What Happened in 1968

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 846

  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)

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Jan 1 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 2 Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

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Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS

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Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

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Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 13 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Jan 20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • Jan 21 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 21 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • Jan 22 Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-124 at New York City
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Vietcong launches Tet offensive on US embassy in Saigon
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 31 Viet Cong Tet offensive begins

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Feb 1 Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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Feb 1 Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 1 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

CommunicationExecution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

Feb 1 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.

  • Feb 2 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 4 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • Feb 4 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • Feb 5 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 5 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • Feb 5 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
  • Feb 5 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • Feb 6 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam

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Feb 6 Former Pres Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 6 KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Feb 7 Arthur Miller's "Price" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 7 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • Feb 7 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)
  • Feb 8 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City
  • Feb 9 Rotterdam metro opened by Princess Beatrix
  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3
  • Feb 10 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
  • Feb 11 Israeli-Jordan border fight
  • Feb 11 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
  • Feb 11 Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,200

  • Jan 1 John de Visser, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Jan 1 Sandy Beasley, softball outfielder (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • Jan 1 Davor Šuker, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 1 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer
  • Jan 2 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • Jan 2 Scott Mitchell, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 2 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch dressage champion
  • Jan 2 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • Jan 3 Kent Carlsson, Sweden, tennis star
  • Jan 3 Kerry Huffman, Peterborough, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa)
  • Jan 3 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • Jan 3 Thomas Rayam, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 4 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 4 Mike Wilpolt, Head Coach of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League
  • Jan 5 Carl Evans, Actor (Guilding Light)
  • Jan 5 Felton Spencer, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Jan 5 Jean Zedlitz, LPGA golfer (1994 Children's Med-14th), born in Stockton, California
  • Jan 5 Joe Juneau, Pont-rouge, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 5 Leila Meskhi, Tbilisi Georgia SSR, tennis star (1995 Hobart)
  • Jan 5 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss singer, born in Kölliken
  • Jan 5 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer
  • Jan 5 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer
  • Jan 6 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, director/screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood)
  • Jan 6 Vlastimil Plavucha, Banska Bystrica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • Jan 7 Michael Rosati, hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • Jan 7 Nathaniel Bolton, WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 8 Alexander Alexeev, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • Jan 8 Ami Dolenz, actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Brian Johnson, catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 8 Mark Duane Croghan, 3k steeplechase (Olympics-5th-96), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 8 Paul Carey, US baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jan 8 Keith Mullings, American boxer
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Adams, cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992)
  • Jan 9 Katie Anderson, Canada 100m hurdler (Oly-7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Mardi Lunn, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 Thailand Open), born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • Jan 9 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress
  • Jan 9 Al Schnier, American rock guitarist (moe.)
  • Jan 10 Lyle Menendez, NY, accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers)
  • Jan 10 Malcolm Showell, WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 11 Ben Rivera, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 11 Sharon Brown, actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 11 Tom Dumont, American musician
  • Jan 12 Heather Mills, English model, activist and writer (Out on a Limb), born in Aldershot, Hampshire
  • Jan 12 Vince Buck, NFL safety (NO Saints)
  • Jan 12 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer
  • Jan 12 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 12 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • Jan 13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 13 Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • Jan 13 Chara, Japanese singer and actress
  • Jan 14 Fred[ric] Honebein, rower (Olympics-5th-1996), born in San Francisco, California

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Jan 14 LL Cool J, [James Todd Smith], St Albans NY, rapper (Bigger & Deffer)

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Jan 14 Ruel Fox, English footballer
  • Jan 15 Chad Lowe, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 15 Felton Spencer, NBA center (SF Warriors)
  • Jan 15 Laurie Fellner, Appleton Wisc, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96)
  • Jan 15 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 15 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
  • Jan 16 David Chokachi, actor (Baywatch)
  • Jan 17 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • Jan 17 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • Jan 18 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist
  • Jan 19 Marty Conlon, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Jan 19 Whitfield Crane, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
  • Jan 20 Junior Murray, cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David)
  • Jan 20 Nick Anderson, NBA guard/forward (Orlando Magic)
  • Jan 21 Charlotte Ross, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 21 Tom Urbani, Santa Cruz CA, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers)
  • Jan 21 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician
  • Jan 22 Andrey Sokolov, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Jan 22 Brian Jones, NFL linebacker (NO Saints)
  • Jan 22 Mauricio Serna, Colombian footballer
  • Jan 22 Heath, Japanese bass guitarist (X Japan)
  • Jan 22 Frank Lebœuf, French footballer
  • Jan 23 Eric Metcalf, NFL receiver/running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 23 Lubomir Kolnik, Skalica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo)
  • Jan 23 Petr Korda, Prague Czech, tennis star (1993 Doubles-Cincinnati)
  • Jan 23 Todd Scott, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 24 Mark Burmester, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992)
  • Jan 24 Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont WV, gymnist (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-84)
  • Jan 24 Ross Powell, US baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros)
  • Jan 24 Scott Mercier, Harbor City California, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 24 Michael Kiske, German musician
  • Jan 25 Lynette Brooky, NZ, golfer (NZ Open 1993/94)
  • Jan 25 Roosevelt Collins, WLAF DL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 25 Tim De Leede, cricketer (Holland batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 26 Eric Davis, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 26 Reggie Jordan, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Jan 26 Ravi Teja, Tollywood film actor
  • Jan 27 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 27 Eric Wedge, US baseball catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 27 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 27 Mike Patton, Eureka Ca, rocker (Faith No More-The Real Thing)
  • Jan 27 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 27 Rusty Meacham, Stuart FL, pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners)
  • Jan 27 Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)
  • Jan 27 Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • Jan 27 Tricky, English rapper
  • Jan 28 Henry Hering, Pointe-Claire Quebec, rower (Olympics-9-92, 96)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 20 Comedian John Cleese (Monty Python) marries actress Connie Booth

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 1 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Mar 1 Country singer June Carter Cash (38) weds music icon Johnny Cash (36) in Franklin, Kentucky
  • Apr 20 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Business magnate Alan Sugar (21) weds hairdresser Ann Simons in Great Portland Street Synagogue

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar

HeartWedding of Interest

May 20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

  • Jul 6 US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr (33) weds Brenda Halsinger

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 8 MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 2 Later President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (21) weds lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo (22)

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 6 Children's author Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss] (64) weds Audrey Stone Dimond

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (79) weds his long-time secretary Agnes Jean Bethell

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Aug 25 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (47) weds actor Roger Barrett (47) at the Community Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • Aug 28 1 day marriage of character Murphy Brown
  • Aug 29 Norwegian Crown Prince Harald (later Harald V) marries Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 5 Author Ken Follett (19) weds Mary Emma Ruth Elson

Author Ken Follett
Ken Follett

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Jazz musician Miles Davis (42) weds singer Betty Mabry (23)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 "The Dirty Dozen" actor Charles Bronson (46) weds Jill Ireland

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 9 Former "Led Zepellin" lead singer Robert Plant (19) weds Maureen Wilson

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant
  • Dec 22 Julie Nixon weds Dwight David Eisenhower

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Author and host Ina Garten (20) weds dean Jeffrey Garten

Host of Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten
Host of Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 8 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 16 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultry

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 8 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from Beatle member John

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (26) divorces first wife Marlynn Myers after 4 years of marriage

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Peter Sellers (43) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years of marriage

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 292

  • Jan 2 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • Jan 4 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Jean Murat, actor (On the Riviera), dies at 79
  • Jan 6 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Jap marathoner (Oly-bronze-1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 9 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Basil Sydney, actor (Hamlet, Simba), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10 Howard Smith, actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel), dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90
  • Jan 13 Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • Jan 14 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • Jan 15 John Davidson, actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc), dies at 80
  • Jan 15 Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 16 Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • Jan 17 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Bert Wheeler, actor (Rainmakers, High Flyers, Dixiana), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 John Ridgely, actor (Air Force, Possessed, Big Sleep), dies at 58
  • Jan 18 Lee Tracy, actor (Martin Kane-Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • Jan 21 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, 100m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-12, 20, 24), dies at 77
  • Jan 25 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • Jan 26 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • Jan 26 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • Jan 30 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81
  • Feb 1 Lawson Little, amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934,35), dies at 57
  • Feb 4 Ed Baker, actor (Keystone Kops), dies of emphysema at 70
  • Feb 4 Gerard den Brabander, [Jan G Jofriet], poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • Feb 4 Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 5 Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • Feb 7 Nick Adams, actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), ODs at 36
  • Feb 7 Stuart Foster, singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • Feb 8 J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • Feb 9 Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • Feb 9 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • Feb 10 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 11 Howard Lindsay, US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • Feb 13 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 13 Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • Feb 16 Healey Willan, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Donald Wolfit, actor (Lawrence of Arabia), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • Feb 18 Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
  • Feb 19 Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • Feb 20 Anthony Asquith, British director (Court Martial), dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), dies at 69

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • Feb 22 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • Feb 23 Fannie Hurst, US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
  • Feb 26 Eric Feldary, actor (16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • Feb 27 Johannes Tralow, writer, dies at 85
  • Feb 27 Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 27 Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
  • Feb 28 Doretta Morrow, actress (Because You're Mine), dies at 41
  • Feb 28 Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • Mar 1 G v d Vring, writer, dies
  • Mar 1 Georg von der Vring, German painter (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • Mar 4 Alexandre Cellier, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 6 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • Mar 7 Yuri Aleksayevich Gagarin, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
  • Mar 10 Helen Walker, actress (Brewster's Million), dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 14 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • Mar 16 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 16 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • Mar 23 Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 24 Howard Petrie, actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
  • Mar 25 Douglas Evans, actor (South Pacific Trail), dies in Hollywood

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Yuri Gagarin, 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, in plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin
  • Mar 30 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Apr 1 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59


Apr 4 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 6 Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death
  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish F1 World Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, dies in an accident during a race at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 10 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • Apr 14 Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 15 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Edna Ferber, American author (American Beauty), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 21 Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 21 Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt