Historical Events in February 1968

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1st Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

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

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1st Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers

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

CommunicationExecution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

29th Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 29th US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
  • 29th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 29th National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks