Historical Events in January 1968

  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)

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Jan 1 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 2 Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

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Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS

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Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

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Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 13 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 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 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Jan 20 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 21 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 21 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • Jan 22 Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-124 at New York City
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution

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Jan 29 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Vietcong launches Tet offensive on US embassy in Saigon
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 31 Viet Cong Tet offensive begins