Historical Events in 1968 (Part 5)

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  • Dec 10 Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
  • Dec 11 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 11 US Soccer Football Association refuses to let NASL disband
  • Dec 11 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill sacks Home Affairs Minister, William Craig

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Dec 12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • Dec 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 12 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill receives overwhelming support from Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs) at Stormont
  • Dec 13 Brazilian President Da Costa e Silva issues Ato Institucional Número Cinco degree

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Dec 14 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Dec 16 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting
  • Dec 16 Official revocation of the Edict of Expulsion of Jews from Spain at Second Vatican Council
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 19 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.
  • Dec 20 The People's Democracy (PD) announce that its members will undertake a protest march from Belfast to Derry beginning 1 January 1969

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Dec 21 Apollo 8: 1st manned Moon voyage launched with Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders

Astronaut Frank Borman
Astronaut
Frank Borman
  • Dec 21 David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiere together in Calif
  • Dec 23 1st US case of space motion sickness
  • Dec 23 82 members of US intelligence ship Pueblo released by North Korea
  • Dec 23 Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders become the 1st men to orbit the Moon
  • Dec 24 Apollo 8 astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis
  • Dec 24 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 25 Frank Borman's Christmas reading while orbiting Moon
  • Dec 25 42 Dalits are burned alive in Kilavenmani village, Tamil Nadu, India, a retaliation for a campaign for higher wages by Dalit labourers.
  • Dec 26 Arab terrorists in Athens fire on El Al plane, kills 1
  • Dec 26 Jay Allens "Forty Carats" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • Dec 26 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 27 Apollo 8 returns to Earth
  • Dec 27 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • Dec 28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • Dec 28 Beatles' "White Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Dec 28 Israeli assault on Beirut Airport
  • Dec 28 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 29 Balt Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
  • Dec 29 NY Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 30 -48°F (-44°C), Mazama & Winthrop, Washington (state record)

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Dec 30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 31 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
  • Dec 31 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144
  • Dec 31 NY Jets win AFL championship