On This Day

What Happened on January 5, 1968

Historical Events

Historic Event

Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia

Historic Event

Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law


Famous Birthdays

  • Andrew Golota, Polish boxer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Carl Evans, American actor (Guiding Light), born in NYC, New York
  • Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer (In Living Color; Dancing With The Stars), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss pop-eurodance singer-songwriter, and producer ("Somebody Dance With Me";"Let The Dream Come True"), born in Kölliken, Switzerland
  • Felton Spencer, American NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Joe Juneau, Canadian NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Pont-Rouge, Canada
  • Leila Meskhi, Georgian tennis player (1995 Hobart), born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR

Famous Deaths

  • Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), dies at 79
1968 Highlights

About January 5, 1968

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 54 years and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Capricorn