Historical Events for Year 1968

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Jan 1st - ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
Jan 1st - Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain
Jan 1st - Netherlands gets color TV
Jan 1st - WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
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
Jan 5th - Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law
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
Pediatrician Benjamin SpockPediatrician Benjamin Spock 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 8th - Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
Jan 8th - Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill traveles to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lyncht 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
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques CousteauOceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau Jan 12th - Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
Jan 13th - "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 perfs
Jan 13th - "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 perfs
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 perfs
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
Tennis Legend Billie Jean KingTennis Legend Billie Jean King Jan 29th - 56th Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)
Jan 29th - 56th 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
Feb 1st - Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president
Coach Vince LombardiCoach Vince Lombardi Feb 1st - Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers
Feb 1st - World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi
General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn LémGeneral Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém

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
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower Feb 6th - Former Pres Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one
Feb 6th - KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 7th - Arthur Miller's "Price" premieres in NYC
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)
Playwright Arthur MillerPlaywright Arthur Miller 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
Feb 16th - Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"
Feb 16th - Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wifes fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison 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"
Feb 23rd - Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
Feb 24th - "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 perfs
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
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain 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
Feb 29th - Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres
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
Composer and Conductor Howard HansonComposer and Conductor Howard Hanson 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
Mar 3rd - Jean Beliveau (Mont) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts
Mar 3rd - In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe FrazierBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier Mar 4th - Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
Mar 4th - Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign
Mar 4th - Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
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

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