On This Day

What Happened on October 19, 1968

Historical Events

  • American swimmer Jan Henne in 1:00.0 leads American sweep of the women's 100m freestyle medals at the Mexico City Olympics; teammates Susan Pedersen & Linda Gustavson both swim 1:00.3 for minor medals
  • Australian swimmer Michael Wendon sets world record 52.2s to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • Derry Citizen's Action Committee, formed Oct 9, stages illegal sit-down at Guildhall Square as part of large civil disobedience campaign
  • Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars
  • New Zealand scores an upset victory in the men's coxed four rowing final at the Mexico City Olympics; beats favoured East German crew by 2.58s; first ever rowing gold medal for the Kiwis
  • The West German crew beats Australia by just 0.9s to win the men's eights rowing gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
1968 Highlights

About October 19, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 9 months and 23 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