In 1910, Caesar, King Edward VII's beloved dog, was at the head of his master's funeral procession; in 1925, Balto the Eskimo dog became a hero when he travelled more than 650 miles through an Alaskan blizzard carrying diphtheria serum; and in 1957, Laika became the world's first space traveller.
"Tune in, turn on, drop out," said the LSD guru, Timothy Leary as the flower power kids slipped authority's leash. In March, students at the London School of Economics protested against their new director, holding a hunger strike for five days after two student leaders were suspended for their opposition to the appointment of a former head of University College, Rhodesia.
"I ain't got no quarrel with them Vietcongs," said Muhammad Ali, who was stripped of his world heavyweight title after refusing to be conscripted because it was against his faith as a Black Moslem minister. Throughout the year, large anti-Vietnam protests were held in France, New York and San Francisco.
In August, the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, died from an overdose of sleeping pills. Meanwhile, the summer of love was hot and heady, its long-haired and colourful exponents finding a space to congregate at the Duke of Bedford's three-day "Festival of the Flower Children" and the "Legalise Pot 1967" rally in Hyde Park.