On This Day

Historical Events in September 1968

  • Sep 1 Earthquake destroys Ferdows Persia, 2,000 killed
  • Sep 1 Pirate Radio Marina (Netherlands) begins transmitting

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 3rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 4 Nigerian troops conquer the city of Aba, Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
  • Sep 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 6 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: England's Virginia Wade wins first Open era US singles title; beats Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-2

  • Sep 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 8 Saundra Williams wins 1st Miss Black America pageant

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Arthur Ashe wins first Open era US title; beats Dutchman Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

  • Sep 9 WGIQ TV channel 43 in Louisville, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WVPT TV channel 51 in Staunton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
  • Sep 12 Albania announces it is withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact
  • Sep 13 Albania leaves Warsaw pact

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 14 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Sep 14 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season

Music History

Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovich' 12th string quartet, premieres in Moscow

  • Sep 14 USSR's Zond 5 is launched on 1st circumlunar flight
  • Sep 14 While on tour in England, a fire at singer Roy Orbison's Henderson, Tennessee home kills the two eldest of his three sons

Television Premiere

Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV

  • Sep 15 Launch of Zond 5, 1st lunar fly-around with Earth reentry
  • Sep 15 NY Zendo (Shoboji) was opened by S Nakagawa & D S Harada
  • Sep 15 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 Probable Test flight for a manned fly-around (scooped by Apollo 8)
  • Sep 16 KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins

Historic Event

Sep 16 Richard Nixon appears on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in"

  • Sep 17 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
  • Sep 17 Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon
  • Sep 18 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
  • Sep 18 Ray Washburn (Cards) no-hits SF Giants 2-0
  • Sep 19 Nigerian federal army begins the "final offensive" against the secessionist state of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
  • Sep 20 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
  • Sep 21 Soviet spacecraft Zond 5 lands in the Indian ocean after a six-day flight - first successful circumlunar mission with two onboard tortoises surviving the trip
  • Sep 21 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • Sep 22 Iraq adopts constitution
  • Sep 22 KMTC (now KDEB) TV channel 27 in Springfield, MO (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 22 Twins' Cesar Tovar pitched a hitless inning & plays all 9 positions

Historic Event

Sep 22 Ceremony to mark relocation of ancient Egyptian Abu Simbel temples, honoring Ramesses II after rebuilt 200 meters inland away from Aswan Dam

  • Sep 23 WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Sep 24 "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS-TV

  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres - A Broadway musical type TV show

Sports History

Sep 24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 26 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 26 Marcelo Caetano elected premier of Portugal
  • Sep 26 St Louis Cards' Bob Gibson's 13th shutout ends with 1.12 ERA
  • Sep 26 Theatre censorship ends in Britain
  • Sep 26 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)
  • Sep 27 "Hair" opens in London
  • Sep 27 Cardinals' super pitcher Bob Gibson's 13th shutout of year
  • Sep 27 France denies UK entry into common market
  • Sep 28 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances

Music History

Sep 28 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

  • Sep 28 Alberto Giolani of Italy roller skates record 23.133 miles in 1 hr
  • Sep 28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • Sep 28 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Sep 28 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes

Music History

Sep 28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

  • Sep 28 Marisa Danisi of West Germany roller skates record 21.995 miles in 1 hr

Sports History

Sep 29 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

  • Sep 29 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • Sep 30 1st Boeing 747 rolls out
  • Sep 30 AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires

Music Single

Sep 30 The Supremes release single "Love Child"