1968 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 493

  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Wash DC by US & 6 European nations
  • Mar 18 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 19 Howard University students seize administration building

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Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases
  • Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mario Soares banished to Sao Tomé
  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off SF cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in SF

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Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie State College
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 31 LBJ announces he will not seek re-election
  • Mar 31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • Mar 31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots
  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States
  • Apr 2 Senator E Mccarthy wins Democratic primaries in Wisconsin
  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • Apr 3 "Planet of the Apes" United States wide premiere
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned


Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • Apr 5 US marine base Khe San Vietnam, appalled
  • Apr 6 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis
  • Apr 6 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 6 Gas and gunpowder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect

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Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • Apr 9 German DR adopts constitution
  • Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference
  • Apr 10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president
  • Apr 11 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 12 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
  • Apr 14 Roberto de Vicenzo loses Masters for signing an incorrect score card
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • Apr 18 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • Apr 18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • Apr 18 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • Apr 18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • Apr 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 Belgian construction workers strike
  • Apr 19 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams
  • Apr 20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • Apr 20 English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.

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Apr 20 Pierre Trudeau sworn in as Canada's 15th Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 21 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win
  • Apr 23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • Apr 23 United Methodist Church forms
  • Apr 24 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
  • Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • Apr 27 Balt Oriole Tom Phoebus no-hits Boston, 6-0
  • Apr 27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade
  • Apr 28 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 110 of 110

  • Nov 23 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer
  • Nov 23 Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist

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Nov 24 Todd Beamer, passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, born in Flint, Michigan

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • Nov 29 Jiri Veber, Kladno CZE, hockey (Team Czech Rep)
  • 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

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Divorces in History

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 133 of 133

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Oct 2 Marcel Duchamp, French painter and sculptor (Nude Descending a Staircase), dies at 81

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • Oct 6 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (b. 1917)
  • Oct 9 Pierre Mulele, Congolese rebel leader, executed
  • Oct 20 Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, TV preacher, dies at 84
  • Oct 25 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (Passions), dies
  • Oct 27 Lise Meitner, Austria/Swedish physics (protactinium), dies at 89
  • Oct 28 Henricus WJM Keuls, lawyer/poet, dies at 85
  • Oct 30 Conrad Richter, US writer (Light in the Forest), dies at 78
  • Nov 1 Georgios Papandreou, Greek minister/premier, dies at 80
  • Nov 4 Paul JM Lindemans, Flemish agricultural engineer/author, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • Nov 6 Charles B. McVay III, Ex-U.S. Navy Captain (b. 1898)
  • Nov 7 Willem A Wagenaar, Dutch journalist/author (3,000 meter), dies
  • Nov 7 Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Nov 16 Greet Hofmans, faith healer of Dutch queen Juliana, dies at 74
  • Nov 17 Wilhelm Lehmann, writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 17 Mervyn Peake, British writer (b. 1911)
  • Nov 18 Walter Wanger, US producer (Cleopatra), dies at 74

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Nov 25 Upton Beall Sinclair, US author (Jungle), dies at 90

  • Nov 25 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)
  • Nov 26 Arnold Zweig, German antifascist/author (Junge frau 1914), dies at 81
  • Nov 28 Enid Mary Blyton, author (Before I Go To Sleep), dies at 70
  • Dec 10 Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (Kirchliche Dogma), dies at 82

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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

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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