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The Headline News and Key Facts of 1967


On the National Scene

Israel defeats Arab forces in a six-day war which ends with Israel occupying the Sinai Pennsula and other territories.

U.S, troops in Vietnam approach 500,000 exceeding the Korean war at its peak. Domestic antiwar protests continue to grow, climaxed by a march on the Pentagon in October.

Israel smashes the Arabs in 6 day war.

Montreal's Expo '67 is one of the most successful world's fairs ever.

Three U.S. astronauts - Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee die when their Apollo spacecraft burns in a simulated launch.

Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

H. Rap Brown cries, "Burn this town" while in Maryland. Apparently, people were listening as racial riots in Detroit end the summer of love in violence; 43 are killed, 1700 stores are destroyed as federal troops are used to stop the mayhem.

Riots in Newark, NJ kill 26 and injure more than 1,500. Race riots in 125 other cities, incuding Detroil where 43 died,  indicate the level of discontent. 


Amana introduces the first compact microwave oven for home use. The Radar-Range sells for $495.

Jann Wenner borrows $7,500 to begin publication of Rolling Stone Magazine

 U.S. population is now at 200 million. The "experts" predict that it will reach 300 million by the year 2000. Once again, the experts were wrong.

Rock music becomes the counter-culture seal of approval as psychedelia hits and San Francisco becomes the focal point of the new rock era with groups such as the Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company and The Grateful Dead enter into the mainstream.

The Summer Of Love kicks off with the first rock festival at Monterey, California featuring explosive performances by The Who, Otis Redding and the American debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Aretha Franklin dominates their airwaves with her first soul records on her way to becoming the most popular female singer in rock history.

The Doors first album hits #2 and its lead single "Light My Fire" reaches #1 , making it the most successful debuts of the late 60's.

The Kinks are prevented from appearing in America, a ban that lasts three years at the height of their popularity.

The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album becomes a cultural benchmark and even wins the Grammy for "Album Of The Year", the first rock record given that award.

Otis Redding dies in a plane crash December 10th, just 3 days after recording what would be his biggest hit, "Dock Of The Bay". He was just 26 years old.

Draft Board denies exemption for Ali (Cassius Clay).



The Green Bay Packers defeat Kansas City in the first Super Bowl.  

The St. Louis Cardinals defeat Boston in a 7-game World Series. 

Mickey Mantle hits his 500th career home run.

Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia 76ers compile the best-ever record enroute to their first championship.

John Wooden's UCLA Bruins win the first of the amazing seven consecutive national college basketball championships, led by Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

The World Boxing Association takes away Muhammad Ali's title because of his refusal to enter the military.

Movies and Television


Jayne Mansfield dies in car crash.

The most popular shows include The Andy Griffith Show, The Lucy Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Gunsmoke, and Family Affair. Bill Cosby is a three-time Emmy Award winner opposite Robert Culp in I Spy.

In the Heat of the NightThe Academy award for Best Picture goes to In the Heat of the Night  starring Rod Steiger and Sydney Poitier. Katherine Hepburn wins for Best Actress in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.  Other box office winners were; The Graduate, The Jungle Book and The Dirty Dozen.

Dirty Dozen

The Graduate






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