What Happened in 1968

Significant Events

  • Jan 21 The Battle of Khe Sanh - one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War - begins at the Khe Sanh Air Base
  • 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.
  • Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 11 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • Apr 20 British 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
  • Dec 9 NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
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Did You Know?

Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak

On January 20, 1968


World Leaders in 1968

Famous People in 1968

Would You Believe?

Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati

On December 7, 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
  • Apr 20 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa
  • Apr 28 Business magnate Alan Sugar (21) weds hairdresser Ann Simons in Great Portland Street Synagogue

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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