In The News 1967

 

Looking back 1967 was an awe-inspiring year. Here are some historical facts you may have forgotten (or occurred before you were born!). They may also be useful trivia for folk who like pub quizzes perhaps? We hope you find them interesting. If you want to know more of the stories behind the headlines I’m sure Google or your alternative favourite search engine will help. Failing that a trip to the local library will be enlightening.

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Major headlines

The Sinai 6-day war was won by the Israelis

China explodes its first hydrogen bomb

First human heart transplant operation

British Steel was nationalised

The British National Party was founded

North Sea Gas was piped into the UK

The United Kingdom applied to join the EEC.

Winifred Ewing was elected as the first Scottish Nationalist MP

The Pound was devalued from $2.80 to $2.40 (Is the pound in your pocket is still worth £1 you may well ask?)

British Troops left Aden which then became the Republic of Yemen

The Torrey Canyon oil tanker ran aground off Lands End causing a major ecological disaster

Other items which made the news

Bank Holiday Changes

Whitsun holiday became a fixed Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May

August bank holiday moved from the first to the last Monday in August (England and Wales)

Technology

BBC2 transmitted the first Colour TV programme. It was Wimbledon! (Champions John Newcombe and Billie Jean King in case you were going to ask!)

BBC radio was reorganized into Radios 1,2,3 and 4 and BBC Radio Leicester was the first local BBC radio station.

Off shore pirate radio stations were closed down.

The QE2 was launched and the Queen Mary made her last trans-Atlantic crossing to Southampton.

Concorde was unveiled and Boeing 737 made its maiden flight

Ford replaced the Anglia with the Escort

Texas Instruments launched the first pocket calculator

Barclays Bank installed the first ATM in the UK

Media

Sandy Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest with “Puppet on a String”

Twiggy, (the model) and miniskirts became popular.

Otis Reading died in a plane crash aged 26

The Beatles launched the iconic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. Their manager Brian Epstein died. In contrast the Rolling Stones got stoned and were in and out of court on drugs charges!

The Radio 4 programme “Just a Minute” chaired by Nicholas Parsons was first broadcast

Sport

The Grand National was won by 100-1 outsider Foinavon

Manchester United won the League Title

Donald Campbell died

Evel Knievel jumped his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row, but failed in his attempt to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Sir Francis Chichester sailed solo around the world arriving in Plymouth after 9 months and 1 day

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