April 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States
  • Apr 2 Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • Apr 3 "Planet of the Apes" United States wide premiere
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned


Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • Apr 5 US marine base Khe San Vietnam, appalled
  • Apr 6 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis
  • Apr 6 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 6 Gas and gunpowder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect

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Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • Apr 9 German DR adopts constitution
  • Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference
  • Apr 10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president

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Apr 11 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 12 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
  • Apr 14 Roberto de Vicenzo loses Masters for signing an incorrect score card
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • Apr 18 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • Apr 18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • Apr 18 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • Apr 18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • Apr 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 Belgian construction workers strike
  • Apr 19 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams
  • Apr 20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • Apr 20 English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.

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Apr 20 Pierre Trudeau sworn in as Canada's 15th Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 21 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win
  • Apr 23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • Apr 23 United Methodist Church forms
  • Apr 24 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
  • Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • Apr 27 Balt Oriole Tom Phoebus no-hits Boston, 6-0
  • Apr 27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade
  • Apr 28 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Mike Lansing, Rawlins Wyoming, infielder (Montreal Expos)
  • Apr 3 Jamie Hewlett, English illustrator
  • Apr 4 Jennifer Lynch, American director
  • Apr 11 Sergey Lukyanenko, Russian author
  • Apr 17 Maurits, Prince of Netherlands
  • Apr 19 Craig McNeil, American writer, lawyer, and military officer
  • Apr 19 Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  • Apr 23 Susan Emily Savastano, E Providence RI, Miss RI-America (1991)
  • Apr 23 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 23 Princess Zein bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 24 Hashim Thaci, Kosovan politician

Weddings in History

  • Apr 20 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Business magnate Alan Sugar (21) weds hairdresser Ann Simons in Great Portland Street Synagogue

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59


Apr 4 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 6 Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death
  • Apr 10 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • Apr 16 Edna Ferber, American author (American Beauty), dies at 82
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • Apr 22 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (b. 1911)