What Happened on March 4, 1968

Historical Events

Academy of Country Music Awards

3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

Sports History

Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights

Boxing Title Fight

Joe Frazier takes his record to 20-0 and captures vacant world heavyweight boxing title; stops Buster Mathis in 11th round TKO at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Event of Interest

Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

  • Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
1968 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Dionna Harris, American softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan baseball player
  • James Lankford, American politician (Senator-R-Oklahoma 2015-, Rep-R-Oklahoma 2011-15), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • Patsy Kensit, English actress (Lethal Weapon 2, Hanover St), born in London, England
Born in 1968

Famous Deaths

  • Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, dies at 84

About March 4, 1968

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 55 years and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Love Is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu) - Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Cinderella Rockefella - Esther & Abi Ofarim