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The summer of 1967 in photos: riots, hippies, Vietnam, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones |

The summer of 1967 in photos: riots, hippies, Vietnam, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones |

The summer of 1967 in photos: riots, hippies, Vietnam, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones |
June 20
09:15 2017

The summer of 1967 was the “Summer of Love,” centered in the Haight-Asbury district in San Francisco, where the hippie counterculture was born. It also was punctuated with more than 150 race riots across the United States in Boston, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Tampa, Chicago, New York and Newark. According to, “The Summer of Love refers to the summer of 1967, when an unprecedented gathering of as many as 100,000 young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, creating a phenomenon of cultural and political rebellion. While hippies also gathered in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and across Europe, San Francisco was the epicenter of the hippie revolution, a melting pot of music, psychedelic drugs, sexual freedom, creative expression, and politics. The Summer of Love became a defining moment of the 1960s, as the hippie counterculture movement came into public awareness During the Summer of Love, as many as 100,000 young people from around the world flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, Berkeley and other San Francisco Bay Area cities to join in a popularized version of the hippie experience. Free food, free drugs and free love were available in Golden Gate Park, a Free Clinic (whose work continues today) was established for medical treatment, and a Free Store gave away basic necessities to anyone who needed them.”In the summer of 1967 the Vietnam War continued as did peace rallies and war protests.Popular music included the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Byrds. Popular movies included “The Graduate,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Cool Hand Luke.”The National Transportation Safety Board was created that year as a result of a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents.Gasoline was 33 cents a gallon. A movie ticket cost $1.25. The federal minimum wage was increased to $1.40 an hour.Summer was an explosive time with rioting and looting. One of the largest riots happened in July in Detroit when 7,000 National Guardsmen were brought in to restore order. It began July 23 and lasted through July 27 – 43 people died, more than 1,000 were injured, more than 7,000 people were arrested and 2,000 buildings were destroyed. Other events from the summer of 1967, June 21-Sept. 22 from

June 25: Four-hundred million people watched the Beatles on the “Our World” television special – the first, live international satellite TV show.

June 25: Muhammad Ali was sentenced to five years in prison for draft evasion. (His conviction was eventually overturned).

June 27: A race riot erupted in Buffalo, N.Y. Two-hundred people were arrested.

June 27: The world’s first ATM is installed at Barclays in Enfield, London.

June 29: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was sentenced to one year in jail on drug charges. Mick Jagger was sentenced to three months.

June 30: Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. is named the first black astronaut.

July 1: The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” goes to No. 1 for 15 weeks.

July 7: The Beatles release “All You Need is Love.”

July 7: The Doors song, “Light My Fire” goes to No. 1.

July 10: Bobbie Gentry records “Ode to Billie Joe.” It was released Aug. 5 and the single won four Grammys.

July 12: A race riot in Newark, N.J., left 26 people dead, 1,500 injured and 1,000 arrested.

July 14: Surveyor 4 launched to explore the Moon, but exploded just before landing.

July 17: Race riots erupt in Cairo, Ill.

July 18: The R38 subway car built by St. Louis Car Company for New York City was the first to be air conditioned.

July 19: Race riots erupted in Durham, N.C.

July 20: Race riots erupted in Memphis, Tenn.

July 22: The Atlanta Braves used a record five pitchers in the ninth inning.

July 17: The Monkees performed in Forest Hills, N.Y., with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act. Hendrix quit on July 22.

July 23-27: Forty-three people died in a race riot in Detroit, 1,000 people were injured and 442 fires were set.

July 23: Dr. Thomas E. Starzl at the University of Colorado completed the first successful liver transplant on 19-month-old Julie Rodriguez.

July 24: Race riots erupted in Cambridge, Md. Race riots in Detroit forced the postponement of a Tigers-Orioles baseball game

July 29: A fire aboard the carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin killed 134 people.

July 30: Four people died in a race riot in Milwaukee.

July 31: Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were released from prison.

Aug. 2: “In the Heat of the Night” premiers in New York, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. It won best picture in 1968.

Aug. 3: Forty-five thousand soldiers were sent to Vietnam.

Aug. 5: For the first time an AFL team beat an NFL team, the Broncos beat Detroit 13-7.

Aug. 6: Oriole Brooks Robinson hits into a record fourth triple play.

Aug. 21: Ken Harrelson became baseball’s first free agent He was signed

Aug. 28 by Boston for a $75,000 bonus.

Aug. 27: Naomi Sims became the first black model on a U.S. magazine cover

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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