On This Day

What Happened in February 1967

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Severe bushfires in Tasmania destroy $11 million & take 60 lives
  • Feb 1 WCLP TV channel 18 in Chatsworth, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Feb 1 The 10-team American Basketball Association (ABA) with George Mikan as Commissioner is formed and lasts 9 years; its three-point shot remains a feature of the game

  • Feb 2 Bolivia adopts its constitution
  • Feb 2 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced

Music History

Feb 3 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix

  • Feb 3 Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia, is hanged in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne
  • Feb 4 "Wild Thing" cover version by "Senator Bobby" hits #20 on the pop singles chart
  • Feb 4 US launches Lunar Orbiter 3
  • Feb 5 "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)
  • Feb 5 Anastasio Somoza Debayle elected President of Nicaragua
  • Feb 5 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Robert Penn Warren
  • Feb 6 Cultural Revolution in Albania

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 6 Muhammad Ali pummels Ernie Terrell for 15 rounds to retain his world heavyweight boxing crown at Houston Astrodome; regains Terrell’s WBA belt as well

  • Feb 7 A fire at a restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama kills 25 people.
  • Feb 8 Longest losing streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (10 games)
  • Feb 8 Peter (Asher) & Gordon (Waller) discontinue their singing partnership
  • Feb 8 Pirate Radio UKGM (England) closes down
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 10 25th Amendment (US Presidential Disability & Succession) ratified
  • Feb 12 Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater
  • Feb 12 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting

Music History

Feb 14 "Respect" single recorded by Aretha Franklin (Billboard Song of the Year 1967)

  • Feb 14 Latin American nuclear free zone proposal drawn up
  • Feb 15 1st anti-bootleg recording laws enacted
  • Feb 15 D66 (D'66) wins 7 seats in Dutch 2nd Chamber
  • Feb 15 Longest dream (REM sleep) on record, Bill Carskadon, Chicago (2:23)

Golden Globes

Feb 15 24th Golden Globes: A Man for All Seasons, Paul Scofield, & Anouk Aimee win

  • Feb 16 NY Yankees pitcher Red Ruffing elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 17 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"
  • Feb 17 Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit
  • Feb 18 Softball pitcher Eddie Feigner strikes out 6 straight major leaguers
  • Feb 19 Stien Kaiser becomes world champion lady's skater
  • Feb 22 Barbara Garson's "MacBird" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 22 Sling-shot goal post & 6' wide border around field are standard in NFL
  • Feb 22 25,000 US and South Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against the Viet Cong. Largest US airborne assault since WWII.
  • Feb 23 25th amendment (US Presidential succession) adopted
  • Feb 23 John Herbert's "Fortune & Men's Eyes" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 23 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner

Historic Publication

Feb 23 Noam Chomsky's anti-Vietnam war essay "The Responsibility of Intellectuals" is published by the New York Review of Books

  • Feb 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 26 Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champion

Daytona 500

Feb 26 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins his first and only NASCAR Grand National event; only time driver born outside the US has ever won the Great American Race

  • Feb 27 Antigua & St Christopher-Nevis become associated states of UK
  • Feb 27 Dominica gains independence from England
  • Feb 27 Rio de la Plata Treaty

NBA Record

Feb 28 Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal

  • Feb 28 A West German court rules that impostor Anna Anderson failed to prove that she was missing Russian duchess Anastasia Romanov, ending a legal case that lasted almost 30 years

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Tim Naehring, American baseball infielder (Boston Red Sox) and executive (Vice President of Baseball Operations NY Yankees), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 1 Meg Cabot, American author, born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Feb 1 Patle Shishupal Natthu, Indian politician, born in Bhandara, India
  • Feb 2 Arturs Irbe, Latvian hockey player
  • Feb 2 Laurent Nkunda, Congolese general
  • Feb 3 Aurelio Vidmar, soccer player (Standard Luik, Feyenoord)
  • Feb 3 Jason Morris, Scotia NY, half-middleweight judoka (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Feb 3 Dave Benson-Phillips, Children's TV Presenter
  • Feb 3 Bob Taylor, English footballer
  • Feb 4 Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (with Ekaterina Gordeeva - Pairs World Championship, 1986-87, 1989-90; Olympic gold, 1988 & 94), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Feb 5 Chris Parnell, American actor, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 5 Olafur Eliasson, Icelandic-Danish artist (The Weather Project), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Feb 6 Anita Cochran, American country singer, born in South Lyon, Michigan
  • Feb 6 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player (BDO World Darts Champion 1995), born in Cwmparc, Rhondda, Wales
  • Feb 7 Sharla Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress (All For the Winner), born in Shanghai, China
  • Feb 8 Yuki Ishikawa, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Feb 9 Stevon Moore, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 9 Todd Pratt, American baseball catcher (Philadelphia Phillies)

Laura Dern

Feb 10 Laura Dern, American actress (Jurassic Park, Mask, Smooth Talk), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Feb 10 Dwayne "Road Grader" White, NFLer (NY Jets, St Louis), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 10 Armand Serrano, Filipino animator, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Feb 10 Jacky Durand, French cyclist, born in Laval, France
  • Feb 11 Chris Reohr, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Derek King, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • Feb 11 John Patterson, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Orange, Texas
  • Feb 11 Uwe Daßler, German swimmer, born in Ebersbach, Görlitz
  • Feb 11 Scott Shay, American linguist, born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Chris McKinstry, Canadian computer scientist, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 2006)
  • Feb 12 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician, born in Mysore, India
  • Feb 13 Eddie Pye, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbia, Tennessee
  • Feb 13 Bas Roorda, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen, NEC), born in Assen, Netherlands
  • Feb 13 Stanimir Stoilov, Bulgarian footballer and coach, born in Haskovo, Bulgaria
  • Feb 14 Calle Johansson, Swedish NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, Bulgarian tennis player (Hopman Cup 1992, Switzerland; 19 x WTA titles; World #11 1993), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Feb 14 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, British-Cypriot entrepreneur, born in Athens, Greece

Mark Rutte

Feb 14 Mark Rutte, Dutch politician (Prime Minister, 2010-), born in The Hague, Netherlands

  • Feb 15 Michael Easton, American actor (General Hospital, Ally McBeal), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 15 Jane Child, Canadian musician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 16 John Valentin, infielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Mineola, New York
  • Feb 16 Keith Gretzky, former hockey player; brother of Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 16 Damon Reece, British drummer (Spiritualized - "Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space"), born in London, England
  • Feb 17 Gary Shuchuk, Canadian former NHL centre and coach (LA Kings), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Feb 17 Robert Massey, American NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Feb 17 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 Colin Jackson, Welsh 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1988), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Feb 18 Matt Turner, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 2019)
  • Feb 18 Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer, (FIFA World Player of the Year 1993), born in Caldogno, Italy
  • Feb 18 Tracey Edmonds, American film & television producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 18 Harry Van Barneveld, Belgian judoka, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 19 Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rican actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects), born in San Germán, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 19 Roel Liefden, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • Feb 19 Kate Radley, British keyboardist (Spiritualized - "Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space"), born in England
  • Feb 20 Andrew Shue, American actor (Melrose Place)
  • Feb 20 Broderick Thomas, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minn, Cowboys)

Kurt Cobain

Feb 20 Kurt Cobain, American rock singer-songwriter (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)

  • Feb 20 Kurt Knudsen, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 20 Lili Taylor, actress (Ransom, Short Cuts)
  • Feb 20 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 20 Tom Waddle, NFL player (Chicago Bears/Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 20 Kath Soucie, American voice actress (Rugrats, The Real Ghostbusters, Sonic the Hedgehog), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 21 Leroy Russel Burrell, American long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 21 Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Feb 21 Michael Ward, American rock guitarist (John Hiatt, 1993-94; The Wallflowers, 1996-2001 - "One Headlight"; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, 2007-16), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 22 Marianne Ihalainen, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Feb 22 Steve Broussard, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 22 Alf Poier, Austrian comedian, born in Judenburg, Austria
  • Feb 23 Gord Murphy, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 23 Pam Blundell, British fashion designer
  • Feb 23 Steve Stricker, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open, The Tradition 2019), born in Edgerton, Wisconsin
  • Feb 23 Tamsin Greig, English actress, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • Feb 23 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer, and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 25 Jenny Byrne, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon mixed doubles 1989 runner-up), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 25 Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)
  • Feb 25 Rich Rowland, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 25 Kang-ho Song, South Korean actor (Parasite), born in Gimhae, South Korea
  • Feb 26 David Howard, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Sarasota, Florida
  • Feb 26 Roman Fortin, American NFL center (Atlanta Falcons), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Feb 26 Scott Service, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Feb 26 Currie Graham, Canadian actor, born in Hamilton, Canada
  • Feb 27 Dallas Eakins, American-Canadian NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Dade City, Florida
  • Feb 27 Robert Kron, Czech NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Brno, Czechia
  • Feb 27 [Jonathan] Jony Ive, English Designer at Apple Inc. (designed the imac, ipod, iphone), born in Chingford, London
  • Feb 28 Antone Davis, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 28 Jeff[rey] Pfaendtner, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 28 Marcus Lillington, British pop guitarist and keyboard player (Breathe - "Hands to Heaven"), born in Bideford, Devon, England
  • Feb 28 Colin Cooper, English soccer defender (2 caps; Middlesborough, Nottingham Forest), born in Durham, England

Famous Weddings

Raquel Welch

Feb 14 Actress Raquel Welch (26) weds director Patrick Curtis in Paris

Bettie Page

Feb 14 Model Bettie Page (43) weds lineman Harry Lear

Vidal Sassoon

Feb 16 Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)


Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Ernie Bromley, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests; first Western Australian to play Test cricket for Australia), dies at 54
  • Feb 3 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • Feb 3 Winifred Kingston, British silent screen actress (The Squaw Man, Davy Crockett), dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Albert Orsborn, 6th General of The Salvation Army, dies at 80
  • Feb 5 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Jokaste against God), dies at 87
  • Feb 5 Leon Leonwood Bean, American department store founder (b. 1872)
  • Feb 6 Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer], French actress (Lola Montèsm, Trente et quarante), dies of heart attack at 46
  • Feb 7 Henry Morgenthau Jr., US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45) who helped design the New Deal and Lend Lease programs, dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Edmond Hall, American jazz clarinetist (Red Allen; Teddy Wilson), bandleader (Café Society Band), and composer (Profoundly Blue), dies at 65
  • Feb 13 Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian pre-eminent poet and film director, dies in a car crash at 32
  • Feb 14 James Schneider, American actor (The Key to Yesterday, Keystone Kops), dies at 85
  • Feb 14 Sig Ruman [Siegfried Albon Rumann], German-American actor (Schultz-Life With Luigi), dies at 82
  • Feb 15 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), dies at 79
  • Feb 15 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador in USSR, dies at 76
  • Feb 15 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), dies at 97
  • Feb 16 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), dies of leukemia at 55
  • Feb 18 Manuel Palau Boix, composer, dies at 74

Robert Oppenheimer

Feb 18 Robert Oppenheimer, American theoretical physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), dies of throat cancer at 62

  • Feb 19 Wilmer King, 1st causality on Tappan Zee Bridge NY, dies
  • Feb 21 Charles Beaumont, American writer (Twilight Zone), dies at 38
  • Feb 22 Fritz Erler, German politician (SDP), dies at 53
  • Feb 22 Joe Forte, actor (Horwitz-Life With Luigi), dies at 70
  • Feb 24 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 25 John Griggs, actor (Joey Bishop Show), dies at 57
  • Feb 25 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60
  • Feb 26 Harry McNaughton, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 70
  • Feb 28 Henry Luce, American magazine publisher (Time, Fortune, Life), dies at 68