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Historical Events in 1968 (Part 2)

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Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 17 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb
  • Mar 18 US Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 18 WVER TV channel 28 in Rutland, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WVTA TV channel 41 in Windsor, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 Howard University, Washington, D.C., students seize administration building

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Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases

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Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mário Soares banished to Sao Tomé, having been arrested by secret police under dictator António de Oliveira Salazar

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off San Francisco cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats North Carolina, 78-55; Bruins back-to-back titles; Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd of 3 consecutive years
  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC

  • Mar 23 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 14-9 win over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff; first Grand Slam victory for France
  • Mar 25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco

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Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie State College
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: 20-year old Brian Fletcher aboard 100/7 chance Red Alligator rides the first of 3 GN victories
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces in an address to the nation that he will not seek re-election
  • Mar 31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • Mar 31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes a troop surge in Vietnam, bringing the total number of US soldiers to a peak of 549,500
  • Apr 1 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, California (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States

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Apr 2 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy

Film release premierFilm Premier

Apr 2 "2001 A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • Apr 3 "Planet of the Apes" United States wide premiere

  • Apr 4 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned

Martin Luther King Shot DeadMartin Luther King Shot Dead

Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
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Martin Luther King waves to supporters after delivering his 'I have a dream' speech
Martin Luther King waves to supporters after delivering his 'I have a dream' speech

USAMartin Luther King Assassination Riots

Apr 4 Riots break out in over 100 cities in the United States following the assassination of African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr
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Front page of The Washington Post on April 7, 1968, three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King
Front page of The Washington Post on April 7, 1968, three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • Apr 6 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis
  • Apr 6 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 6 Gas and gunpowder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150
  • Apr 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London

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Apr 7 Riots continue in over 100 US cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 8 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 8 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • Apr 8 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • Apr 9 German DR adopts constitution
  • Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 9 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference
  • Apr 10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • Apr 10 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 10 40th Academy Awards: "In the Heat of the Night", Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win

  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president
  • Apr 11 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 11 WHED TV channel 15 in Hanover, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • Apr 14 32nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bob Goalby shoots a final round 66 (-6) to win his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of Roberto De Vicenzo who has his card famously marked incorrectly
  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 15 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot wins in 2:22:17; Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:30:00 (unsanctioned)
  • Apr 17 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • Apr 18 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • Apr 18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • Apr 18 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • Apr 18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • Apr 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 Belgian construction workers strike
  • Apr 19 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams
  • Apr 20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed

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Apr 20 British politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech

British Politican Enoch Powell
British Politican
Enoch Powell

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Apr 20 Pierre Trudeau sworn in as Canada's 15th Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • Apr 21 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win
  • Apr 23 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • Apr 23 United Methodist Church forms
  • Apr 24 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas
  • Apr 24 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
  • Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

  • Apr 24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • Apr 25 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • Apr 27 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 27 Baltimore Oriole Tom Phoebus no-hits Boston, 6-0
  • Apr 27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade
  • Apr 28 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old
  • Apr 29 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • Apr 30 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game
  • May 1 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • May 2 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
  • May 2 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • May 2 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • May 2 Israeli television begins transmitting
  • May 3 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
  • May 4 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • May 4 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • May 4 Dancer Image disqualified due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
  • May 6 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • May 6 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • May 6 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • May 8 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
  • May 8 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
  • May 10 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US and North Vietnam

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May 11 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • May 11 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Defenceman J. C. Tremblay fires home the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 3-2 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • May 11 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • May 11 Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, Etobicoke in the west

  • May 12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.
  • May 12 WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting

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May 13 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle & Georges Pompidou

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 14 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp

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May 14 Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubček

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • May 14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • May 15 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
  • May 15 A tornado strikes Jonesboro Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • May 16 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • May 16 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
  • May 17 European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
  • May 17 Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

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May 18 AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 18 Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games
  • May 19 20th Emmy Awards: "Get Smart", "Mission Impossible" & Barbara Bain win
  • May 19 Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games
  • May 19 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard

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May 20 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, is showered with eggs, flour and stones after a meeting of the Woodvale Unionist Association, a loyalist vigilante group

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • May 21 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • May 21 Paul McCartney and girlfriend Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 21 WEKW TV channel 52 in Keene, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 21 Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
  • May 22 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • May 23 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London

  • May 24 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days

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May 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

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May 24 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • May 24 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City
  • May 24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)
  • May 25 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
  • May 25 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 25 Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
  • May 25 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
  • May 27 6th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-3
  • May 27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises
  • May 27 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.

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May 27 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • May 28 AL announces it is splitting into 2 divisions
  • May 28 NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • May 28 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democrate primary in Oregon
  • May 29 US Truth in Lending Act signed into law
  • May 29 UN resolves sanctions on white-minority-ruled Rhodesia
  • May 29 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Bobby Charlton scores twice as Manchester United beats Benfica, 4-1; first English club to win the trophy
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • May 30 President De Gaulle disbands French parliament
  • May 30 University church in Leipzig, German DR, blown up
  • May 30 West German Parliament accepts emergency crisis law
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 3:16:13.786 (246.040 km/h)

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May 31 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service

  • Jun 1 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 1 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs Robinson" from "The Graduate" hits #1 (first rock song to win Grammy for Record of the Year)
  • Jun 1 St. Louis Cardinals side-arming left-hander Joe Hoerner ties NL record for most consecutive strikeouts by a relief pitcher, fanning the final 6 batters to earn a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets
  • Jun 2 Canadians must get government permission to export silver

  • Jun 2 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, KY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 3 Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
  • Jun 3 Poor Peoples March on Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 3 Yanks turn 21st triple-play in their history lose 4-3 to Twins

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jun 3 American radical feminist Valerie Solanas attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times. She is later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and pleads guilty to "reckless assault with intent to harm", serving a 3 year sentence.

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Jun 4 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings

Bobby Kennedy Gunned Down on Campaign TrailBobby Kennedy Gunned Down on Campaign Trail

Jun 5 Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan shoots Robert F. Kennedy three times, who dies the next day and wounds 5 others at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California
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Bobby Kennedy lays dying on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel. His killer, Sirhan Sirhan, was refused parole in 2016
Bobby Kennedy lays dying on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel. His killer, Sirhan Sirhan, was refused parole in 2016
  • Jun 6 WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Jun 6 Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 7 Sirhan Sirhan indicted for the assassination of US Senator Bobby Kennedy
  • Jun 7 The body of assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
  • Jun 8 Bermuda adopts its constitution
  • Jun 8 Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning
  • Jun 8 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"

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Jun 8 James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • Jun 8 New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  • Jun 8 The body of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Women's Tennis: American Nancy Richey beats Ann Haydon-Jones 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 for her second and last Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey