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Historical Events in February 1967

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

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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

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Feb 2 Bolivia adopts its constitution
  • Feb 2 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced

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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

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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

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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 champion

CarDaytona 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

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