What Happened in 1968

Significant Events

  • Jan 21 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • 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.
  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 11 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • Apr 20 English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.
  • Apr 23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • Aug 20 During the night 200,00 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops begin to invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring
  • Aug 24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • Nov 12 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools
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World Leaders in 1968

Famous People in 1968

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London
  • Feb 20 Comedian John Cleese (Monty Python) marries actress Connie Booth
  • Mar 1 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky
  • 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

Famous Divorces

  • Aug 8 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage
  • Aug 16 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage
  • Aug 22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultry
  • Nov 8 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from Beatle member John
  • Nov 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (26) divorces first wife Marlynn Myers after 4 years of marriage
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