1967 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1967 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Quick Facts from 1967

  • The Top Song was To Sir With Love by LuLu
  • The Movies to Watch include The Graduate, The Dirty Dozen, Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Valley of the Dolls, Camelot and The Jungle Book.
  • On March 6, 1967, Stalin’s daughter, 41-year-old Svetlana Alliluyeva, defected at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, India, where she publicly denounced Communism and “embraced God, America and apple pie.”
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Dean Martin.
  • Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice.
  • Notable books include The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin.
  • Battleship (board game) was introduced in 1967
  • Minimum Wage in 1967: $1.40 per hour
    Cleaning Lady: $1.50/hour
  • The Funny Late Night Host: Johnny Carson
    The Funny Lady was Carol Burnett
  • The Conversation: Why was America at war in Vietnam?
  • Take our 1967 Quiz!

Top Ten Baby Names of 1967

Lisa, Kimberly, Michelle, Mary, Susan, Michael, David, James, John, Robert

Fashion Icons and Sex Symbols

Ursula Andress, Claudia Cardinale, Veronica Carlson, Julie Christie, Yvonne Craig, Catherine Deneuve, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Eartha Kitt, Virna Lisi, Tina Louise, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Montgomery, Caroline Munro, Julie Newmar, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Rigg, Edie Sedgwick, Elke Sommer, Sharmila Tagore, Marilyn Tindall, Twiggy, Raquel Welch

Hollywood Hunks, Leading Men and Sex Symbols

Paul Newman, Jim Morrison, Warren Beatty, Sean Connery, Tom Jones, Davy Jones, Mick Jagger, Robert Redford

“The Quotes”

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
– Strother Martin in ‘Cool Hand Luke’

“We rob banks.”
– Warren Beatty, as Clyde Barrow, in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

“Because I’m worth it.”
– L’Oréal

“Our repairmen are the loneliest guys in town.”
– Maytag Appliances

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me… aren’t you?”
– Dustin Hoffman in ‘The Graduate’

“They call me MISTER TIBBS”
– Sidney Poitier, in ‘In The Heat Of The Night’

– Walter Brooke, in ‘The Graduate’

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year

Lyndon B. Johnson

Miss America

Jane Jayroe (Lavern, OK)

Miss USA

Sylvia Hitchcock (Alabama)/ Cheryl Patton (Florida)

The Scandals & Celebrity Deaths

Despite what you may still hear today, Walt Disney was not frozen right after he died in late 1966.

Airplane Celebrity Death: Otis Redding

Automobile Celebrity Death: Jayne Mansfield

Counter-cultural icon Abbie Hoffman led a group of anti-capitalists to the New York Stock Exchange, where they dropped dollar bills from the balcony onto the floor as traders scrambled to retrieve the cash. He also led a group of 50,000 people and tried to levitate the Pentagon with their combined psychic power.

The Doors earned a lifetime ban from the Ed Sullivan show after agreeing to censor the lyrics to their hit “Light My Fire,” but ended up singing the original lyrics anyway.

1967 Pop Culture Facts & History

The first handheld calculator was invented.

McDonald’s Big Mac was introduced at 45 cents each.

The largest Emerald, the ‘Gachala Emerald’ was found. It weighs in at 858 carats.

Rolling Stone began publication. The first issue sold about 5,000 copies.

The first pulsating radio source (pulsar) was detected by postgraduate Jocelyn Burnell and her supervisor, Antony Hewish.

Having been tested in a few outlets, 7-11’s Slurpees became available in all locations in 1967.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1967: $42,000

South African doctor Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant.

The Habit

Ouija board (from Parker Brothers)

1st Appearances & 1967’s Most Popular Christmas Gifts, Toys and Presents

Kerplunk, Johnny Astro, TALKING G.I. Joe action figures, Mega Bloks, Newton’s cradle, Uncle Fester’s Mystery Light Bulb, Lit-Brite, Ants in the Pants Game

Best Film Oscar Winner

A Man for all Seasons (presented in 1967)

Popular and Best-selling Books From 1967

The Arrangement by Elia Kazan
Christy by Catherine Marshall
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder
The Exhibitionist by Henry Sutton
The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Never Talk to Strangers by Irma Joyce
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
The Plot by Irving Wallace
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton
Topaz by Leon Uris

1967 Most Popular TV Shows

1. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
2. The Lucy Show (CBS)
3. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)
4. Gunsmoke (CBS)
5. Family Affair (CBS)
6. Bonanza (NBC)
7. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
8. The Dean Martin Show (NBC)
9. The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS)
10. Bewitched (ABC)

1967 Billboard Number One Songs

December 31, 1966 – February 17, 1967:
I’m A Believer – The Monkees

February 18March 3:
Kind Of A Drag – The Buckinghams

March 4March 10:
Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones

March 11March 17:
Love is Here and Now You’re Gone – The Supremes

March 18March 24:
Penny Lane – The Beatles

March 25April 14:
Happy Together – The Turtles

April 15May 12:
Somethin’ Stupid – Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra

May 13May 19:
The Happening – The Supremes

May 20June 2:
Groovin’ – The Young Rascals

June 3June 30:
Respect – Aretha Franklin

July 1 – July 28:
Windy – The Association

July 29August 28:
Light My Fire – The Doors

August 19August 25:
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

August 26September 22:
Ode To Billy Joe – Bobbie Gentry

September 23October 20:
The Letter – Box Tops

October 21November 24:
To Sir With Love – Lulu

November 25 – December 1:
Incense And Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock

December 2December 29:
Daydream Believer – The Monkees

December 30, 1967 – January 19, 1968:
Hello Goodbye – The Beatles


World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
Superbowl I Champions: Green Bay Packers
NBA Champions: Philadelphia 76ers
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Jack Newcombe/Billie Jean King
Wimbledon (Men/Women): John Newcombe/Billie Jean King
NCAA Football Champions: USC
NCAA Basketball Champions: UCLA
Kentucky Derby: Proud Clarion

More 1967 Facts & History Resources:

Most Popular Baby Names (BabyCenter.com)
Popular and Notable Books (popculture.us)
Broadway Shows that Opened in 1967X
1967 Calendar, courtesy of Time and Date.com
Detroit Riot of 1967
Fact Monster
1960s, Infoplease.com World History
1967 in Movies (according to IMDB)
Retrowaste Vintage Culture
Rewind 365: 1967
1967 Television
Six-Day War
1960s Slang
Wikipedia 1967