On This Day

July 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Fortuna Sittard soccer team forms in Sittard
  • Jul 1 US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • Jul 1 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 1 The CIA's Phoenix Program is officially established.
  • Jul 1 Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL-CIO.
  • Jul 2 An El Al Israeli airliner is hijacked and diverted to Algeria by three armed members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
  • Jul 3 41°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in July
  • Jul 3 As part of a series of protests against housing conditions in Derry, the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) hold a sit-down protest on the newly opened second deck of the Craigavon Bridge in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Jul 4 Arthur Kopit's "Indians" premieres in London
  • Jul 4 Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched
  • Jul 5 "Manifest of 1000 words" published in Prague
  • Jul 6 Sacharov publishes "Manifest of 10,000 words"
  • Jul 7 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 8 Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal
  • Jul 9 15.68" (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Mississippi (state 24-hour record)
  • Jul 11 Start of Colin Cowdrey's 100th Test, 1st person to reach the milestone
  • Jul 12 Couve de Murville forms government in France
  • Jul 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 13 French government-Couve de Murville forms
  • Jul 14 Houston Astro Don Wilson strikes out 18, beats Reds 6-1 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati
  • Jul 15 Commercial air travel begins between US & USSR
  • Jul 15 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 15 NJ Americans moved to Comack & become NY Nets (ABA)
  • Jul 17 Bloodless coup in Iraq led by General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr

Historic Event

Jul 18 The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • Jul 22 Sir John Newsome recommends public schools should take 50% of their intake from the state school system
  • Jul 23 Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt
  • Jul 23 PLO's 1st hijacking of an El Al plane
  • Jul 23 Race riot in Cleveland, 11 including 3 police officers killed

Catholic Encyclical

Jul 25 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical "Humanae vitae (Of Human Life)" which rejects any artificial forms of birth control

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • Jul 27 Race Riot in Gary Indiana
  • Jul 29 Gram Parsons refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • Jul 29 Mount Arenal, Costa Rica kills 80 in Pelee-type eruption

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 5 Ken Akamatsu, Japanese Manga artist, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 5 John Ruskin a.k.a. Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian journalist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 7 Jeff VanderMeer, American writer, born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
  • 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, born in Bellevue, Washington
  • Jul 24 Colleen Doran, American comic book writer and artist
  • Jul 24 Malcolm Ingram, Canadian director

Deaths in History

  • 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 Westbrook Van Voorhis, American announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (Kara-Bugaz), dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Lura Anson, dies in Woodland at 76
  • Jul 18 Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist (Nobel 1938), dies at 76
  • Jul 22 Giovannino Guareschi, Italian author (Don Camillo, Peppone, dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Henry Hallett Dale, physiologist (1938 Noble Prize for Medicine or Physiology for work on acetylcholine), dies at 93
  • 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 and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), dies at 89