1968 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 491


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Jan 1 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 2 Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant

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Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas

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Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

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Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 20 US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 21 The Battle of Khe Sanh - one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War - begins at the Khe Sanh Air Base
  • Jan 22 Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 22 "Lady Soul" 14th studio album by Aretha Franklin is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1968)
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 24 Operation Coburg, an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War, begins
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnames and US forces
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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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
  • Feb 1 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi

/flags/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.

  • Feb 2 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • Feb 4 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • Feb 5 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • 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

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Feb 7 Arthur Miller's "Price" premieres in NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 7 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • Feb 8 Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)

  • Feb 9 Rotterdam metro opened by Princess Beatrix
  • 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)
  • Feb 13 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • Feb 14 Pennsylvania Railroad and NYC Central merge into Pennsylvania Central
  • Feb 15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • Feb 16 US 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Alabama
  • Feb 18 Thousands of people in West Berlin demonstrate against US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Feb 18 Britain commences a trial of year-round daylight saving time (BST - British Standard Time, one hour ahead of GMT)
  • 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 22 Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"
  • Feb 24 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish)
  • 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 wins (143.251 MPH)
  • Feb 26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • Feb 28 Pirate Radio Hauraki, on a boat floating off coast of NZ, returns to the air
  • Feb 29 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
  • 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
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world, with a cargo compartment 37m long
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 2 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US)
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague

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Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese and communist Laotion troops overrun a secret US radar facility, Lima Site 85, on a Laos mountaintop
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
  • Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 12nd string quartet
  • Mar 11 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
  • Mar 12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns after having a drunken row with Prime Minister Harold Wilson

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 108

  • Jan 4 Mike Wilpolt, Head Coach of the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League
  • Jan 10 Lyle Menendez, NY, accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers)
  • Jan 12 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • Jan 15 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
  • Jan 17 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer
  • Jan 18 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist
  • Jan 21 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician
  • Jan 30 Felipe de Borbon, Prince of Asturias, heir to Spanish throne

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 1 Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson, daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • Feb 12 Christopher McCandless, American nomad, subject of biography Into the Wild (d. 1992)
  • Feb 16 Warren Ellis, British comic book writer
  • Feb 17 Bryan Cox, National Football League player
  • Feb 20 Ted Hankey, English darts player
  • Feb 22 Shawn Graham, Canadian politician
  • Feb 22 James Allison, British Formula 1 Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG, born in Louth, Lincolnshire
  • Feb 26 Tim Commerford, American bass player (Rage Against the Machine)
  • Feb 29 Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
  • Feb 29 Pete Fenson, American curler
  • Feb 29 Eugene Volokh, American law professor
  • Mar 4 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • Mar 8 Ellen Forney, American cartoonist
  • Mar 10 Felice Arena, Australian children's author
  • Mar 10 Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament
  • Mar 15 Terje Riis-Johansen, Norwegian politician
  • Mar 18 Eudes, duc d'Angoulême, French prince
  • Mar 18 Paul Marsden, British politician
  • Mar 19 Mots'eoa Senyane, Lesotho diplomat
  • Mar 21 DJ Premier (Preemo), hip hop producer
  • Mar 23 Mitch Cullin, American novelist
  • Mar 27 Irina Belova, Russian pentathelete (world record 1992)
  • Mar 28 Iris Chang, American author (d. 2004)
  • Apr 3 Mike Lansing, Rawlins Wyoming, infielder (Montreal Expos)
  • Apr 3 Jamie Hewlett, English illustrator (Tank Girl, Gorillaz), born in Horsham, Sussex, England
  • Apr 4 Jennifer Lynch, American director
  • Apr 11 Sergey Lukyanenko, Russian author
  • Apr 13 Margrethe Vestager, Danish politician and European Commissioner for Competition, born in Glostrup, Zealand
  • Apr 17 Maurits, Prince of Netherlands
  • Apr 19 Craig McNeil, American writer, lawyer, and military officer
  • Apr 19 Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  • Apr 23 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, born in Lockport, New York (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 23 Princess Zein bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • Apr 24 Hashim Thaci, Kosovan politician
  • May 1 Denise Masino, American Female Bodybuilder
  • May 8 Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • May 8 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • May 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (d. 1997)
  • May 15 Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
  • May 21 Matthias Ungemach, German rower
  • May 23 Tiffany Rochelle-Anderson, Laguna Beach Ca, WPVA (Nationals-13th-1995)
  • May 26 Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark
  • May 27 Rebekah Brooks, English journalist (implicated in News International phone hacking scandal), born in Warrington, England
  • May 30 Zacarias Moussaoui, French citizen found guilty relating to September 11, 2001 attacks
  • May 30 Kelley Armstrong, Canadian novelist (Women of the Otherworld), born in Sudbury, Ontario
  • Jun 2 Beetlejuice, member of Howard Stern's Wack
  • Jun 6 François Avard, Canadian writer and scenarist
  • Jun 10 Jimmy Shea, American skeleton racer
  • Jun 11 Staci Baldwin, Miss Washington pageant winner, sued when told 27 too old for compete for Miss USA, born in Kirkland, Washington
  • Jun 19 Alastair Lynch, Australian rules footballer
  • Jun 21 Alisyn Camerota, American journalist
  • Jun 21 Gretchen Carlson, American journalist
  • Jun 23 Jay Y Lee [Lee Jae-yong], South Korean Vice Chairman of Samsung, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 25 Oleg Taktarov, Russian martial artist
  • Jul 5 Ken Akamatsu, Japanese Manga artist, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 5 John Ruskin a.k.a. Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian journalist
  • Jul 7 Jeff VanderMeer, American writer
  • Jul 8 Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu
  • Jul 9 Lars Gyllenhaal, Swedish author
  • Jul 11 Michael Geist, Canadian academic
  • Jul 16 Larry Sanger, American co-founder of Wikipedia
  • Jul 20 Robert Rodriguez, director (El Mariachi, Desperado)
  • Jul 24 Colleen Doran, American comic book writer and artist
  • Jul 24 Malcolm Ingram, Canadian director
  • Aug 5 Funkmaster Flex, American hip hop DJ

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 Marine Le Pen, French politician (President of the National Front Party), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • Aug 14 Billy Mavreas, Greek-Canadian cartoonist
  • Aug 22 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor and columnist, born in Arlington Country, Virginia
  • Sep 1 Mohammed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
  • Sep 6 Paul Rea, American television journalist
  • Sep 6 Christopher Brookmyre, Scottish writer
  • Sep 11 Paul Mayeda Berges, American film writer and director
  • Sep 16 Walt Becker, American director and writer
  • Sep 17 Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
  • Sep 25 Johan Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, Netherlands
  • Sep 25 John Worsfold, Australian rules football coach
  • Sep 26 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • Oct 1 Jon Guenther, American author
  • Oct 2 Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 10 Chris Ofili, English painter (Turner prize - elephant dung), born in Manchester

Painter Chris Ofili
Painter
Chris Ofili
  • Oct 23 Maggie Philgence, St Lucia Castries VI, WPVA (Oly Fest-gold-91)
  • Oct 24 Robert Wilonsky, American journalist
  • Nov 6 Jerry Yang, Taiwanese-born American entrepreneur (co-founder of Yahoo!, Inc.), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 7 Mark Preston, Australian engineer
  • Nov 10 Steve Brookstein, English X Factor winner
  • Nov 15 James Brady, columnist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 16 Vlado Šola, Croatian handball goalkeeper
  • Nov 17 Robin Li [Li Yanhong], Chinese founder of the Chinese search engine Baidu, born in Yangquan, Shanxi
  • Nov 21 Christopher Noxon, American journalist
  • Nov 22 Rasmus Lerdorf, Greenlandic computer programmer
  • Nov 23 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer

Weddings in History

  • Apr 20 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Business magnate Alan Sugar (21) weds hairdresser Ann Simons in Great Portland Street Synagogue

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 2 Later President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (21) weds lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo (22)

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 6 Children's author Theodor Geisel [Dr. Seuss] (64) weds Audrey Stone Dimond

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (79) weds his long-time secretary Agnes Jean Bethell

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Aug 29 Norwegian Crown Prince Harald (later Harald V) marries Sonja Haraldsen at Oslo Cathedral

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 5 Author Ken Follett (19) weds Mary Emma Ruth Elson

Author Ken Follett
Author
Ken Follett

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 26 Lawyer and politician Rudy Giuliani (24) weds second cousin Regina Peruggi (22) in a large Roman Catholic ceremony in Bedford Park, The Bronx

Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani
  • Dec 22 Julie Nixon weds Dwight David Eisenhower

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 Author and cooking show host Ina Garten (20) weds dean Jeffrey Garten

Author and Cooking Show Host Ina Garten
Author and Cooking Show Host
Ina Garten

Divorces in History


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (26) divorces first wife Marlynn Myers after 4 years of marriage

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 132

  • Jan 2 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • Jan 4 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • Jan 14 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • Jan 15 Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • Jan 17 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • Jan 21 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 26 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • Jan 26 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • Jan 30 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81
  • Feb 4 Gerard den Brabander, [Jan G Jofriet], poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • Feb 4 Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 8 J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • Feb 9 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • Feb 10 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 11 Howard Lindsay, American playwright, actor and director (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • Feb 18 Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Court Martial), dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), dies at 69

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • Feb 22 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • Feb 23 Fannie Hurst, US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
  • Feb 27 Johannes Tralow, writer, dies at 85
  • Feb 29 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • Mar 1 G v d Vring, writer, dies
  • Mar 1 Georg von der Vring, German painter (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • Mar 14 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • Mar 20 Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • Mar 23 Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 24 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), dies in a Mig-15 plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • Apr 1 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59

MurderAssassination

Apr 4 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 6 Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death
  • Apr 10 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • Apr 16 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), dies at 82
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • Apr 22 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (b. 1911)
  • May 1 Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • May 2 Donald L Hall, American airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • May 5 Albert Van Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 7 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • May 9 Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • May 9 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • May 10 Philippa Bevans, dies at 55
  • May 10 Scotty Beckett, dies at 38
  • May 14 Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • May 20 Kees van Dongen, Dutch/French painter, dies at 91
  • May 25 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • May 28 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1 Helen Keller, American blind & deaf author (Let us Have Faith) and lecturer, dies at 87

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • Jun 1 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
  • Jun 6 Franklin C Fry, US minister (World Rad of Church), dies

MurderAssassination

Jun 6 Robert F. Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 6 Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill (b. 1911)
  • Jun 9 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 14 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet/essayist (Nobel 1959), dies at 66

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Author/Poet
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • Jun 19 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate (b. 1898)
  • Jul 2 Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • Jul 9 Allyn Edwards, host (One Minute Please, Mr Citizen), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 Vardis Fisher, American writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian sailor/author, dies at 76
  • Jul 14 Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (b. 1892)
  • Jul 15 Lura Anson, dies in Woodland at 76
  • Jul 18 Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • Jul 21 Ruth St Denis, US choreography, dies at about 90
  • Jul 22 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian author: Don Camillo/Peppone, dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Henry Hallett Dale, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 27 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies
  • Jul 28 Charles William Mayo, American surgeon (Mayo Clinic), dies in a car accident at 70
  • Jul 28 Otto Hahn, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1944), dies at 89
  • Aug 3 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • Aug 6 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, dies at 74
  • Aug 11 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian biblical scholar, dies
  • Aug 12 Pieter J Auld, mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Esther Forbes, American novelist (b. 1891)
  • Aug 19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • Aug 21 Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • Aug 27 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • Aug 28 John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • Aug 28 Nick Castle, choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, American actor (Captive City), dies at 79
  • Aug 29 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner (b. 1881)
  • Aug 31 George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies
  • Sep 2 Ernest Claes, Belgian author (The White), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 René Cogny, French General (b. 1904)
  • Sep 18 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist/church historian, dies at 65
  • Sep 19 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopying), dies at 62
  • Sep 23 Francesco Forgione, "Padre Pio", Catholic saint (b. 1887)
  • Sep 24 Robert Arthur Ley, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X), dies at 47
  • Sep 26 Daniel Johnson, Sr., French-Canadian politician (b. 1915)
  • Sep 28 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, dies of heart failure at 42

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 2 Marcel Duchamp, French painter and sculptor (Nude Descending a Staircase), dies at 81

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp