On This Day

What Happened on October 24, 1968

Historical Events

  • 16 year old American swimmer Debbie Meyer wins the inaugural women's 800m gold medal in 9:24.0 at the Mexico City Olympics; first swimmer to win 3 individual gold medals at a Games (200/400m)
  • Australian swimmer Michael Wendon wraps up the Mexico City Games sprint double when he wins the men's 200m freestyle gold medal in Olympic record 1:55.2

Music History

Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for pot, released on £50 bail

  • The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Adrian Dale, South African cricketer (prolific Glamorgan & England A batsman), born in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Francisco Claver, Spanish tennis star
  • Ken Ryan, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Robert Wilonsky, American journalist, born in Dallas, Texas
1968 Highlights

About October 24, 1968

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 1 month and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

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