On This Day

What Happened on October 2, 1968

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain
  • Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestJana Novotna

Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 2017)

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 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

Famous Deaths

Person of interestMarcel Duchamp

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

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp

1968 Highlights

About October 2, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 1 month and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra