On This Day

What Happened in August 1968

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
  • Aug 1 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Aug 1 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
  • Aug 2 35th Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17, 69,917 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 2 Ron Hansen (Washington Senators) & Tim Cullen (Chicago WS) become the first MLB players to be traded for each other twice in the same season; they had been traded in February in opposite directions
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 4 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, California
  • Aug 4 WXTV TV channel 41 in New York-Paterson, NY (UNI) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Aug 8 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • Aug 8 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 8 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Yugoslav president Tito visits Prague

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Aug 10 Race riot in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • Aug 11 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label

  • Aug 11 Satchel Paige (62) & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • Aug 11 Fifteen Guinea Special - last main-line steam passenger train service in Britain. Selection of British Rail steam locomotives make a return 120-mile journey Liverpool to Carlisle, before having their fires dropped for the last time.
  • Aug 14 Montreal Expos officially become a member of NL
  • Aug 15 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu visits Prague

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Aug 17 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ

Soviet UnionWarsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

Aug 20 During the night 250,000 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring

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Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia
Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia
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  • Aug 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 21 After 5 years Soviet Union once again jams Voice of America radio

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 21 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey

US Vice President Hubert Humphrey
US Vice President
Hubert Humphrey
  • Aug 21 Marine James Anderson Jr is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 21 Warsaw Pact forces complete their invasion of Czechoslovakia by arresting the Czech leader Alexander Dubček and forcing him to sign the Moscow Protocols

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • Aug 21 William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)

BeatificationPapal Visit

Aug 22 1st papal visit to Latin America, Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota to open a Eucharistic congress.

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • Aug 22 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.
  • Aug 23 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • Aug 23 Yanks & Tigers play 3-3 tie in 19 due to 1 AM curfew
  • Aug 24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • Aug 24 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Aug 25 NY Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches second 2/3 innings and beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in second game and homered
  • Aug 25 29th Venice Film Festival: "Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed" directed by Alexander Kluge wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 26 "Hey Jude" single released by the Beatles in US (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)
  • Aug 27 Protest by the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) at the Guildhall's council chamber; after which Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) to organise a march in Derry
  • Aug 28 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Democratic National Convention
  • Aug 28 Northern Irish MP Gerry Fitt tables a House of Commons motion criticising the Royal Ulster Constabulary at Dungannon, "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 29 First match in the US Open tennis era; on her way to the final, Billie Jean King beats fellow American Dr Vija Vuskains 6-1, 6-0

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Aug 29 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for US President (Chicago)
  • Aug 30 1st record released on Apple label in UK is The Beatles single "Hey Jude"
  • Aug 31 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • Aug 31 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Aug 31 Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Aug 31 Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 31 Gary Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Roshumba Williams, American model (Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 1 Rob Carpenter, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amityville, New York
  • Aug 1 Stacey Augmon, American NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers, Hawks), born in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 1 Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed), born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Aug 2 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Aug 2 Sean Groom, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer, born in Niendorf, Hamburg
  • Aug 3 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), born in Burbank, California (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Darcy Arreola, 1.5k runner, born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 4 James Francis, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Aug 4 Marcus Schenkenberg, model (Calvin Klein)
  • Aug 4 Daniel Dae Kim, American actor
  • Aug 5 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 5 Funkmaster Flex [Aston George Taylor Jr], American hip hop DJ, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 5 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • Aug 5 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • Aug 5 Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler

Person of interestMarine Le Pen

Aug 5 Marine Le Pen, French politician (President of the National Front Party), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • Aug 5 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, born in Lanark, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Aug 6 Celena Mondie-Milner, Milledgeville Ga, 100m/200m runner
  • Aug 6 Jack de Gier, soccer player (Cambuur L, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Aug 6 Patricia Tarabini, La Plata Argentina, tennis star (1985 Futures ITA)
  • Aug 7 Tomas Carbonell, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Aug 7 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), born in Manhasset, New York (d. 1998)
  • Aug 8 Abey Kuruvila, cricketer (promising Bombay fast bowler)
  • Aug 8 Suzy Hamilton, US olympic 1500m runner
  • Aug 9 Gillian Anderson, actress (The X-Files, Bleak House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Jay Stacy, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • Aug 9 Eric Bana, Australian actor
  • Aug 9 Sam Fogarino, American drummer (Interpol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 9 Joseph McGinty Nichol, American film producer and director
  • Aug 10 Alex Andrievski, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 10 Jennifer Horton, Dover NJ, team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Aug 10 Michael Bivins, rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 10 Michel Doesburg, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Aug 10 Moe Gardner, NFL nose tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 10 Peter Docter, American film director
  • Aug 11 Charlie Sexton, rocker (Arc Angels)
  • Aug 11 Alan Kelly, England-born Irish footballer
  • Aug 11 Veda Hille, Canadian singer
  • Aug 11 Anna Gunn, American actress
  • Aug 12 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 12 Andras Jones, American actor
  • Aug 13 William Thomas, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Aug 14 Glenn Leroy McLeay, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Aug 14 Praveen Amre, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992), born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 14 Adrian Lester, English actor, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Aug 14 Billy Mavreas, Greek-Canadian cartoonist
  • Aug 15 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 15 Debra Messing, American actress (Will & Grace), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 16 Donovan Leitch Jr., American actor (I Shot Andy Warhol) and musician (Camp Freddy), born in London, England
  • Aug 17 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 Helen McCrory, English actress (The Queen, Peaky Blinders), born in London (d. 2021)
  • Aug 18 Brian Mitchell, American football running back (Washington Redskins), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • Aug 18 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Aug 18 Greta Lind, American actress (Katie Kennicott-All My Children), born in Goshen, New York
  • Aug 18 Griffin Drew, American actress (Dinosaur Island), born in Hazelhurst, Georgia
  • Aug 18 John Coyle, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • Aug 18 Justin Strzelczyk, American football offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in West Seneca, New York
  • Aug 18 Lee Seung-yeon, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 19 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, Greek windsurfer
  • Aug 19 Mark McGuinn, American country music artist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 20 Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Aug 20 Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer and manager, born in Ödeshög, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • Aug 20 Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 21 Barbara Ann Moore, American actress, Playboy playmate (Dec, 1992) and ballroom dancer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • Aug 22 Henrik Holm, Swedish tennis star, born in Täby, Sweden
  • Aug 22 Horst Skoff, Austrian tennis star, born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Aug 22 Michael Curry, American basketball forward and coach (Detroit Pistons), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • Aug 22 Paul Ereng, Kenyan athlete, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Kitale, Kenya
  • Aug 22 Paul Colman, British-Australian guitarist (Newsboys, 2006-09), born in London
  • Aug 22 Casper Christensen, Danish comedian (Hvaffor en hånd), born in Kerteminde, Denmark
  • Aug 22 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor and columnist, born in Arlington Country, Virginia
  • Aug 22 Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer, born in Leningrad Oblast, Russia
  • Aug 23 Chris DiMarco, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2004 runner-up), born in Huntington, New York
  • Aug 23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • Aug 23 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Aug 24 Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura), born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
  • Aug 24 Benoît Brunet, Canadian NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 24 Tim Salmon, American MLB outfielder (California Angels), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 24 Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Toyko
  • Aug 25 Dave Thomas, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 25 Rafet El Roman [Yaşdut], Turkish pop singer and songwriter (Gençliğin Gözyaşı - The Tears of the Youth), born in at Uzunköprü. Turkey
  • Aug 25 Stuart Murdoch, Scottish singer and songwriter (Belle & Sebastian), born in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Aug 25 Takeshi Ueda, Japanese rock bassist (The Mad Capsule Markets), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Aug 25 Spider One [Michael David Cummings], American musician (Powerman 5000), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
  • Aug 25 Rachael Ray, American TV personality and chef, born in Glen Falls, New York
  • Aug 26 Chris Boardman, British cyclist (world 1 hour record), born in Merseyside, England
  • Aug 26 Courtney Hall, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • Aug 26 Byron Lawson, Canadian actor
  • Aug 27 Christine Schaefer, Florence Ky, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-5th-1994)
  • Aug 27 Emanual Davis, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • Aug 28 Tom Fitzgerald, American NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Billerica, Massachusetts
  • Aug 28 Billy Boyd, Scottish actor (Seed of Chucky), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 29 Darren Joseph, Canadian football fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Aug 30 Vladimir Malakhov, Russian NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union
  • Aug 31 Glenroy Gilbert, Trinidad, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Aug 31 Hideo Nomo, pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 31 Jennifer Azzi, Oak Ridge Tenn, basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Aug 31 Jim Bob Howard, American actor (Flash and Bone), born in Wichita Falls, Texas

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 2 Future President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal (21) weds lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo (22)

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 6 Children's author Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss] (64) weds second wife Audrey Stone Dimond

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (79) weds his long-time secretary Agnes Jean Bethell

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Aug 25 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (47) weds actor Roger Barrett (47) at the Community Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California
  • Aug 28 1 day marriage of TV character Murphy Brown
  • Aug 29 Norwegian Crown Prince Harald (later Harald V) marries Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 8 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 16 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultery

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • Aug 6 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician (Communist Party of Belgium (PCB)), dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, dies at 74
  • Aug 11 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian New Testament scholar, dies at 85
  • Aug 12 Pieter Oud, Dutch politician and Mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), dies at 76
  • Aug 15 Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], composer and teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Luis Gianneo, Argentine pianist, organist, conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52
  • Aug 19 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • Aug 19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • Aug 20 Earl Sande, American jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • Aug 20 Channing H. Cox, American politician (49th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 88
  • Aug 21 Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • Aug 24 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • Aug 25 John George [Tufei Fatella], Syrian actor (Black Orchids, Don Juan, Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies from emphysema at 70
  • Aug 25 Stan McCabe, Australian cricket batsman (39 Tests, batting av. 48.21, top score 232), dies of a fractured skull at 58
  • Aug 26 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 27 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • Aug 28 John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • Aug 28 Nick Castle, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), dies at 79
  • Aug 29 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner, dies at 87
  • Aug 30 William Talman, American actor (Crashout, The Hitch-Hiker, Perry Mason), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • Aug 31 Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Aug 31 George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies