December 1967 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Queen Elizabeth inaugurates 98-inch (249-cm) Isaac Newton telescope
  • Dec 1 Seattle awarded one of the 2 AL expansion franchise teams
  • Dec 3 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky

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Dec 3 Fomrer Indonesian president Sukarno placed under house arrest

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Dec 3 Final run of "20th Century Limited" famed NY-Chicago luxury train

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

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Dec 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Dec 7 Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"

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

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu

Nobel prizeNobel 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

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • Dec 11 6.5 earthquake in West India, 170 killed
  • Dec 11 People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) established
  • Dec 11 Supersonic airliner prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
  • 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

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Dec 14 Lester B. Pearson (PM of Canada) announces that he is retiring from politics, and is succeeded by Pierre Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Dec 15 Joe Garagiola joins "Today" show panel
  • Dec 15 The Silver Bridge collapses over the Ohio River in the US, killing 46 people
  • Dec 19 Prime Minister of Australia Harold Holt is officially presumed dead.
  • Dec 20 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam
  • 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
  • Dec 26 Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbands
  • Dec 28 Muriel Siebert is 1st woman to own a seat on New York Stock Exchange
  • Dec 29 Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
  • Dec 30 Great Western Forum opens in LA

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 5 Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Dec 7 Vaclav Chalupa, Czechoslovakia, rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989)
  • Dec 14 Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer
  • Dec 19 Criss Angel [Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos], American magician and illusionist (Criss Angel Mindfreak), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Dec 21 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia
  • Dec 23 Tim Fountain, British playwright
  • Dec 28 Chris Ware, US cartoonist, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dec 29 Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist

Weddings in History

  • Dec 9 Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter Lynda marries in the White House

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Francis J "Cardinal" Spellman, archbishop of NY, dies at 78
  • 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

Person of interestRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

Dec 8 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., USAF/astronaut, dies in a crash of an F-104 Starfighter while training at 32

  • Dec 9 Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer and President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1898)
  • 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 19 Alfred Courtens, Belgian sculptor, dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55
  • Dec 23 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), dies at 75
  • Dec 28 Béla Schick, Hungarian-American paediatrician (Schick test), dies at 90
  • Dec 28 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, dies at 92

Person of interestVincent Massey

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

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey