Headlines of 1961.
I took a look back at what was making the headlines in your favourite newspaper in October 1961 and found we were worried about babies'' milk because of H-bomb tests, unions because of communist infiltration, pre-fabs collapsing and, like today, thousands losing their jobs. So read on ...
Monday, October 2, 1961 IT'S UPROAR AS ETU IS KICKED OUT BY 5m This was a massive story of the day about a trade union (Electrical Trades Union) suspected of being controlled by communists and being thrown out of the Labour Party. The Left Wing of the party tried to get the vote reversed but were crushed by 5,337,000 votes to 642,000.
Amazingly, another story on the page pictured a policeman posing with a Tommy Gun which had just been handed into Market Street police station. "I hope a gangster hasn't just got tired of Chicago and is about to try his luck here," said Constable Basil Brotherton.
Wednesday, October 4, 1961 COUSINS IS DEFIANT IN NEW BOMB STORM There were stormy scenes at the Labour Party conference today in the great row over the H-bomb when Frank Cousins fought desperately to put over his case that Britain should go it alone in giving up the bomb.
Monday, October 9, 1961 LAUGH-A-MINUTE MARPLES STARTS pounds 12M JOB24 years: Now the dream Tyne Tunnel is under way. Wisecracking his way through the ceremony, Transport Minister Ernest Marples made a 24-year dream come true for Jarrow today, when he started work on the pounds 12,500,000 Tyne Tunnel.
Tuesday, October 10, 1961 BRITAIN GOES WHOLE HOG FOR MARKET Britain took the plunge and laid its cards on the table in an attempt to enter the Common Market. In Paris, Edward Heath, leader of the British delegation in the negotiations with the six Common Market countries, set out the British position.
Saturday, October 14, 1961 IT'S COMING - pounds 1,000-A-YEAR FOR WORKING MAN The Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, said at Brighton today, that the Conservatives would be in power for another 10 years and it could be an era of prosperity. During that time, he said: "We should be able to see the average wage packet rising from the present figure of pounds 15-a-week to something like pounds 20-aweek.
That means the average industrial wage will be a pounds 1,000-a-year man at current prices. That would be an impossible dream only a few years ago."
Monday, October 16, 1961 ROOTES SACK 8,000 MEN Because of the continuing strike at its subsidiary, the Rootes Group is giving notice to 8,000 employees. Sir Reginald Rootes, deputy chairman of the group, announced this drastic move this afternoon. He said that the group was taking this step most reluctantly, because of the gravity of the strike and its effect on production.
Tuesday, October 17, 1961 NEWCASTLE PRE-FABS COULD HAVE COLLAPSED Newcastle's housing director admitted today that if rotting metal had remained undiscovered, many of the city's 787 aluminium pre-fabs would have collapsed.
Wednesday, October 18, 1961 MITTEN SACKED - HUNT ON FOR NEW MANAGER The Newcastle board has sacked the club's manager, Mr Charlie Mitten. He leaves at once and a new manager is being sought.
Thursday, October 19, 1961 TYNE TENDER IS BEST - BUT Q3 POSTPONED The Cunard Line has postponed the building of its 75,000-ton Q3. Sir John Brocklebank, chairman of the line, announced today. He added that the Tyneside tender submitted by the Swan Hunters-Vickers combine was the lowest of the five and that they would have got the order.
Saturday, October 21, 1961 BLAZE SWEEPS NORTH SHIELDS SAWMILL Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused and production halted by fire at the sawmills of Stephen L Robson and Sons Ltd, in Dock Road, North Shields, today.
Tuesday, October 24, 2011 THE BIG BANG: CHILDREN IN DANGER Plan ready to rush special milk to babies. A clear hint that special milk supplies may have to be made available for infants following the Russian H-bomb explosions was given in the House of Commons.
Thursday, October 26, 2011 DANGEROUS NORTH MEN HELD AFTER BIG HUNT Broadmoor pair spend night in Earl's attic. The two North men who escaped last night from Broadmoor were caught today after sleeping comfortably in a loft above a garage at the Earl Lishburne's luxurious home on the Wentworth Estate at Virginia Water, Surrey.
Friday, October 27, 2011 BERLIN: ARMY ACTS AFTER RED ARMOUR MOVES IN Hidden British tanks keep seven-hour border vigil. Three British Centurion tanks, hidden from the eyes of the East Germans, today kept a seven-hour vigil near the East-West Berlin border. They were moved up to Grosser Sterm Square as a "precaution" and later withdrawn as the situation was quiet.
Saturday, October 28, 1961 SWEET-TOOTHED THIEF RAIDS CITY BANK He misses cash, but grabs chocolate. A thief with a sweet tooth broke into Barclays Bank in New Bridge Street, Newcastle, and ransacked the building. But he escaped with only the chief cashier''s bar of chocolate. The safe was untouched.
Monday, October 30, 2011 COMRADE KRUSCHEV MAKES THE WORLD SHAKE Horror bomb fired - over 50 megatons. Russia today exploded her horror bomb - at the Arctic testing ground of Novaya Zemlya. And Mr Adlai Stevenson, US ambassador to the UN, announced in New York that it was even larger than the threatened one of 50 megatons.