Historical Events in October 1968

  • Oct 1 "Night of the Living Dead" premieres in Pittsburgh
  • Oct 1 The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • Oct 2 1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented
  • Oct 2 Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts
  • Oct 2 Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • Oct 2 Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)
  • Oct 2 1st time, 2 soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other Cards Bob Gibson beat Tigers Denny McLain 4-0
  • Oct 3 Howard Sacklers "Great White Hope" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 3 Military coup overthrows President Fernando Belaúnde Terry in Peru
  • Oct 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 3 The proposed civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, is banned from the area of the city centre and the Waterside area; the banning order is issued under the Public Order Act by William Craig, then Home Affairs Minister
  • Oct 4 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.
  • Oct 5 KPLM (now KESQ) TV channel 42 in Palm Springs, CA (ABC) begins
  • Oct 5 Civil rights march in Derry stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)and resulting clashes lead to two days of serious rioting, often considered the start of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 7 Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system
  • Oct 7 Rioting continues in Derry, Northern Ireland after Royal Ulster Constabulary put down civil rights march two days earlier
  • Oct 8 Dutch aircraft carrier Karel Doorman (formerly British HMS Venerable) sold to Argentina
  • Oct 9 Government seizes oil fields in Peru
  • Oct 9 WKMU TV channel 21 in Murray, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 9 2,000 students from Queen's University Belfast try to march to Belfast City Hall in protest against 'police brutality', but blocked by loyalists led by Ian Paisley; leads for formation of student civil rights group People's Democracy
  • Oct 10 Detroit Tigers beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 65th World Series

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Oct 10 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Oct 10 Lee Evans of US sets 400 metre record at 43.86
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 11 Apollo 7 (Schirra, Eisele & Cunningham) made 163 orbits in 260 hours
  • Oct 11 Billy Martin named manager of Twins
  • Oct 11 Coup d'état in Panama against President Arnulfo Arias
  • Oct 12 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances
  • Oct 12 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 12 Equatorial Guinea (Spanish Guinea) declares independence from Spain
  • Oct 12 Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is 1st woman to light Olympic flame
  • Oct 13 Tinker Creek Gorge of Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated
  • Oct 14 1st live telecast from a manned US spacecraft (Apollo 7)
  • Oct 14 Beatles "White Album" completed
  • Oct 14 Gruener & Watson (US) set scuba depth record (133 m) in Bahamas
  • Oct 14 In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • Oct 14 J R Hines of US runs 100m in world record 9.95 sec
  • Oct 14 A 6.8 earthquake wrecked the Australian town of Meckering, and also ruptured all major roads and railways nearby.

CommunicationOpening of Euston Station

Oct 14 Opening of the rebuilt Euston railway station in London

  • Oct 15 AL expansion draft, KC pick Roger Nelson & Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
  • Oct 15 The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont
  • Oct 16 China reports removal of president Li Sjao-tji
  • Oct 16 Czechoslovakia & Russian "accord" rules allies Soviet forces
  • Oct 16 During Olympics Tommie Smith & John Carlos give black power salute
  • Oct 16 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • Oct 16 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • Oct 16 The People's Democracy (PD), formed on Oct 9, organise a march of 1,300 students from the Queen's University of Belfast to the City Hall in the centre of the city, Northern Ireland

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Oct 17 "Bullitt" directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

  • Oct 18 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City
  • Oct 18 Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas
  • Oct 18 John Lennon & Yoko One fined £150 for marijuana possession
  • Oct 18 Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 meter dash

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Oct 18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Oct 18 US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony
  • Oct 19 Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars
  • Oct 19 Derry Citizen's Action Committee, formed on Oct 9, stage an illegal sit-down at Guildhall Square as part of large civil disobedience campaign
  • Oct 20 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Oct 20 Carol Mann wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • Oct 20 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • Oct 22 Apollo 7 returns to Earth
  • Oct 23 "Maggie Flynn" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 23 Kip Keino (Kenya) wins gold medal for 1,500m (3 min 34.9 sec)

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Oct 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Oct 24 The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 25 Chicago recognizes Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable as its 1st settler
  • Oct 25 Longest Oly field hockey game, Hol beats Spain 1-0 in 2h25m (6 OT)

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Oct 25 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Oct 26 First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy
  • Oct 26 KMIR TV channel 36 in Palm Springs, CA (NBC) begins broadcastng
  • Oct 26 Soviet Union launches spacecraft Soyuz 3

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Oct 26 George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Oct 27 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 27 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA River Plantation Golf Invitational
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 30 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Lars Onsager (thermodynamics)
  • Oct 30 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Luis Alvarez (bubble chamber)
  • Oct 30 Queen Juliana opens IJ tunnel in Amsterdam
  • Oct 30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 31 Linda Eastman moves to UK permanently
  • Oct 31 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)

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Oct 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Oct 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site