On This Day

What Happened in December 1967

Historical Events

Historic Event

Dec 1 Queen Elizabeth II inaugurates 98-inch (249-cm) Isaac Newton telescope

  • Dec 1 Seattle awarded one of the 2 AL expansion franchise teams

NBA 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

  • Dec 1 Pacific Northwest Sports, Inc. is awarded one of the 2 American League baseball expansion franchises; new team named the Seattle Pilots
  • Dec 2 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 24-1; Alan Ford's 87 yard punt, on a quick kick, is the longest in Grey Cup history
  • Dec 2 32nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 7-3 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky
  • Dec 3 Australian Derek Clayton runs world marathon record 2:09:36.4 at the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan

Historic Event

Dec 3 Fomrer Indonesian president Sukarno placed under house arrest

  • Dec 3 Final run of "20th Century Limited" famed NY-Chicago luxury train

Assassination Attempt

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

Historic Event

Dec 5 Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War

  • 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 Elmer Bernstein and Carolyn Leigh's musical "How Now, Dow Jones", starring Tony Roberts, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 220 performances

Music Recording

Dec 7 Otis Redding records his song "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", co-written and produced by guitarist Steve Cropper at Stax Studios in Memphis Tennessee

  • Dec 8 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" EP is released in UK; issued in US as an album, including additional singles from 1967
  • Dec 8 NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals

Music Concert

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

Historic Event

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

Nobel 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

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Guatemalan author Miguel Ángel Asturias is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm

Film & TV History

Dec 10 CBS officially renames CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York (built in 1927 as Hammerstein's Theatre), as "The Ed Sullivan Theater" in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his program

  • 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 Premiere

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

Historic Event

Dec 14 Prime Minister of Canada, Lester B. Pearson announces that he is retiring from politics, succeeded by Pierre Trudeau

  • Dec 15 The Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
  • Dec 15 Retired baseball player 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

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

Engagement of Interest

Dec 25 Beatle Paul McCartney and British actress Jane Asher get engaged; engagement publicly broken six months later

  • Dec 26 BBC broadcasts The Beatles psychedelic travelogue "Magical Mystery Tour"
  • Dec 26 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
  • Dec 26 Ballon d'Or: Ferencváros forward Flórián Albert wins award for best European football player ahead of Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton and Celtic winger Jimmy Johnstone

Album Release

Dec 27 Columbia Records releases Leonard Cohen's debut album "Songs of 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

Historic Event

Dec 31 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump the Caesar's Palace Fountain, Las Vegas, breaking his pelvis, femur, wrist, hip and both ankles

  • 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

Sports History

Dec 31 AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7; George Blanda 4 field goals for Raiders in club's 1st AFL Championship

  • Dec 31 NFL Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; "The Ice Bowl", -13°F

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Nestor Carbonell, American actor (Luis-Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 1 Reggie Sanders, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1991-2007, All-Star 1995; World Series 2001 (Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, and 6 other teams), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • Dec 4 Klaus Wilmsmeyer, Canadian NFL punter (Super Bowl 1994, SF 49ers), born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Dec 4 Guillermo Amor, Spanish soccer midfielder and executive (37 caps, FC Barcelona), born in Benidorm, Spain
  • Dec 5 René Shuman, Dutch bandleader and singer, born in Geleen, Limburg, Netherlands
  • Dec 5 Gary Allan, American country musician (Used Heart For Sale), born in La Mirada, California
  • Dec 5 Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin (fourth son of Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela), born in Madrid
  • Dec 6 Kevin Appier, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1989-94 (Kansas City Royals, and three others), born in Lancaster, California
  • Dec 6 Spanky Marcus [Marcus Issoglio], American actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Jimmy Joe"), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 6 Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer (House of Cards), born in British Hong Kong
  • Dec 6 Judd Apatow, American director and producer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), born in New York City
  • Dec 7 Tino Martinez, American MLB baseball first baseman, 1990-2005; All-Star 1995, 1997; World Series 1996, 98–2000 (Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees, and 2 other teams), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 7 Václav Chalupa, Czech rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989, Olympic silver 1992), born in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 8 Jeff George, American NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 8 Marina Augusta Baker, English glamour model (Playboy playmate Mar, 1987) and politician, born in Windsor England,
  • Dec 8 Ron George, American linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • Dec 8 Tony Mayberry, American NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Würzburg, Germany
  • Dec 8 Kotono Mitsuishi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 8 Darren Sheridan, English footballer and manager, born in Stretford, United Kingdom
  • Dec 9 Caryn Kadavy, American figure skater, born in Erie, Pennsylvania,
  • Dec 9 Ray Agnew, NFL nose tackle, 1990-2000 (New England Patriots; New York Giants; St. Louis Rams), and executive (Los Angeles Rams; Detroit Lions), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Dec 9 Jason Dozzell, English footballer
  • Dec 11 Katy Steding, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Dec 11 Richard Stemp, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England A left-arm spinner), born in Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Dec 11 Chris Shepherd, English film director, born in Anfield, Liverpool, England
  • Dec 11 DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A), born in Compton, California
  • Dec 11 Mo'Nique [Monique Hicks], American comedian and actress (Precious), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 12 David Szott, American NFL guard (KC Chiefs), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 John Randle, American NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Mumford, Texas
  • Dec 12 Masood Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990), born in Khanewal, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Dec 12 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese video game music composer, born in Hino, Tokyo
  • Dec 12 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 13 Chris O'Loughlin, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California

Jamie Foxx

Dec 13 Jamie Foxx [Eric Bishop], American comedian (In Living Color), Academy Award-winning actor (Ray), and Grammy Award-winning musician ("Blame It"), born in Terrell, Texas

  • Dec 13 Jenn Thompson, American actor (Dee-Harper Valley PTA), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Scott Zolak, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 13 Bo Pelini, American football coach, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Dec 14 Eldridge Recasner, American NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 14 Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer, born in Elbląg, Poland
  • Dec 15 Mo Vaughn, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1995, 96, 98; AL MVP 1995; Boston Red Sox), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Dec 16 Donovan Bailey, Canadian athlete (WR 100m 9.84 1996; Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m 1996; World C'ship gold 100m, 4x100m 1995, 4x100m 1997), born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica
  • 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 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, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, California
  • Dec 21 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 21 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons), born in Romulus, Michigan
  • Dec 21 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Dec 22 Mike Sullivan, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Marshfield, Massachusetts
  • Dec 22 Roland Holder, cricketer (West Indian batsman in ODI's 1993-), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dec 22 Dan Petrescu, Romanian football manager and professional football player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Dec 22 Richey James Edwards, Welsh rock musician and songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Blackwood, United Kingdom (disappeared in 1995; declared d. 2008)
  • Dec 23 Lamar Lathon, American football linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Wharton, Texas
  • Dec 23 Carla Bruni, Italian-French model and singer-songwriter, born in Turin, Italy
  • Dec 23 Tim Fountain, British playwright, born in Dewsbury, United Kingdom
  • Dec 24 Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • Dec 25 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise), born in Hermosa, California (d. 1996)
  • Dec 26 Tony Covington, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Dec 26 Ken Tanigawa, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2019), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 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, American shot put athlete, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 29 Tony Tolbert, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1996; Super Bowl 1992, 93, 95; Dallas Cowboys), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Dec 29 Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Dec 29 Lilly [formerly Andy] Wachowski, American film director (Matrix trilogy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 31 Brad Daluiso, American NFL placekicker (NY Giants), born in San Diego, California

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 9 US President Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Lynda (23) marries US Marine Captain Charles Robb (28) in the White House

Famous Deaths

  • 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 4 Bert Lahr [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz - "Lion"), dies of cancer at 72
  • Dec 4 Harry Wismer, American sports broadcaster and AFL team owner (New York Titans), dies after a fall at 54
  • Dec 7 House Peters, British silent film actor (This Is the Life; Kansas Territory), dies at 87

Robert 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 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 10 Carl Cunningham, American drummer (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), killed in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 19
  • Dec 10 Jimmy King, American guitarist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 18

Otis Redding

Dec 10 Otis Redding, American soul singer-songwriter ("(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"; "Respect"), dies in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 26

  • Dec 10 Phalin Jones, American soul and R&B saxophonist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 19
  • Dec 10 Ron Caldwell, American soul and R&B keyboardist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 18
  • 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 & 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, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), dies at 75
  • Dec 24 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 26 Sydney Barnes, English cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 189 wickets, BB 9/103); Warwickshire CCC, Lancashire CCC, Staffordshire CCC), 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 (Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"; Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), dies of heart failure at 38

Vincent Massey

Dec 30 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), dies at 80

  • Dec 31 Arthur Mailey, Australian cricket spin bowler (21 Tests, 99 wickets; 10/66 v Gloucestershire 1921), dies at 81