What Happened on August 31, 1968

Historical Events

  • 12,000 die in 7.8 quake which destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
  • Gary Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over

Music History

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

  • Roy Face ties W. Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minnesota to become NWA champ
1968 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Glenroy Gilbert, Canadian 4X100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trinidad
  • Hideo Nomo, Japanese MLB pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jennifer Azzi, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Jim Bob Howard, American actor (Flash and Bone), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Jolene Watanabe, American tennis player (1994 Futures-Evansville), born in Los Angeles, California
Born in 1968

Famous Deaths

  • Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • George Peabody Gooch, English historian and House of Commons leader, dies at 94

About August 31, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 6 months and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: People Got To Be Free - The Rascals
  • UK #1 Song: I've Gotta Get A Message To You - Bee Gees