Historical Events in 1968

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  • Jan 1 ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 1 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 2 Christiaan Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant on Philip Blaiberg
  • Jan 2 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS

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Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation

  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

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Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 12 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 13 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • Jan 13 NHL player Bill Masterson, player for the Minnesota Northstars suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later. First player to die as result of a game.

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 14 Super Bowl II, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14; MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 15 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton dies 2 days after suffering a head injury in a game against the Oakland Seals; the only death as a result of a game injury in NHL history
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3; MVP: Bruce Gamble, Toronto, G
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • Jan 19 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Jan 20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • Jan 21 7th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 25-24; MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Don Maynard, NY Jets, F; Speedy Duncan, LA Chargers, DB/KR

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 18th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 38-20; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers, DT

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 21 The Battle of Khe Sanh - one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War - begins at the Khe Sanh Air Base
  • Jan 22 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
  • Jan 22 Apollo Lunar Module is launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 22 NBA announces expansion franchise licences awarded to Milwaukee (Bucks) and Phoenix (Suns)

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 22 "Lady Soul" 14th studio album by Aretha Franklin is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1968)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 144-124; MVP: Hal Greer, Philadelphia 76ers, PG
  • Jan 24 Operation Coburg, an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War, begins
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 28 Thai boxer Chartchai Chionoi retains his world flyweight title with a 13th-round TKO of home favourite Efren Torres in Mexico City; first of 3 meetings between the pair
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats home favourite Margaret Court 6-1, 6-2 for her 13th Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Bill Bowrey wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats Juan Gisbert Sr. of Spain 7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnames and US forces
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Feb 1 Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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Feb 1 Vince Lombardi steps down as Green Bay Packers head coach in favour of longtime assistant Phil Bengtson; stays on as Packers' general manager for 1968

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Feb 1 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

VietnamExecution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

Feb 1 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.
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General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém
General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan summarily executes Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém
  • Feb 2 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 4 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • Feb 4 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • Feb 5 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 5 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • Feb 5 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • Feb 6 X Winter Olympic Games opens in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam

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Feb 6 Former President Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 6 KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Feb 7 Arthur Miller's play "Price" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 7 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • Feb 7 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)
  • Feb 8 "Planet of the Apes" premieres in New York City
  • Feb 9 Rotterdam metro opened by Princess Beatrix
  • Feb 9 World champion Jean-Claude Killy of France wins the downhill at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first of 3-event clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Games
  • Feb 9 A rare 3-way tie for silver in the women's 500m speed skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; Soviet Lyudmila Titova wins from American trio of Jenny Fish, Mary Meyers and Dianne Holum
  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3
  • Feb 10 American 2-time world champion Peggy Fleming comfortably wins Olympic women's figure skating gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Games
  • Feb 11 Israeli-Jordan border fight
  • Feb 11 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Washington Bridge, Hudson River New York
  • Feb 11 Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 12 25th Golden Globes: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger, & Edith Evans win

  • Feb 12 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy follows his win in the downhill with victory in the giant slalom at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; clean sweeps 3 alpine skiing events with success in the slalom
  • Feb 12 Dutch speed skater Ans Schut wins the women's 3,000m event at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first 10 finishers beat previous Olympic record set in Squaw Valley (1960)
  • Feb 13 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • Feb 13 Swedish 10k cross country champion Toini Gustafsson wins her 2nd gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 5k event ahead of Soviet pair Galina Kulakova and Alvetina Kolchina
  • Feb 13 After winning giant slalom in Innsbruck (1964) French skier Marielle Goitschel takes out the slalom gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Olympics
  • Feb 14 Pennsylvania Railroad and NYC Central merge into Pennsylvania Central

  • Feb 14 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 14 Soviet Union goes 1-2 in pairs figure skating at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; husband & wife team Oleg Protopopov and Liudmila Belousova edge team mates Tatiana Zhuk and Alexander Gorelik
  • Feb 14 Norwegian 15k Olympic cross country champion Harald Grønningen wins his second gold medal of the Grenoble Winter Olympics in the 4 x 10k relay
  • Feb 15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • Feb 15 WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 Biathlon 4 x 7.5k relay debuts at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with the Soviet Union taking the gold medal ahead of Norway and Sweden
  • Feb 15 Fred Anton Maier of Norway skates a world record 7:22.4 in winning the 5,000m at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; Dutch 1,500m champion Kees Verkerk is just 0.8s behind for silver
  • Feb 16 US 1st 911 phone system goes into service in Haleyville, Alabama

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Feb 16 Elvis Presley receives a gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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Feb 16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 16 Italy completes the bobsleigh double at the Grenoble Winter Olympics with victory in the 4-man; Eugenio Monti and Luciano de Paolis double up for gold winning 2-man earlier
  • Feb 17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • Feb 17 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy completes a clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Grenoble Winter Olympics when he wins the slalom; also takes out the downhill and giant slalom
  • Feb 17 Norwegian cross country skier Ole Ellefsæter wins 50k event at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; 2nd gold medal of the Games (4 x 10k relay)
  • Feb 17 Soviet Union wins its 3rd Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Grenoble; clinch title with final round, 5-0 win over Canada; Soviet LW Anatoli Firsov top scores with 16 points
  • Feb 18 Thousands of people in West Berlin demonstrate against US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Feb 18 X Winter Olympic Games close in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 18 Britain commences a trial of year-round daylight saving time (BST - British Standard Time, one hour ahead of GMT)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Feb 18 After winning men's luge singles Olympic gold medal in Innsbruck (1964), Thomas Köhler of Germany teams with Klaus Bonsack to take out the doubles in Grenoble
  • Feb 19 1st US teachers' strike (Florida)
  • Feb 19 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" debuts on NET (now PBS)
  • Feb 20 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
  • Feb 21 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin
  • Feb 21 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
  • Feb 22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"

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Feb 23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 24 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • Feb 24 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish)
  • Feb 24 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
  • Feb 24 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
  • Feb 25 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
  • Feb 25 Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
  • Feb 25 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough driving for Wood Brothers Racing wins by less than a second from LeeRoy Yarbrough; grid set exclusively by qualifying times
  • Feb 26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite delivers a scathing editorial on America's chances of winning the Vietnam War

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Feb 28 Pirate Radio Hauraki, on a boat floating off coast of NZ, returns to the air
  • Feb 29 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
  • Feb 29 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 29 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

  • Feb 29 US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
  • Feb 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 29 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks
  • Mar 1 NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
  • Mar 1 High winds blow-off the Philadelphia Spectrum's roof, forcing the Flyers to play their final month of the NHL season on the road, with home games moved to Toronto, NYC and Quebec City
  • Mar 2 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world, with a cargo compartment 37m long
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 2 19 year-old American Peggy Fleming wins her 3rd consecutive World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Geneva, Switzerland; announces her retirement, turns professional and eventually goes into broadcasting
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague

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Mar 3 Jean Beliveau (Mont) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau

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Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, Toronto Maple Leafs send future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 4 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 4 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 7 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • Mar 8 Bill Graham's New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese and communist Laotion troops overrun a secret US radar facility, Lima Site 85, on a Laos mountaintop
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet

  • Mar 11 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
  • Mar 12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
  • Mar 13 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah, kills 6,000 sheep
  • Mar 14 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")

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Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns after having a drunken row with Prime Minister Harold Wilson

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson

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Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • Mar 16 My Lai massacre occurs when American soldiers kill ~400 unarmed Vietnamese civilians, in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado
  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations