World Events

October - December, 1967

October : William J. Knight US Air Force test pilot, set a speed record in a rocket-powered X-15-2A that reached 4,520 mph. The British Road Safety Act, providing for use of the "breathalyser" to detect intoxicated motorists, went into effect. Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara  was executed while attempting to incite revolution in Bolivia. "Hair," subtitled The American Tribal Love/Rock Musical, premiered off Broadway at the Public Theatre - it moved to the Biltmore Theatre on 1,873 performances. A Russian unmanned spacecraft made the first landing on the surface of Venus. Nguyen Van Thieu took the oath of office as the first president of South Vietnam's second republic.

November : Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor of a major city, Cleveland, Ohio.   Rolling Stone Magazine published its debut issue with a press run of 40,000 copies.  BBC unofficially banned "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles.  The U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it captured in 1967, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.

December : In the biggest battle yet in the Mekong Delta, 365 Vietcong were killed. Singer Otis Redding  and six others died in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin. The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the world’s first supersonic airliner, was unveiled in Toulouse, France. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in heavy surf off Cheviot Beach, Victoria.   "The Graduate," starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, premiered.  The number of U.S. Servicemen in reached 474,300.  The British Lawn Tennis Association risked exclusion fro world tennis by announcing the 1968 All-England titles as Wimbledon would be open to professionals.