1967 News and Interesting History Tidbits

Torrey Canyon
The tanker "Torrey Canyon" runs aground on rocks between Land's End and the Scilly Isles and is leaking its cargo of 100,000 tons of crude oil into the sea.
The oil did get to beaches in Cornwall and the Normandy coast of France causing major environmental damage with over 20,000 sea birds contaminated.
The British Royal Navy continues it's attempt to sink the remains of the supertanker Torrey Canyon just off the coast of Lands End, hoping to ignite a fire and burn off the massive oil slick near the ship containing tens of thousands of tons of oil. This is now the second day the navy has tried and has so far dropped 62,000lbs of bombs, 5,200 gallons of petrol, 11 rockets and large quantities of napalm onto the ship.

The ship was eventually sunk the next day

Joseph Stalin's Daughter Seeks Asylum
The daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin requests political asylum at the United States Embassy in India.

She did enter the United States, married an American architect and gained US citizenship in 1970. But now lives in England.

The Outer Space Treaty
( Why The US does not own the moon even though they planted the flag )

Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies

Below is a rough guide to what the treaty means and at the end of the post is a link to the official

Re: Military Use
An undertaking not to place in orbit around the Earth, install on the moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise station in outer space, nuclear or any other weapons of mass destruction.

It limits the use of the moon and other celestial bodies exclusively to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for military use.


Inspired by the great prospects opening up before mankind as a result of mans entry into outer space,
Recognizing the common interest of all mankind in the progress of the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes,
Believing that the exploration and use of outer space should be carried on for the benefit of all peoples irrespective of the degree of their economic or scientific development,
The Treaty was signed by the United States and the Soviet Union and Entered into force on October 10, 1967
After the Treaty entered into force, the United States and the Soviet Union collaborated in jointly planned and manned space enterprises.
US Department Of State Page

Gov. George Romney 1967
Concern rose among Americans when Gov. George Romney decided to run for president under the Republican ticket. One of the major concerns about Romney running for office included the fact that the Mormon Church to which he belonged advocated segregation. Moreover, Romney’s church considered African-Americans an inferior race. Nevertheless, George Romney assured the public that he believed that all Americans should be allowed the same opportunities in life. He encouraged people to judge him (Romney) on his actions and not how his church believes. His desire was similar to that expressed by President John F. Kennedy-to act according to national interest, and not according to religion.

US Prisoners North Vietnam
The North Vietnam Postal system sent back 231 Christmas presents mailed by spouses and parents of U.S. soldiers to their relatives held captive by North Vietnam.

Middle East The Six-Day War
The Six-Day War begins when Israel launches simultaneous attacks against Egypt and Syria, Jordan also joined the fray, but the Arab coalition was no match for Israel's proficient armed forces. In six days of fighting, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, the Golan Heights of Syria, and the West Bank and Arab sector of East Jerusalem, By the time the United Nations cease-fire took effect on June 11, Israel had more than doubled its size.

Biafra Proclaims Independence
Biafra proclaims its independence from Nigeria, but war breaks out in July and Nigerian forces take control of oil fields leaving the country no form of revenue which causes mass starvation of over 1,000,000 people. In January 1970 Biafra surrenders to Nigerian forces and becomes part of Nigeria once again losing it's independence.

Elvis Presley Marries Priscilla
Elvis Presley, married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, 21, at a Las Vegas hotel

Beatles "All You Need Is Love"
The Beatles record "All You Need Is Love" in front of an international television audience on "Our World", the first live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries and watched by an estimated 350 million people.
The BBC had commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the UK's contribution to the program containing a simple message to be understood by all nationalities .

Ralph Nader Publishes "unsafe at any speed"
Following the publication of his book "unsafe at any speed" the consumer advocate Ralph Nader is part of a symposium on "Automobile Crash Injuries" at the Upstate Medical Center as part of the pressure on the government and the automobile industry to improve safety in cars.

The Silver Bridge Collapses
The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River collapses during rush hour and a number of cars fall into the icy water killing 46 .

Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay Stripped Of Title
Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali appears for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces in Houston, he refused three times to step forward at the call of his name. He is then warned by an officer that failing to answer to his name was a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. He still refused to move when his name was called.

The Possibly greatest boxer of all time is stripped of his heavyweight championship title after refusing induction into the United States Army.

His boxing career was put on hold until 1970 when he was allowed to box again and it was not until 1974 he regained his title for the third time by defeating champion George Foreman in their bout in Kinshasa, Zaire "The Rumble In The Jungle,". He held and defended his title until 1978 when he lost it to Leon Spinks.

( I do remember watching this on Television and the many debates about the validity of his refusal and the authorities rights to strip him of his title)

Monterey International Pop Music Festival
The Monterey International Pop Music Festival opens in Monterey, California, which will run for three days starts on June 16th and end on June 18th. Over 200,000 people attended, and it is often regarded as the precursor to Woodstock.

Performers at the festival included some truly great pop music legends including.

Jimi Hendrix

The Who

Ravi Shankar

Janis Joplin

Otis Redding

The Steve Miller Band

The Blues Project

The Mamas and the Papas

Simon & Garfunkel

The Byrds

The Animals

Jefferson Airplane

Grateful Dead

If you look at the list above it could easily be considered one of the great concerts of all times with so much talent assembled in one place

Otis Redding Dies In Plane Crash
A plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin, kills soul singer Otis Redding and members of the Bar-Kays band the plane crashed into Lake Monona, several miles from the Madison airport.<

Francis Chichester
British sailor Francis Chichester arrives back in Plymouth after sailing round the world single-handed in his boat Gipsy Moth IV.

First Heart Transplant
Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, perform the first human heart transplant.

Detroit Riots
One of the worst riots in U.S. history breaks out in the heart of Detroit's predominantly African American inner city. By the time it was ended four days later by 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops, 43 people were dead, 342 injured, and nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned.

Foot and Mouth Outbreak Increases
70 new outbreaks of foot and mouth have been confirmed, bringing the total to 746 since the first case last month. The epidemic is now the worst this century and the British government has issued additional guidelines including farmers to keep people and vehicles off farms by arranging a farm gate collection and delivery services and 80,000 animals are slaughtered .
British Horse Racing Cancelled
With new outbreaks of Foot and Mouth still increasing daily the National Hunt Committee, on the advice of the Ministry of Agriculture has cancelled all horse racing until further notice

The Pound In Your Pocket
The Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, defends his decision to devalue the pound by lowering the exchange rate from for the Pound from $2.80 to $2.40 and has told the British people that it does not mean that the pound here in Britain, in your pocket or purse or in your bank, has been devalued, but allows us to sell our goods abroad on a more competitive basis.

Marijuana Use in US
The problems facing the country over the use of Marijuana continues to grow with new figures released showing more US Servicemen have been court martial for smoking Marijuana than any other offence and a police official in San Diego California saying 1/4 of all high school students currently smoke Marijuana. .

Interracial marriages declared constitutional in 1967
Up till this date it was still a crime in many states for Interracial marriage, But in 1967 they are declared constitutional by The Supreme Court and barred Virginia and by implication other states from making interracial marriage a crime.

Hair The Musical
Hair Opens at The Shakespeare Public Theater in New York City and runs from October 29, 1967 for just a few weeks till December 10, 1967. Hair was the first musical based on the long-haired, peace-loving, freewheeling hippy era.

The show struggled to find a longer term home but in 1968 The show opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater on April 29, 1968. and ran for 4 yrs with 1,742 performances.

China Nuclear Power
Chinese scientists successfully launched the country's first hydrogen bomb

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
One of the most iconic LP's from the 1960's is released by The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band selling over 8 million copies worldwide

Race Riots Newark, New Jersey
Race Riots began in Newark, New Jersey, after a black cab driver was arrested and beaten by police. At the end of the rampage by rioters there were 24 deaths, 1,100 wounded, 1,300 arrested and property loss of more than $5 million, the problems were believed to be caused a combination of factors including rumor's that the Cab Driver was dead and charges that cops dealing with problems were racist and brutal together with poor leadership by the local mayor.

Che Guevara Executed
Che Guevara, revolutionary and former right hand man to Cuban Premier Fidel Castro, was executed today for attempting to organize a revolution in Bolivia.

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