1967 – Year Preview

1967: The Summer Of Love

In Vietnam, a total of 475,000 US troops are serving by 1967, and at home protests against the war increase. The Boxer Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing world championship for refusing to serve in the US Army. In the middle east Israel goes to war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan in the Six Day War. In the summer, cities throughout America explode in rioting and looting, the worst being in Detroit on July 23rd where 7,000 national Guard are bought in to restore law and order.

In the UK a new fashion model, Twiggy, becomes a sensation, and mini skirts continued to get shorter and ever more popular, with a short-lived fashion being paper clothing. Discotheques and singles bars appear across cities, and the Beatles continue their success with the release of “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band”. Hippie culture explodes and 1967 becomes known as “The Summer of Love”. The Road Safety Act comes into effect, allowing the use of the “Breathalyser” to detect motorists over the legal alcohol limit. Foot and Mouth Disease breaks-out, and the epidemic is the worst this century – the British government issues guidelines to help stop the spread of the disease, including stopping all Horse Racing.

British Prime Minister: Harold Wilson

UK Annual Inflation Rate (RPI): 2.5%

UK Average House Price (UK average): £3,837 / 72,136 adjusted for inflation (2020)

UK Litre of Petrol: 6 New Pence / £1.13 adjusted for inflation (2020)

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