What Happened on October 14, 1968

Historical Events

  • 1st live telecast from a manned US spacecraft (Apollo 7)
  • 6.8 earthquake wrecks Australian town of Meckering, rupturing all nearby major roads and railways
  • American sprinter Jim Hines runs a world record 9.95s to beat Lennox Miller of Jamaica and Charles Greene of the US, and win the 100m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • Gruener & Watson (US) set scuba depth record (133 m) in Bahamas
  • In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • The Beatles finish recording their double album "The Beatles" more commonly known as "The White Album"
  • Viorica Viscopoleanu of Romania sets world record 6.82m to win the women's long jump at the Mexico City Olympics; beats Sheila Sherwood of Great Britain by 0.14m

Famous Birthdays

  • Dwayne Schintzius, NBA center (Indiana Pacers)
  • Gene Williams, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Johnny Goudie, Cuban American singer-songwriter and musician, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Matthew Le Tissier, English footballer
  • Rashid Latif, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (37 Tests, 130 dismissals, 1 x 100; 166 ODIs; Karachi), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Wanda Guyton, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
1968 Highlights

About October 14, 1968

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 3 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Hey Jude - The Beatles
  • UK #1 Song: Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin