On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1968

Historical Events

  • Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy completes a clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Grenoble Winter Olympics when he wins the slalom; also takes out the downhill and giant slalom
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • Norwegian cross country skier Ole Ellefs√¶ter wins 50k event at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; 2nd gold medal of the Games (4 x 10k relay)
  • Soviet Union wins its 3rd Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Grenoble; clinch title with final round, 5-0 win over Canada; Soviet LW Anatoli Firsov top scores with 16 points

Famous Birthdays

  • Bryan Cox, American NFL linebacker and coach (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Celita Schutz, American half-middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Riverdale, New Jersey
  • Patrick Uterwijk, Dutch heavy metal guitarist (Pestilence - Consuming Impulse), born in The Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), dies of heart ailment at 65
1968 Highlights

About February 17, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 9 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

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