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Events from the year 1967 in the United States.
- April 1 – The Department of Transportation begins operation. The Federal Aviation Administration is folded into the DOT.
- April 4 – Martin Luther King, Jr. denounces the Vietnam War during a religious service in New York City.
- April 9 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) takes its maiden flight.
- April 10 – The AFTRA strike is settled just in time for the 39th Academy Awards ceremony to be held, hosted by Bob Hope. Best Picture goes to A Man for All Seasons.
- April 12 – The Ahmanson Theatre opens in Los Angeles.
- April 14 – In San Francisco, 10,000 march against the Vietnam War.
- April 15 – Large demonstrations are held against the Vietnam War in New York City and San Francisco.
- April 20 – The Surveyor 3 probe lands on the Moon.
- April 21 – An outbreak of tornadoes strikes the upper Midwest section of the United States (in particular the Chicago area, including the suburbs of Belvidereand Oak Lawn, Illinois, where 33 people are killed and 500 injured).
- April 24 – The publication of the legendary YA novel, The Outsiders
- April 28
- In Houston, boxer Muhammad Ali refuses military service.
- Expo 67 opens to the public, with over 310,000 people attending. Al Carter from Chicago is the first visitor as noted by Expo officials.
- June 2 – Luis Monge is executed in Colorado‘s gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States.
- June 5 – Murderer Richard Speck is sentenced to death in the electric chair for killing eight student nurses in Chicago.
- June 7 – Two Moby Grape members are arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors.
- June 8 – Six-Day War – USS Liberty incident: Israeli fighter jets and Israeli warships fire at the USS Liberty off Gaza, killing 34 and wounding 171.
- June 11 – A race riot occurs in Tampa, Florida after the shooting death of Martin Chambers by police while allegedly robbing a camera store. The unrest lasts several days.
- June 12 – Loving v. Virginia: The United States Supreme Court declares all U.S. state laws prohibiting interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.
- June 13 – Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall is nominated as the first African American justice of the United States Supreme Court.
- June 14 – Mariner program: Mariner 5 is launched toward Venus.
- June 14–June 15 – Glenn Gould records Prokofiev‘s Seventh Piano Sonata, Op. 83, in New York City (his only recording of a Prokofiev composition).
- June 16 – The Monterey Pop Festival begins and is held for 3 days.
- June 23 – Cold War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey, for the 3-day Glassboro Summit Conference. Johnson travels to Los Angeles for a dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel where earlier in the day thousands of war protesters clashed with L.A. police.
- June 26 – The Buffalo Race Riot begins, lasting until July 1; leads to 200 arrests.
- June 29 – Blonde Bombshell Jayne Mansfield, and two others die in an automobile crash near Slidell, Louisiana. Mansfield’s daughter, Mariska Hargitay, is asleep in the back seat at the time of the crash.
- July 1 – American Samoa‘s first constitution becomes effective.
- July 2 – Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress opens at Disneyland.
- July 5 – Freedom of Information Act becomes effective.
- July 12 – After the arrest of an African-American cab driver for allegedly illegally driving around a police car and gunning it down the road, rioting breaks out in Newark, New Jersey, and continues for five days.
- July 14 – Near Newark, New Jersey, the Plainfield riots also occur.
- July 16 – A prison riot in Jay, Florida leaves 37 dead.
- July 18 – The United Kingdom announces the closing of its military bases in Malaysia and Singapore. Australia and the U.S. disapprove.
- July 19 – A race riot breaks out in the North Side of Minneapolis on Plymouth Street during the Minneapolis Aquatennial Parade and business are vandalized and fires break out in the area, although the disturbance is quelled within hours. However, the next day a shooting sets off another incident in the same area that leads to 18 fires, 36 arrests, 3 shootings, 2 dozen people injured, and damages totaling 4.2 million. There will be two more such incidents in the following two weeks.
- July 21 – The town of Winneconne, Wisconsin, announces secession from the United States because it is not included in the official maps and declares war. Secession is repealed the next day.
- July 23 – 12th Street Riot: In Detroit, one of the worst riots in United States history begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city: 43 are killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned.
- July 29 – An explosion and fire aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin leaves 134 dead.
- July 30
- Joni Eareckson breaks her neck in a diving accident, becoming a quadriplegic. This leads to her starting ‘Joni and Friends’, a ministry for disabled people.
- The 1967 Milwaukee race riots begin, lasting through August 2 and leading to a ten-day shutdown of the city from August 1.
- October 1 – The Boston Red Sox clinch the American League pennant in one of the most memorable pennant races of all time with Boston (92-70) beating out the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers by one game; Carl Yastrzemski wins the baseball’s Triple Crown.
- October 2 – Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first black justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
- October 3 – An X-15 research aircraft with test pilot William J. Knight establishes an unofficial world fixed-wing speed record of Mach 6.7.
- October 12 – Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the U.S. Congress for peace initiatives are futile, because of North Vietnam‘s opposition.
- October 16 – Thirty-nine people, including singer-activist Joan Baez, are arrested in Oakland, California, for blocking the entrance of that city’s military induction center.
- October 17 – The musical Hair opens off-Broadway. It moves to Broadway the following April.
- October 18 – Walt Disney‘s 19th full-length animated feature The Jungle Book, the last animated film personally supervised by Disney, is released and becomes an enormous box-office and critical success. On a double bill with the film is the (now) much less well-known true-life adventure, Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar.
- October 19 – The Mariner 5 probe flies by Venus.
- October 20 – The Patterson–Gimlin film is shot in Bluff Creek, California supposedly capturing a Bigfoot on tape.
- October 21 – Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters march in Washington, D.C. Allen Ginsberg symbolically chants to ‘levitate’ The Pentagon.
- October 26 – U.S. Navy pilot John McCain is shot down over North Vietnam and made a POW. His capture will be announced in the NY Times and Washington Post two days later.
- October 27 – March on the Pentagon: several thousands people advance to the Pentagon to protest against the Vietnam War.
- November 2 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson holds a secret meeting with a group of the nation’s most prestigious leaders (“the Wise Men”) and asks them to suggest ways to unite the American people behind the war effort. They conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war.
- November 3 – Vietnam War – Battle of Dak To: Around Đắk Tô (located about 280 miles north of Saigon near the Cambodian border), heavy casualties are suffered on both sides (the Americans narrowly win the battle on November 22).
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- November 9
- November 11 – Vietnam War: In a propaganda ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 3 United States prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong and turned over to “New Left” antiwar activist Tom Hayden.
- November 17 – Vietnam War: Acting on optimistic reports he was given on November 13, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson tells his nation that, while much remained to be done, “We are inflicting greater losses than we’re taking…We are making progress.”
- November 21 – Vietnam War: United States General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: “I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.”
- November 29 – Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation to become president of the World Bank. This action is due to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s outright rejection of McNamara’s early November recommendations to freeze troop levels, stop bombing North Vietnam and hand over ground fighting to South Vietnam.
- November 30 – U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, challenging incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson over the Vietnam War.
- December 4 – Vietnam War: U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta (235 of the 300-strong Viet Cong battalion are killed).
- December 5 – In New York City, Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg are arrested for protesting against the Vietnam War.
- December 7 – U.S. Public Health Service Studies potential ray leakage from color TVs.
- December 8 – Magical Mystery Tour is released by The Beatles as an eleven-song album in the U.S. The songs added to the original six songs on the double EP include “All You Need Is Love“, “Penny Lane“, “Strawberry Fields Forever“, “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” and “Hello, Goodbye“.
- December 10 – Soul singer Otis Redding, 26, is killed when the airplane he was on crashes into Lake Monona. The crash also claims the lives of all of his five-member band. The only survivor is fellow musician Ben Cauley.
- December 15 – The Silver Bridge over the Ohio River in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, collapses, killing 46.
- December 19 – Professor John Archibald Wheeler uses the term black hole for the first time.
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- January 7 – Dave Matthews, American singer and artist, lead singer of Dave Matthews Band
- February 5 – Chris Parnell, actor and comedian
- February 20 – Kurt Cobain, American singer and artist, lead singer of Nirvana, husband of Courtney Love (died 1994)
- April 18 – Maria Bello, actress and singer
- April 26 – Curtis Jones, electronica and house music singer, songwriter and producer
- June 3 – Anderson Cooper, television personality
- June 20 – Nicole Kidman, Australian and American actress, and wife of Keith Urban and Tom Cruise
- June 22 – Mike Sussman, screenwriter and producer
- July 3 – Brian Cashman, businessman
- July 16 – Will Ferrell, comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer
- July 18 – Vin Diesel, actor, writer, director, and producer
- July 23 – Philip Seymour Hoffman, actor and director (died 2014)
- November 2 – Scott Walker, 45th Governor of Wisconsin
- November 15
- November 26 – Will Jimeno, Colombia-born Port Authority Police officer who survived the September 11 attacks
- December 21 – Ervin Johnson, basketball player
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- January 3 – Jack Ruby, assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald (b. 1911)
- March 30 – Paul Clayton (folksinger), Folksinger and Folklorist (b. 1930)
- April 17 – Abbie Rowe, White House photographer (b. 1905)
- May 10 – Chuck Apolskis, American footballer (b. 1914)
- June 29 – Jayne Mansfield, actress, and two others die in an automobile crash near Slidell, Louisiana.(b. 1933 United States)
- July 22 – Carl Sandburg, writer and editor (b. 1878)
- November 7 – John N. Garner, 32nd Vice President of the United States from 1933 to 1941 (b. 1868)
- December 10 – Otis Redding, singer, songwriter, record producer, and musician (b. 1941)
- December 4 – Bert Lahr, actor, who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (b. 1895)