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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • Feb 12 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 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)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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

  • Feb 16 Red Ruffing selected to 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Linguist and Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist and Author
Noam Chomsky
  • 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 champ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 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), 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 Natalie Hunter, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Feb 3 Dave Benson-Phillips, Children's TV Presenter
  • Feb 3 Bob Taylor, English footballer
  • Feb 4 Sergei Grinkov, Russian ice skater
  • Feb 5 Chris Parnell, American actor, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 6 Randy Hilliard, American football defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 6 Anita Cochran, American singer, born in South Lyon, Michigan
  • Feb 6 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 7 Joseph Tilford Leigh Greene, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 7 Richie Burnett, Welsh darts player (winner World Darts Championship 1995), born in Cwmparc, Rhondda
  • Feb 7 Sharla Cheung Man, Hong Kong actress (All For the Winner), born in Shanghai, China
  • Feb 8 Yvon Corriveau, Ontario, NHL left wing (Wash Caps)
  • 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)
  • 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, Phillipines
  • Feb 10 Jacky Durand, French cyclist, born in Laval, France
  • Feb 11 Barbara Byrne, Princeton NJ, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 11 Chris Reohr, Ridley Park Pa, fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 11 Derek King, Hamilton, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • Feb 11 John Patterson, American baseball infielder (SF Giants)
  • Feb 11 Uwe Daßler, German swimmer
  • Feb 11 Scott Shay, American linguist
  • 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 Bas Roorda, Dutch football player (FC Groningen) [or Feb 21], born in Assen, Netherlands
  • 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 Laura Martin, US WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-13th-1994), born in La Jolla, California
  • Feb 14 Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, Bulgarian tennis player (1984 US Mix), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Feb 14 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, British Cypriot entrepreneur, born in Athens, Greece
  • 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, Canada
  • Feb 16 Robert Massey, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
  • 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 17 Gary Shuchuk, Canadian former NHL centre and coach (LA Kings), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Feb 17 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 18 Colin Jackson, Cardiff Wales, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Feb 18 Matt Turner, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Feb 18 Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer, (FIFA World Player of the Year 1993), born in Caldogno
  • Feb 18 Tracey Edmonds, American film and television producer
  • Feb 18 Harry Van Barneveld, Belgian judoka
  • Feb 19 Benicio Del Toro, Puerto Rico, actor (Licence to Kill, Usual Suspects)
  • Feb 19 Roel Liefden, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)
  • Feb 20 Andrew Shue, actor (Melrose Place)
  • Feb 20 Broderick Thomas, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minn, Cowboys)
  • Feb 20 Chris Singleton, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)

Person of interestKurt Cobain

Feb 20 Kurt Cobain, American rock vocalist (Nirvana), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • 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 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, Canada
  • 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, tennis star (1984 Futures-Wyong-AUS), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 25 Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)
  • Feb 25 Rich Rowland, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 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, rock guitarist (Breathe-All I Need)
  • Feb 28 Colin Cooper, English soccer defender (2 caps; Middlesborough, Nottingham Forest), born in Durham, England

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Actress Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Ernie Bromley, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1933-34), dies
  • 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, US minster of Finance (devaluate dollar), dies at 74
  • 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 Smiley Burnette, cowboy (Charlie-Petticoat Junction), dies at 55
  • Feb 18 Manuel Palau Boix, composer, dies at 74

Person of interestRobert Oppenheimer

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

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • Feb 19 Wilmer King, 1st casuality on Tappan Zee Bridge NY, dies
  • Feb 21 Charles Beaumont, American writer (b. 1929)
  • 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, German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60
  • Feb 25 John Griggs, actor (Joey Bishop Show), dies at 57
  • 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