Historical Events in February 1968

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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
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)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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
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 commences a trial of year-round daylight saving time (BST - British Standard Time, one hour ahead of GMT)
  • 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