Historical Events in July 1968

  • Jul 1 Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson's streak of 47 2/3 scoreless innings (3rd most live era) ends on wild pitch but earns 8-1 win v LA Dodgers
  • Jul 1 Fortuna Sittard soccer team forms in Sittard

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Jul 1 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jul 1 US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • Jul 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 1 The CIA's Phoenix Program is officially established.
  • Jul 1 Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL-CIO.
  • Jul 2 An El Al Israeli airliner is hijacked and diverted to Algeria by three armed members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
  • Jul 3 41°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • Jul 3 Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant strikes out a record 19 Minnesota Twins (10 inns) for another record 32 Ks in consecutive games
  • Jul 3 As part of a series of protests against housing conditions in Derry, the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) hold a sit-down protest on the newly opened second deck of the Craigavon Bridge in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 4 Arthur Kopit's "Indians" premieres in London
  • Jul 4 Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched
  • Jul 5 "Manifest of 1000 words" published in Prague
  • Jul 5 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to earn first ever prize money (£750) offered at Wimbledon

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to earn first ever prize money (£2,000) offered at Wimbledon
  • Jul 6 Sacharov publishes "Manifest of 10,000 words"

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Jul 7 US Open Women's Golf, Moselem Springs GC: Susie Maxwell Berning beats Mickey Wright by 3 strokes

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 7 Rock group "Yardbirds" disband
  • Jul 8 Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal

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Jul 9 Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first reigning NBA MVP to be traded the next season when he moves from Philadelphia 76'ers to LA Lakers

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jul 9 15.68" (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Mississippi (state 24-hour record)
  • Jul 9 39th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 1-0 at Astrodome, Houston

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Jul 9 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants), 1st player to win a second times

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jul 10 US Major League baseball announces it will split into 2 divisions for 1969
  • Jul 11 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
  • Jul 11 Start of Colin Cowdrey's 100th Test, 1st person to do so
  • Jul 12 Couve de Murville forms government in France
  • Jul 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 13 97th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 289 at Carnoustie Scotland

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Jul 13 French government-Couve de Murville forms

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Jul 14 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 14 Carol Mann wins LPGA Pabst Ladies' Golf Classic
  • Jul 14 Houston Astro Don Wilson strikes-out 18, beats Reds 6-1
  • Jul 14 WSWO TV channel 26 in Springfield, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 "One Life to Live", American soap opera, premieres on TV
  • Jul 15 Commercial air travel begins between US & USSR
  • Jul 15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 15 NJ Americans moved to Comack & become NY Nets (ABA)
  • Jul 17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • Jul 17 Bloodless coup in Iraq led by General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
  • Jul 18 The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California
  • Jul 20 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV
  • Jul 20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • Jul 21 PGA Championship, Pecan Valley GC: Julius Boros (48) becomes oldest winner of a major; wins by 1 from Bob Charles & Arnold Palmer
  • Jul 21 Carol Mann wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • Jul 21 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • Jul 22 Sir John Newsome recommends public schools should take 50% of their intake from the state school system
  • Jul 23 Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt
  • Jul 23 PLO's 1st hijacking of an El Al plane
  • Jul 23 Race riot in Cleveland, 11 including 3 police officers killed
  • Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm's 907th pitch breaks Cy Young's record for pitching appearances
  • Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game
  • Jul 25 Pope Paul VI encyclical against On regulation of birth
  • Jul 27 Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open
  • Jul 27 Race Riot in Gary Indiana
  • Jul 29 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • Jul 29 Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • Jul 29 Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption
  • Jul 29 Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled "Humanae Vitae" (Of Human Life), declares any artificial forms of birth control prohibited
  • Jul 29 Washington, D.C. Ron Hansen makes unassisted triple play vs Cleve
  • Jul 30 Wash Senator Ron Hansen makes 1st unassisted triple-play in 41 years
  • Jul 31 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free