What Happened in January 1968

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)

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Jan 1 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 2 Christiaan Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant on Philip Blaiberg
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS

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Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Benjamin Spock
  • Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks

  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 13 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting

  • Jan 19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Jan 20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • Jan 21 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 21 The Battle of Khe Sanh - one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War - begins at the Khe Sanh Air Base
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • Jan 22 Apollo Lunar Module is launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 22 "Lady Soul" 14th studio album by Aretha Franklin is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1968)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-124 at New York City
  • Jan 24 Operation Coburg, an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War, begins
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnames and US forces
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 120

  • Jan 1 John de Visser, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Jan 1 Sandy Beasley, softball outfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • Jan 1 Davor Šuker, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 1 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer
  • Jan 2 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • Jan 2 Scott Mitchell, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 2 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch dressage champion
  • Jan 2 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
  • Jan 3 Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis star
  • Jan 3 Kerry Huffman, Peterborough, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa)
  • Jan 3 Shannon Sturges, actress (Savannah)
  • Jan 3 Thomas Rayam, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 4 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 4 Mike Wilpolt, Head Coach of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League
  • Jan 5 Carl Evans, Actor (Guilding Light)
  • Jan 5 Felton Spencer, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Jan 5 Jean Zedlitz, LPGA golfer (1994 Children's Med-14th), born in Stockton, California
  • Jan 5 Joe Juneau, Pont-rouge, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 5 Leila Meskhi, tennis star (1995 Hobart), born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
  • Jan 5 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss singer, born in Kölliken
  • Jan 5 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer
  • Jan 5 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer
  • Jan 6 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 6 John Singleton, director/screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood)
  • Jan 6 Vlastimil Plavucha, Banska Bystrica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • Jan 7 Michael Rosati, hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • Jan 7 Nathaniel Bolton, WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 8 Alexander Alexeev, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 8 Ami Dolenz, actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Brian Johnson, catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 8 Mark Duane Croghan, 3k steeplechase (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 8 Paul Carey, American baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jan 8 Keith Mullings, American boxer
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Adams, cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992)
  • Jan 9 Katie Anderson, Canada 100m hurdler (Olympic 7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Mardi Lunn, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 Thailand Open), born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • Jan 9 Joey Lauren Adams, American actress
  • Jan 9 Al Schnier, American rock guitarist (moe.)
  • Jan 10 Lyle Menendez, NY, accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers)
  • Jan 10 Malcolm Showell, WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 11 Ben Rivera, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 11 Sharon Brown, American actress (Chantal-Generations), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 11 Tom Dumont, American musician

Person of interestHeather Mills

Jan 12 Heather Mills, English model, activist and writer (Out on a Limb), born in Aldershot, Hampshire

Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Jan 12 Vince Buck, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 12 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer
  • Jan 12 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 12 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • Jan 12 Rachael Harris, American actress, born in Worthington, Ohio
  • Jan 13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 13 Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • Jan 13 Chara, Japanese singer and actress
  • Jan 14 Fred[ric] Honebein, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestLL Cool J

Jan 14 LL Cool J, American rapper (Bigger & Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Jan 14 Ruel Fox, English footballer
  • Jan 15 Chad Lowe, actor (Spencer, Apprentice to Murder), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 15 Felton Spencer, NBA center (SF Warriors)
  • Jan 15 Laurie Fellner, Appleton Wisc, team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Jan 15 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 15 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
  • Jan 16 David Chokachi, actor (Baywatch)
  • Jan 17 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • Jan 17 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • Jan 18 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist
  • Jan 19 Marty Conlon, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Jan 19 Whitfield Crane, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
  • Jan 20 Junior Murray, cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David)
  • Jan 20 Nick Anderson, NBA guard/forward (Orlando Magic)
  • Jan 21 Charlotte Ross, actress (Eve-Days of Our Lives), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 21 Tom Urbani, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • Jan 21 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician
  • Jan 22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jan 22 Mauricio Serna, Colombian retired footballer (Colombia national team 1993-2001), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • Jan 22 Heath [Hiroshi Morie], Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan), born in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
  • Jan 22 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • Jan 23 Eric Metcalf, NFL receiver/running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 23 Lubomir Kolnik, Skalica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo)
  • Jan 23 Petr Korda, tennis star (1993 Doubles-Cincinnati), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 23 Todd Scott, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 24 Mark Burmester, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992)
  • Jan 24 Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 1984), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Jan 24 Ross Powell, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros)
  • Jan 24 Scott Mercier, Harbor City California, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 24 Michael Kiske, German musician
  • Jan 25 Lynette Brooky, New Zealand golfer (NZ Open 1993/94)
  • Jan 25 Roosevelt Collins, WLAF DL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 25 Tim De Leede, cricketer (Holland batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor and musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Eric Davis, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 26 Reggie Jordan, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Jan 26 Ravi Teja, Tollywood film actor
  • Jan 27 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 27 Eric Wedge, American baseball catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 27 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 27 Mike Patton, Eureka Ca, rocker (Faith No More-The Real Thing)
  • Jan 27 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 27 Rusty Meacham, pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Flordia
  • Jan 27 Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)
  • Jan 27 Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • Jan 27 Tricky, English rapper

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • Jan 2 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jan 4 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), dies at 79
  • Jan 6 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 9 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10 Howard Smith, American actor (Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777), dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90
  • Jan 13 Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • Jan 14 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • Jan 15 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • Jan 15 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 16 Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • Jan 17 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Bert Wheeler, American actor (Brave Eagle, The Nitwits, Hold 'em Jail, High Flyers, Rainmakers), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 John Ridgely, American actor (Northern Pursuit, They Died with Their Boots On, Air Force), dies from a heart ailment at 58
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • Jan 21 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer (Olympics 3 gold/2 silver-12, 20, 24), dies at 77
  • Jan 25 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • Jan 26 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • Jan 26 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • Jan 30 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81