• 3 of our astronauts die in the Apollo 1 fire.
• The first heart transplant is performed.
• Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title for refusing military service.
• Joseph Stalin’s daughter defects to the USA.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIE: “Georgie Girl” “To Sir With Love” and “The Dirty Dozen”
• T.V.: Mannix, Ironside & Dragnet solved crime on our TV’s.
• June 16 – The Monterey Pop Festival begins and is held for 3 days.
• The summer of love bloomed and the Flower Children danced.
• The Doors’ self-titled debut album is released.
• Movies were sold on videotape for the first time.
• Penny Lane is named after James Penny, an 18th century slave trader.
• In the past, street signs saying “Penny Lane” were constant targets of tourist theft and had to be continually replaced. Eventually, city officials gave up and simply began painting the street name on the sides of buildings. This practice was stopped in 2007 and more theft-resistant “Penny Lane” street signs have since been installed though some are still stolen.
• Hippies hung on every word that emanated from the latest Beatles offering, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
• This would be the boys first chart topper of the year and was released as, what is called in the biz, a “Double A” sided single (w/ “Strawberry Fields Forever”) before it would show up on the Magical Mystery Tour LP.
• Here’s “Penny Lane” your #1 @ 1 from March 1967.