What Happened in 1967 Important News and Events, Key Technology and Popular Culture
What happened in 1967 Major News Stories include Worlds First Heart Transplant, The first ATM, Monterey International Pop Music Festival, "Torrey Canyon" runs aground on rocks off Land's End, Strikes by US teaching staff throughout country for pay increases, The first Super Bowl played between Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, Six Day War Arab Forces attack Israel beginning the Yom Kippur War
Jump To 1967 Fashion
-- World Leaders
-- 1967 Calendar
-- 1967 Technology
-- Cost Of Living
-- Popular Culture
How Much things cost in 1967
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 2.78%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 2.7%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 905
Average Cost of new house $14,250.00
Average Income per year $7,300.00
Average Monthly Rent $125.00
Gas per Gallon 33 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,750.00
Movie Ticket $1.25
Polaroid Camera History
Parker Pen Set $11.95
The Federal Minimum Wage is increased to $1.40 an hour
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 3,840
Gallon of Petrol 5 shillings 2 pence or 27 new pence
MK II Ford Cortina 749
1967 the continued presence of American troops increased further and a total of 475,000 were serving in Vietnam and the peace rallies were multiplying as the number of protesters against the war increased. The Boxer Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing world championship for refusing to be inducted into the US Army. In the middle east Israel also went to war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan in the six day war and when it was over Israel controlled and occupied a lot more territory than before the war. Once again in the summer cities throughout America exploded in rioting and looting the worst being in Detroit on July 23rd where 7000 national Guard were bought in to restore law and order on the streets. In England a new type of model became a fashion sensation by the name of Twiggy and mini skirts continued to get shorter and even more popular with a short lived fashion being paper clothing. Also during this year new Discotheques and singles bars appeared across cities around the world and the Beatles continued to reign supreme with the release of "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band" album, and this year was also coined the summer of love when young teenagers got friendly and smoked pot and grooved to the music of "The Grateful Dead. Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds". The movie industry moved with the times and produced movies that would appeal to this younger audience including "The Graduate" Bonnie and Clyde" and "Cool Hand Luke" . TV shows included "The Fugitive" and "The Monkees" and color television sets become popular as the price comes down and more programmes are made in color.
Israel --- Six Day War
More Information and Timeline For The Six Day War
- Six Day War Arab Forces attack Israel beginning the Yom Kippur War when Arab forces were defeated and Israel took possession of additional territory
2. May 22nd and 23rd
Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser closes the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping
3. Israel declares any closure of the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping considered an act of war
4. Six Day Starts on June 5th and ends on June 10th
5. June 5th
Israel launches Operation Focus an opening air strike on airfields around the Sinai Peninsula at the start of the Six-Day War
6. June 5th
Israeli aircraft destroy 338 Egyptian aircraft over 3/4 of the Egyptian Air Force on the ground
7. June 5th
Attacks by Israeli aircraft on Syrian, and Iraqi fields result in similar results
8. June 6th
Further attacks by Israeli aircraft on Jordanian airfields leave Israel guaranteed air superiority
9. June 6th to June 10th
Using it's air superiority Israel troops take control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt,
10. June 6th to June 10th
Using it's air superiority Israel troops take control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan,
11. June 6th
Oil embargo is placed by Arab Countries involved in war on countries supporting Israel
12. June 9th to June 10th
Using it's air superiority Israel troops take control of the Golan Heights from Syria.
13. June 11th
Following success with the objectives Israel agrees to a cease fire.
14. Following Six Day War
Egypt enforces an Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal which lasted till June 5th 1975 making the Suez Canal closed to all shipping and trapping fourteen cargo ships known as "The Yellow Fleet" which remained trapped in the canal for over eight years
15. September 1st
The Khartoum Resolution issued which effectively ends the oil embargo when Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Libya begin exporting oil to the west
Like many wars the rights and wrongs depend on those recording the details and The Six Day War is no different with two distinct views "Preemptive strike by Israel" or an "unprovoked attack" . But the one thing history can not dispute is the military success of the operation for the Third Arab-Israeli War.
United Kingdom -- Ariel-3 Satellite
Ariel-3, the first all-British made satellite, was launched into an orbit around the Earth during May
. The satellite was launched with the help of NASA from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and it carried five experiments from British universities. The experiments measured atmospheric noise, high altitude oxygen levels, low frequency radiation, medium frequency waves, and electron density and temperature. After its launch it orbited the Earth every 95 minutes and relayed data back to the United Kingdom until 1970
when it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.
United States --- Improved Car Safety Design
More Information and Timeline For Improved Safety In US Cars
- Following the publication of Ralph Nader's book "unsafe at any speed" puts pressure on the government and the automobile industry to improve safety in cars.
Ralph Nader publishes his book "unsafe at any speed" detailing major safety design issues with American Cars
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is passed
U.S. established the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) with automobile safety one of its purposes
GM President James Roche forced to appear before a United States Senate subcommittee of the Department of Transportation (DOT)
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) created
Due to the publication of Ralph Nader's book "unsafe at any speed" and a significant rise in the number of deaths caused by road traffic accidents the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act gave the federal government rights to set and administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and road traffic safety, over the next few years these standards included head rests, energy-absorbing steering wheels, shatter-resistant windshields, and safety belts
South Africa -- Heart Transplant
The first successful human to human heart transplant takes place during December
. Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the operation on the 53-year-old patient Louis Washkansky. The operation took place at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The transplant was successful and Washkansky’s body did not reject the organ, although he did die just 18 days later due to double pneumonia brought on by the immunosuppressive drugs that he had to take. After the success, Barnard continued to perform successful heart transplants with the survival times of patients increasing gradually as technology advanced.
USA -- Loving v. Virginia
The arguments in the Loving v. Virginia case were argued at the US Supreme Court during April
. The case centered on Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia that got married in Washington D.C. in the late 1950s
. When they went back to Virginia they were charged with breaking the state’s law which banned interracial marriage and were jailed. The Lovings sued the state of Virginia and argued that the ban violated the Fourteenth Amendment and was unconstitutional. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional and that they were solely based on racial discrimination. The decision made interracial marriage legal throughout the United States.
United States - Thurgood Marshall Confirmed
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- Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black justice on the Supreme Court.
1. The United States Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice with a 69 to 11 vote during August
2. Marshall had been appointed to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson during June of the same year.
3. Marshall had previously been known as the successful litigator in the 1954
Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education.
4. He was later appointed by President Kennedy to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and then became Solicitor General under Johnson before being nominated as a Supreme Court Justice.
5. Thurgood Marshall remained on the Court for 24 years until his retirement in 1991.
United Kingom --- Pirate Radio Stations
More Information and Timeline For Pirate Radio Stations
- The Marine, etc., Broadcasting (Offences) Act came into effect outlawing the Pirate Radio Stations who had gained a massive following among the youth.
1. 1964 March 24th
Radio Caroline is the first Pirate Radio Station that starts broadcasting from MV Caroline off the Essex coast
Radio London starts broadcasting from MV Galaxy off the Essex coast
Radio London starts broadcasting from MV Galaxy off the Essex coast
Prior to the introduction of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act twenty-one pirate radio stations were broadcasting to an estimated daily audience of 10 to 15 million
The Marine Broadcasting Offences Act came into effect outlawing the Pirate Radio Stations
Following the popularity of the Pirate Radio Stations with British teens and no rock music offerings from the BBC they re-organized BBC Radio offering into BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Webmasters note, Many of the mostly popular DJ's from the pirate radio stations joined the newly created BBC Radio 1 including Tony Blackburn, Emperor Rosko and Ed Stewart, The 1970s and 80s did see a resurgence of land based pirate radio and There are still more than 100 pirate radio stations operating in the UK mostly in inner city areas
United Kingdom -- SS Torrey Canyon Spill
The SS Torrey Canyon supertanker ran aground off the South of England March 18th
causing a large oil spill and ecological disaster. The tanker ran aground between the Land’s End and Scilly Isles and leaked over 100,000 tons of crude oil into the sea. The oil reached the coasts of the Channel Islands and France and the oil slick spanned about 270 square miles. The spill was the worst in history at that time and prompted tighter international regulations for ships.
United States - Lunar Orbiter 3
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- NASA launches the Lunar Orbiter 3 Space Craft.
NASA launches the Lunar Orbiter 3 spacecraft during February . The main purpose of the Lunar Orbiter 3 mission was to photograph the surface of the Moon in order to find and analyze potential safe landing sites for future missions in the Surveyor and Apollo programs. The cone-shaped craft also measured radiation and micro-meteoroid impact. The mission lasted for a total of 264 days and it ended in October after taking 149 medium resolution and 477 high resolution photographs.
More Information and Timeline for Gibraltar Referendum
- Gibraltar holds referendum on staying with Britain or joining Spain
The territory of Gibraltar holds a referendum on whether or not to stay with Great Britain or join Spain on September 10th, 1967. An overwhelming majority of the citizens of Gibraltar voted in favor of
keeping British sovereignty with 99% in favor and a 95% voter turnout. The territory had been under British control since 1713 and was an important naval point for Britain since it borders where the Atlantic Ocean joins the Mediterranean Sea. By 1981, Gibraltar residents were granted British citizenship and the territory was soon able to self-govern.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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- The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of rock's most acclaimed albums.
The popular rock band The Beatles release the experimental concept album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" during June . The band had just declared an end to their touring and as the freedom to record whatever they wanted set in, they set out to collaborate on their eighth album. They spent more time than they ever had before recording this album and focused on experimenting
with sound and lyrics in a way that they had not been able to do while touring. Thought of by many as the definitive Beatles album it was considered one of their best at the time of its release and featured such songs as "With a Little Help from My Friends," "A Day in the Life," and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Canada -- Expo 67 in Montreal
1. Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Canada and began in April of 1967.
2. The International and Universal Exposition, also known as Expo 67, ends in October .
3. To create the 900 acre site, Montreal built new islands and added to existing islands on the St. Lawrence river, where they then built the 90 pavilions.
4. The expo had 62 participating nations and had over 50 million visitors, making it the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century.
5. After it ended, it continued as an exhibition entitled “Man and his World” which lasted from 1968 to 1984.
United States -- Wisconsin Town Declares Sovereignty
The town of Winneconne in the state of Wisconsin declared its sovereignty in July . The town had been inadvertently left off of the state’s official highway map for the year. Town officials contacted the state to ask for the mistake to be corrected but were told they would have to wait until next year for an updated map. As a publicity stunt, the town’s officials came together to announce their secession from the state. Winneconne announced plans to set up tolls on their roads and to annex the nearby city of Oshkosh. The governor agreed to negotiate and the state agreed to put up road signs directing towards the town and have brochures at state tourism sites. The town agreed to the terms and rejoined the state after one day of sovereignty.
The little town still celebrates the event and we found their website helpful as they provide an interesting timeline of the events here
Rolling Stone magazine
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- The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is released.
The very first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was released in November . Created by Jann Wenner in San Francisco, the magazine was intended to reflect the youth's perspective on music, politics, and popular culture, while maintaining a more professional journalistic standard than many other similar publication of the time. The magazine became known for its iconic covers, with John Lennon gracing the first issue. Rolling Stone magazine has since remained popular in modern times, publishing over 1,000 issues.
United States -- First Cryonically Preserved Man
Dr. James H. Bedford became the first person to be cryonically preserved after his death in January . Bedford, a 73 year old psychology professor who died of kidney cancer, asked to be preserved with the hope that he could be revived in the future. He was frozen within hours of his death by the Cryonics Society of California. Robert Prehoda, Dr. Dante Brunol, Robert Nelson, and Dr. Renault Able all took part in the process, during which Bedford’s body was injected with chemicals meant to help preserve him better in cold temperatures, stored in a “cryocapsule” and kept in a bath of liquid nitrogen at -196 C. He has remained at the Alcor Life Preservation Foundation since 1982 after being transferred to several different facilities.
This is a particularly interesting topic and you can find more information here
from the facility that currently takes care of Dr. Bedford.
Calendar For The Year 1967
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Toys From The Year 1967
More News and Key Events From 1967
- Series of tornadoes strike the Chicago area killing more than 60 and creating millions of dollars worth of damage.
- The 25th Amendment to the constitution is ratified which deals with succession to the Presidency Available as a downloadable image
Teacher - Strikes
- Strikes by teaching staff throughout country for pay increases to keep pace with inflation
- Interracial Marriage is declared constitutional by The Supreme Court in the "Loving v. Virginia" case and barred Virginia and by implication other states from making interracial marriage a crime
U.S. -- Muhammad Ali
- Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing induction into US army
RMS Queen Mary
- The RMS Queen Elizabeth II Passenger Liner is launched by Cunard to replace the older Queen's
- Francis Chichester arrives back in Plymouth on May 28th after sailing round the world single-handed
6 percent increase on taxes to support the Vietnam War
- President Johnson asks for a 6 percent increase on taxes to support the Vietnam War
Public Broadcasting Act
- Public Broadcasting Act establishes the The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
New Zealand - Inflation
- Inflation costs of living range from 1.8% US to 5.8% New Zealand
Greece -- Military Coup
- Military Coup in Greece and Colonel George Papadopoulos takes over
- Biafra proclaims its independence from Nigeria
U.S. - Race Riots
- Race Riots break out in a number of Cities in the United States Cleveland, Newark and Detroit
UK - EEC membership
- United Kingdom and Ireland apply officially for EEC membership
Rolling Stone Magazine
- The first Rolling Stone Magazine is published
Philippines - Typhoon Emma
- Typhoon Emma leaves 140,000 homeless and more than 300 dead.
- The People's Republic of China tests its first hydrogen bomb.
UK - devalues the pound
- Britain devalues the pound by lowering the exchange rate from $2.80 to $2.40
British Road Safety Act
- The British Road Safety Act which allows for the use of the "breathalyser" to detect motorists, over the legal limit goes into effect.
Vietnam war protesters
- 40,000 Vietnam war protesters fill the Kezar Stadium in San Fransisco
John McCain is shot down
- Presidential hopeful US Navy pilot John McCain is shot down in his A-4 over North Vietnam and spent 5 1/2 years in prison.
Turkey - Soccer riot
- Soccer riot in Sivas, Turkey kills 41
UK - Torrey Canyon
- The tanker "Torrey Canyon" runs aground on rocks off Land's End March 18th causing an ecological disaster
- Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies signed by the United States and the Soviet Union comes into force on October 10th
- Nuclear Space Weapons Treaty is ratified by World Powers
- Monterey International Pop Music Festival in California features some of the 60's Icons including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, The Steve Miller Band, Simon & Garfunkel and the Grateful Dead
- Evel Knievel jumps his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row.
- Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
- The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of rock's most acclaimed albums.
- The Beatles release "Magical Mystery Tour" LP
- The Beatles release the double A-sided single with Penny Lane on one side and "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the other side.
- John Lennon's gets his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce delivered
- Elvis Presley Marries Priscilla on May 1st
- Premiere of the musical Hair
- Barbara Streisand performs in Central Park before 135,000
- Otis Reading dies in a plane crash aged 26
- Carrol Shelby Mustang GT-500 Fastback was released
- The Musical "Hair" opens off-Broadway.
- The Dirty Dozen
- You Only Live Twice
- Casino Royale
- A Man for All Seasons
- Thoroughly Modern Millie
- Barefoot in the Park
- To Sir, with Love
- In the Heat of the Night
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
- The Rolling Stones
- The Supremes
- The Beatles
- The Doors
- Bob Dylan
- Aretha Franklin
- The Grateful Dead
- The Monkees
- Elvis Presley
- The Beach Boys
- The Bee Gees
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- Pink Floyd
- Moody Blues
- David Bowie
Popular TV Programmes
- The Prisoner
- The Forsyte Saga
- Coronation Street
- The Beverly Hillbillies
- The Lucy Show
- The Saint
- Doctor Who
- General Hospital
- Peyton Place
- Top of the Pops
- Hogan's Heroes
- I Dream of Jeannie
- Tom and Jerry
- Star Trek
- The Monkees
Born This Year
Faith Hill September 21st
Keith Urban October 26th
Vanilla Ice October 31st
Kurt Cobain February 20th
- Worlds First Heart Transplant operation in South Africa by Dr. Christiaan N Barnard
- The first North Sea gas is pumped ashore at Easington Co Durham.
- The first ATM ( Automatic Teller Machine ) is put into service in Barclays Bank in London
- The first Boeing 737 takes its maiden flight
- The Concorde is seen for the first time in public.
- Apollo 1 destroyed in a fire on the launch pad.
- The US Has 74 Nuclear Powered Submarines in operation
- Pulsars are discovered
Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
USA Texas Instruments
Major World Political Leaders
Australia -- Prime Minister -- Harold Holt -- Till 19 December
Australia -- Prime Minister -- John McEwen -- From 19 December
Brazil -- President -- Castelo Branco -- Till 15 March
Brazil -- President -- Costa e Silva -- From 15 March
Canada -- Prime Minister -- Lester B. Pearson --
China -- Chairman of the People's Republic of China -- Liu Shaoqi --
France -- President -- Charles de Gaulle --
Germany -- Chancellor -- Kurt Georg Kiesinger --
India -- Prime Minister -- Indira Gandhi --
Italy -- Prime Minister -- Aldo Moro --
Japan -- Prime Minister -- Eisaku Sato --
Mexico -- President -- Gustavo Diaz Ordaz --
Russia / Soviet Union -- First Secretary of the CPSU -- Leonid Brezhnev --
South Africa -- Prime Minister -- Balthazar Johannes Vorster --
United States -- President -- Lyndon B. Johnson --
United Kingdom -- Prime Minister -- Harold Wilson --