On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 1968

Historical Events

Film Release

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

  • Björn Ferm of Sweden beats Hungary's András Balczó by just 11 points to take the gold medal in the modern pentathlon at the Mexico City Olympics
  • Soviet athlete Viktor Saneev sets world record 17.39m to win the triple jump at the Mexico City Olympics; world record improved 5 times by 3 different athletes during competition

World Record

US men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Zac Zorn, Stephen Rerych, Ken Walsh & Mark Spitz swim world record 3:31.7 to outclass the Soviet Union & Australia and win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics


Famous Birthdays

  • Heather McDermid, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Ziggy Marley, Jamaican reggae performer and son of Bob Marley, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Famous Weddings

Quincy Jones Jr

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

1968 Highlights

About October 17, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 1 month and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

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