Historical Events in August 1968

  • Aug 1 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
  • Aug 1 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo
  • Aug 1 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
  • Aug 2 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 4 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, Calif
  • Aug 4 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Gino Paoli Golf Open
  • Aug 4 WXTV TV channel 41 in New York-Paterson, NY (UNI) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Aug 8 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • Aug 8 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 8 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 9 Yugoslav president Tito visits Prague
  • Aug 10 Race riot in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • Aug 10 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Concord Golf Open
  • Aug 11 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • Aug 11 Satchel Paige, 62, & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • Aug 11 The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time - this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.
  • Aug 14 Montreal Expos officially become a member of NL
  • Aug 15 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu visits Prague

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Aug 17 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic
  • Aug 20 During the night 200,00 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops begin to invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring
  • Aug 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 21 After 5 years Russia once again jams Voice of America radio
  • Aug 21 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey
  • Aug 21 Marine James Anderson Jr is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor
  • Aug 21 Radio Prague (Czechoslovakia) at 12:50 AM announces a Soviet led invasion
  • Aug 21 Warsaw Pact forces continue their invasion of Czechoslovakia to end the reform movement known as the Prague Spring
  • Aug 21 William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)
  • Aug 22 1st papal visit to Latin America, Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota to open a Eucharistic congress.
  • Aug 22 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.
  • Aug 23 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • Aug 23 Yanks & Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew
  • Aug 24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • Aug 24 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned

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Aug 25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Aug 25 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ladies World Series of Golf
  • Aug 25 NY Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches 2 2/3 innings & beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in 2nd game & homered
  • Aug 25 29th Venice Film Festival: "Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed" directed by Alexander Kluge wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 27 The Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) organise another protest in the Guildhall's council chamber; immediately after the protest Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) and invites them to organise a march in Derry
  • Aug 28 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Demcratic National Convention
  • Aug 28 Gerry Fitt, MP, tables a House of Commons motion criticising Royal Ulster Constabulary action in Dungannon on 24 August 1968 and demands that: "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 29 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Aug 29 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for US president (Chicago)
  • Aug 30 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 31 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • Aug 31 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher

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Aug 31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 31 Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Aug 31 Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 31 Garfield Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over.