What Happened in September 1968

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Carol Mann wins LPGA Willow Park Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Sep 1 Earthquake destroys Ferdows Persia, 2,000 killed
  • Sep 1 Pirate Radio Marina (Netherlands) begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 3rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 3 Chicago White Sox set AL record of 39 loses by 1 run
  • Sep 4 Nigerian troops conquer Aba Biafra
  • Sep 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 6 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 8 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pacific Ladies Golf Classic
  • Sep 8 Saundra Williams wins 1st Miss Black America pageant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 1st official (88th overall) U.S. Open (formerly known as U.S National Championships): Arthur Ashe beats Tom Okker (14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 82nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Virginia Wade beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Sep 9 WGIQ TV channel 43 in Louisville, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WVPT TV channel 51 in Staunton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
  • Sep 12 Albania announces it is withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact
  • Sep 13 Albania leaves Warsaw pact

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 14 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Sep 14 1st broadcast of "60 Minutes" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 14 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season
  • Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 12th string quartet, premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 14 USSR's Zond 5 is launched on 1st circumlunar flight
  • Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV
  • Sep 15 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shirley Englehorn Golf Invitational
  • Sep 15 Launch of Zond 5, 1st lunar fly-around with Earth reentry
  • Sep 15 NY Zendo (Shoboji) was opened by S Nakagawa & D S Harada
  • Sep 15 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 Probable Test flight for a manned fly-around (scooped by Apollo 8)
  • Sep 16 KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins
  • Sep 16 Richard Nixon appears on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in"
  • Sep 17 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
  • Sep 17 Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon
  • Sep 18 Ray Washburn (Cards) no-hits SF Giants 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 Denny McLain's 31st win & Mickey Mantle's 535th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 20 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
  • Sep 21 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • Sep 22 Iraq adopts constitution
  • Sep 22 KMTC (now KDEB) TV channel 27 in Springfield, MO (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 22 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Kings River Golf Open
  • Sep 22 Twins' Cesar Tovar pitched a hitless inning & plays all 9 positions
  • Sep 22 Zond 5 completes flight
  • Sep 23 WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres-A Broadway musical type TV show

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 26 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 26 Marcelo Caetano elected premier of Portugal
  • Sep 26 St Louis Cards' Bob Gibson's 13th shutout ends with 1.12 ERA
  • Sep 26 Theatre censorship ends in Britain
  • Sep 26 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)
  • Sep 27 "Hair" opens in London
  • Sep 27 Cardinals' super pitcher Bob Gibson's 13th shutout of year
  • Sep 27 France denies UK entry into common market
  • Sep 28 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances
  • Sep 28 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 28 Alberto Giolani of Italy roller skates record 23.133 miles in 1 hr
  • Sep 28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • Sep 28 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Sep 28 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Sep 28 Marisa Danisi of West Germany roller skates record 21.995 miles in 1 hr
  • Sep 29 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Sep 29 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • Sep 30 1st Boeing 747 rolls out
  • Sep 30 AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires
  • Sep 30 Sharon Miller wins LPGA Seven Lakes Golf Invitational
  • Sep 30 Supremes release "Love Child"

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Michelle Buckingham, Canadian 61 kg judoka (Olymp-20-92, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 1 Mohammed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
  • Sep 2 Ricardo de Jongh, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Sep 2 Cynthia Watros, American actress
  • Sep 3 David Pichler, Butler Pa, diver (Olympics-6th-96)
  • Sep 3 Dawn Allinger, Salt Lake City UT, team handball back court (Oly-1996)
  • Sep 3 Matt Hamon, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 3 Robert Bailey, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Sep 4 Carlette Guidry-White, 100m/long jumper
  • Sep 4 John Preston, Utah, actor (Greg-General Hospital)
  • Sep 4 Mike Piazza, catcher (LA Dodgers), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 4 Rick McNair, water polo 2m defender (Olympics-96), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 4 Phill Lewis, American actor
  • Sep 4 John DiMaggio, American actor
  • Sep 5 Dennis Scott, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Sep 5 Yuki Ishikawa, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Sep 5 Brad Wilk, American musician (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine)
  • Sep 6 Gene Patrick, actor (Gemini: Twin Stars), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 6 Pat Meares, Salina KS, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • Sep 6 Tommy Snider, American actor
  • Sep 6 Paul Rea, American television journalist
  • Sep 6 Christopher Brookmyre, Scottish writer
  • Sep 7 Erik Williams, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Sep 7 Kyle Stevens, NJ, rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals)
  • Sep 9 Jonathan A Drummond Jr, 4X400m runner (Olympics-silver-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Julia Sawalha, actress (Saffron-Abfab, Chrissy-Buddy's Song)
  • Sep 9 Thomas P Auth, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 9 Jon Drummond, American former sprinter
  • Sep 9 Clive Mendonca, English Footballer
  • Sep 10 Yvo Joordens, soccer player (MVV)
  • Sep 10 Big Daddy Kane, American rapper
  • Sep 10 Guy Ritchie, British film director (Sherlock Holmes), born in Hartfield
  • Sep 11 Konstantin Shafranov, hockey forward (Team Kazkhstan 1998)
  • Sep 11 Kay Hanley, American musician
  • Sep 11 Paul Mayeda Berges, American film writer and director
  • Sep 12 [Reid Laurence] Larry LaLonde, American guitarist (Primus-Frizzle Fry), born in Richmond, California
  • Sep 12 Paul F. Tompkins, American comedian
  • Sep 13 Bernie Williams, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (NY Yankees)
  • Sep 13 Brad Johnson, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Sep 13 Chris Morris, CFL tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Sep 13 Denny Neagle, Prince Georges Cnty, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Sep 13 Emma Sjöberg, Swedish model
  • Sep 14 Dan Cortese, actor/TV host (Jess Hanson-Melrose Place)
  • Sep 14 Ginger Helgeson Nielson, St Cloud Minn, tennis star
  • Sep 14 Pete Chilcutt, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Sep 15 Danny Nucci, actor (Gabriel Ortega-Falcon Crest)
  • Sep 15 Michael Puschacher, hockey goalie (Team Austria 1998)
  • Sep 15 Rich Robertson, Nacogdoches TX, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Sep 16 Charles McRae, NFL guard/tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Sep 16 Tara Cross-Battle, volleyball hitter (Oly-br-92, 96), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 16 Marc Anthony [Marco Antonio Muñiz], American sala singer-songwriter, born in New York City
  • Sep 16 Walt Becker, American director and writer
  • Sep 17 Lord Jammer, rocker (Brand Nubian)
  • Sep 17 Stacey Dillard, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Sep 17 Suzy Cote, actress (Samantha in Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Sep 17 Valeri Zelepukin, NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Oly-Sil-98)
  • Sep 17 Anastacia, American singer
  • Sep 17 Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
  • Sep 18 Toni Kukoc, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Sep 18 Cappadonna, American rapper
  • Sep 20 Chris Waller, Evanston Ill, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Sep 20 Eric Turner, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • Sep 20 Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress
  • Sep 20 Tim Rogers, Australian singer / songwriter
  • Sep 21 Ricki Lake, actress (Hairspray), talk show host (Ricki), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 21 Trugoy, rocker (De La Soul)
  • Sep 21 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), born in Burntwood, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • Sep 22 Godfrey Myles, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Sep 22 Lisa Alexander, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 23 Yvette Fielding, English television presenter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 25 Will Smith [The Fresh Prince], American actor and rapper (Men in Black, Independence Day, Fresh Prince), born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith
  • Sep 25 Johan Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, Netherlands
  • Sep 25 Reggie Jefferson, 1st baseman (Cin, Cleve, Sea, Bos), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Sep 25 John Worsfold, Australian rules football coach
  • Sep 26 Scott Schorer, Burke, Va, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Sep 26 James Caviezel, American actor
  • Sep 26 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • Sep 27 Mark Bradtke, Adelaide SA Aus, basketball center (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
  • Sep 27 Rob Moore, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 27 Scott Conover, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 28 Bess Singh, [Lennart Bes], Dutch pop drummer (Burma Shop-Hippies)
  • Sep 28 Jerry Evans, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos)
  • Sep 28 Jock Climie, CFL slot back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Sep 28 Vanessa Vadim, daughter of Jane Fonda/actress (Last Party), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 28 Naomi Watts, British actress (21 Grams), born in Shoreham, Kent
  • Sep 29 Luke Goss, rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing)
  • Sep 29 Matt Goss, rocker (Bros-I Owe You Nothing)
  • Sep 29 Mika Hakkinen, racing driver
  • Sep 29 Patrick Burns, American television presenter
  • Sep 29 Samir Soni, Indian film actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 5 Author Ken Follett (19) weds Mary Emma Ruth Elson

Author Ken Follett
Author
Ken Follett

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 16 Actress Sally Field weds Steven Craig

Actress Sally Field
Actress
Sally Field

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Jazz musician Miles Davis (42) weds singer Betty Mabry (23)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Granville English, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 2 Ernest Claes, Belgium, author (The White), dies at 82
  • Sep 3 Isabel Withers, American actress (b. 1896)
  • Sep 5 Juan Jose Castro, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 6 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • Sep 11 René Cogny, French General (b. 1904)
  • Sep 12 Tommy Armour, Scottish golfer (b. 1894)
  • Sep 18 Franchot Tone, actor (Advise & Consent, Dark Waters), dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Francis McDonald, actor (Will-Adv of Champion), dies at 77
  • Sep 18 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 65
  • Sep 19 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopying), dies at 62
  • Sep 19 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • Sep 20 Frank Pelleg, composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 23 Francesco Forgione, "Padre Pio", Catholic saint (b. 1887)
  • Sep 24 Harry Robert Wilson, composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 24 Robert Arthur Ley, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X), dies at 47
  • Sep 26 Daniel Johnson, Sr., French-Canadian politician (b. 1915)
  • Sep 28 Corry Lievens, Flemish actress/playwright/dir (Blue Bird), dies at 64
  • Sep 28 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, dies of heart failure at 42