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 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?

Top Ten Baby Names of 1967:
Lisa, Kimberly, Michelle, Mary, Susan, Michael, David, James, John, Robert

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
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’

“Plastics.”
– 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:
In spite of what you may still hear today, Walt Disney was not frozen right after his death 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.

Pop Culture History:
The first handheld calculator invented.

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.

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 Notable 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 Mikhal 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 Vittora 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 18 – March 3:
Kind Of A Drag – The Buckinghams

March 4 – March 10:
Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones

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

March 18 – March 24:
Penny Lane – The Beatles

March 25 – April 14:
Happy Together – The Turtles

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

May 13 – May 19:
The Happening – The Supremes

May 20 – June 2:
Groovin’ – The Young Rascals

June 3 – June 30:
Respect – Aretha Franklin

July 1 – July 28:
Windy – The Association

July 29 – August 28:
Light My Fire – The Doors

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

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

September 23 – October 20:
The Letter – Box Tops

October 21 – November 24:
To Sir With Love – Lulu

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

December 2 – December 29:
Daydream Believer – The Monkees

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

Sports:
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

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