On This Day

What Happened on April 8, 1968

Historical Events

  • 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Patricia Arquette, American actress (Boyhood, True Romance), born in NYC, New York
  • Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100m hurdles)
1968 Highlights

About April 8, 1968

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 9 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries