What Happened in October 1968

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 1 Cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead" directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea premieres in Pittsburgh

  • Oct 1 The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • Oct 2 1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented
  • Oct 2 Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts
  • Oct 2 Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • Oct 2 Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)
  • Oct 2 1st time, 2 soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other Cards Bob Gibson beat Tigers Denny McLain 4-0
  • Oct 3 Howard Sacklers "Great White Hope" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 3 Military coup overthrows President Fernando Belaúnde Terry in Peru
  • Oct 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 3 The proposed civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, is banned from the area of the city centre and the Waterside area; the banning order is issued under the Public Order Act by William Craig, then Home Affairs Minister
  • Oct 4 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.
  • Oct 5 KPLM (now KESQ) TV channel 42 in Palm Springs, CA (ABC) begins
  • Oct 5 Civil rights march in Derry stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)and resulting clashes lead to two days of serious rioting, often considered the start of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 7 Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system
  • Oct 7 Rioting continues in Derry, Northern Ireland after Royal Ulster Constabulary put down civil rights march two days earlier
  • Oct 8 Dutch aircraft carrier Karel Doorman (formerly British HMS Venerable) sold to Argentina
  • Oct 9 Government seizes oil fields in Peru
  • Oct 9 WKMU TV channel 21 in Murray, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 9 2,000 students from Queen's University Belfast try to march to Belfast City Hall in protest against 'police brutality', but blocked by loyalists led by Ian Paisley; leads for formation of student civil rights group People's Democracy
  • Oct 10 Detroit Tigers beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 65th World Series

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Oct 10 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Oct 10 Lee Evans of US sets 400 metre record at 43.86
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 11 Apollo 7 (Schirra, Eisele & Cunningham) made 163 orbits in 260 hours
  • Oct 11 MLB star Billy Martin named manager of the Minnesota Twins
  • Oct 11 Coup d'état in Panama against President Arnulfo Arias
  • Oct 12 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances
  • Oct 12 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 12 Equatorial Guinea (Spanish Guinea) declares independence from Spain
  • Oct 12 Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is 1st woman to light Olympic flame
  • Oct 13 Tinker Creek Gorge of Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated
  • Oct 14 1st live telecast from a manned US spacecraft (Apollo 7)
  • Oct 14 Beatles "White Album" completed
  • Oct 14 Gruener & Watson (US) set scuba depth record (133 m) in Bahamas
  • Oct 14 In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • Oct 14 J R Hines of US runs 100m in world record 9.95 sec
  • Oct 14 6.8 earthquake wrecks Australian town of Meckering, rupturing all nearby major roads and railways
  • Oct 15 AL expansion draft, KC pick Roger Nelson & Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
  • Oct 15 The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont
  • Oct 16 China reports removal of president Li Sjao-tji
  • Oct 16 Czechoslovakia & Russian "accord" rules allies Soviet forces
  • Oct 16 During Olympics Tommie Smith & John Carlos give black power salute
  • Oct 16 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • Oct 16 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • Oct 16 The People's Democracy (PD), formed on Oct 9, organise a march of 1,300 students from the Queen's University of Belfast to the City Hall in the centre of the city, Northern Ireland

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 17 "Bullitt" directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset is 1st released

  • Oct 18 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City
  • Oct 18 Circus Circus hotel opens in Las Vegas, largest permanent big top in the world
  • Oct 18 John Lennon & Yoko One fined £150 for marijuana possession

  • Oct 18 Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 meter dash

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Oct 18 US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony
  • Oct 19 Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars
  • Oct 19 Derry Citizen's Action Committee, formed Oct 9, stages illegal sit-down at Guildhall Square as part of large civil disobedience campaign
  • Oct 20 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Oct 20 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • Oct 22 Apollo 7 returns to Earth
  • Oct 23 "Maggie Flynn" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 23 Kip Keino (Kenya) wins gold medal for 1,500m (3 min 34.9 sec)

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Oct 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Oct 24 The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 25 Chicago recognizes Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable as its 1st settler
  • Oct 25 Longest Olympic field hockey game, The Netherlands beats Spain 1-0 in 2h25m (6 OT)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Oct 26 First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy
  • Oct 26 KMIR TV channel 36 in Palm Springs, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 26 Soviet Union launches spacecraft Soyuz 3

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Oct 26 George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Oct 27 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 27 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA River Plantation Golf Invitational
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 30 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Lars Onsager (thermodynamics)
  • Oct 30 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Luis Alvarez (bubble chamber)
  • Oct 30 Queen Juliana opens IJ tunnel in Amsterdam

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Oct 30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Oct 31 Linda Eastman moves to UK permanently
  • Oct 31 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Oct 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Greg Briggs, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 1 Jay Underwood, American actor (The Boy Who Could Fly), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 1 Malcolm Showell, WLAF defensive end (London Monarchs)
  • Oct 1 Matt Elliott, NFL center/guard (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 1 Jon Guenther, American author
  • Oct 2 Glen Wesley, Red Deer, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)

Person of interestJana Novotna

Oct 2 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 2017)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • Oct 2 Mark James Crear, 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 2 Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
  • Oct 2 Jeff Martin, Canadian singer/songwriter
  • Oct 3 Greg Foster, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Oct 3 Marco Roelofsen, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Oct 3 Paul Crichton, English footballer
  • Oct 4 Kanavis McGhee, NFL defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Oct 5 Sally Smith, Orange NSW, golfer (1993 T67 Alpine Aust Ladies Masters)
  • Oct 5 Wayne Holdsworth, cricketer (NSW fast bowler, Australian tourist 1993)
  • Oct 7 Erick Anderson, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 7 Randy Bartz, Roseville Minn, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Oct 7 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep, Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire,
  • Oct 8 Frankie Smith, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers)
  • Oct 8 Ali Benarbia, former Algerian footballer
  • Oct 8 Zvonimir Boban, Croatian football player
  • Oct 10 James Williams, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • Oct 10 L B Williams, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 10 Nancy Brookhart, Elmhurst Ill, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17th-1994)
  • Oct 10 Bart Brentjens, Dutch mountain biker

Person of interestChris Ofili

Oct 10 Chris Ofili, English painter (Turner prize - elephant dung), born in Manchester

Painter Chris Ofili
Chris Ofili
  • Oct 11 Amy Louise Taylor, [Kallested], actress (Silent Night Deadly Night 5)
  • Oct 11 Claude Lapointe, Lachine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • Oct 11 Cynthia Johnston, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 11 Jane Krakowski, American actress
  • Oct 12 Adam Rich, American actor (Nicholas-8 is Enough, Code Red, Gun Shy), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 12 Charles Anthony, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 12 Leon Lett, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 12 Mike Trombley, Springfield MA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Oct 12 Bill Auberlen, American race car driver

Person of interestHugh Jackman

Oct 12 Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-men, Real Steel), born in Sydney, Australia

  • Oct 13 David Alcoriza, Lodi California, double trap (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 13 Julio Valera, San Sebastian Puerto Rico, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • Oct 13 Tisha Campbell, actress (Gina-Martin, House Party), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 13 Carlos Marin, Spanish baritone (Il Divo)
  • Oct 14 Dwayne Schintzius, NBA center (Indiana Pacers)
  • Oct 14 Gene Williams, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Oct 14 Rashid Latif, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper)
  • Oct 14 Wanda Guyton, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • Oct 14 Matthew Le Tissier, English footballer
  • Oct 14 Johnny Goudie, American musician
  • Oct 15 George Koonce, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Oct 15 Meredith Rainey, 800m runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 15 Jyrki 69, Finnish musician The 69 Eyes
  • Oct 15 Didier Deschamps, French footballer
  • Oct 16 Randall Batinkoff, American actor (For Keeps), born in Monticello, New York
  • Oct 16 Robert van Oosterom, cricket opening batsman (Holland 1996 World Cup)
  • Oct 16 Scott Donie, Vicenza Italy, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Oct 16 Elsa Zylberstein, French actress
  • Oct 17 Heather McDermid, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 17 Ziggy Marley, reggae performer and son of Bob Marley
  • Oct 18 Denisa Szabova, Bratislava Czech, tennis star (1987 Futures-GER)
  • Oct 18 Michael Stich, German tennis star
  • Oct 18 Narendra Hirwani, Indian cricketer (16 wickets v WI on debut 1988), born in Gorakhpur, India
  • Oct 18 Stuart Law, cricketer (prolific Queensland batsman, Australia 1995)
  • Oct 19 Sinitta, British-American singer (So Macho, Toy Boy), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 20 Raymond Biggs, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Oct 21 Francois Gravel, hockey goaltender (Team France 1998)
  • Oct 22 Keith Osik, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • Oct 22 Shelby Lynne, Quantico Va, country singer (If I Could Bottle This Up)
  • Oct 22 Stephane Quintal, Boucherville, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 22 Warry van Wattum, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, FC Groningen)

Person of interestShaggy

Oct 22 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], Jamaican-American reggae musician and rapper (Boombastic), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
  • Oct 22 Jay Johnston, American actor and comedian (Mr. Show)
  • Oct 23 Bettina Fulco Villella, Mar Del Plata Arg, tennis star (1993 Futures)
  • Oct 23 Kendall Gammon, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 23 Kevin Henry, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 23 Maggie Philgence, St Lucia Castries VI, WPVA (Oly Fest-gold-91)
  • Oct 24 Adrian Dale, cricketer (prolific Glamorgan & England A batsman)
  • Oct 24 Francisco Claver, Spanish tennis star
  • Oct 24 Ken Ryan, Pawtucket RI, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Oct 24 Robert Wilonsky, American journalist
  • Oct 25 Corey Miller, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Oct 25 Lisa Trusel, Cal, actress (Lizette-Father Murphy, Days of our Lives)
  • Oct 26 Chris Oldham, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 26 Nico John Hoogma, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Oct 27 Antoinette Lucas, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Crozier, Virginia
  • Oct 27 Kata Karkkainen, Finnish author and Playmate (Dec, 1988), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Oct 27 Vinny Samways, English footballer, born in Bethnal Green, London
  • Oct 28 Chris Oldham, cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 28 Ernie Mills, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 28 Glenn Clear, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Oct 28 Rodney Thomas, NFL running back (Houston Oilers), born in Trinity, TX, (d. 2014)
  • Oct 28 Shawna Molcak, Cardston Alberta, basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 28 Stan Thomas, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Oct 28 Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • Oct 29 Grayson McCouch, American actor (Morgan Winthrop-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 29 Johann Olav Koss, speed skater (Olympics 3 gold-1994)
  • Oct 29 Tsunku, Japanese music producer
  • Oct 30 Jack Plotnick, American actor
  • Oct 31 Antonio Davis, American NBA forward-center (Indiana Pacers), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 31 Eddie Taubensee, American baseball catcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Beeville, Texas
  • Oct 31 Russ McCullough, WLAF offensive linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 5 "The Dirty Dozen" actor Charles Bronson (46) weds Jill Ireland

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 Lawyer and politician Rudy Giuliani (24) weds second cousin Regina Peruggi (22) in a large Roman Catholic ceremony in Bedford Park, The Bronx

Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

Famous Deaths

Person of interestMarcel Duchamp

Oct 2 Marcel Duchamp, French painter and sculptor (Nude Descending a Staircase), dies at 81

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • Oct 6 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (b. 1917)
  • Oct 9 Pierre Mulele, Congolese rebel leader, executed
  • Oct 10 Wilhelmina J "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress (Abandoned Child), dies at 71
  • Oct 13 Bea Benaderet, actress (Petticoat Junction), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Oct 15 Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • Oct 15 Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, dies at 57
  • Oct 16 Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, dies at 54
  • Oct 18 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies of cancer at 70
  • Oct 20 Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, African-American TV preacher, dies at 84
  • Oct 25 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (Passions), dies at 91
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • Oct 26 Erich Von Stroheim Jr, American actor and director (Napoleon, Sunset Boulevard), dies of cancer at 52
  • Oct 27 Lise Meitner, Austrian-Swedish physicist (Protactinium), dies at 89
  • Oct 28 Henricus WJM Keuls, lawyer/poet, dies at 85
  • Oct 29 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 30 Conrad Richter, American writer (Light in the Forest), dies at 78
  • Oct 30 Pert Kelton, actress (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 61
  • Oct 31 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos],Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), is murdered at 69
  • Oct 31 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27