August 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
  • Aug 1 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo
  • Aug 1 The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 8 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • Aug 8 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 8 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 9 Yugoslav president Tito visits Prague
  • Aug 10 Race riot in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • Aug 11 The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time - this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.
  • Aug 14 Montreal Expos officially become a member of NL
  • Aug 15 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu visits Prague

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Aug 17 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 20 During the night 200,00 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops begin to invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring
  • Aug 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 21 After 5 years Russia once again jams Voice of America radio
  • Aug 21 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey
  • Aug 21 Marine James Anderson Jr is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor
  • Aug 21 Radio Prague (Czechoslovakia) at 12:50 AM announces a Soviet led invasion
  • Aug 21 Warsaw Pact forces continue their invasion of Czechoslovakia to end the reform movement known as the Prague Spring
  • Aug 21 William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)
  • Aug 22 1st papal visit to Latin America, Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota to open a Eucharistic congress.
  • Aug 22 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.
  • Aug 23 Yanks & Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew
  • Aug 24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • Aug 24 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned
  • Aug 27 The Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) organise another protest in the Guildhall's council chamber; immediately after the protest Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) and invites them to organise a march in Derry
  • Aug 28 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Demcratic National Convention
  • Aug 28 Gerry Fitt, MP, tables a House of Commons motion criticising Royal Ulster Constabulary action in Dungannon on 24 August 1968 and demands that: "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"
  • Aug 29 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for US president (Chicago)
  • Aug 31 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • Aug 31 Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Aug 31 Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 5 Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 Marine Le Pen, French politician (President of the National Front Party), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • Aug 14 Billy Mavreas, Greek-Canadian cartoonist
  • Aug 22 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor
  • Aug 28 Scarlet Annette Morgan, Pfafftown NC, Miss NC-America-1991

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 2 Later President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (21) weds lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo (22)

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 6 Children's author Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss] (64) weds Audrey Stone Dimond

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (79) weds his long-time secretary Agnes Jean Bethell

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Aug 29 Norwegian Crown Prince Harald (later Harald V) marries Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • Aug 6 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher (b. 1893)
  • Aug 11 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian biblical scholar, dies
  • Aug 12 Pieter J Auld, mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Esther Forbes, American novelist (b. 1891)
  • Aug 19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • Aug 21 Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • Aug 27 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • Aug 28 John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • Aug 28 Nick Castle, choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, dies at 79
  • Aug 29 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner (b. 1881)
  • Aug 31 George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies