On This Day

What Happened on October 12, 1968

Historical Events

Theatrical Finale

"Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC, after 17 performances

  • Enriqueta Basilio, Mexican track and field athlete becomes 1st woman to light Olympic flame at 19th Summer Olympics, in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Equatorial Guinea (Spanish Guinea) declares independence from Spain
  • IXX Summer Olympic Games open at Mexico City, Mexico; first Olympics in Latin America

Famous Birthdays

  • Adam Rich, American actor (Nicholas-8 is Enough, Code Red, Gun Shy), born in NYC, New York
  • Bill Auberlen, American race car driver, born in Redondo Beach, California
  • Charles Anthony, American CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman, Australian actor and singer (X-Men -"Wolverine"; The Greatest Showman; Kate And Leopold), born in Sydney, Australia

  • Leon Lett, American NFL defensive tackle and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Mike Trombley, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
1968 Highlights

About October 12, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 1 month and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

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