December 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Gonzalo Barrios, Venezuelan presidential candidate
  • Dec 1 Pirate Radio Modern (259) (England) begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 US President Richard Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Dec 4 Following a civil rights march in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, there is a violent clash between Loyalists and those who are taking part in the march
  • Dec 6 PBA National Championship won by Wayne Zahn
  • Dec 7 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2 launched into Earth orbit
  • Dec 7 Richard Dodd returns a library book his great grandfather took out in 1823 from the University of Cincinnati
  • Dec 9 NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
  • Dec 9 The Derry Citizen's Action Committee (DCAC) calls for a halt to all marches and protests for a period of one month
  • Dec 10 Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
  • 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
  • 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 Playland at Beach reopens
  • Dec 13 Pres Da Costa e Silva disbands parliament/grabs power
  • 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 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
  • Dec 21 Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell & Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage
  • 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 Borman, Lovell & Anders become 1st men to orbit Moon
  • Dec 24 Apollo 8 astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis
  • 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 27 Apollo 8 returns to Earth
  • Dec 27 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 28 Israeli assault on Beirut Airport
  • Dec 29 Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
  • Dec 30 -48°F (-44°C), Mazama & Winthrop, Washington (state record)
  • Dec 31 1st supersonic airliner flown (Russian TU-144)
  • Dec 31 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Mark Harding, Bath England, keeper of Internet biographies
  • Dec 12 Rory Kennedy, American documentarian
  • Dec 15 Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician
  • Dec 17 Andrey Golovatiuk, Russian politician
  • Dec 28 Jennifer Palmquest, Wilmot SD, Miss SD-America (1991)
  • Dec 29 Carlo H L Ponti Jr, son of Carlo Ponti & Sophia Loren

Weddings in History

  • Dec 22 Julie Nixon weds Dwight David Eisenhower

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Author and host Ina Garten (20) weds dean Jeffrey Garten

Host of Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten
Host of Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten

Deaths in History

  • Dec 10 Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 10 Thomas Merton, French/American Catholic writer and Trappist monk (7 Story Mountain), accidentally electrocuted by an electric fan at 53

Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton
Catholic Writer and Trappist Monk
Thomas Merton
  • Dec 10 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (b. 1921)
  • Dec 11 Nadine Riga, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • Dec 15 Antonio Barrette, Canadian politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1899)
  • Dec 19 Norman Thomas, American socialist, pacifist and presidential candidate (1928-48), dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 20 John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66

  • Dec 22 Louise Granville, entertainer, dies of influenza at 73
  • Dec 29 Austin Farrer, English theologian and philosopher (b. 1904)
  • Dec 30 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950), dies at 85