What Happened on April 8, 1968

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Patricia Arquette, actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100 m hurdles)