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Historical Events in February 1968

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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 NFL Green Bay Packers head coach in favor 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
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  • 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 Orangeburg Massacre: highway patrol officers kill 3 students and injure 27 others demonstrating at South Carolina State University, 1st student killing by law enforcement in the US
  • 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 giant slalom at Grenoble Winter Olympics; clean sweeps 3 alpine skiing events with success in the slalom
  • Feb 12 Dutch speed skater Ans Schut wins women's 3,000m event at 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 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 teammates 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
Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Guru
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • 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)

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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

InventionScientific Discovery

Feb 24 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919) by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish

Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Astrophysicist
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
  • 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

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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 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