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1968 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 452

  • Aug 22 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.
  • Aug 24 France becomes the world's fifth thermonuclear power with a detonation on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific
  • Aug 24 Northern Ireland's first civil rights march held; many more marches would be held over the following year and Loyalists organized counter-demonstrations to get the marches banned
  • Aug 27 Protest by the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) at the Guildhall's council chamber; after which Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) to organise a march in Derry
  • Aug 28 Police & anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Democratic National Convention
  • Aug 28 Northern Irish MP Gerry Fitt tables a House of Commons motion criticising the Royal Ulster Constabulary at Dungannon, "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"
  • Aug 29 Democrats nominate Hubert H Humphrey for US President (Chicago)
  • Aug 31 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • Aug 31 Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
  • Aug 31 Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • 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
  • Oct 1 The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • Oct 2 1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented
  • Oct 2 Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • Oct 2 Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)
  • Oct 3 Howard Sacklers "Great White Hope" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 3 Military coup overthrows President Fernando Belaúnde Terry in Peru
  • Oct 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 3 The proposed civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, is banned from the area of the city centre and the Waterside area; the banning order is issued under the Public Order Act by William Craig, then Home Affairs Minister
  • Oct 4 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) delegation meet with the Derry March organisers and try to have the march cancelled; eventually it was decided to go ahead with the march.
  • Oct 5 Civil rights march in Derry stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)and resulting clashes lead to two days of serious rioting, often considered the start of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland
  • Oct 7 Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system
  • Oct 7 Rioting continues in Derry, Northern Ireland after Royal Ulster Constabulary put down civil rights march two days earlier
  • Oct 8 Dutch aircraft carrier Karel Doorman (formerly British HMS Venerable) sold to Argentina
  • Oct 9 Government seizes oil fields in Peru

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 2,000 students from Queen's University Belfast try to march to Belfast City Hall in protest against 'police brutality', but blocked by loyalists led by Ian Paisley; leads for formation of student civil rights group People's Democracy

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 11 Apollo 7 (Schirra, Eisele & Cunningham) made 163 orbits in 260 hours
  • Oct 11 Coup d'état in Panama against President Arnulfo Arias
  • Oct 12 Equatorial Guinea (Spanish Guinea) declares independence from Spain
  • Oct 13 Tinker Creek Gorge of Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated
  • Oct 14 1st live telecast from a manned US spacecraft (Apollo 7)
  • Oct 14 Gruener & Watson (US) set scuba depth record (133 m) in Bahamas
  • Oct 14 6.8 earthquake wrecks Australian town of Meckering, rupturing all nearby major roads and railways

TrainOpening of Euston Station

Oct 14 Opening of the rebuilt Euston railway station in London, England

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An early print of Euston station showing the wrought iron roof of 1837. Note the open carriages.
An early print of Euston station showing the wrought iron roof of 1837. Note the open carriages.
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  • Oct 15 AL expansion draft, KC pick Roger Nelson & Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
  • Oct 15 The Nationalist Party of Northern Ireland (NPNI) withdraws from its role as 'official' opposition within the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont
  • Oct 16 China reports removal of president Li Sjao-tji
  • Oct 16 Czechoslovakia & Russian "accord" rules allies Soviet forces
  • Oct 16 The People's Democracy (PD), formed on Oct 9, organise a march of 1,300 students from the Queen's University of Belfast to the City Hall in the centre of the city, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 18 Circus Circus hotel opens in Las Vegas, largest permanent big top in the world
  • Oct 19 Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars
  • Oct 19 Derry Citizen's Action Committee, formed Oct 9, stages illegal sit-down at Guildhall Square as part of large civil disobedience campaign
  • Oct 22 Apollo 7 returns to Earth
  • Oct 24 The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 25 Chicago recognizes Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable as its 1st settler
  • Oct 26 First European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy
  • Oct 26 Soviet Union launches spacecraft Soyuz 3
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 30 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Lars Onsager (thermodynamics)
  • Oct 30 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Luis Alvarez (bubble chamber)
  • Oct 30 Queen Juliana opens IJ tunnel in Amsterdam

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Oct 30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Oct 31 Linda Eastman moves to UK permanently

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Oct 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 3 Bob Packwood is elected senator of Oregon

US Senator Bob Packwood
US Senator
Bob Packwood
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Republican Richard Nixon elected 37th President of the United States, defeating Democrat Hubert Humphrey
  • 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
  • Nov 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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