January 1968 in History

Events in History

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Jan 1 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 2 Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant

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Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas

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Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

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Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 21 Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
  • Jan 22 Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Vietcong launches Tet offensive on US embassy in Saigon
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 31 Viet Cong Tet offensive begins

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Mike Wilpolt, Head Coach of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League
  • Jan 10 Lyle Menendez, NY, accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers)
  • Jan 12 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • Jan 15 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
  • Jan 17 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • Jan 18 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist
  • Jan 21 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician
  • Jan 30 Felipe de Borbon, Prince of Asturias, heir to Spanish throne

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • Jan 4 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • Jan 14 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • Jan 15 Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • Jan 17 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • Jan 21 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 26 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • Jan 26 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • Jan 30 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81