On This Day

What Happened on July 9, 1968

Historical Events

  • 15.68" (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Mississippi (state 24-hour record)

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39th MLB All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: NL beats AL, 1-0; MVP: Willie Mays, SF Giants, CF

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • BBC-TV broadcasts "Farewell", folk-rock band The Seekers final performance, draws 10 million viewers

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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

Famous Birthdays

  • Lars Gyllenhaal, Swedish author
  • Manoel Cruz, Brazilian jazz acoustic bassist, composer, arranger and producer, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Paolo Di Canio, Italian football player
  • Shawn Harper, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Frankfurt Galaxy)

Famous Deaths

  • Allyn Edwards, host (One Minute Please, Mr Citizen), dies at 53
  • John Indrisano, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 62
  • Vardis Fisher, American writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
1968 Highlights

About July 9, 1968

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 3 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

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