What Happened on October 20, 1968

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • American Dick Fosbury using his unconventional technique wins the men's high jump gold medal with 2.24m at the Mexico City Olympics; "Fosbury Flop" becomes accepted most efficient technique
  • American sprinter Jim Hines anchors US men's 4 x 100m relay team to win his second gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; with team mates Charles Greene, Mel Pender & Ronnie Ray Smith sets world record 38.24s
  • Kenyan runner Kip Keino wins 1,500m gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics in 3:34.91 despite a severe gall bladder infection
  • Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • Margitta Gummel of East Germany throws world record 19.61m to beat team mate Marita Lange by 0.83m and win the women's shot put gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • US men's 4 x 400m relay team of Vincent Matthews, Ron Freeman, Larry James & Lee Evans runs world record 2:56.16; easily beats Kenya & West Germany into the minor medals at the Mexico City Olympics
  • US women's 4 x 100m relay team sets world record 42.88s to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; Margaret Bailes, Barbara Ferrell, Mildrette Netter & Wyomia Tyus

Famous Birthdays

  • Raymond Biggs, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios


Famous Deaths

  • Bud Flanagan [Chaim Reuben Weintrop], English comedian (duo with Chesney Alley), dies at 72
  • Lightfoot Solomon Michaux, African-American TV preacher, dies at 84