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1964 THIS WAS THE WEEK THAT... Time traveler Take a trip down memory lane FA Cup injury shocks, road tragedies and more made the news 45 years ago this week.


Two players - one from each side - broke a leg in the first 23 minutes of Cardiff City's FA Cup clash against Leeds United.

City winger Alan McIntosh was injured just seven minutes into the meeting at Ninian Park, when he collided with Leeds' Welsh international goalkeeper Garry Sprake.

Trainer Stan Montgomery and physiotherapist John Evans helped stretcher him off.

Shortly afterwards, Leeds' Fred Goodwin and John Charles went for the same ball. Charles appeared to have been kicked in the chest, but Goodwin slumped to the ground with a broken leg.

The Berlin Wall closed as a Christmas agreement to allow West Berliners to visit relatives in the East ended. More than 1.3 million West Germans had taken advantage of the offer.

Musician Acker Bilk played his legendary clarinet for nurses while visiting Sully Hospital.

An official strike at the Steel Company of Wales' Port Talbot plant would go on, 1,300 union members agreed. Later in the week, when pay talks failed to break the deadlock, 900 workers marched through the town. Cutbacks and other steelworks meant that 1,500 men were due to sign on at the Labour Exchange this week.

An Aberbargoed boy was killed and another hurt when a rope they were playing with was caught by a car on foggy Bedwellty Mountain.

Four boys were said to have been "trudging home for tea" while playing with the rope spread across the road. But a car came between them, snatching a 12-year-old to his death and seriously injuring another.

Environmental experts said breakdowns at colliery washeries caused so much pollution in Cardiff's rivers that the sites should be shut down while repairs were carried out.

A seven-year-old boy was the only survivor of a two-car crash that killed seven people.

The youngster's father, mother and brother were killed in the accident near Barnsley, along with four other men. On the same day, 35 vehicles were caught in a pile-up on the M1 near Hemel Hempstead, but only one man was hurt.

The hunt to find pounds 28,000 which a former German prisoner of war claimed to have buried at a Gloucestershire army depot was called off after a search of several sites revealed nothing.

Pope Paul returned to Europe after becoming the first Pontiff to visit the Holy Land.

He toured the area divided between Jordan and Israel, and also saw key Christian sights.

Richard Britton was given the full VIP treatment at the Cardiff hotel where he worked after being named Britain's smallest page boy.

Richard, 4ft 2in tall, was met at Cardiff General Station by the manager of the Queen's Hotel, had his luggage carried by the head porter and was driven to the hotel in a Rolls-Royce to be wined and dined.

He was also due to appear on TV, go on stage at the Capitol Theatre, kick off a game at Cardiff Arms Park, and enjoy a free holiday.

Cardiff driving instructors said the Ministry of Transport had introduced much stiffer tests for learner motorists. One school, where the average pass rate in 1963 was 60 per cent, said the number of drivers passing had dropped to 20 per cent in less than two weeks.

A Welsh council was warned over its rent collectors' use of a bright red van to visit tenants who had not paid their rent. Howarden (Flintshire) Rural Council said the bright red vehicle was used so that everybody could see the tenant was in the red, which it had found very effective.

However, the Municipal Journal said: "One mistake in visiting the wrong house could give rise to unwarranted gossip."

Three hundred men at a factory who had been on strike for five days in protest at alleged bad language from a foreman returned to work following an appeal by "Old Bill", a veteran colleague.

At least three US servicemen were killed and 34 wounded in a night of rioting in the US-controlled Panama Canal Zone.

BOAC was to cut its fares so that a 14 to 21-day excursion ticket from London to Montreal would cost pounds 98 19s.

An 11-year-old girl who swallowed rat poison "to see what it tasted like" was said to be progressing satisfactorily in hospital.

Wales was rapidly becoming more aware of the potential of its tourism industry, it was claimed. The industry attracted pounds 50m worth of visitors each year, making it Wales' fourth largest.

Celebrating her 81st birthday, Elizabeth Ann Martin of Gilfach Goch revealed the size of her enormous family: nine surviving children from 13, 35 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She said she had a full-time job knitting matinee coats for each new baby.

America was about to succumb to the "Beatle menace", according to one US paper.

Films of the Fab Four had appeared on American TV, and they were about to feature on a Sunday night show. DJs were inviting their teenage audiences to compare the Beatles' sound to early Elvis Presley songs, and their faces were on numerous magazine covers.

The Chicago Tribune advised its readers: "The instrument of the new Liverpool music (if you can call it that) is the electric guitar.

"Dancing to it is characterised by immovable feet but actively jerking knees."

But the newspaper failed to halt the group's rise, and within months they would be the world's biggest band.

By the end of 1964, frenzied scenes like this, outside Cardiff's Capitol Theatre in November, would be a frequent occurrence.


WERE you involved in any of the events described here, or do you remember anything about them? We'd love to hear your memories of this week in 1964. Please drop us a line by writing to Andrew Melvin, South Wales Echo, Six Park Street, CF10 1XR, or e-mail
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 6, 2009
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