On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1968

Historical Events

  • After 5 years Soviet Union once again jams Voice of America radio
  • Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey
  • Marine James Anderson Jr is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor

Soviet UnionWarsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

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

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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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  • William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)

Famous Birthdays

  • Barbara Ann Moore, American actress, Playboy playmate (Dec, 1992) and ballroom dancer, born in Spokane, Washington

Famous Deaths

  • Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
1968 Highlights

About August 21, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 3 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo