On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1968

Historical Events

  • Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117

HeartEngagement of Interest

Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Beatle bassist, singer, and songwriter Paul McCartney on live TV

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Kennedy, actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • Chris Tsangaris, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jimmy Carson, American NHL center (6 NHL hat tricks before age 21), born in Southfield, Michigan
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt, English actor
  • Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • Michael Park, American actor

Famous Deaths

  • Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies at 60
1968 Highlights

About July 20, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 1 month and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

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