What Happened on February 29, 1968

Historical Events

  • Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

Music Premiere

Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

  • National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks
  • US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Bryce Paup, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1994–97; Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings), born in Jefferson, Iowa
  • Eugene Volokh, American law professor
  • Frank Woodley, Australian comedian
  • Gareth Farr, New Zealand percussionist, and composer (From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs; Chemin des Dames), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress

Famous Deaths

  • Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago White Sox; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), dies at 81
  • Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
1968 Highlights

About February 29, 1968

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

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Love Is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu) - Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Cinderella Rockefella - Esther & Abi Ofarim