On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1968

Historical Events

  • WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays

  • Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, born in Lanark, Scotland (d. 2007)
  • Funkmaster Flex [Aston George Taylor Jr], American hip hop DJ, born in The Bronx, New York
  • John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington

Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen, French politician (President of the National Front Party), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine

  • Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • Terri Clark, Canadian country singer-songwriter, and guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler

Famous Deaths

  • Luther Perkins American country and rockabilly guitarist (The Tennessee Three), dies as a result of a house fire at 40
1968 Highlights

About August 5, 1968

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 3 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

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