On This Day

What Happened on October 16, 1968

Historical Events

  • American Bob Seagren, Claus Schiprowski of West Germany and East German Wolfgang Nordwig all record 5.40m in the final of the pole vault at the Mexico City Olympics; Seagren awarded gold on countback

Olympic GamesBlack Power Salute

Americans Tommie Smith (gold 19.83 WR) and John Carlos (bronze) famously give the Black Power salute on the 200m medal podium during the Mexico City Olympics to protest racism and injustice against African-Americans

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Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the podium at 1968 Olympics
Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the podium at 1968 Olympics
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  • China reports removal of president Li Sjao-tji
  • Czechoslovakia & Russian "accord" rules allies Soviet forces
  • Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Elsa Zylberstein, French actress
  • Randall Batinkoff, American actor (For Keeps), born in Monticello, New York
  • Scott Donie, Vicenza Italy, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, dies at 54
1968 Highlights

About October 16, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 1 month and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra