On This Day

What Happened on August 24, 1968

Historical Events

  • France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura), born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
  • Benoît Brunet, Canadian NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
  • Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Toyko
  • Tim Salmon, American MLB outfielder (California Angels), born in Long Beach, California

Famous Deaths

  • (Edmond) "Doc" Souchon, American jazz guitarist, music journal writer and editor, and New Orleans jazz historical preservationist, dies at 70
  • Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
1968 Highlights

About August 24, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 3 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

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