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June 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 2 Canadians must get government permission to export silver
  • Jun 3 Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
  • Jun 3 Poor Peoples March on Washington, D.C.

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jun 3 American radical feminist Valerie Solanas attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times. She is later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and pleads guilty to "reckless assault with intent to harm", serving a 3 year sentence.

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Jun 4 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings

Bobby Kennedy Gunned Down on Campaign TrailBobby Kennedy Gunned Down on Campaign Trail

Jun 5 Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan shoots Robert F. Kennedy three times, who dies the next day and wounds 5 others at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California

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Bobby Kennedy lays dying on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel. His killer, Sirhan Sirhan, was refused parole in 2016
Bobby Kennedy lays dying on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel. His killer, Sirhan Sirhan, was refused parole in 2016
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 7 Sirhan Sirhan indicted for the assassination of US Senator Bobby Kennedy
  • Jun 7 The body of assassinated US Senator Robert F. Kennedy lies in state at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York
  • Jun 8 Bermuda adopts its constitution
  • Jun 8 Don Drysdale pitches a record 58th consecutive scoreless inning

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • Jun 8 New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted
  • Jun 8 The body of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Yugoslav president Tito promises reforms

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Jun 10 AL games at Balt & Chicago postponed honoring Robert F. Kennedy

  • Jun 14 Off duty Dutch military permitted to wear regular clothing
  • Jun 14 "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" 2nd studio album by Iron Butterfly is released
  • Jun 17 Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms
  • Jun 17 Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy" goes gold
  • Jun 18 Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing
  • Jun 19 50,000 participate in Solidarity Day March of Poor People's Campaign
  • Jun 20 Austin Currie, then Nationalist Member of Parliament (MP) at Stormont, and other Irish civil rights activists, protest discrimination in the allocation of housing by 'squatting' (illegally occupying) in a house in Caledon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren announces he will resign once a successor is found

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • Jun 24 Australia all out for 78 v England at Lord's
  • Jun 24 Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion
  • Jun 24 Jim Northrup hits 2 grand-slammers to help Tigers beat Cleve 14-3
  • Jun 24 Resurrection City in Washington, D.C. closed permanently
  • Jun 26 Executive Council decides both AL & NL to divide into 2 divisions

Victory in BattleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Jun 26 Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by US

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United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
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  • Jun 27 Ludvik Vaculik publishes "Manifest of 2000 words" in Prague
  • Jun 28 Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers
  • Jun 30 East German Communist Party leader Walter Ulbricht receives "Order of October Revolution"
  • Jun 30 Gaullists win French parliamentary election, 358 of 458 seats

Birthdays in History

  • 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 15 Adam Rapp, American playwright and author (Red Light Winter), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 19 Alastair Lynch, Australian rules footballer
  • Jun 21 Alisyn Camerota, 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, born in Arzamas-16, Gorky Oblast, Russian SFSR

Deaths in History


Person of interestHelen Keller

Jun 1 Helen Keller, American political activist, author (The Story of My Life) and lecturer, who was the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a BA, dies at 87

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • Jun 1 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
  • Jun 6 Franklin Clark Fry, American minister (World Rad of Church), dies at 67

MurderRobert F. Kennedy

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 interestSalvatore Quasimodo

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, dies at 70