On This Day

What Happened on October 5, 1968

Historical Events

  • Civil rights march in Derry stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)and resulting clashes lead to two days of serious rioting, often considered the start of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • KPLM (now KESQ) TV channel 42 in Palm Springs, CA (ABC) begins

Famous Birthdays

  • Wayne Holdsworth, cricketer (NSW fast bowler, Australian tourist 1993)

Famous Weddings

Charles Bronson

"The Dirty Dozen" actor Charles Bronson (46) weds Jill Ireland

1968 Highlights

About October 5, 1968

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 53 years, 8 months and 21 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