On This Day

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 releaseMusic Premiere

Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 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
  • Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress

Famous Deaths

  • Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; 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? 52 years, 5 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Pisces