What Happened on April 20, 1968

Historical Events

Enoch Powel's "Rivers of Blood"

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

  • British rock band billed as "Roundabout" debuts in Kastrup, Denmark; after a brief tour of Scandinavia, they change their name to "Deep Purple"

PM Pierre Trudeau

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

  • South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
1968 History

Famous Weddings

Tony Curtis

American actor Tony Curtis (42) weds (his 3rd time) American Leslie Allen; divorce in 1982

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

Famous Deaths

  • Mabel Stark, American tiger trainer "crazy Mabel", found dead after her suicide at 79
  • Marion Weeks, American silent film actress, and Ziegfield Follies singer and dancer, dies of stroke at 81

About April 20, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 5 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
  • UK #1 Song: What A Wonderful World/Cabaret - Louis Armstrong