On This Day

January 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Netherlands gets color TV
  • Jan 1 Pennsylvania Railroad and NYC Central merge into Pennsylvania Central
  • Jan 2 Christiaan Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant on Philip Blaiberg

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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

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Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • 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

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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

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • 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 Lunar Module is launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • 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 27 French submarine Minerve disappears in the Mediterranean with the loss of 52 crew
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 10 Lyle Menendez, American author accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 12 Raf Simons, Belgian fashion designer (Dior 2012-2015), born in Neerpelt, Limburg
  • Jan 17 Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, Dutch writer, born in Rijswijk, Netherlands
  • Jan 18 Frank Quitely, Scottish comic book artist, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Ulrica Messing, Swedish politician

Person of interestFelipe VI

Jan 30 Felipe VI [Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia], King of Spain (2014-), born in Madrid, Spain

King of Spain Felipe VI
King of Spain
Felipe VI

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies at 62
  • 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, Polish 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 Foujita, Japanese-French painter and printmaker, dies at 81