1967: March Snapshot

As part of our ongoing 50th birthday celebrations, here’s a look at what was going on in March 1967.


March 1967 saw the Torrey Canyon Oil Spill off the South-West coast of the UK. With an estimated 30 gallons of oil spilt and hundreds of miles of coastline being affected, it’s still one of the world’s worst environmental disasters to date.

It wasn’t an all-bad-news month though; the famous Ryde to Shanklin railway line on the Isle of Wight was finally electrified and reopened – the same one that still runs today. Plus it was the first time rock fans saw the legendary Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage at the London Astoria – a stunt that perhaps became a bit of a habit in the end!

Did you also know, it was also the month John Barrowman and Adrian Chiles were both born. I’ll let you decide whether that’s good news or not…