What Happened on August 3, 1968

Historical Events

Music History

100,000 attend two-day Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California; performers included Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, Country Joe and the Fish, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, Tiny Tim, The Animals, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and The Byrds

  • France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Famous Birthdays

  • Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), born in Burbank, California (d. 2007)
Born in 1968

Famous Deaths

  • Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71

About August 3, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 1 month and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Hello, I Love You - The Doors
  • UK #1 Song: Mony Mony - Tommy James & The Shondells