Historical Events in 1968

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  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)

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Jan 1 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 2 Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

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Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS

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Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

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Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 13 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Jan 20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • Jan 21 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 21 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • Jan 22 Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-124 at New York City
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Vietcong launches Tet offensive on US embassy in Saigon
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 31 Viet Cong Tet offensive begins

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Feb 1 Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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Feb 1 Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 1 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

CommunicationExecution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

Feb 1 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.

  • Feb 2 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 4 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • Feb 4 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • Feb 5 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 5 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • Feb 5 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
  • Feb 5 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • Feb 6 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam

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Feb 6 Former Pres Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 6 KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Feb 7 Arthur Miller's "Price" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 7 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • Feb 7 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)
  • Feb 8 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City
  • Feb 9 Rotterdam metro opened by Princess Beatrix
  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3
  • Feb 10 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
  • Feb 11 Israeli-Jordan border fight
  • Feb 11 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
  • Feb 11 Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)
  • Feb 12 25th Golden Globes: In the Heat of the Night, Rod Steiger, & Edith Evans win
  • Feb 13 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • Feb 14 Pennsylvania Railroad/NYC Central merge into Penn Central
  • Feb 14 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • Feb 15 WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 US 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala

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Feb 16 Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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Feb 16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wifes fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens
  • Feb 18 10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin
  • Feb 18 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
  • Feb 18 Britain adopts year-round daylight savings time as a trial
  • Feb 18 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd
  • Feb 19 1st US Teachers strike (Florida)
  • Feb 20 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
  • Feb 21 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin
  • Feb 21 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
  • Feb 22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"

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Feb 23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 24 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • Feb 24 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish)
  • Feb 24 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
  • Feb 24 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
  • Feb 25 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
  • Feb 25 Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
  • Feb 25 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (143.251 MPH)
  • Feb 26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • Feb 28 Pirate Radio Hauraki, off NZ, returns to the air
  • Feb 29 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
  • Feb 29 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 29 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 29 US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
  • Feb 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 29 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks
  • Mar 1 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 2 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US)
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague

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Mar 3 Jean Beliveau (Mont) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 4 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

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Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 7 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Md)
  • Mar 8 New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
  • Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 12nd string quartet
  • Mar 11 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
  • Mar 12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
  • Mar 14 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
  • Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns

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Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • Mar 16 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die

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Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations
  • Mar 17 Kathie Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Orange Blossom Golf Open
  • Mar 18 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 18 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 Howard University students seize administration building

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Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases
  • Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mario Soares banished to Sao Tomé
  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off SF cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats NC 78-55
  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC

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Mar 24 Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Mar 25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF

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Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie State College