Historical Events in 1968 (Part 2)

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Historic Event

Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations

Television Debut

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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

Album Release

Mar 23 Reprise Records releases "Song To A Seagull", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's debut studio album

  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC
  • Mar 25 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco

Historic Event

Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie (Maryland) State College
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: 20-year old Brian Fletcher aboard 100/7 chance Red Alligator rides the first of 3 GN victories
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • 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 announces in an address to the nation that he will not seek re-election
  • 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

Film Premiere

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.

  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States

Historic Event

Apr 2 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin

Film Premiere

Apr 3 "Planet of the Apes", starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell premiers nationally in the United States

  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • 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 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.

Martin 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

  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • Apr 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London
  • 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 Gas and gunpowder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150
  • Apr 6 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 8 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Oldřich Černík government forms

Historic Event

Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000 from cargo terminal at New York City's JFK International Airport

  • Apr 8 Major League Baseball decides to postpone Opening Day because of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • Apr 8 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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

Academy Awards

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

  • Apr 10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)

Music Premiere

Apr 10 Musical "George M!", based on the life of Broadway star George M. Cohan, opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

  • 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 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 14 First NBA game at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden; NY Knicks beat San Diego Rockets, 114-102
  • 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)

Sports History

Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings at the Astrodome; starting pitchers Tom Seaver and Don Wilson pitch 10 and 9 innings respectively in game that lasts over 6 hours

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 20 British rock band billed as "Roundabout" debuts in Kastrup, Denmark; after a brief tour of Scandinavia, they change their name to "Deep Purple"

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • 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 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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 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 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 2 Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony premiers in New York City with William Steinberg conducting the New York Philharmonic
  • 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 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 6 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • 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

Music Single

May 11 Irish actor Richard Harris releases single "MacArthur Park"; it becomes a million-seller topping the charts in Canada and Australia, and peaking at #2 in US and #4 in UK

  • 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 reaches Washington, D.C.
  • May 12 WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting
  • May 14 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp

Historic Event

May 14 Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubček

Historic Event

May 14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin

Film Premiere

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

  • May 15 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago

TV Show Appearance

May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson", to promote Apple Records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

  • May 15 Tornado strikes Jonesboro, Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
  • 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
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • May 21 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • May 21 Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
  • 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

Baseball Record

May 22 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball HOF outfielder Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double and a single in a 13-6 rout of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

  • 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 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 24 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City

Historic Event

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

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

Music History

May 24 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession in England

  • 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 song "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7

Sports History

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

  • 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.

Album Release

May 28 Fantasy Records releases the self-titled debut album "Creedence Clearwater Revival", on leader John Fogerty's 23rd birthday; it feature's their cover of Dale Hawkin's "Susie Q"

  • May 28 MLB: AL announces it is splitting into 2 divisions
  • May 28 MLB: NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • May 28 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic presidential primary in Oregon
  • 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 29 UN resolves sanctions on white-minority-ruled Rhodesia
  • May 29 US Truth in Lending Act signed into law
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser driving a piston-powered Offenhauser beats Dan Gurney to win his first of 3 Indy 500 triumphs
  • 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

Film & TV History

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

Assassination 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.

  • 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

Sports History

Jun 4 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings

Bobby Kennedy Gunned Down on Campaign Trail

Jun 5 Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan assassinates Robert F. Kennedy, shooting him 3 times and wounding 5 others at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Kennedy dies the next day.

  • Jun 6 Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night
  • Jun 6 WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 7 Sirhan Sirhan indicted for the assassination of US Senator Robert F. 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

French 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

  • Jun 8 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"

Historic Event

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