What Happened on October 19, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday

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; team mates 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Sinitta, British-American singer (So Macho, Toy Boy), born in Seattle, Washington