What Happened in August 1968

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
  • Aug 1 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo
  • Aug 1 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
  • Aug 2 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 4 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, Calif
  • Aug 4 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Gino Paoli Golf Open
  • Aug 4 WXTV TV channel 41 in New York-Paterson, NY (UNI) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Aug 8 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • Aug 8 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 8 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 9 Yugoslav president Tito visits Prague
  • Aug 10 Race riot in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • Aug 10 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Concord Golf Open
  • Aug 11 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • Aug 11 Satchel Paige, 62, & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • Aug 11 The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time - this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.
  • Aug 14 Montreal Expos officially become a member of NL
  • Aug 15 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu visits Prague

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Aug 17 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic
  • Aug 20 During the night 200,00 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops begin to invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring
  • Aug 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 21 After 5 years Russia once again jams Voice of America radio
  • Aug 21 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey
  • Aug 21 Marine James Anderson Jr is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor
  • Aug 21 Radio Prague (Czechoslovakia) at 12:50 AM announces a Soviet led invasion
  • Aug 21 Warsaw Pact forces continue their invasion of Czechoslovakia to end the reform movement known as the Prague Spring
  • Aug 21 William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)
  • Aug 22 1st papal visit to Latin America, Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota to open a Eucharistic congress.
  • Aug 22 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.
  • Aug 23 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • Aug 23 Yanks & Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew
  • Aug 24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • Aug 24 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Aug 25 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ladies World Series of Golf
  • Aug 25 NY Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches 2 2/3 innings & beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in 2nd game & homered
  • Aug 25 29th Venice Film Festival: "Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed" directed by Alexander Kluge wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 27 The Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) organise another protest in the Guildhall's council chamber; immediately after the protest Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) and invites them to organise a march in Derry
  • Aug 28 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Demcratic National Convention
  • Aug 28 Gerry Fitt, MP, tables a House of Commons motion criticising Royal Ulster Constabulary action in Dungannon on 24 August 1968 and demands that: "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 29 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Aug 29 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for US president (Chicago)
  • Aug 30 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 31 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • Aug 31 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 31 Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Aug 31 Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 31 Garfield Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 113

  • Aug 1 Rob Carpenter, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 1 Stacey Augmon, Pasadena, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers, Hawks)
  • Aug 1 Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed)
  • Aug 2 Sean Groom, Northford Conn, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Aug 2 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer
  • Aug 3 Rod Beck [Rodney Roy], American MLB relief pitcher (SF Giants-1994 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year), born in Burbank, California
  • Aug 4 Darcy Arreola, 1.5k runner, born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 4 James Francis, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Aug 4 Marcus Schenkenberg, model (Calvin Klein)
  • Aug 4 Daniel Dae Kim, American actor
  • Aug 5 Andreas Lupzig, Straubing GER, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Aug 5 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 5 Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ
  • Aug 5 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • Aug 5 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • Aug 5 Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 Marine Le Pen, French politician (President of the National Front Party), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • Aug 6 Celena Mondie-Milner, Milledgeville Ga, 100m/200m runner
  • Aug 6 Chris Boardman, English cyclist (world 1 hour record)
  • Aug 6 Jack de Gier, soccer player (Cambuur L, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Aug 6 Jeff Barlow, Jackson MS, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Carolina Classic-5th)
  • Aug 6 Patricia Tarabini, La Plata Argentina, tennis star (1985 Futures ITA)
  • Aug 6 Siran Stacy, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores)
  • Aug 7 Leslie Lyness, Paoli PA, field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 7 Tomas Carbonell, Barcelona Spain, tennis star
  • Aug 7 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot)
  • Aug 8 Abey Kuruvila, cricketer (promising Bombay fast bowler)
  • Aug 8 Matthew Lane, Nike golfer (1991 S Australian Open-4th), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Aug 8 Suzy Hamilton, US olympic 1500m runner
  • Aug 9 Gillian Anderson, actress (The X-Files, Bleak House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Jay Stacy, Aust field hockey midfielder (Oly-4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • Aug 9 Eric Bana, Australian actor
  • Aug 9 Sam Fogarino, American musician (Interpol)
  • Aug 9 Joseph McGinty Nichol, American film producer and director
  • Aug 10 Alex Andrievski, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • Aug 10 Jennifer Horton, Dover NJ, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96)
  • Aug 10 Michael Bivins, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 10 Michel Doesburg, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 10 Miroslav Mosner, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Aug 10 Moe Gardner, NFL nose tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 10 Peter Docter, American film director
  • Aug 11 Charlie Sexton, rocker (Arc Angels)
  • Aug 11 Alan Kelly, England-born Irish footballer
  • Aug 11 Veda Hille, Canadian singer
  • Aug 11 Anna Gunn, American actress
  • Aug 12 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • Aug 12 Andras Jones, American actor
  • Aug 13 Joe Garten, WLAF corner/guard (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Aug 13 William Thomas, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 14 Glenn Leroy McLeay, Invercargill NZ, points race cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 14 Praveen Amre, cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992)
  • Aug 14 Adrian Lester, English actor
  • Aug 14 Billy Mavreas, Greek-Canadian cartoonist
  • Aug 15 Luciana Bemvenuti, Porto Alegre Brazil, golfer (1994 Jamie Farr-36th)
  • Aug 15 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • Aug 15 Debra Messing, American actress
  • Aug 16 Donovan Leitch Jr, actor/musician (I Shot Andy Warhol)
  • Aug 16 Eric Jonassen, offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Aug 17 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Aug 17 Vince Marrow, WLAF TE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Aug 17 Helen McCrory, English actress
  • Aug 18 Brian Mitchell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Aug 18 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Aug 18 Greta Lind, Goshen NY, actress (Katie Kennicott-All My Children)
  • Aug 18 Griffin Drew, Hazelhurst Georgia, actress (Dinosaur Island)
  • Aug 18 John Coyle, West Bloomfield Mich, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
  • Aug 18 Justin Strzelczyk, NFL guard/offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Aug 18 Lee Seung-yeon, South Korean actress
  • Aug 19 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, Greek windsurfer
  • Aug 19 Mark McGuinn, country music singer
  • Aug 20 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Aug 20 Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer
  • Aug 20 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Aug 21 Barbara Ann Moore, playmate (Dec, 1992), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Aug 21 Shinichi Iwasaki, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)
  • Aug 22 Henrik Holm, Sweden, tennis star
  • Aug 22 Horst Skoff, Austria, tennis star
  • Aug 22 Michael Curry, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Aug 22 Paul Ereng, Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • Aug 22 Paul Colman, Australian guitarist (Newsboys)
  • Aug 22 Casper Christensen, Danish comedian
  • Aug 22 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor
  • Aug 22 Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer
  • Aug 23 Christian Dean DiMarco, Huntington NY, PGA golfer (1994 Deposit-3rd)
  • Aug 23 Cortez Kennedy, NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Aug 23 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • Aug 24 Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura)
  • Aug 24 Arnold Galesloot, WLAF tight end (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Aug 24 Benoit Brunet, Pointe Claire, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Aug 24 Tim Salmon, outfielder (California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 24 Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Toyko
  • Aug 25 Dave Thomas, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 25 Rafet El Roman, Turkish singer and composer
  • Aug 25 Stuart Murdoch, Scottish musician (Belle & Sebastian)
  • Aug 25 Takeshi Ueda, Japanese singer and composer
  • Aug 25 Spider One, American musician (Powerman 5000)
  • Aug 26 Courtney Hall, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • Aug 26 Gavin Stratfold, Darwin NT, Australian golfer
  • Aug 26 Byron Lawson, Canadian actor
  • Aug 27 Christine Schaefer, Florence Ky, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994)

Famous Weddings

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • Aug 6 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher (b. 1893)
  • Aug 11 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian biblical scholar, dies
  • Aug 12 Pieter J Auld, mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Esther Forbes, American novelist (b. 1891)
  • Aug 15 Edward Kilenyi, composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52
  • Aug 19 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • Aug 19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • Aug 20 Earl Sande, US jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • Aug 24 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • Aug 25 John George, actor (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Stan McCabe, cricketer (39 Tests for Australia 1930-38), dies
  • Aug 26 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 27 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • Aug 28 John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • Aug 28 Nick Castle, choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, dies at 79
  • Aug 29 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner (b. 1881)
  • Aug 30 William Talman, actor (Hamilton-Perry Mason), dies at 53
  • Aug 31 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Aug 31 George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies