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 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in 76ers' 133-109 win over Seattle SuperSonics; sets NBA record for 22 free throw misses

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the 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 The Beatles' clothing store "Apple Boutique" opens at 94 Baker Street, London
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the 1st rock star to be taken into custody during a performance

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Ragnar Granit, Haldan Keffer Hartline and George Wald "for discoveries about the make-up of the eye

Scientist George Wald
George Wald
  • 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)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 11 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in NYC (Hepburn - Academy Award for Best Actress 1968)

  • 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 The Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
  • Dec 15 Joe Garagiola joins "Today" show panel
  • Dec 15 The Silver Bridge collapses over the Ohio River in the US, killing 46 people
  • Dec 16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago
  • Dec 16 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released
  • 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.
  • Dec 20 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • Dec 20 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 22 "The Graduate" American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, is released (Best Director 1968)

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 25 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Dec 26 BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"
  • Dec 26 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands

Music releaseAlbum Release

Dec 27 Leonard Cohen releases his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" on Columbia Records

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 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 New York 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

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Dec 31 Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7 in AFL championship game

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Dec 31 "The Ice Bowl", Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13°F)

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Nestor Carbonell, American 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 (New Orleans Saints)
  • Dec 4 Martha O'Kelley, US softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 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, golfer (Thunder Bay-1986, 87), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Dec 11 Jackie Gallagher-Smith, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 11 Katy Steding, Lake Oswego Oregon, basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 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 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 13 Deborah Driggs, playmate (Mar, 1990), born in Oakland, California

Person of interestJamie Foxx

Dec 13 Jamie Foxx, American actor (Ray, In Living Color) comedian and musician, born in Terrell, Texas

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • Dec 13 Jenn Thompson, American 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 Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer
  • Dec 15 Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Dec 15 Christine Larsen, synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 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, American MLB first baseman (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Dec 15 David Howells, English footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey
  • Dec 16 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-96)
  • Dec 16 Miranda Otto, Australian actress
  • Dec 17 Alan Nolet, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 17 Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 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], American magician and illusionist (Criss Angel Mindfreak), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Dec 20 Duncan Kennedy, luger (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, California
  • Dec 20 Wendy Hamilton, playmate (Dec, 1991), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 21 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 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 football manager and professional football player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 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-songwriter, born in Turin, Italy
  • 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 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 28 Chris Ware, US cartoonist, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 29 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 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 Lilly [formerly Andy] Wachowski, American film director (Matrix trilogy), born in Chicago Illinois
  • Dec 30 Colleen Miller, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 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 2 Francis Spellman, American Bishop and Cardinal of Roman Catholic Church, dies at 78
  • Dec 3 Annette Kolb, German writer and pacifist, dies at 97
  • Dec 3 Harry Wismer, American original owner of the New York Jets (b. 1913)
  • Dec 4 Bert Lahr, [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 72
  • Dec 7 House Peters, British silent film actor (This Is the Life, Kansas Territory), dies at 87

Person of interestRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

Dec 8 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., 1st African-American astronaut and U.S. Air Force major, 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, American singer-songwriter (Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay), dies in a 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, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), dies after illness at 68
  • Dec 11 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Victor De Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (II Macigno), 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 prime minister (Liberal, 1966-67), presumed to have drowned at 59
  • Dec 17 [Francis] Barry Byrne, American architect, dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Jack Perrin, American actor, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 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 "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 22 Lee Krieger, American actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), dies at 48
  • Dec 23 Karen Verne [Ingeborg Klinkerfuss], German actress (Sky Murder, All Through the Night, Madame X), dies from a heart ailment at 49
  • Dec 23 Richard Flury, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, dies at 94
  • Dec 28 Béla Schick, Hungarian-American paediatrician (Schick test), dies at 90
  • Dec 28 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • Dec 29 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Bert Berns, US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38

Person of interestVincent Massey

Dec 30 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), 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