The decade of the 1960’s started off relatively quiet but would become known as a decade of change and turbulent times. The decade was marked by the space race, space walks and moon landings; it was a time of civil rights demonstrations, church bombings and race riots. There was a British invasion and the Beatles shot to fame. It was the time of the Viet Nam war; there were peace demonstrations, draft protests, sit ins, college riots and Weathermen bombings. There were happenings, hippies, long hair, bell bottoms and of course, the Woodstock concert. It was a decade of too many assassinations; by the end of the 10 year period America would be changed forever.
People survived the decade without cable TV, satellite communications, the Internet, GPS devices, PC’s, laptops, CD’s, cell phones, hand held media devices, VCR’s, DVD’s, digital cameras and host of other gadgets.
Here is a brief look at some people and events from the year 1967.
Lyndon Johnson was the President of the United States.
Congressman John W. McCormack (D-Mass) was the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
On January 10, 1967 outspoken segregationist Lester Maddox was sworn in as the 75th Governor of the State of Georgia.
On March 9, 1967 Svetlana Alliluyeva the daughter of Josef Stalin defected to the United States.
On April 7, 1967 Israeli forces shot down 7 Syrian MIG-21 aircraft.
On April 15, 1967 anti Viet Nam War protests were held in San Francisco and New York.
On May 30, 1967 Biafra declared independence from Nigeria.
On June 5, 1967 during the Six Day War Israel seized the West bank, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights.
On June 8, 1967 Israeli forces attacked the USS Liberty off the coast of Gaza killing 34 US sailors and injuring 171 more.
On June 11, 1967 race riots broke out in Tampa, Florida.
On June 13, 1967 Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
On June 14, 1967 the Peoples Republic of China tested their first H-Bomb
On June 23, 1967 LBJ and USSR Premier Aleksei Kosygin met for a three day summit in Glassboro, New Jersey.
On July 19, 1967 race riots broke out in Minneapolis, on June 23, 1967 race riots broke out in Detroit and on August 1, 1967 riots broke out in Washington D.C.
On November 30, 1967 Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy announced his intention to run for President of the United States; Senator McCarthy opposed the Viet Nam War.
On December 5, 1967 Dr. Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg were arrested in an anti Viet Nam War demonstration in New York.
The United States unemployment rate for 1967 was 3.8%.
On January 15, 1967 NFL Super Bowl 1 was held at the Los Angeles Coliseum; the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
The St. Louis Cardinals were the 1967 World Series Champions defeating the Boston Red Sox in 4 out of 7 games.
In 1967 Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) successfully defended the title twice defeating challengers Ernie Terrell and Zora Folley.
Arts and Entertainment
The 39th Academy Awards were hosted by Bob Hope on April 10, 1967. The Best Picture Award for 1966 went to, “A Man for All Seasons”.
In 1967 the prime time Emmy for comedy went to, “The Monkees”. In the drama category the prime time Emmy went to “Mission Impossible”. The Emmy for best variety show was awarded to “The Andy Williams Show” (2nd time in a row).
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1966 went to “The Fixer”, by Bernard Malamud.
On January 4, 1967 the Doors released their album titled, “The Doors”.
On April 28, 1967 Expo 67 opened in Montreal.
On May 1, 1967 Elvis Presley and Priscilla Bealieu tied the knot in Las Vegas.
On June 1, 1967 the Beatles released their album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
On October 17, 2010 the musical “Hair” opened on the Great White Way.
On January 27, 1967 Apollo 1 Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed during a launch pad exercise.
On March 7, 1967 Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa began serving an eight year prison sentence for jury tampering.
On April 24, 1967 Soviet Cosmonaut Valdimir Komarov died when the chute on the Soyuz 1 craft failed to open on re-entry.
On July 29, 1967 a fire occurred on the aircraft carrier USS Forestal in the Gulf of Tonkin; 134 US sailors were killed.
On August 25, 1967 George Lincoln Rockwell head of the American Nazi Party was assassinated.
On December 3, 1967 Dr. Christiaan Bernard performed the first heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa.
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