The Year was 1967.

President Lyndon B Johnson (D) 1963-1969

Technology is changing the world. For good or for ill, things are changing. The first heart transplant takes place in 1967. In addition the first ATM is entered into use.

The first Super Bowl was played with the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs squaring off.

Peace rallies are taking over the United States. The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is released.

United States President – Lyndon Banes Johnson

The US population was about 198,712,056 and our life expectancy in 1967 was about 70 years.

The murder rate was just 5 murders per 100,000  and had not risen a great deal in several years.

The Median Household Income was about $7,143 for the average worker.

The minimum wage in 1967 was $1.40 per hour, the equivalent of $10.43 per hour in 2018 dollars.

That brand new home is going to cost you about 24600 dollars in 1967 and if you choose to rent, the rent will be about 128 dollars a month.

Groceries were beginning to rise . Bacon was 69 cents a pound and eggs 49 cents for a dozen. A gallon of milk cost about $1.03 and a loaf of bread was approximately 27 cents.

Postage – Sending a letter across the country would cost you  $.05 in postage.

Travel – A gallon of gas cost about 33 cents.

Transportation in 1967? While the Chevy Impala was the top selling car in 1967, Ford was still the company to beat with the Ford Fairlane and the Mustang.

1967 was also the year that Chevrolet counter-punched Ford’s Mustang with the brand new Chevy Camaro. The base price for the ’67 Camaro was $2,809, about 5 month’s pay for the average worker.

The first Chevrolet Camaro commercial, 1967

Breck’s 1967 Paper Dress promotion for their GoGoLight hair color. Mail a paper dollar and Breck will send you a paper dress.

1967 saw Mod styles dominating the fashion world. Big boots, bold prints and the beginning of crossover between men’s styles being adopted into women’s clothing.

 

The Top News in 1967

1967 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) created
Due to the publication of Ralph Nader’s book “unsafe at any speed” and a significant rise in the number of deaths caused by road traffic accidents. National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act gave the federal government rights to set and administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and road traffic safety, over the next few years these standards included head rests, energy-absorbing steering wheels, shatter-resistant windshields, and safety belts

The first successful human to human heart transplant  is undertaken by Dr. Christiaan Barnard. He performed the operation on the 53-year-old patient Louis Washkansky. The operation took place at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The transplant was successful and Washkansky’s body did not reject the organ.

Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional and that they were solely based on racial discrimination. The decision made interracial marriage legal throughout the United States.

Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black justice on the Supreme Court.

Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Elvis Presley marries Priscilla on May 1, 1967

Gatorade was not without controversy when it ran this ad in Playboy Magazine. “It can take care of any kind of thirst you can work up. Any kind.”

Products Introduced in 1967

  • Big Mac
  • Canadian Mist
  • Close-Up toothpaste (Unilever)
  • Fiddle Faddle popcorn snack food
  • Gatorade
  • Hai Karate cologne
  • Lite-Brite toy
  • Mini Eggs (Cadbury)
  • Mini-Cassette
  • Pringles
  • Product 19 Cereal
  • Rolex Sea Dweller watch
  • Twix candy
  • Ultra Brite toothpase (Colgate-Palmolive)
  • Zeroids toy robots (Ideal Toy Company)

The Big Mac TV Commercial 1967

The Hai Karate television commercials were, well, 1967

1967 Music, Television and Movies

Music – The Top 5 Songs of 1967

Song rankings are based on information from The Billboard Hot 100 Chart Data

1. To Sir With Love – Lulu (Epic)

2. The Letter – Box Tops (Mala)

3. Ode to Billy Joe – Bobby Gentry (Capitol) performed on The Smother’s Brothers Show

4. Windy – The Association (Warner Bros.)

5. I’m A Believer – The Monkees (Colgems)

The Top 5 TV Shows in 1967

The top 5 television shows in 1967 actually included 7 shows because 3 shows were tied for 4th place according to the Nielsen ratings. So, here are the top 7 TV shows for 1967.

1. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)

2. The Lucy Show (CBS)

3. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (CBS)

4. Gunsmoke (CBS)

4. Family Affair (CBS)

4. Bonanza (NBC)

5. The Red Skelton Show (CBS) with Bob Crane and John Banner of Hogan’s Heroes

And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, Peyton Place was presented in color for the first time in 1967

 

Top 5 Movies in 1967, plus a couple we just couldn’t leave out

1. The Graduate – Mike Nichols (Embassy)

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Walter Brooke, Norman Fell, Alice Ghostley, Marion Lorne, Eddra Gale and music from Simon and Garfunkel.

2. The Jungle Book (Walt Disney)

3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Columbia)

Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, Katherine Houghton

4. Bonnie and Clyde (Warner Bros.) with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway

5. The Dirty Dozen (MGM)

6. Valley of the Dolls (20th Century Fox)

7. You Only Live Twice (United Artists)

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