What Happened in 1968 (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 846 of 846

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Dec 10 Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
  • Dec 11 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 11 US Soccer Football Association refuses to let NASL disband
  • Dec 11 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill sacks Home Affairs Minister, William Craig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • Dec 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 12 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill receives overwhelming support from Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs) at Stormont
  • Dec 13 Playland at Beach reopens
  • Dec 13 Pres Da Costa e Silva disbands parliament/grabs power

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Dec 16 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting
  • Dec 16 Official revocation of the Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain at Second Vatican Council
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 19 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.
  • Dec 20 The People's Democracy (PD) announce that its members will undertake a protest march from Belfast to Derry beginning 1 January 1969
  • Dec 21 Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell & Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage
  • Dec 21 David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiere together in Calif
  • Dec 23 1st US case of space motion sickness
  • Dec 23 82 members of US intelligence ship Pueblo released by North Korea
  • Dec 23 Borman, Lovell & Anders become 1st men to orbit Moon
  • Dec 24 Apollo 8 astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis
  • Dec 24 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 25 Frank Borman's Christmas reading while orbiting Moon
  • Dec 25 42 Dalits are burned alive in Kilavenmani village, Tamil Nadu, India, a retaliation for a campaign for higher wages by Dalit labourers.
  • Dec 26 Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
  • Dec 26 Jay Allens "Forty Carats" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • Dec 26 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 27 Apollo 8 returns to Earth
  • Dec 27 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • Dec 28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • Dec 28 Beatles' "White Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Dec 28 Israeli assault on Beirut Airport
  • Dec 28 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 29 Balt Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
  • Dec 29 NY Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 30 -48°F (-44°C), Mazama & Winthrop, Washington (state record)

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 31 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
  • Dec 31 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144
  • Dec 31 NY Jets win AFL championship

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,200

  • Aug 31 Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Aug 31 Hideo Nomo, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 31 Jennifer Azzi, Oak Ridge Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Aug 31 Jim Bob Howard, Wichita Falls Texas, actor (Flash & Bone)
  • Aug 31 Jolene Watanabe, tennis star (1994 Futures-Evansville), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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, Richmond, California, American guitarist (Primus-Frizzle Fry)
  • 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-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
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
  • Oct 1 Greg Briggs, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 1 Jay Underwood, American actor (The Boy Who Could Fly), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 1 Malcolm Showell, WLAF defensive end (London Monarchs)
  • Oct 1 Matt Elliott, NFL center/guard (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 1 Jon Guenther, American author

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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