World Events

July - September, 1967

July :  The Biafran War erupted, costing some 600,000 lives over two years. Blacks in Newark rioted. 26 were killed, 1500 injured and over 1000 arrested. Racial riots in the city of Detroit left 40 dead, 2,000 injured and 5,000 homeless in the worst riot of the summer. Fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of Vietnam, killing 134 servicemen with $100 million in damage.

August : President Lyndon B. Johnson announced plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam. In China a speech by Wang Li to the Red Guards led their violent takeover of the Foreign Ministry building. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.  Beatles went to Wales to study Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - their manager Brian Epstein is found dead from an overdose of barbiturates in his Belgravia flat later in the month.

September : Gibraltar voted 12,138 to 44 to remain British and link with Spanish. The 963-foot passenger ship Queen Elizabeth II was launched. Soviets signed a pact to send more aid to Hanoi. The British, French and German governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start development of the 300 seat Airbus A300 in order to compete with American companies.