Historical Events in October 1967

  • Oct 1 KBFI (now KDAF) TV channel 33 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins

Music History

Oct 1 Pink Floyd arrive in New York for their first US tour

Sports History

Oct 1 Richard Petty continues phenomenal NASCAR winning streak by taking the Wilkes 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway; unprecedented 10th consecutive victory

  • Oct 1 Roger Sessions' 7th Symphony premieres in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Jean Martinon conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Oct 2 All Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents for possession of marijuana in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 2 Groundbreaking begins on Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia

Historic Event

Oct 2 Thurgood Marshall sworn in as 1st black Supreme Court Justice

  • Oct 3 Belgian King Boudouin inaugurates world's biggest floodgate in Antwerp
  • Oct 3 KGSC (now KICU) TV channel 36 in San Jose, CA (IND) begins
  • Oct 3 William J. "Pete" Knight sets highest speed ever recorded by a crewed, powered aircraft flying USAF/NASA's X-15 at 7,297 KPH/4,534 MPH/Mach 6.72
  • Oct 4 Omar Ali Saifuddin III of Brunei abdicates in favour of his son, His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
  • Oct 4 St Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 2-1 in Game 1 of Baseball World Series at Fenway Park; first Fall Classic since 1948 not to feature Yankees, Giants or Dodgers; Cards win series, 4-3
  • Oct 6 Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco) hippies throw a funeral for "Hippie" to mark end of "the summer of love".
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 7 Beatles turn down $1 million offer by Sid Berstein for a return performance at Shea Stadium in NYC
  • Oct 7 Rolf Hochhuth's play "Soldaten" premieres in West Berlin

Historic Event

Oct 8 Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia

Historic Event

Oct 10 Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy" premieres in Dublin

Music History

Oct 11 "Yoko Plus Me" art exhibit opens in London (the "Me" is John Lennon)

Baseball Record

Oct 11 World Series record 3 consecutive HRs hit by Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith and Rico Petrocelli as Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Cardinals, 8-4 in Game 6 at Fenway Park

  • Oct 12 Baseball World Series: Lou Brock steals WS record 7 bases as St Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 7-2 at Fenway Park for a 4-3 series win; MVP: Cards pitcher Bob Gibson
  • Oct 13 CBS radio cancels "House Party"
  • Oct 13 First American Basketball Association (ABA) game is played with Oakland Oaks beating Anaheim Amigos, 132-129; red, white & blue ball and 3-point field goal introduced
  • Oct 13 Seattle SuperSonics (now OKC Thunder) lose NBA debut game, 144-116 to the San Francisco Warriors at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

The Motherland Calls

Oct 15 The Motherland Calls, a monumental statue commemorating the battle of Stalingrad completed in Volgograd, Russia, then the World's tallest statue designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich

  • Oct 16 13th General Conference on Weights and Measures in Paris ends after redefining the second using a cesium-beam atomic clock [1]
  • Oct 16 Joean Baez and 123 other anti-draft protesters are arrested in Oakland, California
  • Oct 16 WETK TV channel 33 in Burlington, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 16 WGNO TV channel 26 in New Orleans, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 17 "Hair" premieres on Broadway

Music History

Oct 17 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS

Historic Event

Oct 17 Memorial service for Brian Epstein at New London Synagogue

  • Oct 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 17 William "Pete" Knight in X-15 reaches 85 km
  • Oct 18 MLB American League votes to allow Kansas City Athletics to move to Oakland, California & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with Kansas City & Seattle teams - later accelerated to 1969 due to pressure from Kansas City politicians
  • Oct 18 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to German-American nuclear physicist Hans Bethe
  • Oct 18 Soviet Venera 4 becomes 1st probe to send data back from Venus

Film Release

Oct 18 Walt Disney's animated musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" film is released; cast featured Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, and Sebastian Cabot

  • Oct 19 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"
  • Oct 19 Mariner 5 makes fly-by of Venus
  • Oct 20 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern California
  • Oct 20 All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi
  • Oct 20 KMXN (now KJTV) TV channel 34 in Lubbock, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 20 Owner Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy 1st manager of the newly relocated Oakland A's
  • Oct 21 Egypt sinks Israeli torpedo boat
  • Oct 21 Tens of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters march on the Pentagon, besieging the military headquarters for two days
  • Oct 22 Denny Hulme becomes first New Zealander to win the F1 World Drivers Championship with 3rd place in the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 5 points from team leader Jack Brabham
  • Oct 22 Ian Brayshaw (W Aus v Vic, Perth) takes all 10 cricket wkts

Sports History

Oct 22 Joe DiMaggio is hired as executive VP of A's by Charlie Finley

Ryder Cup

Oct 22 Ryder Cup Golf, Champions GC: US beats Great Britain 23½-8½; Ben Hogan captains Americans to record 15-point victory margin

  • Oct 23 "Henry, Sweet Henry" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 80 performances
  • Oct 23 NJ Americans (later NY/NJ Nets) play 1st ABA game

Historic Event

Oct 26 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself after 26 years on the Peacock Throne

  • Oct 27 4 people from Baltimore pour blood on selective service records
  • Oct 27 NLF leaves People's Republic of South-Yemen
  • Oct 29 Danny Abramowicz begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 29 Expo 67 closes in Montreal, Canada
  • Oct 29 Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado's musical "Hair" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 29 London criminal Jack McVitie is murdered by the Kray twins, leading to their eventual imprisonment and downfall
  • Oct 30 Arthur Allyn says Chicago White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968

Music Single

Oct 30 Dolly Parton releases her debut single with Porter Wagoner "The Last Thing On My Mind"

  • Oct 30 Ferdinand Bracke bicycles world record time (48,093 km)
  • Oct 30 USSR Kosmos 186 & 188 make 1st automatic docking & Venmera 13 launch
  • Oct 31 KIMO TV channel 13 in Anchorage, AK (ABC) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Oct 31 Nguyen Van Thieu takes oath of office to become the 1st President of the Second Republic of South Vietnam

  • Oct 31 SF Giants Mike McCormick wins NL Cy Young Award