September 14th 1963
We had our anniversary dinner last night (David's busy tonight). Went to the Rose and Crown on Thorpe Green. Very nice.
The meal ended with coffee and a mint chocolate called 'Twilight'. This made me think of The Twilight Zone and the only episode I ever saw which was the one with William Shatner (I think) in a plane, in turbulence, looking out of the window and seeing a figure dancing on the wing. This scene has stuck in my mind ever since and now I can't fly at night without constantly glancing out of the window to see what I can see.
After doing a bit of research I've discovered that, apart from Mary Ann Fischer giving birth to 4 girls and a boy in South Dakota, nothing else of any importance whatsoever happened on that day. We had it all to ourselves.
Following a very disappointing summer the weather was fantastic catching unawares all of the ladies who had bought winter-weight outfits and sweltered throughout the day. The service went according to plan except the bit where the vicar says 'Who giveth this woman?' and my Dad (who was a bit of a rough diamond), who was more nervous than I, stepped forward, grabbed my arm and said 'Here y'are, mate'. Which wasn't too awful. (I think later on that evening at the reception, after we had left for our honeymoon, he fell down the stairs but was so drunk that he didn't hurt himself at all).
We set off for our honeymoon in the late afternoon, heading for Coombe Martin in Devon. Please bear in mind that this was pre-motorway times and the time it took to get to the West Country then was similar to the time it takes to get to America today! We therefore had an overnight stop at The Red Lion in Salisbury, a place where you'd just nip out to for a Sunday lunch these days. A blissful week in Devon followed and it's been uphill ever since - perhaps with a few stiles and gates to slow us down on the way.
The Birds (1963), D: Alfred Hitchcock
Charade (1963), D: Stanley Donen
Cleopatra (1963), D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
From Russia With Love (1963), D: Terence Young
The Great Escape (1963), D: John Sturges
The Haunting (1963), D: Robert Wise
How the West Was Won (1963), D: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall
Hud (1963), D: Martin Ritt
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), D: Stanley Kramer
Lilies of the Field (1963), D: Ralph Nelson
Tom Jones (1963), D: Tony Richardson
Born: Johnny Depp, Whitney Houston, Mike Myers, Lisa Kudrow
Died: Aldous Huxley, CS Lewis, JF Kennedy (all on 22nd November!!), Pope John XXIII
Some other things:
- Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Dr Hastings Banda
- First flight of Boeing 747
- Alcatraz closed
- John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
- NYC's newspapers end a 114 days strike
- Jack Nicklaus wins 27th Golf Masters
- 35th Academy Awards: Lawrence of Arabia, Ann Bancroft, Gregory Peck
- Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice from Beatles
- Princess Alexandra marries Angus Ogilvie
- US carries out several nuclear tests
- 17th Annual Tony Awards: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
- Martin Luther King delivers his 'I have a dream' speech
- Bob Dylan does a few rebelious things (eg. walking out of a TV show)
- Record of the Year: "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Tony Bennett
- Album of the Year: The First Family, Vaughn Meader (Cadence)
- Song of the Year: "What Kind of Fool Am I," Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, songwriters
- John Profumo resigns over affair with Christine Keeler
I dedicate this post to my lovely husband (who is a complete luddite and technophobe so he'll never see it!)