On This Day

September 1968 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 Earthquake destroys Ferdows Persia, 2,000 killed
  • Sep 1 Pirate Radio Marina (Netherlands) begins transmitting
  • Sep 4 Nigerian troops conquer the city of Aba, Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
  • Sep 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 6 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Sep 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 8 Saundra Williams wins 1st Miss Black America pageant
  • Sep 11 Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
  • Sep 12 Albania announces it is withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact
  • Sep 13 Albania leaves Warsaw pact
  • Sep 14 USSR's Zond 5 is launched on 1st circumlunar flight
  • Sep 15 Launch of Zond 5, 1st lunar fly-around with Earth reentry
  • Sep 15 NY Zendo (Shoboji) was opened by S Nakagawa & D S Harada
  • Sep 15 Probable Test flight for a manned fly-around (scooped by Apollo 8)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Richard Nixon appears on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in"

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Sep 17 Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon

  • Sep 19 Nigerian federal army begins the "final offensive" against the secessionist state of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
  • Sep 22 Iraq adopts constitution
  • Sep 22 Twins' Cesar Tovar pitched a hitless inning & plays all 9 positions
  • Sep 22 Zond 5 completes flight

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Ceremony to mark relocation of ancient Egyptian Abu Simbel temples, honoring Ramesses II after rebuilt 200 meters inland away from Aswan Dam

Pharoah of Ancient Egypt Ramesses II
Pharoah of Ancient Egypt
Ramesses II
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 26 Marcelo Caetano elected premier of Portugal
  • Sep 26 St Louis Cards' Bob Gibson's 13th shutout ends with 1.12 ERA
  • Sep 26 Theatre censorship ends in Britain
  • Sep 27 "Hair" opens in London
  • Sep 27 France denies UK entry into common market
  • Sep 28 Alberto Giolani of Italy roller skates record 23.133 miles in 1 hr
  • Sep 28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • Sep 28 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes
  • Sep 28 Marisa Danisi of West Germany roller skates record 21.995 miles in 1 hr
  • Sep 30 1st Boeing 747 rolls out

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 1 Mohammed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
  • Sep 6 Paul Rea, American TV and web journalist, born in Clarkesville, Georgia
  • Sep 6 Christopher Brookmyre, Scottish writer (Quite Ugly One Morning), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 11 Paul Mayeda Berges, American film writer and director, born in Torrance, California
  • Sep 17 Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
  • Sep 25 Johan Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, born in University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Sep 25 John Worsfold, Australian rules football coach, born in Subiaco, Australia
  • Sep 26 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2012)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 5 Author Ken Follett (19) weds Mary Emma Ruth Elson

Author Ken Follett
Ken Follett

Deaths in History

  • Sep 2 Ernest Claes, Belgian author (The White), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 René Cogny, French General (b. 1904)
  • Sep 18 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 65
  • Sep 19 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopying), dies at 62
  • Sep 23 Padre Pio, Roman Catholic saint, dies at 81
  • Sep 24 Robert Arthur Ley, English sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X), dies at 47
  • Sep 25 Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro), dies at 64
  • Sep 26 Daniel Johnson, Sr., Canadian politician, 20th Premier of Quebec, dies at 53
  • Sep 28 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, dies of heart failure at 42