It was Friday morning. A select group of high-ranking space officials including Boris Chertok and Vasily Mishin boarded the plane bound for Baikonur to oversee final preparations for the first Soviet manned rocket launch in over two years. In the mountains of Bolivia, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and his guerilla returned to their cache to find twenty-three tins of milk, almost half of their supply, were missing. ‘Tinned milk is a great corrupter’ he noted in his diary.
In his rented shared kitchen in Kilburn, North London, Derek Bass used the last of the milk in his tea ... there was no sugar. The Daily Mail, left behind by another, lay on the table, open at page ten. ‘Diana Rigg To Quit ‘The Avengers’ it reported. He turned on the tatty transistor radio, which crackled out the current number one single ‘Something Stupid’.
It was just another day on Earth.