What Happened on December 18, 1968

Historical Events

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres in NYC

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
  • Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer (Más), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Casper Van Dien, American actor (Starship Troopers), born in Milton, Florida
  • Craig "muMS" Grant, American poet and actor (Oz), born in New York City
Born in 1968

Famous Divorces

Peter Sellers

Actor Peter Sellers (43) divorces actress Britt Ekland after 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Joan Tabor, American actress (Teenage Millionaire), dies at 36 after accidentally overdosing on influenza medication
  • Sir John Layton Jarvis, English thoroughbred race horse trainer (9 x British Classic Races; 3 x British flat racing Champion Trainer), dies at 80

About December 18, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 9 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • UK #1 Song: Lily The Pink - Scaffold