What Happened on October 2, 1968

Historical Events

  • 1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented

Sports History

1st time, 2 soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other Cards Bob Gibson beat Tigers Denny McLain 4-0

  • Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • Redwood National Park established to preserve the tallest trees on earth, by an act of US Congress with 58,000 acres (later extended) [1]
  • Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)
  • St. Louis pitcher Bob Gibson establishes a new Baseball World Series mark by striking out 17 batters as the Cardinals beat Detroit, 4-0 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic
1968 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Glen Wesley, Canadian NHL defenceman, coach and administrator (Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes), born in Red Deer, Alberta

Jana NovotnaJana Novotna (1968-2017)

Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998; WTA Tour C'ship 1997), born in Brno, Czech Republic

  • Jeff Martin, Canadian singer-songwriter (The Tea Party), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Mark Crear, American athlete (Olympic 110m hurdles silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in San Francisco, California
  • Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
Born in 1968

Famous Deaths

Marcel DuchampMarcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

French sculptor and painter (Nude Descending a Staircase), dies at 81

About October 2, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 7 months and 26 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