On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1968

Historical Events

  • 12,000 die in 7.8 quake 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

  • Dennis O'Keefe, American actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies
1968 Highlights

About August 31, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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