On This Day

April 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States

Historic Event

Apr 2 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin

  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned

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

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Oldřich Černík government forms
  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 9 German DR adopts constitution
  • Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • 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 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president

Historic Event

Apr 11 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • Apr 21 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win
  • 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 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 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 3 Jamie Hewlett, English illustrator (Tank Girl; Gorillaz), born in Horsham, Sussex, England
  • Apr 11 Sergei Lukyanenko, Russian sci-fi author (Labyrinth of Reflections), born in Karatau, Kazakhstan
  • Apr 13 Margrethe Vestager, Danish politician and European Commissioner for Competition, born in Glostrup, Zealand
  • Apr 17 Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven, eldest son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 17 Adam McKay, American director (The Big Short, Vice), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 19 Mswati III [Prince Makhosetive], King of Swaziland (1986- ), born in Manzini, Swaziland

Timothy McVeigh

Apr 23 Timothy McVeigh, American Oklahoma City bomber and terrorist, born in Lockport, New York (d. 2001)

  • Apr 23 Aisha bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, twin of Princess Zein and sister of King Abdullah II, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Apr 23 Zein bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, twin of Princess Aisha and sister of King Abdullah II, born in Amman, Jordan
  • Apr 24 Hashim Thaçi, Kosovan politician, 1st Prime Minister of Kosovo (2008-14) and 4th President of Kosovo (2016-), born in Srbica, Yugoslavia

Weddings in History

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

Alan Sugar

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


Deaths in History

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

AssassinationMartin Luther King Jr.

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

  • Apr 6 Robert "Bobby" Hutton, American Black Panther leader and treasurer, shot to death by Oakland police at 17
  • 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 20 Mabel Stark, American tiger trainer "crazy Mabel", found dead after her suicide at 79
  • Apr 22 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive, dies at 57