May 1968 in History

Events in History

  • May 2 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • May 3 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
  • May 4 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • May 4 Dancer Image DQ due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
  • May 6 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • May 6 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • May 6 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • May 8 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
  • May 8 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
  • May 10 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US & North Vietnam
  • May 11 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • May 11 The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west.
  • May 12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.

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May 13 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle & Georges Pompidou

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 14 Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubček
  • May 14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin
  • May 15 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
  • May 15 A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
  • May 16 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • May 16 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
  • May 17 European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
  • May 17 Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games
  • May 19 Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games
  • May 19 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard
  • May 20 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, is showered with eggs, flour and stones after a meeting of the Woodvale Unionist Association, a loyalist vigilante group
  • May 21 Paul McCartney & Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 21 Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
  • May 24 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days

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May 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

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May 24 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 24 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
  • May 25 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
  • May 25 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 25 Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
  • May 27 6th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-3
  • May 27 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.
  • May 28 AL announces it is splitting into 2 divisions

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May 28 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democrate primary in Oregon

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • May 29 US Truth in Lending Act signed into law
  • May 29 UN resolves sanctions on white-minority-ruled Rhodesia
  • May 30 President De Gaulle disbands French parliament
  • May 30 University church in Leipzig, German DR, blown up
  • May 30 West German Parliament accepts emergency crisis law

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Denise Masino, American Female Bodybuilder
  • May 6 Linnea Marie Fayard, Shrevept La, Miss Louisiana-America (1991-5th)
  • May 8 Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • May 8 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • May 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (d. 1997)
  • May 15 Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
  • May 21 Matthias Ungemach, German rower
  • May 23 Tiffany Rochelle-Anderson, Laguna Beach Ca, WPVA (Nationals-13th-1995)
  • May 26 Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark
  • May 30 Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen found guilty relating to September 11, 2001 attacks
  • May 30 Kelley Armstrong, Canadian novelist (Women of the Otherworld), born in Sudbury, Ontario

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • May 2 Donald L Hall, airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • May 5 Albert Dekker, dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 7 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • May 9 Finlay Currie, dies at 90
  • May 9 Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • May 9 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • May 10 Philippa Bevans, dies at 55
  • May 10 Scotty Beckett, dies at 38
  • May 14 Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • May 20 Kees van Dongen, Dutch/French painter, dies at 91
  • May 25 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • May 28 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)