On this day: Svetlana Alliluyeva defects

On the 6th of March, 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, approached the US embassy in New Delhi and asked for political asylum.

She is seen below arriving in the United States the following month.



On this day…

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev rehearsing Roland Petit’s ballet Paradise Lost at the Royal Opera House in London. 20th February, 1967.



On this day: the Tasmanian bushfires



On the 7th of February, 1967, Tasmania’s deadliest fire disaster occurred in the middle of a summer heatwave.


Destruction near the state’s capital city, Hobart. X

In what would come to be known as the Black Tuesday fires, 62 people were killed and over 900 were injured. Thousands of homes and animals were lost, and the damage was estimated to be around $40 000 000 at the time ($100 000 000 in today’s money).


People watch homes burn.

The causes of the disaster are listed as heatwave and strong winds, back burning (hazard reduction burns that got out of control), and arson.


The Cascade Brewery was destroyed. X

There were 110 fires on the day, and only 22 were listed as accidents.

On this day: the last execution in Australia


On the 3rd of February, 1967, Ronald Joseph Ryan became the last criminal to be executed in Australia.

Convicted of shooting and killing warder George Hodson two years earlier while escaping from Pentridge Prison in the state of Victoria, Ryan was hanged at eight in the morning.

He was forty-one at the time.


Ronald Ryan

To his death Ryan maintained he was innocent of the murder, though he had an extensive criminal history that continued after his escape from the prison. His execution led to widespread protests and the abolition of the death penalty in the nation.

On this day…

The Down freight and Up express at Nottingham Victoria Station, England on the 12th of October, 1962.

Opened in May, 1900, and closed in September, 1967, the entire building other than the clock tower was demolished to make way for the Victoria Centre shopping complex in the 1970s.

During its years of operation, the station was run by the London Midland Region of British Railways.



On this day: the disappearance of Harold Holt

The Canberra Times Harold Holt dappearance 1960s

On the 17th of December, 1967, Australia’s Prime Minister went swimming in the sea and was never seen again.


In his days as Prime Minister. 1-7-1966.

Harold Holt, who had been in office for twenty-two months at the time, was a strong swimmer. However, he ignored warnings not to swim in the rough surf and dangerous currents of Cheviot Beach and went out anyway. When he disappeared from view his friends raised the alert.

Navy divers search for Holt at Cheviot Beach, near Portsea, in 1967.

Navy divers join the search

Despite the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force becoming involved in the search, Holt was not found.

An official announcement was made on the 19th, stating that the Prime Minister was thought to be dead.

The search for Harold Holt, 17 December 1967.

On the 22nd, a memorial service was held. It was attended by the Presidents of the United States, South Vietnam and South Korea, as well as Charles, Prince of Wales.

In the weeks after his disappearance many crazy theories were put forward, including allegations of abduction and of the involvement of Chinese spies.

On this day: Kathrine Switzer in 1967

1967: A race official tries to physically remove Kathrine Switzer – the Boston Marathon’s first registered female runner – from the race, while other runners try to protect her. Her boyfriend is at the right of the picture, and was later photographed shoving the official to the ground.

It would be another five years before women were allowed to join the race.

1967 A race official tries to physically remove Kathrine Switzer - the Boston Marathon’s first registered female runner - from the race, while other runners try to protect her. It would be another five years before women were allo