehood, with voters on the island of Niihau 70–18 against.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Sunday 21st June 1959
A lot colder this morning but it has “hotted up” & now its really uncomfortably warm (6.45pm) We’ve all been for a short walk this afternoon & now Gillian is out in the garden with Cyril. Its too hot to put her to bed!

Monday 22nd June 1959
Big Gillian’s b’day.
T.G. – we had another good night & evening last night! Its a scorcher again today. Gillian slept for 3 hrs. I had a good half hour on the bed – all the ironing finished by 12.30! This afternoon we’ve been round to Browns & now I’m going to wash my hair. 

Tuesday 23rd June 1959
A/N.C (ante-natal clinic).
Another scorcher – Anne had the half day & came over to look after Gillian. I had a long wait at the clinic – didn’t come out until quarter past four I’m so hot & uncomfortable. I wish we could have a storm to clear the air.

Wednesday 24th June 1959
Very oppressive & close today – Its been thundering this afternoon but we haven’t had any rain yet. Gillian & I have been up on the bed for half an hour this afternoon. I’ve just written to Joan.

Thursday 25th June 1959
We had a drop of rain this morning – just enough to prevent my putting out the washing. Its been very hot again this afternoon. I’ve had an hour on the bed – came to to find Jill putting lipstick all over her nose & chin!! Sue has gone to be clipped. Letter from Mur.

Friday 26th June 1959
I didn’t realise it was quite so hot or I wouldn’t have gone to the village! Anyway – its saved Cyril a trip to L’head tomorrow – have only the veg to get now. Jill didn’t want to sleep this morning – so we both went on the bed from quarter to two until five past three – she slept for about half an hour so she should be tired tonight. 

Saturday 27th June 1959
We had a lie in this morning. I was going to Esher on the 10 o’ clock bus but didn’t feel well enough so Cyril went on the 11am – he went to the bank to save a visit during next week. I’ve only been as far as Browns. Gillian hasn’t slept at all today so we’re hoping for a peaceful evening – & night. She’s been out in the garden all afternoon – helping Cyril with the digging!! I’ve been sitting out trying to do my accounts. Olive & Frank & the Macs came about 5.30. & left at 8pm.

Week 24: 14th June – 20th June 1959



Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • At Disneyland, the first passenger-carrying monorail was dedicated by U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon. When Walt Disney took the Nixon family along for a test ride before the ceremony, the Secret Service detail was inadvertently left behind and the Vice President accidentally “kidnapped”.
  • As beachgoers in La Jolla, California, watched, 33-year-old Robert Pamperin was attacked and devoured by a 6 metre great white shark, while skindiving 50 yards from shore. No trace of Pamperin was found, and it was speculated that the shark had swallowed him whole.
  • A jury in London awarded Liberace $22,400 in his libel suit against the London Daily Mirror. The Mirror’s columnist, William Connor, had described the flamboyant pianist as homosexual.
  • The Soviet Union reversed plans to provide China with a prototype atomic bomb, and secretly informed the Beijing government that it would not supply technical data for constructing more nuclear weapons, unilaterally cancelling an accord reached on October 15, 1957. Nikita Khrushchevnoted later in his memoirs that the working bomb and its blueprints had been packed and ready for shipment, but that the Soviets then decided against sharing their secrets.
  • Russ Conway’s ‘Roulette’ reached No. 1 in the UK.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:








Gill playing in Oxshott Woods, June 1959.

Sunday 14th June 1959
Another hot day – & a busy one. We had a bit of a lie in as Jill was sleeping – she slept all night. It was too hot to go on directly after lunch so we had a rest on the bed & went in the woods at quarter to four. Too hot for Jill to get to sleep tonight – so she was up until after nine.

Monday 15th June 1959
After her late night Gillian slept well – until quarter to nine this morning, so I was able to get all the washing out before she got up. Its been very hot – we haven’t been out walking – Gillian has played with her pool. Letters from Molly, Joan & Ben.

Tuesday 16th June 1959
A/N.C. (ante-natal clinic)
Another hot one today. Cyril had the half day to look after Gillian while I went to the clinic. It was a different doctor today – she was a bit more rapid than the other one. However she has said I’m to to go again next week. Caught the ten to four bus home.

Wednesday 17th June 1959
Another too hot for me day! I felt awful this morning. We were up & down with Gillian from 10.30pm until 1.30 am! I let her sit in her paddling pool today but she has since had diarrheo! She’s up now – 9.30pm. 

Thursday 18th June 1959
Gillian slept all night as she should being up all evening! Anyway I was able to get the washing out of the way before she had breakfast. Its very hot again – but I’ve made the effort (& what an effort!) & been up to the village this afternoon. 

Friday 19th June 1959
We had another wretched night last night. Poor Gillian had a few slaps & many tears! I had to have an hour on the bed this morning while Jill rested. Its very hot. We’ve been up to the village this afternoon & done quite a bit of the weekend shopping. Saw Mr. Webb who used to manage Forrest Stores in the Green. 

Saturday 20th June 1959
It was lovely to have a nights sleep last night! Gillian woke once at midnight but went off to sleep after a drink. This morning we caught the 9am bus to Esher & from there to Kingston – we bought Nappies & Nighties for baby brother (how did Peggy know it was a boy?)! – had Gillian’s hair cut & had our lunch out. Gillian was very good. We got home at 2.30 & she’s up in her cot now. We also bought her a pair of slippers! Poor Cyril has had a very expensive Father’s Day! Gillian up all evening again!!!