Historical Events in April 1968

  • Apr 1 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States
  • Apr 2 Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin

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Apr 2 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick premieres in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • Apr 3 "Planet of the Apes" United States wide premiere
  • Apr 4 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned


Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • Apr 5 US marine base Khe San Vietnam, appalled
  • Apr 6 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis
  • Apr 6 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 6 Gas and gunpowder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150
  • Apr 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London
  • Apr 8 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 8 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • Apr 8 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • Apr 9 German DR adopts constitution
  • Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 9 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference
  • Apr 10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • Apr 10 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
  • Apr 10 40th Academy Awards: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president

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Apr 11 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 11 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 12 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
  • Apr 14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • Apr 14 32nd Masters Golf Tournament: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277
  • Apr 14 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA O'Sullivan Golf Open
  • Apr 14 Roberto de Vicenzo loses Masters for signing an incorrect score card
  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 17 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • Apr 18 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • Apr 18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • Apr 18 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • Apr 18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • Apr 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot of Conn 1st man in 2:22:17 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:30:00
  • Apr 19 Belgian construction workers strike
  • Apr 19 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams
  • Apr 20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • Apr 20 English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.

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Apr 20 Pierre Trudeau sworn in as Canada's 15th Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 21 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win
  • Apr 21 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Apr 23 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • Apr 23 United Methodist Church forms
  • Apr 24 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas
  • Apr 24 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
  • Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • Apr 25 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • Apr 27 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Balt Oriole Tom Phoebus no-hits Boston, 6-0
  • Apr 27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade
  • Apr 28 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old
  • Apr 28 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • Apr 29 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • Apr 30 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game