1967 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1967 in the United Kingdom.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Publications
- 4 Births
- 5 Deaths
- 6 References
- 7 See also
- January – The London-set film Blowup is released in the UK.
- 1 January – England's World Cup winning manager Alf Ramsey received a knighthood and captain Bobby Moore received an OBE in the New Year Honours.
- 2 January – Veteran actor Charlie Chaplin opened his last film, A Countess From Hong Kong, in England.
- 7 January–1 July – The television series The Forsyte Saga was first shown, on BBC Two.
- 15 January – The United Kingdom entered the first round of negotiations for EEC membership in Rome.
- 16 January – Italy announced support for the United Kingdom's EEC membership.
- 18 January – Jeremy Thorpe became leader of the Liberal Party.
- 23 January – Milton Keynes, a village in north Buckinghamshire, was formally designated as a new town by the government, incorporating nearby towns and villages including Bletchley and Newport Pagnell. Intended to accommodate the overspill population from London – some 50 miles away – it would become Britain's largest new town, with the area's population multiplying during the 1970s and 1980s.
- 26 January – Parliament decided to nationalize 90% of the British steel industry.
- 27 January – The UK, Soviet Union, and USA sign the Outer Space Treaty.
- 6 February – Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin arrived in the UK for an eight-day visit. He met The Queen on 9 February.
- 7 February – The British National Front was founded by A. K. Chesterton (by merger of the British National Party and League of Empire Loyalists).
- 12 February – Police raided 'Redlands', the Sussex home of Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards, following a tip-off from the News of the World. No immediate arrests were made, but Richards, fellow band member Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser were later charged with possession of drugs.
- 25 February – Britain's second Polaris nuclear submarine, HMS Renown, was launched at Birkenhead.
- 27 February – The Dutch government announced support for British EEC membership.
- 1 March – The Queen Elizabeth Hall was opened in London.
- 4 March
- The first North Sea gas was pumped ashore at Easington, East Riding of Yorkshire.
- Queens Park Rangers became the first Football League Third Division side to win the League Cup at Wembley Stadium defeating West Bromwich Albion 3-2. It was also the first year of a one-match final in the competition, the previous six finals having been two-legged affairs.
- 5 March - Polly Toynbee reveals the existence of the "Harry" letters that allege the secret funding of Amnesty International by the British government.
- 15 March – Manny Shinwell, 82, resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
- 18 March – Torrey Canyon oil spill: The supertanker SS Torrey Canyon ran aground between Land's End and the Scilly Isles.
- 29–30 March – RAF and Fleet Air Arm planes bombed the grounded Torrey Canyon and sank it.
- 9 July – Alan Ayckbourn's first major success, Relatively Speaking, had its West End opening at the Duke of York's Theatre with Richard Briers, Michael Hordern and Celia Johnson.
- 31 March – At the London Astoria, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He was taken to hospital suffering burns to his hands.
- 2 April – A UN delegation arrived in Aden because of the approaching independence. They leave 7 April, accusing British authorities of lack of cooperation. The British said the delegation did not contact them.
- 3 April – Anguillan-born Norwell Roberts becames the first black officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service.
- 8 April – Puppet on a String performed by Sandie Shaw (music and lyrics by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter) won the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK, becoming the first English Language Eurovision winning Song.
- 11 April – Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead received its Old Vic premiere.
- 13 April – Conservatives won the Greater London Council elections.
- 2 May – Harold Wilson announced that the United Kingdom had decided to apply for EEC membership
- 5 May
- The British-designed satellite Ariel 3, the first to be developed outside the Soviet Union or United States was launched.
- The first motorway project of the year was completed when the elevated motorway section of the A57 road was officially opened (by Harold Wilson) to form a by-pass around the south of Manchester city area. The M1 was also being expanded this month from both termini, meaning that there would now be an unbroken motorway link between North London and South Yorkshire.
- 6 May – Manchester United won the Football League First Division title.
- 9 May – Peter Nichols' play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg premièred at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.
- 11 May – The United Kingdom and Ireland officially applied for European Economic Community membership.
- 14 May – The Roman Catholic Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King was consecrated.
- 20 May – In the first all-London FA Cup final, Tottenham Hotspur defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.
- 24 May – The Royal Navy Leander-class frigate HMS Andromeda was launched at Portsmouth Dockyard, the last ship to be built there.
- 25 May
- Celtic F.C. became the first British and Northern European team to reach a European Cup final and also to win it, beating Inter Milan 2-1 in normal time with the winning goal being scored by Steve Chalmers in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Shadow cabinet Tory MP Enoch Powell described Britain as the "sick man of Europe" in his latest verbal attack on the Labour government.
- 28 May – Sir Francis Chichester arrived in Plymouth after completing his single-handed sailing voyage around the world in his yacht, Gipsy Moth IV, in nine months and one day.
- 29 May
- 1 June – The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of rock's most acclaimed albums.
- 4 June – Stockport Air Disaster: British Midland flight G-ALHG crashed in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew.
- 27 June – The first automatic cash machine (voucher-based) was installed in the office of Barclays Bank in Enfield.
- 29 June – Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was jailed for a year for possession illegal drugs. His bandmate Mick Jagger was sentenced to three months for the same offence.
- 1 July – The first scheduled colour television broadcasts from six transmitters covering the main population centres in England began on BBC2 for certain programmes, the first being live coverage from the Wimbledon Championships. A full colour service (other than news programmes) began on BBC2 on 2 December.
- 4 July – Parliament decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales with the Sexual Offences Act.
- 7 July – In the last amateur Wimbledon tennis tournament, Australian John Newcombe beat German Wilhelm P. Bungert to win the Gentlemen's Singles championship. The next day, American Billie Jean King beat Briton Ann Haydon Jones to win the Ladies' Singles championship. The matches are also the first to be broadcast in colour.
- 13 July – English road racing cyclist Tom Simpson died of exhaustion on the slopes of Mont Ventoux during the 13th stage of the Tour de France.
- 18 July – The UK government announced the closing of its military bases in Malaysia and Singapore. Australia and the United States do not approve.
- 27 July – The Welsh Language Act allowed the use of Welsh in legal proceedings and official documents in Wales.
- 28 July – The British steel industry was nationalised.
- July – Astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish became the first to observe a pulsar.
- 3 August – The inquiry into the Aberfan disaster blamed the National Coal Board for the collapse of a colliery spoil tip which claimed the lives of 164 people in South Wales in October last year.
- 5 August – Pink Floyd released their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
- 8 August – Dunsop Valley entered the UK Weather Records with the Highest 90-min total rainfall at 117 mm. As of August 2010 this record remains.
- 9 August – Playwright Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover Kenneth Halliwell (who then committed suicide) in their north London home.
- 14 August – The Marine, &c., Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967 declared participation in offshore pirate radio in the United Kingdom illegal. Wonderful Radio London broadcast from MV Galaxy off the Essex coast for the last time.
- 17 August – Jimmy Hill, manager of the Coventry City side who have been promoted to the Football League First Division for the first time in their history, announced that he is leaving management to concentrate on a television career.
- 28 August
- 6 September – Myrina was launched from the slipway at Harland and Wolff in Belfast, the first supertanker and (at around 192000 DWT) largest ship built in the U.K. up to this date.
- 9 September – Former prime minister Clement Attlee, 84, was hospitalised with an illness reported as a "minor condition".
- 10 September – In a Gibraltar sovereignty referendum, only 44 out of 12,182 voters in the British Crown colony of Gibraltar supported union with Spain.
- 20 September – The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (the QE2) was launched at Clydebank by Queen Elizabeth II, using the same pair of gold scissors used by her mother and grandmother to launch the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary respectively.
- 21 September – The Conservatives captured Cambridge and Walthamstow from Labour in by-elections.
- 27 September – The RMS Queen Mary arrived in Southampton at the end of her last transatlantic crossing.
- 29 September – Cult television series The Prisoner was first broadcast in the UK on ITV.
- 30 September – BBC Radio completely restructured its national programming: the Light Programme was split between new national pop station Radio 1 (modelled on the successful pirate station Radio London) and Radio 2; the cultural Third Programme was rebranded as Radio 3; and the primarily-talk Home Service became Radio 4.
- 5 October – A Court in Brighton was the first in England and Wales to decide a case by majority verdict (10 to 2) of the jury.
- 10 October – Simon Gray's first stage play, Wise Child, opened at the Wyndham's Theatre, London, with Alec Guinness, Gordon Jackson, Simon Ward and Cleo Sylvestre.
- 11 October – Prime Minister Harold Wilson won a libel action against rock group The Move in the High Court after they depicted him in the nude in promotional material for their record Flowers in the Rain.
- 25 October – The Abortion Act, passed in Parliament, legalising abortion on a number of grounds (with effect from 1968).
- 30 October – British troops and Chinese demonstrators clashed on the border of China and Hong Kong during the Hong Kong Riots.
- 2 November – Winnie Ewing won the Hamilton by-election, the first success for the Scottish National Party in an election for the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
- 5 November – A Sunday evening express train from Hastings to London derailed in the Hither Green rail crash, killing 49 people.
- 7 November
- 8 November – First BBC Local Radio station broadcast, BBC Radio Leicester.
- 18 November – Movement of animals was banned in England and Wales due to a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.
- 19 November – The pound was devalued from 1 GBP = 2.80 USD to 1 GBP = 2.40 USD. Prime minister Harold Wilson defended this decision, assuring voters that it will tackle the "root cause" of the nation's economic problems.
- 27 November – Charles de Gaulle vetoed British entry into the European Economic Community again.
- 28 November – Horse racing events were called off due to the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.
- 30 November – British troops left Aden, which they had occupied since 1839, enabling formation of the new republic of Yemen.
- 1 December – Tony O'Connor became the first non white head teacher of a British school when he is appointed head of a primary school in Smethwick, near Birmingham.
- 5 December – The Beatles opened the Apple Shop in London.
- 10 December – Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, George Porter and the German Manfred Eigen won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions, effected by disturbing the equlibrium by means of very short pulses of energy".
- 11 December – The Concorde supersonic aircraft was unveiled in Toulouse, France.
- 12 December – Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, 25, won a High Court appeal against a nine-month prison sentence for possessing and using cannabis. He was instead fined £1,000 and put on probation for three years.
- 22 December – BBC Radio 4 panel game Just a Minute, chaired by Nicholas Parsons, was first transmitted. It would still be running under the same chairman 48 years later.
- First stage of Cumbernauld town centre, the main shopping centre for the New town of Cumbernauld, Scotland, was completed, widely accepted as the UK's first shopping mall and the world's first multi-level covered town centre.
- Parker Morris Standards became mandatory for all housing built in New Towns.
- The first Conservation area (United Kingdom) is designated, in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
- St Christopher's Hospice, the world's first purpose-built secular hospice specialising in palliative care of the terminally ill, was established in South London by Cicely Saunders with the support of Albertine Winner.
- The Passport Office moved to Newport and the Land Registry to Swansea, both in South Wales, as part of an effort to move government offices into the regions.
- Reliance Controls factory in Swindon, the last design by Team 4 (Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and their respective wives), is considered the first example of High-tech architecture in the UK, was opened (demolished 1991).
- The Eel Pie Island Hotel was forced to close by the police.
- Car manufacturer Chrysler took full control of the Rootes Group.
- Ford announced the end of Anglia production and replaced it with an all-new car called the Escort, which like its predecessor will be built at Dagenham and sold all over Europe.
- Major changes were introduced to Scouting in the UK: the name of its organisation was changed from The Boy Scout Association to The Scout Association; the youngest section was renamed Cub Scouts; the Boy Scouts became the Scouts (with a new uniform including long trousers replacing shorts); and Senior Scouts (age 16–20) became Venture Scouts.
- 12 October – Desmond Morris' book The Naked Ape.
- Agatha Christie's novel Endless Night.
- Michael Holroyd's Lytton Strachey : a critical biography, volume 1: The unknown years (1880–1910).
- Liverpool poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri's poetry anthology The Mersey Sound.
- Alistair MacLean's wartime thriller and screenplay Where Eagles Dare.
- Barry Unsworth's novel The Greeks Have a Word For It.
- Boy's Own Paper, founded in 1879, publishes its final issue.
January – April
- 7 January – Mark Lamarr, British comedian/TV and radio presenter
- 14 January – Emily Watson, English actress
- 21 January – Kathryn Johnson, British field hockey player
- 22 January
- 8 February Bernard Dowd, great dad.
- 14 February – Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Greek-Cypriot-born entrepreneur, founder of easyJet
- 16 February – Matthew Cottle, actor
- 25 February – Ed Balls, politician
- 11 March – John Barrowman, Scottish-born actor
- 15 March – Lisa Langford, English race walker
- 18 March – Miki Berenyi, British lead singer of Lush
- 2 April – Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter
- 15 April – Frankie Poullain, British bassist (The Darkness)
- 22 April – Sandra Douglas, British sprinter and Olympic medallist
- 26 April – Marianne Jean-Baptiste, British actress
May – August
- 2 May - David Rocastle, English footballer (died 2001)
- 10 May – Jon Ronson, Welsh-born journalist and radio presenter
- 20 May – Graham Brady, Conservative politician and MP for Altrincham and Sale West
- 27 May – Paul Gascoigne, English footballer
- 29 May – Noel Gallagher, British musician (Oasis)
- 21 June – Tammy Miller, English field hockey player
- June – Ivan Noble, British journalist (died 2005)
- 3 July – Katy Clark, Labour politician and trade union official, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran
- 12 July – Kevin Painter, English darts player
- 18 July – Paul Cornell, British television writer
- 19 July – Rageh Omaar, broadcaster
- 22 July
- 15 August – Tony Hand, Scottish ice hockey player
- 24 August - Michael Thomas, English footballer
- 28 August – Greg Clark, Conservative politician and MP for Tunbridge Wells
September – December
- 1 September – Steve Pemberton, English comedy writer and performer (The League of Gentlemen)
- 5 September – Jane Sixsmith, English field hockey player
- 7 September – Toby Jones, British actor (Infamous)
- 12 September - Jason Statham, English actor
- 18 September – Tara FitzGerald, English actress
- 21 September – Susie Dent, British lexicographer on Countdown.
- 5 October - Guy Pearce, British-born Australian-based actor
- 16 October – Davina McCall, British TV presenter and UK Big Brother host
- 20 October – Monica Ali, British novelist
- 21 October – Paul Ince, English footballer
- 26 October – Douglas Alexander, Labour politician
- 30 October – Gavin Rossdale, English musician
- 14 November – Letitia Dean, British actres
- 15 November
- 24 November – Shahid Malik, Labour politician
- 1 December – Pipaluk, polar bear
- 4 January – Donald Campbell, English water and land speed record seeker (born 1921)
- 3 February – Joe Meek, record producer (born 1929)
- 4 February – Albert Orsborn, the 6th General of The Salvation Army (born 1886)
- 8 February – Victor Gollancz, British publisher (born 1893)
- 6 March – John Haden Badley, English author (born 1865)
- 12 May – John Masefield, English poet and novelist (born 1878)
- 1 June — Derek McCulloch ("Uncle Mac"), presenter for BBC children's programmes (born 1897)
- 3 June – Arthur Ransome, author and journalist (born 1884)
- 7 July – Vivien Leigh, English actress (born 1913)
- 13 July – Tom Simpson, English road racing cyclist (born 1937)
- 21 July – Basil Rathbone, actor (born 1892, Johannesburg)
- 9 August – Joe Orton, English playwright (born 1933)
- 27 August – Brian Epstein, English band manager (The Beatles) (born 1934)
- 18 September – John Cockcroft, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1897)
- 3 October – Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (born 1895)
- 7 October – Norman Angell, British politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (born 1872)
- 8 October – Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (born 1893)
- 9 October – Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (born 1897)
- 13 November – Harriet Cohen, English pianist (born 1895)
- 4 December – Daniel Jones, British phonetician (born 1881)
- 26 December – Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (born 1873)
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