What Happened in July 1968

Historical Events

  • 1st Bob Gibson's streak of 47 2/3 inn scoreless streak ends on wild pitch
  • 1st Fortuna Sittard soccer team forms in Sittard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1st US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • 1st USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1st The CIA's Phoenix Program is officially established.
  • 1st Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL-CIO.
  • 2nd An El Al Israeli airliner is hijacked and diverted to Algeria by three armed members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
  • 3rd 41°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • 3rd Cleve Indian Luis Tiant strikes out 19 Minnesota Twins
  • 3rd As part of a series of protests against housing conditions in Derry, the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) hold a sit-down protest on the newly opened second deck of the Craigavon Bridge in the city, Northern Ireland
  • 4th Arthur Kopit's "Indians" premieres in London
  • 4th Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched
  • 5th "Manifest of 1000 words" published in Prague

Sport awardTennis Open

5th 82nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche (6-3 6-4 6-2)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 5th John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce

Event of interestEvent of Interest

5th Philadelphia 76'ers trade Wilt Chamberlain to LA Lakers

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport awardTennis Open

6th 75th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats J Tegart (97 75)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 6th Sacharov publishes "Manifest of 10,000 words"
  • 7th 23rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
  • 7th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 7th Rock group "Yardbirds" disband
  • 8th Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal
  • 9th 15.68" (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Miss (state 24-hour record)
  • 9th 39th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 1-0 at Astrodome, Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

9th All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants), 1st player to win a second times

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 10th US Major League baseball announces it will split into 2 divisions for 1969
  • 11th Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
  • 11th Start of Colin Cowdrey's 100th Test, 1st person to do so
  • 12th Couve de Murville forms government in France
  • 12th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardGolf Major

13th 97th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 289 at Carnoustie Scotland

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 13th French government-Couve de Murville forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

14th Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 14th Carol Mann wins LPGA Pabst Ladies' Golf Classic
  • 14th Houston Astro Don Wilson strikes-out 18, beats Reds 6-1
  • 14th WSWO TV channel 26 in Springfield, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 15th "One Life to Live" premieres on TV
  • 15th Commercial air travel begins between US & USSR
  • 15th France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • 15th NJ Americans moved to Comack & become NY Nets (ABA)
  • 15th Soap opera "One Life To Live" premieres
  • 17th Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • 17th Bloodless coup in Iraq led by General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
  • 18th The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California
  • 20th Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV
  • 20th Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • 21st 50th PGA Championship: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Pecan Valley TX
  • 21st Carol Mann wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • 21st 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • 22nd Sir John Newsome recommends public schools should take 50% of their intake from the state school system
  • 23rd Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt
  • 23rd PLO's 1st hijacking of an El Al plane
  • 23rd Race riot in Cleveland, 11 including 3 police officers killed
  • 24th Hoyt Wilhelm's 907th breaks Cy Young's record for pitching appearances
  • 25th Pope Paul VI encyclical against On regulation of birth
  • 27th Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open
  • 27th Race Riot in Gary Indiana
  • 29th Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • 29th Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • 29th Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption
  • 29th Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled "Humanae Vitae" (Of Human Life), declares any artificial forms of birth control prohibited
  • 29th Wash DC Ron Hansen makes unassisted triple play vs Cleve
  • 30th Beatles' Apple Boutique closes, entire inventory is given away
  • 30th Wash Senator Ron Hansen makes 1st unassisted triple-play in 41 years
  • 31st Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving clothes away for free

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 101

  • 1st Charles Wilson, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1st Roshumba Williams, model (Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1st Tim Abell, American actor
  • 2nd Mark Tewsksbury, Canada swimmer (world record backstroke)
  • 2nd Mike Lee, Neptune NJ, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Tommy Armour Tour)
  • 3rd Jeff Phillips, actor (Hart Jessup-Guiding Light), born in Westwood, New Jersey
  • 3rd Teppo Numminen, Tampere Fin, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets, Coyotes)
  • 4th Derek Loville, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 4th Loville Derek, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 32)
  • 4th Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic-gold-1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 4th Jack Frost, American musician
  • 5th Molly Brock, rower (Olympics-96), born in Berkeley, California
  • 5th Nate Singleton, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • 5th Shahid Anwar, cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder 1996 England tour)
  • 5th Ken Akamatsu, Mangaka
  • 5th Kenji Ito, Japanese composer
  • 5th John Ruskin a.k.a. Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian journalist
  • 5th Alex Zülle, Swiss cyclist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

5th Susan Wojcicki, American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube "the most important person in advertising", born in Santa Clara County, California

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • 6th Alvin Harper, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 6th Anthony Kershler, cricketer (NSW left-arm spinner 1994-95)
  • 7th Chuck Knoblauch, shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 7th Reggie Cobb, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 7th Jorja Fox, American actress
  • 7th Jeff VanderMeer, American writer
  • 8th C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 8th Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 8th Michael Weatherly, actor (Cooper Alden-The City/Loving), born in NYC, New York
  • 8th Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 8th Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu
  • 8th Billy Crudup, American actor
  • 9th Shawn Harper, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 9th Vardis A Fisher, US writer (Darkness & Deep), dies at 73
  • 9th Paolo Di Canio, Italian football player
  • 9th Lars Gyllenhaal, Swedish author
  • 10th Hassisba Boulmerka, Algeria, 1500m (Olympics-gold-92)
  • 10th Jonathan Gilbert, American actor
  • 11th Esera Tuaolo, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 11th Michael Geist, Canadian academic
  • 12th Catherine Plewinski, French swimmer
  • 13th Kai Bjorn, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 13th Silke Meier, Wiesbaden Germany, tennis star (1994 Futures-Bad Gogging)
  • 13th Robert Gant, American actor
  • 13th Christian Taylor, British screenwriter
  • 14th John Maginnes, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Texarkana Open-5th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 14th Kazushi Sakuraba, Japanese mixed martial artist/professional wrestler
  • 15th Eddie Griffin, American comedian
  • 15th Stan Kirsch, American actor
  • 16th Ariel Solomon, NFL center/guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 16th Barry Sanders, NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy)
  • 16th Eric Jonassen, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 16th Larry Sanger, American co-founder of Wikipedia
  • 17th Beth Littleford, American comedian
  • 17th Bitty Schram, American actress
  • 19th Carolie DeVonne Howe, Chugwater Wyoming, Miss Wyoming-America (1991)
  • 19th Leroy Butler, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31)
  • 19th Robert Flynn, American musician (Machine Head)
  • 20th Chris Kennedy, actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • 20th Chris Tsangaris, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 20th Robert Rodriguez, director (El Mariachi, Desperado)
  • 20th Michael Park, American actor
  • 20th Julian Rhind-Tutt, English actor
  • 21st Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 21st Christian Perthaler, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 21st Dina Ammaccapane, Bayport NY, LPGA golfer (1994 Sara Lee Classic-4th)
  • 21st Johnnie Barnes, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 21st Lyle Odelein, Quill Lake Sask, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Montreal)
  • 21st Robert Anthony Gamez, PGA golfer (1990 Nestle), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 22nd Sean Vanhorse, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 23rd Amy Fruwirth, Cypress CA, LPGA golfer (1995 McCall's LPGA-4th)
  • 23rd Beth Ehlers, actress (Harley Cooper-Guiding Light, Hunger), born in Queens, New York
  • 23rd Christopher "Chris" Kerber, Collingswood NJ, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 23rd Douglas Craft, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 23rd Elden Campbell, NBA forward/center (LA Lakers)
  • 23rd Gary Payton, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 23rd Stefan Figliuzzi, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 23rd Stephane Seymour, model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover-1988)
  • 23rd Nick Menza, American musician, drummer
  • 24th John P Navin Jr, actor (Joey Elliot-Jennifer Slept Here), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 24th Mark Gunn, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 24th Laura Leighton [Miller], American actress (Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 24th Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress
  • 24th Colleen Doran, American comic book writer and artist
  • 24th Malcolm Ingram, Canadian director
  • 26th Mike Mohler, pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 27th Julian McMahon, Australian actor (Nip/Tuck, Profiler), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 27th Christina Singer, Goeppingen Germany, tennis star (1991 Futures GBR)
  • 27th Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Messina Sicily, actress (Postman)
  • 27th Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
  • 27th Ricardo Rosset, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 29th Kristen Babb-Sprague, California, US synchronized swimmer (Olympic-gold-92)
  • 29th Mike Williams, Radford VA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 29th Paavo Lotjonen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 30th Charles Gordon, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 30th Michael Brandon, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 30th Terry Crews, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 30th Robert Korzeniowski, Polish athlete
  • 30th Sean Moore, Welsh drummer (Manic Street Preachers)
  • 31st Andre Ware, CFL quarterback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 31st David Bradley Stockton Jr, Redlands CA, PGA golfer (1994 Canon-3rd)

Famous Weddings

  • 6th US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr (33) weds Brenda Halsinger

HeartWedding of Interest

8th MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Dick Young, cricketer (England wicketkeeper v Aust 1907-08), dies
  • 1st Virginia Weidler, actress (All This & Heaven Too), dies at 42
  • 2nd Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • 7th Leo Sowerby, composer (Pulitzer Prize), dies at 73
  • 9th Allyn Edwards, host (One Minute Please, Mr Citizen), dies at 53
  • 9th John Indrisano, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 62
  • 9th Vardis A Fisher, US writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
  • 14th Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian sailor/author, dies at 76
  • 14th Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
  • 14th Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (b. 1892)
  • 15th Lura Anson, dies in Woodland at 76
  • 18th Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • 20th Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • 21st Ruth St Denis, US choreography, dies at about 90
  • 22nd Giovanni Guareschi, Italian author: Don Camillo/Peppone, dies at 60
  • 23rd Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • 23rd Henry Hallett Dale, physiologist, dies
  • 26th Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • 27th Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies
  • 27th Lillian Harvey, actress (Invitation to the Waltz), dies at 61
  • 27th Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)
  • 28th Charles W Mayo, US surgeon, dies at 70
  • 28th Otto Hahn, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1944), dies at 89
  • 30th Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69
  • 31st Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66