World Events

January - March, 1967

January : Jack Ruby  the man who shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital, aged 55. HAL, the Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer from the 1968 Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick movie/book, became operational at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois. The Rolling Stones appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  US signed the Outer Space Treaty with Russia - more than 60 nations signed a treaty banning the orbiting of nuclear weapons. Ernesto "Che" Guevara began organizing the National Liberation Army in Bolivia.  A flash fire on the Apollo launch site killed three American astronauts. 
 
February : The American Basketball Association (ABA) was officially born as the brainchild of promoter Dennis Murphy. He later founded the World Football League, the World Hockey Association, and World Team Tennis.   Ronald Ryan became the last person executed in Australia. Thirteen US helicopters were shot down in one day in Vietnam. France launched its Diademe-D satellite into Earth orbit. In the U.s., Ford recalled 217,000 cars to check brakes and steering. USSR performed an underground nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan, Semipalitinsk, USSR.

March : US President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery. Cassius Clay adopted the Muslim name "Muhammad Ali" at the behest of Elijah Muhammad, Nation of Islam sect leader. Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Josef Stalin, appeared at the US Embassy in India and announced her intention to defect to the West. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement. France launched its first nuclear submarine.