On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 1968

Historical Events

Film Premiere

"Wonderwall" with music by George Harrison, premieres at Cannes Film Festival

  • 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago

TV Show Appearance

Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

  • Tornado strikes Jonesboro, Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36

Famous Birthdays

  • Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
  • James "Jim" Neil, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Leroy Hoard, American NFL running back, 1990-99 (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and 2 other teams), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Seth Putnam, American hard-core punk vocalist and songwriter, born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • Todd Porter, American actor (Whiz Kids - "Hamilton"), born in Montclair, New Jersey
1968 Highlights

About May 15, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 54 years and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
  • UK #1 Song: What A Wonderful World/Cabaret - Louis Armstrong