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August 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
  • Aug 1 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Aug 1 The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
  • Aug 2 35th Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17, 69,917 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Aug 8 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • Aug 8 Race riot in Miami, Florida

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 8 Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon for president

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Yugoslav president Tito visits Prague

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Aug 10 Race riots in Miami, Chicago & Little Rock
  • Aug 11 Fifteen Guinea Special - last main-line steam passenger train service in Britain. Selection of British Rail steam locomotives make a return 120-mile journey Liverpool to Carlisle, before having their fires dropped for the last time.
  • Aug 14 Montreal Expos officially become a member of NL
  • Aug 15 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu visits Prague

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Aug 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Aug 17 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ

Soviet UnionWarsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

Aug 20 During the night 250,000 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring

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Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia
Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia
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  • Aug 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 21 After 5 years Soviet Union once again jams Voice of America radio

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 21 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate Hubert Humphrey

US Vice President Hubert Humphrey
US Vice President
Hubert Humphrey
  • Aug 21 PFC James Anderson Jr is 1st African American Marine to win Medal of Honor (Vietnam War)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 21 Warsaw Pact forces complete their invasion of Czechoslovakia by arresting the Czech leader Alexander Dubček and forcing him to sign the Moscow Protocols

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • Aug 21 William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)

BeatificationPapal Visit

Aug 22 1st papal visit to Latin America, Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota to open a Eucharistic congress.

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Aug 22 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.
  • Aug 24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • Aug 24 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned
  • Aug 27 Protest by the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) at the Guildhall's council chamber; after which Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) to organise a march in Derry
  • Aug 28 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Democratic National Convention
  • Aug 28 Northern Irish MP Gerry Fitt tables a House of Commons motion criticising the Royal Ulster Constabulary at Dungannon, "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"
  • Aug 29 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for US President (Chicago)
  • Aug 31 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • Aug 31 Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Aug 31 Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Chrystia Freeland, Canadian politician (Deputy Prime Minister 2019-), born in Peace River, Alberta
  • Aug 5 Funkmaster Flex [Aston George Taylor Jr], American hip hop DJ, born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestMarine Le Pen

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

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding 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

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • Aug 6 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician (Communist Party of Belgium (PCB)), dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, dies at 74
  • Aug 11 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian New Testament scholar, dies at 85
  • Aug 12 Pieter Oud, Dutch politician and Mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), dies at 76
  • Aug 19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • Aug 20 Channing H. Cox, American politician (49th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 88
  • 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, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner, dies at 87
  • Aug 31 George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies