Historical Events in 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 1st Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

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

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Feb 1st Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers

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

Person-of-interestExecution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

Feb 1st 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 2nd Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • Feb 4th "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 4th Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • Feb 4th Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • Feb 5th KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 5th Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • Feb 5th Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
  • Feb 5th A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • Feb 6th 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 6th Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam

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Feb 6th 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 6th KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb 29th Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

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

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

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau

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Mar 3rd 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
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Frank Mahovlich

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
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Joe Frazier

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

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

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

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

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Mar 16th Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

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

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

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

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Mar 24th Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
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Mickey Wright
  • Mar 25th KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25th 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 27th Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF

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Mar 27th Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Mar 29th Students seize building at Bowie State College
  • Mar 30th General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia