What Happened on February 1, 1968

Historical Events

Historic Event

Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

Execution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.

Sports History

Vince Lombardi steps down as NFL Green Bay Packers head coach in favor of longtime assistant Phil Bengtson; stays on as Packers' general manager for 1968

  • World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

Famous Birthdays

  • Kent Mercker, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1995; no-hitter 1994; Atlanta Braves), born in Dublin, Ohio

Lisa Marie PresleyLisa Marie Presley (1968-2023)

American singer-songwriter ("Lights Out"), and daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee [1]

  • Mark Recchi, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1991, 2006, 11; at 43 oldest player to score in Stanley Cup Finals Series), born in Kamloops, Canada
  • Pauly Shore, American comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sean Millington, Canadian football fullback (Grey Cup 1994, 2000; BC Lions) and broadcaster (cfl.ca and CBC), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Famous Deaths

  • Lawson Little, American golfer (US Open 1940), dies at 57
1968 Highlights

About February 1, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 11 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers
  • UK #1 Song: Everlasting Love - Love Affair