On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1968

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill receives overwhelming support from Unionist Members of Parliament (MPs) at Stormont

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Walsh, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings; sues NFL over head injuries 2011), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Kate Humble, English television presenter, born in Wimbledon, London
  • Kurt Schulz, American football safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica (d. 2002)
  • Ray Ethridge, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in San Diego, California
  • Rory Kennedy, American documentary filmmaker, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Tatianna, Spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
1968 Highlights

About December 12, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 11 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius