7 January 1972
The Government told the country to be prepared for the first national coal strike since 1926 following a collapse in negotiations. Robert Carr (in above photo), the Employment Minister, agreed to become involved in attempting to find a settlement, but the trade unions said that their demands would not diminish.
Sir Michael Count Gonzi, the Archbishop of Malta, set sail on a visit to London to act as mediator between the Maltese and British Governments.
Margaret Jay, the wife of Douglas Jay who was the former President of the Board of Trade, sued for divorce, claiming he had been unfaithful in the marriage.