What Happened in June 1968

Historical Events

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

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

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21st Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

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

Victory in battleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

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

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


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

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

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

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

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