On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

VietnamExecution 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.
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General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém
General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

Famous Birthdays

  • George Quigley Jr., American skeet shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Javier Sanchez, Spanish tennis star, born in Getafe, Spain
  • Kent Mercker, American MLB pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles), born in Dublin, Ohio

Person of interestLisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson, daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • Mark Recchi, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Kamloops, Canada
  • Pauly Shore, American comedian (Totally Pauly, Encino Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sean Millington, Canadian football fullback (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, Canada

Famous Deaths

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