What Happened in June 1968

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 1 Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs Robinson" hits #1
  • Jun 2 Canadians must get government permission to export silver
  • Jun 2 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, KY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 3 Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
  • Jun 3 Poor Peoples March on Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 3 Yanks turn 21st triple-play in their history lose 4-3 to Twins
  • Jun 3 Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times.
  • Jun 4 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings
  • Jun 5 12:16AM PST-Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy, who dies next day
  • Jun 6 WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 7 Sirhan Sirhan indicted for Bobby Kennedy assassination
  • Jun 7 The body of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York.
  • Jun 8 Bermuda adopts its constitution
  • Jun 8 Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning
  • Jun 8 Gary Puckett & Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
  • Jun 8 James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured
  • Jun 8 New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  • Jun 8 The body of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Jun 8 UEFA European Championship: Italy defeat Yugoslavia 2-0 in Rome
  • Jun 9 Carol Mann wins LPGA Bluegrass Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Jun 9 Yugoslav president Tito promises reforms
  • Jun 9 67th Men's French Open: Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver (6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 9 67th Women's French Open: Nancy Richey beats Ann Jones (5-7, 6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Jun 10 "Danny Thomas Hour" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 10 AL games at Balt & Chicago postponed honoring Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 10 KCFW TV channel 9 in Kalispell, MT (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 10 WHTV (now WTZH) TV channel 24 in Meridian, MS (NBC/CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 10 4h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats France 20-2
  • Jun 12 U.S. premiere of horror film "Rosemary's Baby", based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin
  • Jun 14 Off duty Dutch military permitted to wear regular clothing
  • Jun 15 "How Now, Dow Jones" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 performances
  • Jun 15 "I Do! I Do!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 561 performances
  • Jun 15 "New Faces of 1965" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Jun 15 15th Curtis Cup: US wins 10½-7½ at Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Conventry Cathedral

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jun 15 "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express hits #4
  • Jun 16 Mickey Wright wins LPGA "500" Ladies Golf Classic
  • Jun 16 68th US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 275 at Oak Hill CC NY
  • Jun 16 Lee Trevino is 1st to play all 4 rounds of golf's US open under par
  • Jun 17 Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms
  • Jun 17 KQEC TV channel 32 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 17 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" goes gold
  • Jun 18 Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale & rental of housing
  • Jun 19 50,000 participate in Solidarity Day March of Poor People's Campaign
  • Jun 20 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
  • Jun 20 Catholic Irish Civil rights activists protest against discrimination in the allocation of housing by illegally occupying a house in Caledon, County Tyrone
  • Jun 20 Austin Currie, then Nationalist Member of Parliament (MP) at Stormont, and a number of other people, protest discrimination in the allocation of housing by 'squating' (illegally occupying) in a house in Caledon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • Jun 21 18th Berlin International Film Festival: "Who Saw Him Die?" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 22 "Here Come Da Judge" by The Buena Vistas peaks at #88
  • Jun 23 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium.
  • Jun 24 14th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Jun 24 Australia all out for 78 v England at Lord's
  • Jun 24 Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion
  • Jun 24 Jim Northrup hits 2 grand-slammers to help Tigers beat Cleve 14-3

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 24 Joe Frazier TKOs Manuel Ramos in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jun 24 Resurrection City in Washington, D.C. closed permanently
  • Jun 25 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (Giants)
  • Jun 26 Executive Council decides both AL & NL to divide into 2 divisions

Victory in battleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Jun 26 Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US

  • Jun 27 Ludvik Vaculik publishes "Manifest of 2000 words" in Prague
  • Jun 28 Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers
  • Jun 29 "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17
  • Jun 30 East German Communist Party leader Walter Ulbricht receives "Order of October Revolution"
  • Jun 30 Gaullists win French parliamentary election, 358 of 458 seats
  • Jun 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Jason Donovan, rocker/actor (Neighbors)
  • Jun 1 Jeff Hackett, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks), born in London, England
  • Jun 1 Jerry Crafts, WLAF tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jun 1 Larry Centers, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jun 2 Beetlejuice, member of Howard Stern's Wack
  • Jun 2 Jon Culshaw, British comedian and impressionist
  • Jun 3 Samantha Sprackling, Nigerian singer
  • Jun 4 Scott Wolf, actor (Broken Arrow, Party of 5), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 4 Stacy Leigh Arthur, playmate (Jan, 1991), born in Naperville, Illinois
  • Jun 4 Al B. Sure, American R&B singer
  • Jun 6 Brian Wright, Stillwater Oklahoma, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 NM Open-2nd)
  • Jun 6 Craig Roberts, Everett WA, Canadian 68 kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-96)
  • Jun 6 Edwin Vurens, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jun 6 François Avard, Canadian writer and scenarist
  • Jun 6 Alan Licht, American guitarist, composer and journalist
  • Jun 7 Adam Walker, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • Jun 7 Melissa Coombes, San Gabriel CA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jun 8 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 8 Rob Ray, Belleville, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 9 Tom Rouen, NFL punter (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 10 Kevin Donnalley, NFL guard/tackle (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Jun 10 Susan Haskell, actress (Marty-One Life to Live, Strictly Business)
  • Jun 10 Bill Burr, American comedian
  • Jun 10 Jimmy Shea, American skeleton racer
  • Jun 10 The D.O.C., American rapper
  • Jun 11 Staci Baldwin, Miss Washington USA (1996)
  • Jun 11 Sophie Okonedo, London, British actress (Hotel Rwanda)
  • Jun 12 Patty Armstrong, Torrance California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Jun 12 Scott Aldred, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jun 12 Sherry Stringield, actress (ER)
  • Jun 12 Bobby Sheehan, American musician (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)
  • Jun 13 Bruce Beaton, CFL corner (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jun 13 Deniece Peterson, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)
  • Jun 13 David Gray, British musician
  • Jun 13 Fabio Baldato, Italyan cyclist
  • Jun 14 Brian Wiggins, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jun 14 Eric Murdock, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Miami Heat)
  • Jun 14 Tony Smith, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • Jun 14 Yasmine Bleeth, actress (Ryan's Hope, 1 Life to Live, Baywatch), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 14 Faizon Love, American actor
  • Jun 15 Demtra Hampton, model (Garda), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 15 Tim Lester, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jun 15 Oh Dal-su, South Korean actor
  • Jun 16 Alton Montgomery, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jun 16 Matt Turk, NFL punter (Washington Redskins)
  • Jun 16 Nehemiah Perry, cricketer (fine Jamaican off-spinner)
  • Jun 16 Patrick Stuart, Hollywood Cal, actor (Will Cortlandt-All My Children)
  • Jun 18 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 19 Jud Buechler, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jun 19 Alastair Lynch, Australian rules footballer
  • Jun 20 Fred McAfee, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jun 20 Garry Howe, WLAF nose tackle (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jun 20 Mike McCarthy, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics-88, 96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 21 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics-96), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Jun 21 Brandon Douglas, actor (Dr Quinn, Father's Homecoming), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jun 21 Darryl Shannon, Barrie, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 21 Henry Newby, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 21 Alisyn Camerota, American journalist
  • Jun 21 Sonique [Sonia Marina Clarke], British musician and DJ, born in London
  • Jun 21 Gretchen Carlson, American journalist
  • Jun 22 Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)
  • Jun 22 Paula Irvine, actress (Lily Blake-Santa Barbara), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jun 23 Kent Steffes, beach volleyballer (Olympics-gold-96), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jun 23 Ronnie West, WLAF RB (London Monarchs)
  • Jun 25 Oleg Taktarov, Russian martial artist
  • Jun 26 Shannon Sharpe, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 26 Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer
  • Jun 27 Pascale Bussières, French-Canadian actress
  • Jun 28 Adam Woodyatt, English actor
  • Jun 28 Chayanne, Puerto Rican singer
  • Jun 29 Theoren Fleury, Oxbow Sask, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames, Canada)
  • Jun 30 Dan Peltier, Clifton Park NY, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Jun 30 Peter Miller, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jun 30 Philip Anselmo, American musician

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1 Helen Keller, American blind & deaf author (Let us Have Faith) and lecturer, dies at 87

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • Jun 1 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
  • Jun 2 André Mathieu, Quebec pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Gish, [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • Jun 6 Franklin C Fry, US minister (World Rad of Church), dies

MurderAssassination

Jun 6 Robert F. Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 6 Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill (b. 1911)
  • Jun 7 Dan Duryea, actor (Pride of the Yankees), dies of cancer at 60
  • Jun 9 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)
  • Jun 10 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 12 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 14 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Aniara), dies at 51

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 14 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet/essayist (Nobel 1959), dies at 66

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Author/Poet
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • Jun 15 Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Jun 17 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • Jun 19 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate (b. 1898)
  • Jun 21 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Tony Hancock, actor/writer (Call Me Genius, Rebel), dies at 43

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • Jun 27 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for S Af), dies
  • Jun 29 Kitty Kelly, actress (Ladies of Jury, Behind Office Doors), dies at 66
  • Jun 30 John Gough, actor (Circus Kid, 2 for Tonight), dies at 73