On This Day

What Happened on October 22, 1968

Historical Events

  • American swimmers sweep the medals in the women's 200m freestyle at the Mexico City Olympics; Debbie Meyer takes gold in Olympic record 2:10.5 ahead of teammates Jan Henne and Jane Barkman
  • Apollo 7 returns to Earth

Famous Birthdays

  • Jay Johnston, American actor and comedian (Mr. Show)


Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], Jamaican-American Grammy Award-winning reggae rapper and songwriter ("It Wasn't Me", "Boombastic",), born in Kingston, Jamaica

  • Shelby Lynne [Moorer], American country singer ("If I Could Bottle This Up"), born in Quantico, Virginia
1968 Highlights

About October 22, 1968

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 8 months and 5 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