What Happened in April 1968

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States
  • Apr 2 Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin

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Apr 2 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick premieres in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • Apr 3 "Planet of the Apes" United States wide premiere
  • Apr 4 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned


Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • Apr 5 US marine base Khe San Vietnam, appalled
  • Apr 6 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis
  • Apr 6 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 6 Gas and gunpowder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150
  • Apr 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London
  • Apr 8 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 8 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • Apr 8 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • Apr 9 German DR adopts constitution
  • Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 9 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference
  • Apr 10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • Apr 10 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
  • Apr 10 40th Academy Awards: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president

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Apr 11 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 11 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 12 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
  • Apr 14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • Apr 14 32nd Masters Golf Tournament: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277
  • Apr 14 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA O'Sullivan Golf Open
  • Apr 14 Roberto de Vicenzo loses Masters for signing an incorrect score card
  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 17 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • Apr 18 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • Apr 18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • Apr 18 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • Apr 18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • Apr 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot of Conn 1st man in 2:22:17 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:30:00
  • Apr 19 Belgian construction workers strike
  • Apr 19 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams
  • Apr 20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • Apr 20 English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.

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Apr 20 Pierre Trudeau sworn in as Canada's 15th Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 21 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win
  • Apr 21 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Apr 23 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • Apr 23 United Methodist Church forms
  • Apr 24 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas
  • Apr 24 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
  • Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • Apr 25 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • Apr 27 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Balt Oriole Tom Phoebus no-hits Boston, 6-0
  • Apr 27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade
  • Apr 28 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old
  • Apr 28 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • Apr 29 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • Apr 30 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Joel Smeenge, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 1 Andreas Schnaas, German horror film director
  • Apr 1 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • Apr 3 Bernd Karbacher, Germany, tennis star
  • Apr 3 Mike Lansing, Rawlins Wyoming, infielder (Montreal Expos)
  • Apr 3 Sebastian Philip Clerk Bach, Bahamas, rock (Skid Row-Psycho Love)
  • Apr 3 Jamie Hewlett, English illustrator
  • Apr 3 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Andre Bowden, WLAF LB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Apr 4 Jennifer Lynch, American director
  • Apr 5 Gianna Amore, Warwick RI, playmate (August, 1989)
  • Apr 5 Tasia Valenza, actress (All My Children), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 5 Paula Cole, American musician
  • Apr 6 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 6 Vanessa Lann, American composer
  • Apr 7 Bill Bellamy, actor (Fled, How to be a Player, Joey Breaker)
  • Apr 7 Don[ald] Smith, North Tonawanda NY, rower (Olympics-5th-1996)
  • Apr 7 Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer
  • Apr 8 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 8 Patricia Arquette, actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100 m hurdles)
  • Apr 9 Janne Ojanen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • Apr 10 Orlando Jones, American actor and comedian
  • Apr 11 Eric Moten, NFL guard/tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 11 Sergey Lukyanenko, Russian author
  • Apr 12 Adam Graves, NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 12 Alicia Coppola, actress (Lorna Devon-Another World)
  • Apr 12 Neal Fort, CFL tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 13 Tami Lyn Jameson, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 13 Ted Washington, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 13 Toni Lee Jameson, team handball back court (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 14 Andrew Trim, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 14 Anthony Michael Hall, comedian (SNL, Breakfast Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 14 Jesse Levis, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 15 Billy Brewer, Fort Worth Texas, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Apr 15 Stacey Williams, model (SI Swimsuit 1996), born in Philadelphi, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 15 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • Apr 16 Grace Kim, Korea, tennis star
  • Apr 17 Maurits, Prince of Netherlands
  • Apr 17 Ritchie Woodhall, boxer
  • Apr 17 Roger Twose, cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995)
  • Apr 18 Mary Birdsong, American actress
  • Apr 18 David Hewlett, English born Canadian actor
  • Apr 19 Ashley Taylor Judd, Granada Hills California, actress (Kuffs, Sisters)
  • Apr 19 Brent Mayne, Loma Linda CA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • Apr 19 Keith McCants, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 19 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Apr 19 Thomas Nock, Zurich Switzerland, actor (Tartort, Gemini-Twin Stars)
  • Apr 19 Craig McNeil, American writer, lawyer, and military officer
  • Apr 19 Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  • Apr 19 Pascal Kleiman, Spanish DJ, producer, musician
  • Apr 19 Arshad Warsi, Indian actor
  • Apr 20 LeShundra Nathan, heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 21 Peter van Foxes, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Apr 22 Bimbo Coles, NBA guard (Golden State Warriors)
  • Apr 22 Carlos Costa, Spain, tennis star
  • Apr 22 Jo Angel, cricketer (big WA right-arm fast bowler, Australia 1993-)
  • Apr 22 Vernell Coles, basketball player (Olympic-bronze-1988)
  • Apr 22 Zarley Zalapski, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • Apr 23 Susan Emily Savastano, E Providence RI, Miss RI-America (1991)
  • Apr 23 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 23 Princess Zein bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 24 Aaron Comes, rocker (Spin Doctors)
  • Apr 24 Mark Vanderloo, Waddenveen Neth, model
  • Apr 24 Todd Jones, Marietta GA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Apr 24 Tracy Gravely, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 24 Hashim Thaci, Kosovan politician
  • Apr 24 Stacy Haiduk, American actress
  • Apr 26 Ahmed Elmaghraby, Suez Egypt, US field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 27 Adrian Cooper, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Apr 28 Andy Flower, cricketer (Zimbabwe keeper & victorious Test captain)
  • Apr 28 Damion Lyons, CFL cornerback (BC Lions)
  • Apr 28 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 28 Howard Donald, British musician
  • Apr 29 Browning Nagle, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 29 Carnie Wilson, rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 30 Babette Van Veen, Neth, actress (Linda-GTST, Blueberry Hill)
  • Apr 30 Paulo Jr, Brazilian pop bassist (Sepultura, Morbid Visions)
  • Apr 30 Richard Pilon, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • Apr 30 Roger Mar, rapid fire pistol (Olympics-1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Apr 30 Sandra Beikoff, Mackay QLD, golfer (1990 Sunshine Coast Open)

Famous Weddings

  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • 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
  • Apr 22 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (b. 1911)
  • Apr 24 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Tommy Noonan, actor (Gentlemen Perfer Blondes), dies at 45
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)