What Happened in July 1968

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson's streak of 47 2/3 scoreless innings (3rd most live era) ends on wild pitch but earns 8-1 win v LA Dodgers
  • Jul 1 Fortuna Sittard soccer team forms in Sittard

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Jul 1 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jul 1 US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • Jul 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 1 The CIA's Phoenix Program is officially established.
  • Jul 1 Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL-CIO.
  • Jul 2 An El Al Israeli airliner is hijacked and diverted to Algeria by three armed members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
  • Jul 3 41°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • Jul 3 Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant strikes out a record 19 Minnesota Twins (10 inns) for another record 32 Ks in consecutive games
  • Jul 3 As part of a series of protests against housing conditions in Derry, the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) hold a sit-down protest on the newly opened second deck of the Craigavon Bridge in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 4 Arthur Kopit's "Indians" premieres in London
  • Jul 4 Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched
  • Jul 5 "Manifest of 1000 words" published in Prague
  • Jul 5 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to earn first ever prize money (£750) offered at Wimbledon

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to earn first ever prize money (£2,000) offered at Wimbledon
  • Jul 6 Sacharov publishes "Manifest of 10,000 words"

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Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Moselem Springs GC: Susie Maxwell Berning beats Mickey Wright by 3 strokes

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 7 Rock group "Yardbirds" disband
  • Jul 8 Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal

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Jul 9 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jul 9 15.68" (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Mississippi (state 24-hour record)
  • Jul 9 39th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 1-0 at Astrodome, Houston

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Jul 9 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants), 1st player to win a second times

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jul 10 US Major League baseball announces it will split into 2 divisions for 1969
  • Jul 11 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
  • Jul 11 Start of Colin Cowdrey's 100th Test, 1st person to do so
  • Jul 12 Couve de Murville forms government in France
  • Jul 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 13 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: South African Gary Player wins second of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes clear of Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus; 5th of Player's 9 major titles

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Jul 13 French government-Couve de Murville forms

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Jul 14 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 14 Houston Astro Don Wilson strikes-out 18, beats Reds 6-1
  • Jul 14 WSWO TV channel 26 in Springfield, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 "One Life to Live", American soap opera, premieres on TV
  • Jul 15 Commercial air travel begins between US & USSR
  • Jul 15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 15 NJ Americans moved to Comack & become NY Nets (ABA)
  • Jul 17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

  • Jul 17 Bloodless coup in Iraq led by General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
  • Jul 18 The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California
  • Jul 20 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV
  • Jul 20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117

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Jul 21 PGA Championship, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major; wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer

  • Jul 21 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • Jul 22 Sir John Newsome recommends public schools should take 50% of their intake from the state school system
  • Jul 23 Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt
  • Jul 23 PLO's 1st hijacking of an El Al plane
  • Jul 23 Race riot in Cleveland, 11 including 3 police officers killed
  • Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm's 907th pitch breaks Cy Young's record for pitching appearances
  • Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game
  • Jul 25 Pope Paul VI encyclical against On regulation of birth
  • Jul 27 Race Riot in Gary Indiana
  • Jul 29 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • Jul 29 Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • Jul 29 Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption
  • Jul 29 Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled "Humanae Vitae" (Of Human Life), declares any artificial forms of birth control prohibited
  • Jul 29 Washington, D.C. Ron Hansen makes unassisted triple play vs Cleve
  • Jul 30 Wash Senator Ron Hansen makes 1st unassisted triple-play in 41 years
  • Jul 31 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Roshumba Williams, model (Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 1 Tim Abell, American actor
  • Jul 2 Mark Tewsksbury, Canada swimmer (world record backstroke)
  • Jul 2 Mike Lee, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Tommy Armour Tour), born in Neptune Township, New Jersey
  • Jul 3 Jeff Phillips, American actor (Hart Jessup-Guiding Light), born in Westwood, New Jersey
  • Jul 3 Teppo Numminen, Finnish NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets, Coyotes), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jul 3 Chien-lien Wu [Jacklyn Wu], Taiwanese actress and singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jul 4 Derek Kevin Loville, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 4 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic gold 1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jul 4 Jack Frost, American musician
  • Jul 5 Molly Brock, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jul 5 Nate Singleton, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers)
  • Jul 5 Shahid Anwar, cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder 1996 England tour)
  • Jul 5 Ken Akamatsu, Japanese Manga artist, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 5 Kenji Ito, Japanese composer
  • Jul 5 John Ruskin a.k.a. Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian journalist
  • Jul 5 Alex Zülle, Swiss cyclist

Person of interestSusan Wojcicki

Jul 5 Susan Wojcicki, American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube "the most important person in advertising", born in Santa Clara County, California

CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki
  • Jul 6 Alvin Harper, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jul 6 Anthony Kershler, cricketer (NSW left-arm spinner 1994-95)
  • Jul 7 Chuck Knoblauch, shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 7 Reggie Cobb, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 7 Amy Carlson, American actress (Blue Bloods, Third Watch), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Jul 7 Jorja Fox, American actress
  • Jul 7 Jeff VanderMeer, American writer
  • Jul 8 C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 8 Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 8 Michael Weatherly, American actor (Cooper Alden-The City/Loving), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 8 Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Jul 8 Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu
  • Jul 8 Billy Crudup, American actor
  • Jul 9 Shawn Harper, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jul 9 Paolo Di Canio, Italian football player
  • Jul 9 Lars Gyllenhaal, Swedish author
  • Jul 10 Hassisba Boulmerka, Algeria, 1500m (Olympic gold 1992)
  • Jul 10 Jonathan Gilbert, American actor
  • Jul 11 Esera Tuaolo, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jul 11 Michael Geist, Canadian academic
  • Jul 12 Catherine Plewinski, French swimmer
  • Jul 13 Kai Bjorn, CFL offensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jul 13 Silke Meier, Wiesbaden Germany, tennis star (1994 Futures-Bad Gogging)
  • Jul 13 Robert Gant, American actor
  • Jul 13 Christian Taylor, British screenwriter
  • Jul 14 Kazushi Sakuraba, Japanese mixed martial artist/professional wrestler
  • Jul 15 Eddie Griffin, American comedian
  • Jul 15 Stan Kirsch, American actor
  • Jul 16 Ariel Solomon, American NFL center and guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 16 Barry Sanders, American NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Jul 16 Larry Sanger, American co-founder of Wikipedia, born in Bellevue, Washington
  • Jul 17 Beth Littleford, American comedian
  • Jul 17 Bitty Schram, American actress
  • Jul 19 Leroy Butler, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31)
  • Jul 19 Robert Flynn, American musician (Machine Head)
  • Jul 20 Chris Kennedy, actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • Jul 20 Chris Tsangaris, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jul 20 Robert Rodriguez, director (El Mariachi, Desperado)
  • Jul 20 Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 20 Michael Park, American actor
  • Jul 20 Julian Rhind-Tutt, English actor
  • Jul 21 Brandi Chastain, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • Jul 21 Christian Perthaler, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jul 21 Dina Ammaccapane, Bayport NY, LPGA golfer (1994 Sara Lee Classic-4th)
  • Jul 21 Johnnie Barnes, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jul 21 Lyle Odelein, Quill Lake Sask, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Montreal)
  • Jul 21 Robert Anthony Gamez, PGA golfer (1990 Nestle), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 22 Sean Vanhorse, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jul 23 Amy Fruwirth, American LPGA golfer (1995 McCall's LPGA-4th), born in Cypress, California
  • Jul 23 Beth Ehlers, American actress (Harley Cooper-Guiding Light, Hunger), born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 23 Chris Kerber, American lightweight rower (Olympics 1996), born in Collingswood, New Jersey
  • Jul 23 Douglas Craft, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jul 23 Elden Campbell, American NBA forward and center (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 23 Gary Payton, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 23 Stefan Figliuzzi, Canadian hockey forward (Team Italy 1998), born in Laval, Quebec
  • Jul 23 Stephanie Seymour, American model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover-1988), born in San Diego, California
  • Jul 23 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2016)
  • Jul 24 John P Navin Jr, actor (Joey Elliot-Jennifer Slept Here), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 24 Mark Gunn, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 24 Laura Leighton [Miller], American actress (Melrose Place, Pretty Little Liars), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jul 24 Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress
  • Jul 24 Colleen Doran, American comic book writer and artist
  • Jul 24 Malcolm Ingram, Canadian director
  • Jul 26 Mike Mohler, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jul 27 Julian McMahon, Australian actor (Nip/Tuck, Profiler), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jul 27 Christina Singer, German tennis star (1991 Futures GBR), born in Goppingen, Germany
  • Jul 27 Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Italian actress (Postman), born in Messina, Italy
  • Jul 27 Tom Goodwin [Thomas Jones], American MLB player (1994-1997 KC Royals), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 27 Ricardo Rosset, Brazilian Formula One driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jul 29 Kristen Babb-Sprague, California, US synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992)
  • Jul 29 Mike Williams, Radford VA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jul 29 Paavo Lotjonen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • Jul 30 Charles Gordon, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jul 30 Michael Brandon, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Jul 30 Terry Crews, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins) and actor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jul 30 Robert Korzeniowski, Polish athlete (won 4 Olympic gold 1996, 2000, 2004), born in Lubaczów, Poland[
  • Jul 30 Sean Moore, Welsh drummer (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • Jul 31 Andre Ware, CFL quarterback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jul 31 David Bradley Stockton Jr, American PGA golfer (1994 Canon-3rd), born in Redlands, California
  • Jul 31 Saeed Al-Saffar, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup, later captain)

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 6 US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr (33) weds Brenda Halsinger

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 8 MLB baseball player Reggie Jackson (22) weds his college sweetheart Jennie Campos

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), dies of heart disease at 42
  • Jul 2 Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • Jul 7 Leo Sowerby, American composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Allyn Edwards, host (One Minute Please, Mr Citizen), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 John Indrisano, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 62
  • Jul 9 Vardis Fisher, American writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian sailor/author, dies at 76
  • Jul 14 Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (b. 1892)
  • Jul 15 Lura Anson, dies in Woodland at 76
  • Jul 18 Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist (Nobel 1938), dies at 76
  • Jul 20 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • Jul 21 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • Jul 22 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian author: Don Camillo/Peppone, dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • Jul 23 Henry Hallett Dale, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 26 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • Jul 27 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies
  • Jul 27 Lillian Harvey, actress (Invitation to the Waltz), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Jul 28 Charles William Mayo, American surgeon (Mayo Clinic), dies in a car accident at 70
  • Jul 28 Otto Hahn, German physicist and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), dies at 89
  • Jul 30 Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 31 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66