February 1968 in History

Events in History

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Feb 1 Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 1 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

CommunicationExecution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

Feb 1 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.

  • Feb 2 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • Feb 4 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • Feb 5 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
  • Feb 5 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • Feb 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam

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Feb 6 Former Pres Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Feb 7 Arthur Miller's "Price" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 7 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • Feb 8 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)
  • Feb 9 Rotterdam metro opened by Princess Beatrix
  • Feb 11 Israeli-Jordan border fight
  • Feb 11 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
  • Feb 11 Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)
  • Feb 13 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • Feb 14 Pennsylvania Railroad/NYC Central merge into Penn Central
  • Feb 15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • Feb 16 US 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala
  • Feb 18 10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin
  • Feb 18 Britain adopts year-round daylight savings time as a trial
  • Feb 19 1st US Teachers strike (Florida)
  • Feb 20 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
  • Feb 21 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin
  • Feb 22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"
  • Feb 24 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish)
  • Feb 24 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
  • Feb 25 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
  • Feb 25 Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
  • Feb 25 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (143.251 MPH)
  • Feb 26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • Feb 28 Pirate Radio Hauraki, off NZ, returns to the air
  • Feb 29 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
  • Feb 29 US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
  • Feb 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 29 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks

Birthdays in History

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Feb 1 Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson, daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • Feb 12 Christopher McCandless, American nomad, subject of biography Into the Wild (d. 1992)
  • Feb 16 Warren Ellis, British comic book writer
  • Feb 17 Bryan Cox, National Football League player
  • Feb 20 Ted Hankey, English darts player
  • Feb 22 Shawn Graham, Canadian politician
  • Feb 26 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine)
  • Feb 29 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • Feb 29 Pete Fenson, American curler
  • Feb 29 Eugene Volokh, American law professor

Deaths in History

  • Feb 4 Gerard den Brabander, [Jan G Jofriet], poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • Feb 4 Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 8 J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • Feb 9 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • Feb 10 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 11 Howard Lindsay, US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • Feb 18 Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Anthony Asquith, British director (Court Martial), dies at 65

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Feb 21 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), dies at 69

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • Feb 22 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • Feb 23 Fannie Hurst, US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
  • Feb 27 Johannes Tralow, writer, dies at 85
  • Feb 29 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)