November 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Motion Picture Association of America introduces rating system (G, M, R, X)
  • Nov 1 University of Suriname opens
  • Nov 2 A banned march in Derry, North Ireland, by members of the Derry Citizen's Action Committee (DCAC) is joined by thousands; due to the number of people taking part, the Royal Ulster Constabulary is unable to prevent it

Election of Interest

Nov 3 Bob Packwood is elected senator of Oregon

  • Nov 3 Ex-Prime Minister of Greece Georgios Papandreou buried. 300,000 demonstrate against fascist junta
  • Nov 4 Battles between Jordanian army & Al Fatah-arm forces

Meeting of Interest

Nov 4 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks on Northern Ireland; Wilson states no change of constitutional position of Northern Ireland possible without consent of the its people

Election of Interest

Nov 5 Republican candidate Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Hubert Humphrey and Independent candidate George Wallace

  • Nov 6 Students of San Francisco State Counsel go on strike
  • Nov 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Nov 8 Londonderry Corporation agreed to a Nationalist request to introduce a points system in the allocation of public sector housing in Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Nov 9 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting lead a Loyalist march to the Diamond area of Derry, North Ireland

  • Nov 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 10 Launch of Zond 6, 2nd unmanned circumlunar & return flight

Historic Event

Nov 10 Portuguese socialist Mário Soares released from banishment in Sao Tomé under new regieme of Marcello Caetano

  • Nov 11 Maldives (in Indian Ocean) becomes a republic
  • Nov 11 Ron Hill sets record 10-mile run (46:44) at Leicester England
  • Nov 12 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools
  • Nov 13 William Craig, Home Affairs Minister, bans all marches, with the exception of 'customary' parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of 'customary' parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not
  • Nov 14 "National Turn in Your Draft Card Day" features draft card burning
  • Nov 14 First European lung transplant
  • Nov 14 Yale University announces it is going co-educational
  • Nov 16 The Derry Citizens Action Committee defies a ban on marches in Derry, Northern Ireland, by marching with an estimated 15,000 people
  • Nov 17 Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
  • Nov 18 Soviets recover the Zond 6 spacecraft after a flight around the moon
  • Nov 19 Military coup in Mali, president Modibo Keita flees
  • Nov 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Nov 22 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, announced a package of reform measures granting concessions to the Catholic minority, in response to protest movement

  • Nov 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 30 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh is stopped by Royal Ulster Constabulary because of the presence of a Loyalist counter demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 6 Jerry Yang, Taiwanese-born American entrepreneur (co-founder of Yahoo!, Inc.), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 7 Mark Preston, Australian businessman and motorsport professional, born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Nov 15 James Brady, columnist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 17 Robin Li [Li Yanhong], Chinese founder of the Chinese search engine Baidu, born in Yangquan, Shanxi
  • Nov 21 Christopher Noxon, American journalist
  • Nov 22 Rasmus Lerdorf, Greenlandic computer programmer
  • Nov 23 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer, born in Saqqez, Iran
  • Nov 23 Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist, born in East Kilbride, United Kingdom

Todd BeamerTodd Beamer (1968-2001)

Nov 24 American passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, born in Flint, Michigan

  • Nov 29 Dany Garcia, American producer (works with The Rock), born in Belleville, New Jersey

Divorces in History

John Wayne Gacy

Nov 9 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (26) divorces first wife Marlynn Myers after 4 years of marriage

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Georgios Papandreou, Greek politician and Prime Minister of Greece (1944–45, 1963, 1964–65 dies at 80
  • Nov 4 Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • Nov 4 Paul JM Lindemans, Flemish agricultural engineer and author, dies at 78
  • Nov 6 Charles B. McVay III, American naval officer, Commander of the USS Indianapolis when it sank, commits suicide at 70
  • Nov 7 Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician, dies at 62
  • Nov 7 Willem A. Wagenaar, Dutch journalist and author (3,000 meter), dies at 67
  • Nov 10 Murk Daniel Ozinga, Dutch art historian (Monuments of Curacao), dies at 65
  • Nov 11 Janet Sobel [Jennie Olechovsky], Ukrainian-American abstract expressionist and drip-paint pioneering artist (Milky Way), dies at 75
  • Nov 16 Greet Hofmans, faith healer of Dutch queen Juliana, dies at 74
  • Nov 17 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), dies at 57
  • Nov 17 Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Walter Wanger, US producer (Cleopatra), dies at 74
  • Nov 25 Paul Siple, American explorer of the Antarctic. (b. 1908)

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair (1878-1968)

Nov 25 American author (The Jungle), dies at 90

  • Nov 26 Arnold Zweig, German antifascist and author (Junge frau 1914), dies at 81

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton (1897-1968)

Nov 28 English children's writer, fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure), dies at 71