What Happened in December 1967

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Queen Elizabeth inaugurates 98-inch (249-cm) Isaac Newton telescope
  • Dec 1 Seattle awarded one of the 2 AL expansion franchise teams

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Dec 1 Wilt Chamberlain set NBA record of 22 free throws misses

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dec 2 55th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 24-1
  • Dec 2 32nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 7-3 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 1st human heart transplant performed (Dr Christian Barnard, South Africa)
  • Dec 3 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:09:36.4)

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Dec 3 Fomrer Indonesian president Sukarno placed under house arrest

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Dec 3 Final run of "20th Century Limited" famed NY-Chicago luxury train

MurderAssassination Attempt

Dec 3 Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Dec 5 The Beatles' clothing store "Apple" opens at 94 Baker Street, London

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Dec 5 Benjamin Spock & Allen Ginsberg arrested protesting against Vietnam war

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Dec 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Dec 7 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances
  • Dec 7 Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
  • Dec 8 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
  • Dec 8 NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals

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Dec 9 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace

Rocker Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

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Dec 9 Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes President (dictator) of Romania; overthrown in 1989

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Dec 11 6.5 earthquake in West India, 170 killed
  • Dec 11 Beatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group-Grapefruit
  • Dec 11 People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) established
  • Dec 11 Supersonic airliner prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
  • Dec 12 US launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit
  • Dec 13 United Soccer Association & National Pro Soccer League merge into NASL
  • Dec 13 Unsuccessful coup against Greek King Constantine II
  • Dec 13 San Diego, CA records snow at a zero elevation after temperatures plunge 19 degrees (F) in eight hours.
  • Dec 14 DNA created in a test tube

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Dec 14 Lester B. Pearson (PM of Canada) announces that he is retiring from politics, and is succeeded by Pierre Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Dec 15 Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
  • Dec 15 Joe Garagiola joins "Today" show panel
  • Dec 15 Silver Bay bridge (Oh-WV) collapes during afternoon rush hr, 34 die
  • Dec 15 The Silver Bridge collapses, killing 46 people.
  • Dec 16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago
  • Dec 17 WEDW TV channel 49 in Bridgeport, Connecticut (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 17 Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne.
  • Dec 19 Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt is officially presumed dead.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 20 "The Graduate" starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft premieres

  • Dec 20 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • Dec 20 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull
  • Dec 23 Brussels: NATO Council accept "Flexible Response" strategy
  • Dec 24 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 24 Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand

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Dec 25 Paul McCartney & Jane Asher get engaged

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 26 BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"
  • Dec 26 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
  • Dec 28 KTSB (now KSNT) TV channel 27 in Topeka, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 28 Muriel Siebert is 1st woman to own a seat on NY Stock Exchange
  • Dec 28 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
  • Dec 29 Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs
  • Dec 29 Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
  • Dec 30 Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Dec 30 Great Western Forum opens in LA
  • Dec 31 "Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Dec 31 1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, LA Lakers beat Houston 147-118
  • Dec 31 Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 31 "The Ice Bowl", Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13°F)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Nestor Carbonell, actor (Luis-Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 1 Reggie Sanders, Florence SC, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Dec 2 Naeem Akhtar, Rawalpindi cricket medium-pacer (10-28 vs Peshawar 1995)
  • Dec 2 Sharry Konopski, Longview Wash, playmate (August, 1987)
  • Dec 3 David Diaz, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 3 Greg Sutton, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Dec 3 Katie Henderson, WPVA volleyball (US Open-25th-1993), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Dec 4 Klaus Wilmsmeyer, NFL punter (NO Saints)
  • Dec 4 Martha O'Kelley, US softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Dec 5 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 5 René Shuman, [Shumans], rockabilly-bandleader/singer
  • Dec 5 Gary Allan, American country musician
  • Dec 5 Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Dec 6 Kevin Appier, Lancaster CA, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • Dec 6 Spanky Marcus, actor (Jimmy Joe-Mary Hartman), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 6 Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer
  • Dec 7 Tino Martinez, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 7 Vaclav Chalupa, Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)
  • Dec 8 Jeff George, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 8 Marina Augusta Baker, Windsor England, playmate (Mar, 1987)
  • Dec 8 Ron George, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 8 Tony Mayberry, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 8 Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • Dec 8 Darren Sheridan, English footballer and manager
  • Dec 9 Caryn Kadavy, Erie Pa, figure skater
  • Dec 9 Cathy Mockett, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-7th), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Dec 9 Ray Agnew, NFL nose tackle (Carolina Panthers, NY Giants)
  • Dec 9 Jason Dozzell, English footballer
  • Dec 11 Davidson Matyczuk, Thunder Bay Ont, golfer (Thunder Bay-1986, 87)
  • Dec 11 Jackie Gallagher-Smith, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 11 Katy Steding, Lake Oswego Oregon, basketball forward (Oly-gold-96)
  • Dec 11 Richard Stemp, cricketer (Yorkshire & England A left-arm spinner)
  • Dec 11 DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A)
  • Dec 12 David Szott, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 12 John Randle, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 12 Masood Anwar, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990)
  • Dec 12 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese composer
  • Dec 12 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese composer
  • Dec 13 Chris O'Loughlin, fencer (Olympics-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 13 Deborah Driggs, playmate (Mar, 1990), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 13 Jamie Foxx, comedian (In Living Color)
  • Dec 13 Jenn Thompson, actor (Dee-Harper Valley PTA), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Mike Mordecai, infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Dec 13 Scott Zolak, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 13 Bo Pelini, American football coach
  • Dec 14 Ali Wood, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995), born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 14 Eldridge Recasner, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets)
  • Dec 14 Noelle Beck, actress (Trisha-Loving, Fletch Lives), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 14 Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer
  • Dec 15 Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Dec 15 Christine Larsen, New Westminster BC, synchronized swimmer (Oly-silver-96)
  • Dec 15 Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 15 Keith Askins, NBA guard/forward (Miami Heat)
  • Dec 15 Mo Vaughn, Norwalk, Connecticut, American MLB first baseman (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995)
  • Dec 15 David Howells, English footballer
  • Dec 16 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Oly-2 gold-96)
  • Dec 16 Miranda Otto, Australian actress
  • Dec 17 Alan Nolet, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 17 Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 17 Vincent Damphousse, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 17 Gigi D'Agostino, Italian DJ and musician
  • Dec 18 Bob Corkum, Salisbury, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Dec 18 Charles Christopher Rymer, Cleveland TN, PGA golfer (1995 Shell-3rd)
  • Dec 18 Dan McGwire, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins)
  • Dec 18 Tracy Hayworth, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 18 Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch sports journalist
  • Dec 19 Doug Johns, South Bend IN, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Dec 19 Frankie Lam, Hong Kong actor
  • Dec 19 Criss Angel [Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos], Hempstead, New York, American magician and illusionist (Criss Angel Mindfreak)
  • Dec 20 Duncan Kennedy, Burlington California, luger (Olympics-1994)
  • Dec 20 Wendy Hamilton, playmate (Dec, 1991), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 21 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Dec 21 Kristi Cooke, Marion Ohio, Miss Ohio-America (1991)
  • Dec 21 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons)
  • Dec 21 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia
  • Dec 22 Mike Sullivan, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 22 Roland Holder, cricketer (West Indian batsman in ODI's 1993-)
  • Dec 22 Sean Foster, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 22 Dan Petrescu, Romanian footballer
  • Dec 22 Richey James Edwards, Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers) (disappeared in 1995)
  • Dec 23 Lamar Lathon, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 23 Carla Bruni, Italian-French model and singer
  • Dec 23 Tim Fountain, British playwright
  • Dec 24 Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker
  • Dec 25 Kathleen Franey, 1.5k runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 26 Tony Covington, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 27 Niels Meijer, Dutch rock keyboardist (Bob Color)
  • Dec 28 Paul Lynch, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 28 Chris Ware, American cartoonist
  • Dec 29 Henry Jones, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 29 Kevin Toth, shot putter, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 29 Tony Tolbert, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dec 29 Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist
  • Dec 29 Andy Wachowski, American director (Matrix trilogy), born in Chicago Illinois
  • Dec 30 Colleen Miller, Winnipeg Manitoba, rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 31 Brad Daluiso, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 9 Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Lynda marries in the White House

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Francis J "Cardinal" Spellman, archbishop of NY, dies at 78
  • Dec 3 Annette Kolb, writer, dies at 92
  • Dec 3 Fred Engelen, Flemish actor/director (Kritisch Theater), dies at 54
  • Dec 3 Harry Wismer, American original owner of the New York Jets (b. 1913)
  • Dec 4 Bert Lahr, [Irving Lahrheim], US comic (Wizard of Oz), dies at 72
  • Dec 7 House Peters, silent film actor (Kansas Territory), dies at 87

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Dec 8 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., USAF/astronaut, dies in a crash of an F-104 Starfighter while training at 32

  • Dec 8 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • Dec 9 Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer and President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1898)
  • Dec 10 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 10 Carl Cunningham, rocker (Bar-kays), killed in a plane crash
  • Dec 10 Jimmy King, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • Dec 10 Otis Redding, singer (Dock of Bay), dies in plane crash at 26
  • Dec 10 Phalin Jones, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in plane crash
  • Dec 10 Ron Caldwell, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • Dec 11 Howard Freeman, actor (Double Dynamite), dies after illness in NYC
  • Dec 11 Richard Stohr, composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Victor De Sabata, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 14 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 17 Harold Holt, Australian premier (1966-67), drowns at 59
  • Dec 17 [Francis] Barry Byrne, Chicago Ill, architect, dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Jack Perrin, American actor (b. 1896)
  • Dec 19 Alfred Courtens, Belgian sculptor, dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55
  • Dec 21 Stuart Erwin, actor (Trouble With Father), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 22 Lee Krieger, actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), dies at 48
  • Dec 23 Karen Verne, actress (Ships of Fools, Underground), dies at 49
  • Dec 23 Richard Flury, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, head of 1st Zen Institute of America, dies at 75
  • Dec 26 S F Barnes, cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets), dies
  • Dec 28 Béla Schick, Hung/US children's physician (Scarlet Fever), dies at 90
  • Dec 28 Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (b. 1875)
  • Dec 29 Paul Whiteman, US orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Bert Berns, US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38

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Dec 30 Vincent Massey, Governor General of Canada, dies at 80

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • Dec 31 Arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 & Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies