On This Day

What Happened on June 1, 1968

Historical Events

  • 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2
  • Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs Robinson" from "The Graduate" hits #1 (first rock song to win Grammy for Record of the Year)
  • St. Louis Cardinals side-arming left-hander Joe Hoerner ties NL record for most consecutive strikeouts by a relief pitcher, fanning the final 6 batters to earn a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets

Famous Birthdays

  • Jason Donovan, rocker/actor (Neighbors)
  • Larry Centers, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 2001; All-Pro 1996; Super Bowl 2003; Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, NE Patriots), born in Tyler, Texas

Famous Deaths

Helen Keller

Helen Keller, American political activist, author (The Story of My Life) and lecturer, who was the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a BA, dies at 87

  • [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
1968 Highlights

About June 1, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years and 6 months
Leap Year: Yes

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