1967 Timeline


January - Confessed murderer Charles Wright is freed due to police failure to read him his rights.

February - The U.S. drops plans to build dams in the Grand Canyon.

March - In his first Madison Square Garden fight, Muhammad Ali beats Zora Folley. 

April - The Boeing 737 makes its first flight.

May -  Mickey Mantle hits his 500th home run. 

June - Barbara Streisand performs before 135,000 in Central Park.

July - The Monkees perform at Forest Hills, NY; Jimi Hendrix is their opening act.

August - The final TV episode of "The fugitive" airs.

September - Nguyen Van Thieu is elected President of South Vietnam.


October -  The Beatles turn down a $1 million NY concert offer by Sid Bernstein.

November - The New Orleans Saints defeat Philadelphia, 31-24, to record their first NFL victory.

December - Joe Garagiola joins "The Today Show" panel.


National News:
Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg are arrested in an anti-war rally in NYC.


Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing induction into the U.S. Army.


President Johnson appoints Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court. 


A fire during Apollo 1 test kills astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. 


Amana introduces the first microwave oven for United States consumers. 


Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, dies of cancer. 


The “Tonight Show” is shortened from 105 to 90 minutes.


Interesting Facts:

Pulitzer Prize Winner  - The Fixer by Bernard Malmud


Nobel Peace Prize Winner - The Noble Peace Prize was not awarded in 1967


Miss America - Jane Jayroe (Laverne, OK)


Speaker of the House of Representative - John W. McCormack (D)


Life Expectancy - 70.2 Years.


The First Rolling Stone magazine was published in 1967 by 21-year-old Jeann Wenner in San Francisco.  The magazine had an initial circulation of 6,000, which boomed as it became a voice for the counter-culture movement. 


Medical news:
Heart care made major strides in 1967. In that year the South African surgeon Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant. The patient, Louis Washkansky, lived for 18 days. In the same year, American surgeon Rene Favalero conducted the first heart bypass operation.
Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Score: 35-10
World Series: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox Series: 4-3
Top Tunes
1. Kind of a Drag ... The Buckinghams
2. Ruby Tuesday ... The Rolling Stones
3. Love Is Here and Now You're Gone ... The Supremes
4. Penny Lane ... The Beatles
5. Happy Together ... The Turtles
6. Somethin' Stupid ... Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
7. The Happening ... The Supremes
8. Groovin ... The Young Rascals
9. Respect ... Aretha Franklin
10. Windy ... The Association
Top Movies
1. The Dirty Dozen
2. You Only Live Twice
3. Casino Royale
4. A Man for All Seasons
5. Thoroughly Modern Millie
6. Barefoot in the Park
7. Georgy Girl
8. To Sir With Love
9. Grand Prix
10. Hombre
Academy Awards
Best Picure: 'In the Heat of the Night'
Best Director: Mike Nichols ... 'The Graduate'
Best Actor: Rod Steiger ... 'In the Heat of the Night'
Best Actress: Katherine Hepburn ... 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?'
Most Popular Books
1. The Arrangement... Elia Kazan. Stein & Day
2. The Confessions of Nat Turner ...William Styron. Random House
3. The Chosen... Chaim Potok. Simon & Schuster
4. Topaz...Leon Uris. McGraw-Hill
5. Christy...Catherine Marshall. McGraw-Hill
6. The Eighth Day...Thornton Wilder. Harper & Row
7. Rosemary's Baby...Ira Levin. Random House
8. The Plot...Irving Wallace. Simon & Schuster
9. The Gabriel Hounds...Mary Stewart. Morrow
10. The Exhibitionist...Henry Sutton. Bernard Geis

1. Death of a President,... William Manchester. Harper & Row
2. Misery Is a Blind Date ...Johnny Carson. Doubleday
3. Games People Play... Eric Berne, M.D. Grove Press
4. Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows... Rod McKuen. Random House
5. A Modern Priest Looks at His Outdated Church... Father James
Kavanaugh. Trident Press
6. Everything but Money... Sam Levenson. Simon & Schuster
7. Our Crowd...Stephen Birmingham. Hai-per & Row
8. Edgar Cayce-The Sleeping Prophet...Jess Stearn. Doubleday
9. Better Homes and Gardens Favorite Ways with Chicken'...
Meredith Press
10. Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual...Phyllis Diller. Doubleday
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 (CBS)
8. The Dean Martin Show (CBS)
9. The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS)
10. Saturday Night at the Movies (NBC)
 U.S. President - Lyndon B. Johnson
 Vice President - Hubert Humphrey
Economics in 1967
 Minimum wage - $1.40
 Average Income - $7,305
 New home cost - $14,425
 New car cost - $2,724
 Gallon of gas - $0.33
 Gold - per ounce - $35
 Silver - per ounce - $1.55
 Cost of a first-class stamp - $0.05 
 US GDP (1998 dollars):   $833.6 billion
 Federal spending:   $157.46 billion
 Federal debt:   $340.4 billion
 Median Household Income (current dollars):  $7,143
 Consumer Price Index:   33.4
 Unemployment:   3.8%

            The Graduate (1967 Classic)

Robert Redford screen-tested with Candice Bergen for the part of Benjamin Braddock but was finally rejected by director Mike Nichols because Nichols did not believe Redford could persuasively project the underdog qualities necessary to the role. When he told this to Redford, the actor asked Nichols what he meant. "Well, let's put it this way," said Nichols, "Have you ever struck out with a girl?" "What do you mean?" asked Redford. "That's precisely my point," said Nichols.

Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft's first encounter in the hotel room, Bancroft did not know that Hoffman was going to grab her breast. Hoffman decided offscreen to do it, because it reminded him of schoolboys trying to nonchalantly grab girls' breasts in the hall by pretending to put their jackets on. When Hoffman did it onscreen, director Mike Nichols began laughing loudly offscreen. Hoffman began to laugh as well, so rather than stop the scene, he turned away from the camera and walked to the wall. Hoffman banged his head on the wall, trying to stop laughing, and Nichols thought it was so funny, he left it in.

Although Mrs. Robinson is supposed to be much older than Benjamin,
Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman are just under six years apart in age.

When Elaine tracks down Ben in his gloomy room and he causes her to scream, a number of other tenants gather behind the landlord in the doorway. One says, "Shall I get the cops? I'll get the cops..." It's
Richard Dreyfuss.

In the famous promotional still for this film,
Dustin Hoffman is seen in the background framed by Mrs. Robinson's shapely leg. The leg in that photo didn't belong to Anne Bancroft, however; it belonged to a then-unknown model, Linda Gray.

Judy Garland was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson

Anne Bancroft was only a little more than eight years older than her on-screen daughter Katharine Ross.

Paul Simon wrote two songs for the film that director Mike Nichols rejected: "Punky's Dilemma" and "A Hazy Shade of Winter". Both appear on the Simon and Garfunkel "Bookends" album. The song "Mrs. Robinson" was not written for the movie; it was the working title of a song Simon was then writing (originally called "Mrs. Roosvelt", and about Eleanor Roosevelt) and Nichols decided to include it. Simon and Garfunkel only sing the chorus but none of the verses of the later hit song.