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What Happened in April 1968

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States

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Apr 2 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 2 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • 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 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned

Martin Luther King Shot DeadMartin Luther King Shot Dead

Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
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Martin Luther King waves to supporters after delivering his 'I have a dream' speech
Martin Luther King waves to supporters after delivering his 'I have a dream' speech
  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • 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 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London

  • Apr 8 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 8 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • Apr 8 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

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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

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Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 9 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 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 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 10 40th Academy Awards: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win

  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president

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Apr 11 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 11 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • Apr 14 32nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bob Goalby shoots a final round 66 (-6) to win his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of Roberto De Vicenzo who has his card famously marked incorrectly

  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 15 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot wins in 2:22:17; Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:30:00 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 17 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 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

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Apr 20 British politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech

British Politican Enoch Powell
British Politican
Enoch Powell

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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 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 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 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas
  • 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 25 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • Apr 27 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Baltimore 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
  • Apr 29 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • Apr 30 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Andreas Schnaas, German horror film director
  • Apr 1 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • Apr 3 Bernd Karbacher, German tennis player, born in Munich, Germany
  • Apr 3 Mike Lansing, American baseball infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Rawlins, Wyoming
  • Apr 3 Sebastian Bach [Bierk], Canadian heavy metal singer (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Apr 3 Jamie Hewlett, English illustrator (Tank Girl, Gorillaz), born in Horsham, Sussex, England
  • Apr 3 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London (d. 2001)
  • Apr 4 Jennifer Lynch, American film director, screenwriter and author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 5 Tasia Valenza, American actress (All My Children), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 5 Paula Cole, American musician
  • Apr 6 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Western Australia
  • Apr 6 Vanessa Lann, American composer (Dancing to an Orange Drummer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 7 Don[ald] Smith, North Tonawanda NY, rower (Olympic 5th 1996)
  • Apr 7 Duncan Armstrong, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m freestyle 1988), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • Apr 8 Patricia Arquette, American actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 8 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
  • Apr 9 Janne Ojanen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Apr 10 Orlando Jones, American actor and comedian (MADtv, 7 Up spokesman), born in Toulminville, Alabama
  • Apr 11 Eric Moten, NFL guard and tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 11 Sergei Lukyanenko, Russian sci-fi author (Labyrinth of Reflections), born in Karatau, Kazakhstan
  • Apr 12 Adam Graves, Canadian left wing hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 12 Alicia Coppola, American actress (Lorna Devon-Another World), born in Huntington, New York
  • Apr 12 Neal Fort, American football tackle (Montreal Alouettes), born in Warner Robins, Georgia
  • Apr 13 Tami Lyn Jameson, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 13 Ted Washington, American NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Apr 13 Toni Lee Jameson, American team handball back court (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Apr 13 Margrethe Vestager, Danish politician and European Commissioner for Competition, born in Glostrup, Zealand
  • Apr 14 Andrew Trim, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Apr 14 Anthony Michael Hall, American actor (SNL, Breakfast Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Apr 14 Jesse Levis, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 15 Billy Brewer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 15 Stacey Williams, American fashion model (SI Swimsuit 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 15 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • Apr 16 Grace Kim, South Korean-American tennis star, born in South Korea
  • Apr 17 Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, eldest son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 17 Richie Woodhall, British professional boxer, born in Telford, Shropshire, England
  • Apr 17 Roger Twose, English cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995), born in Torquay, England
  • Apr 17 Adam McKay, American director (The Big Short, Vice), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 18 Mary Birdsong, American actress (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), born in Florida
  • Apr 18 David Hewlett, Canadian actor (Stargate Universe), born in Redhill, Surrey, England
  • Apr 19 Ashley Judd, American actress (Kuffs, Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 19 Brent Mayne, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Loma Linda, California
  • Apr 19 Keith McCants, American NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Apr 19 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Melville, Saskatchewan
  • Apr 19 Thomas Nock, Swiss actor (Tartort, Gemini-Twin Stars), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Apr 19 Mswati III [Prince Makhosetive], King of Swaziland (1986- ), born in Manzini, Swaziland
  • Apr 19 Pascal Kleiman, French DJ, producer and musician, born in Toulouse, France
  • Apr 19 Arshad Warsi, Indian film actor (Lage Raho Munna Bhai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Apr 20 DeDee Nathan, American heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Apr 21 Peter van Foxes, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Apr 22 Bimbo Coles, NBA guard (Golden State Warriors)
  • Apr 22 Carlos Costa, Spanish tennis star
  • Apr 22 Jo Angel, cricketer (big WA right-arm fast bowler, Australia 1993-)
  • Apr 22 Vernell Coles, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • Apr 22 Zarley Zalapski, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • Apr 23 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, born in Lockport, New York (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Aisha bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, twin of Princess Zein and sister of King Abdullah II, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Apr 23 Zein bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, twin of Princess Aisha and sister of King Abdullah II, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Apr 23 Charles Stanton "Stan" Frazier, American musician, record producer, songwriter and restauranteur (Sugar Ray), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 24 Todd Jones, MLB relief pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Apr 24 Tracy Gravely, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes), born in West Virginia
  • Apr 24 Hashim Thaçi, Kosovan politician, 1st Prime Minister of Kosovo (2008-14) and 4th President of Kosovo (2016-), born in Srbica, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 24 Stacy Haiduk, American actress (Lana Lang-Superboy), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Apr 24 Aidan Gillen [Aidan Murphy], Irish actor (Queer as Folk, Game of Thrones), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 26 Ahmed Elmaghraby, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Suez, Egypt
  • Apr 27 Cristian Mungiu, Romanian filmmaker (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), born in Iași, Romania
  • Apr 28 Andy Flower, cricketer (Zimbabwe keeper & victorious Test captain)
  • Apr 28 Damion Lyons, CFL cornerback (BC Lions)
  • Apr 28 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • Apr 28 Howard Donald, British pop musician (Take That), born in Droylsden, Lancashire, England
  • Apr 28 Jeff Grosso, American skateboarder (host Youtube’s 'Vans Loveletters to Skateboarding'), born in Glendale, California (d. 2020)
  • Apr 29 Browning Nagle, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 29 Carnie Wilson, American rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 30 Babette Van Veen, Neth, actress (Linda-GTST, Blueberry Hill)
  • Apr 30 Paulo Jr, Brazilian pop bassist (Sepultura, Morbid Visions)
  • Apr 30 Richard Pilon, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • Apr 30 Roger Mar, rapid fire pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 20 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Business magnate Alan Sugar (21) weds hairdresser Ann Simons in Great Portland Street Synagogue

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59

MurderMartin Luther King Jr.

Apr 4 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 6 Robert "Bobby" Hutton, American Black Panther leader and treasurer, shot to death by Oakland police at 17
  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, world F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 10 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • Apr 14 Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 15 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, Ukrainian composer & the father of modern Ukrainian music, dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 20 Mabel Stark, American tiger trainer "crazy Mabel", found dead after her suicide at 79
  • Apr 21 Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 21 Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt
  • Apr 22 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive, dies at 57
  • Apr 24 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)