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

Engagement of Interest

Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Beatle bassist, singer, and songwriter Paul McCartney, live on BBC-TV's "Dee Time" programme

Music Concert

Judy Garland headlines concert also featuring Count Basie and Jackie Wilson at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her last US concert

1968 History

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
Born in 1968

Famous Deaths

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

About July 20, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 8 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekela
  • UK #1 Song: I Pretend - Des O'connor