What Happened on October 2, 1968

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented
  • 1st time, 2 soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other Cards Bob Gibson beat Tigers Denny McLain 4-0
  • Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts
  • Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)

Famous Birthdays

  • Glen Wesley, Red Deer, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)

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
  • Mark James Crear, 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), 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