His­tor­i­cal events from September

Let's Talk - - CONTENT - com­piled by Peter Sar­gent

1947 70 years ago

In Amer­i­can the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) was set up by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act 1947.

1957 60 years ago

The Wolfenden re­port was pub­lished. A com­mit­tee un­der chair­man Sir John Wolfenden, which had been con­sid­er­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and pros­ti­tu­tion for sev­eral years, rec­om­mended ho­mo­sex­ual be­hav­iour be­tween con­sent­ing adults in pri­vate should no longer be a crim­i­nal of­fence.

In the USA the gover­nor of the state of Arkansas called out the State Na­tional Guard to stop a group of AfricanAmer­i­can stu­dents en­rolling at Lit­tle Rock High School. US pres­i­dent Eisen­hower re­tal­i­ated by dis­patch­ing para­troop­ers of the elite 101st Air­borne Di­vi­sion to keep or­der and pro­tect the “Lit­tle Rock Nine” to en­sure they could en­rol.

House­hold­ers would, in the event of nu­clear at­tack, be well ad­vised to keep wa­ter in their baths. So said Mr A W Ken­ney, ra­dio-chem­i­cal in­spec­tor to the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Lo­cal Govern­ment. He was ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of East Anglian wa­ter engi­neers at Nor­wich City Hall. The wa­ter would be use­ful for ‘hu­man needs’ and putting out small fires. In a sep­a­rate an­nounce­ment the govern­ment es­ti­mated we would have a fiveminute warn­ing of atomic at­tack.

Lon­nie Done­gan and his skif­fle group headed the fi­nal va­ri­ety bill of the sea­son at the Re­gal Theatre, Great Yar­mouth. Also in town was co­me­dian Nor­man Wis­dom. He was on hand at The Ma­rina to crown 25-year-old dancer Toni Pendyck, from Cheshire, as that year’s Miss Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

Al­der­man Leach Sec­ondary Mod­ern School, Gor­leston, was the first in the bor­ough to get its own tele­vi­sion set. Head­mas­ter Mr W J Wal­ters was pre­sented with the 21-inch set in time for the first BBC schools pro­grammes. Also pi­o­neer­ing a TV in school was Bec­cles County Mod­ern.

1967 50 years ago

Stormy weather in the first week of September brought trou­ble for Broads hol­i­day­mak­ers. Three cruis­ers were run aground and holed as strong winds and an

ex­cep­tion­ally low tide cre­ated bad con­di­tions for hire craft. Two boats from Wrox­ham ran aground on stakes at Brey­don Wa­ter. The Gor­leston in­shore res­cue craft took peo­ple off and landed them at Ber­ney Arms. In the gale-swept North Sea, 52ft cut­ter Theodora spent 18 hours in peril, with 14 peo­ple on board, eight of them un­der 21. Found by a Ger­man coaster, the ship was taken in by the new Gor­leston lifeboat Khami.

BBC Ra­dio took on a new form. The Light Pro­gramme split into Ra­dio One, based on pi­rate Ra­dio Lon­don, and Ra­dio Two; the Third Pro­gramme be­came Ra­dio Three, while talk ra­dio the Home Ser­vice was re­named Ra­dio Four.

The Crown Colony of Gi­bral­tar voted in a ref­er­en­dum on union with Spain. A to­tal of 44 out of 12,182 vot­ers was in favour; 95 per cent elected to stay Bri­tish.

Tele­vi­sion sets show­ing brand new colour pic­tures were the main at­trac­tion at an open day held at the BBC’s trans­mit­ting sta­tion at Ta­colne­ston, Nor­folk. An es­ti­mated 6,000 peo­ple queued up to see the dis­plays, which in­cluded two of Doc­tor Who’s en­e­mies, the Daleks.

1977 40 years ago

Five lads from New Cat­ton, Nor­wich, had taken up the new craze for skate­board­ing. Dale Har­tle, Stephen Warnes, John Har­tle, Dale Wood­bine and John Coombs in­cluded ‘Evel Knievel’type stunts in their reper­toire. They told the East­ern Daily Press news­pa­per they hoped to hold cham­pi­onships on a pur­pose- built course. Fears were grow­ing of chil­dren skate­board­ing un­su­per­vised in Nor­wich car parks and sub­ways.

Vi­o­lent tele­vi­sion pro­grammes such as Starsky and Hutch and The Rock­ford Files were linked to teenage vi­o­lence in a new re­port. Based on a two-year study of 13-to-16-year-old Lon­don boys, it con­cluded those who watched such shows were 50% more likely to com­mit vi­o­lence than those who had not. Starsky and Hutch was a BBC Satur­day night stal­wart in the pre-Match of the Day slot. You could also watch The Dick Emery Show and Parkinson on a Satur­day night.

African Na­tional Congress ac­tivist Steve Biko died in po­lice cus­tody in Pre­to­ria, South Africa. His death sparked un­rest in the country.

Glam rocker Marc Bolan died in a car crash. The 29-year-old T-Rex front­man was a pas­sen­ger in a ve­hi­cle which hit a fence post in Barnes, Lon­don.

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors lined the sea front in Low­est­oft to marvel at aer­o­bat­ics by the Red Ar­rows. The RAF’s dis­play team was mak­ing its sixth an­nual visit to the Suf­folk re­sort.

Fred­die Laker’s Sky­train made its first flight from Gatwick to New York. The no-frills air­line sold transat­lantic tickets at £ 59 (es­ti­mated at £ 331 in to­day’s val­ues). Laker said he was bring­ing “cheap travel to the peo­ple with the will to travel but not the means”.

Lon­nie Done­gan and his Sk­if­flers play­ing at the an­nual ac­tors’ ser­vice at St James Church in Great Yar­mouth.

The BBC’s trans­mit­ting sta­tion at Ta­colne­ston.

Co­me­dian Russ Ab­bot will be 70 on September 16.

In Starsky and Hutch, Paul Michael Glaser starred in the role of Starsky.

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