What Happened on October 15, 1968

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • AL expansion draft, KC pick Roger Nelson & Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
  • Al Oerter of the US wins the men's discus in Olympic record 64.78m at the Mexico City Games; Oerter's unprecedented 4th consecutive Olympic discus title
  • American sprinter Wyomia Tyus wins her second consecutive Olympic 100m title with a world record 11.08s; beats team mate Barbara Ferrell by 0.08s for the gold medal at the Mexico City Games
  • Australian Ralph Doubell runs a world record 1:44.40 to beat Kenyan Wilson Kiprugut and win the men's 800m at the Mexico City Olympics
  • British athlete David Hemery sets a world record 48.12s to beat Gerhard Hennige of West Germany and take the gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles at the Mexico City Olympics
  • The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestDidier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps, French footballer and coach (France: 2018 World Cup), born in Bayonne, France

Football Player and Coach Didier Deschamps
Football Player and Coach
Didier Deschamps
  • George Koonce, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in New Bern, North Carolina
  • Jyrki 69 [Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi], Finnish musician (The 69 Eyes), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Meredith Rainey, American 800m runner, born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, dies at 57