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January 1967 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 FCC requires AM-FM sister stations to be at least 50% different
  • Jan 1 St Helena adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 Tonga revises constitution
  • Jan 3 "The Tonight Show" is shortened from 105 to 90 minutes
  • Jan 3 Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys is indicted for draft evasion
  • Jan 4 English land and boat racer Donald Campbell is killed while driving jet-powered boat Bluebird K7 on Coniston Water in England trying to beat his own water speed record
  • Jan 6 2 homemade buses collided on a mountain road in Terpate, Philippines plunging off a cliff, killing 84, injuring 140
  • Jan 6 United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta.
  • Jan 9 Georgia legislature seats Rep Julian Bond

Hey, Hey – We're The MonkeesHey, Hey – We're The Monkees

Jan 9 "More of the Monkees" second album by The Monkees is released

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The Monkees riding high in 1966
The Monkees riding high in 1966
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Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 10 Edward W. Brooke (Sen-R-Mass), takes his seat as the 1st popularly elected African American to the US Senate

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • Jan 10 Lester Maddox inaugurated as Governor of Georgia
  • Jan 10 PBS (the National Educational TV) begins as a 70 station network
  • Jan 11 Romeinse Curie installs Council for Pontifical Study commission
  • Jan 12 Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation and remains preserved at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation
  • Jan 13 Bloodless coup in Togo led by Lt. Col. Étienne Eyadéma and Kléber Dadjo

  • Jan 14 20,000 attend Human Be-In, San Francisco
  • Jan 14 Earthquake in Sicily kills 231
  • Jan 14 New York Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments
  • Jan 16 1st black government installed in Bahamas
  • Jan 16 Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Alabama) African American sheriff in 20th century
  • Jan 18 Albert DeSalvo (Boston Strangler) sentenced to life in prison
  • Jan 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 19 Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will "Vse Zene" (All to wife)
  • Jan 21 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 21 US male Figure Skating championship won by Gary Visconti
  • Jan 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Jan 26 Chicago Blizzard strikes with a record 23 inches of snow fall causing 800 buses and 50,000 automobiles to be abandoned

USAApollo 1 Fire

Jan 27 A fire in the Apollo 1 Command Module kills astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee during a launch rehearsal

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The command module of Apollo 1 the day after the fatal fire that killed 3 astronauts
The command module of Apollo 1 the day after the fatal fire that killed 3 astronauts
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  • Jan 27 Treaty signed banning military use of nuclear weapons in space
  • Jan 29 The Arusha Declaration written by Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere is issued, clarifying Tanzania's path towards Ujamaa (African socialism)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 John Digweed, English DJ
  • Jan 10 Johan Laats, Belgian judoka, born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Jan 17 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Jan 23 Belkis Ayón, Cuban printmaker (collography), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1999)

Weddings in History

  • Jan 10 Dutch Princess Margret marries Pieter van Vollenhoven

Deaths in History


Person of interestJack Ruby

Jan 3 Jack Ruby, American assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies of pulmonary embolism at 55

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • Jan 4 Donald Campbell, English boat and land racer (world land and water records 1964; only person to complete in same year), dies in record attempt at 45
  • Jan 7 David Goodis, American writer (b. 1917)
  • Jan 12 Holland Smith, American General in the U.S. Marine Corps, dies at 84
  • Jan 15 David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (b. 1882)
  • Jan 16 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Sage of Kai-Roi), dies at 72
  • Jan 16 Robert J Van De Graaff, US nuclear physicist, dies at 65
  • Jan 18 Simon FHJ Berkelbach van der Sprenkel, vicar/theologist, dies at 84
  • Jan 22 Robert Henriques, English writer (100 Hours to Suez), dies at 61
  • Jan 24 Howard Charles Shaiffer, entertainer, dies at 49
  • Jan 27 Alphonse Juin, French marshal, dies at 78
  • Jan 27 Edward Higgins White II, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), dies at 36
  • Jan 27 Roger B Chaffee, astronaut, dies at 31 in Apollo I fire
  • Jan 27 Virgil Grissom, US Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut (Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1), dies at 40 in Apollo 1 fire
  • Jan 31 Otto Dibelius, German theologian/bishop, dies at 86