On This Day

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
  • 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

Jana Novotna

Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998; WTA Tour C'ship 1997), born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 2017)

  • 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

Marcel Duchamp

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

1968 Highlights

About October 2, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 1 month and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

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