Events in History in 1968

Events 1 - 200 of 446

  • Jan 1 Pennsylvania Railroad and NYC Central merge into Pennsylvania Central

Appointment of Interest

Jan 2 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Historic Event

Jan 2 Christiaan Barnard performs the world's second heart transplant on Philip Blaiberg

  • Jan 4 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas

Historic Event

Jan 5 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia

Historic Event

Jan 5 Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law

  • Jan 6 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • Jan 6 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • Jan 7 1st class US postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • Jan 7 Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off

Historic Event

Jan 8 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

Historic Event

Jan 8 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments

  • Jan 9 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • Jan 9 Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • Jan 10 US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • Jan 11 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • Jan 16 Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 16 The Youth International Party is founded.
  • Jan 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jan 19 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill calls for "a new endeavour by organisations in Northern Ireland to cross denominational barriers and advance the cause of better community relations"
  • Jan 21 The Battle of Khe Sanh - one of the most publicized and controversial battles of the Vietnam War - begins at the Khe Sanh Air Base
  • Jan 21 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
  • Jan 22 Apollo Lunar Module is launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
  • Jan 23 Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
  • Jan 24 Operation Coburg, an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War, begins
  • Jan 25 Risse St in Bronx named
  • Jan 25 Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 26 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • Jan 27 French submarine Minerve disappears in the Mediterranean with the loss of 52 crew
  • Jan 28 Radiation alert following B-52 crash in Arctic air base of Thule in Greenland
  • Jan 29 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution
  • Jan 30 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
  • Jan 30 Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive against South Vietnames and US forces
  • Jan 31 Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
  • Jan 31 Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
  • Jan 31 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
  • Jan 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Feb 1 Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president

Execution of a Viet Cong Prisoner

Feb 1 Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to head. The execution is captured by photographer Eddie Adams and becomes an anti-war icon.

  • Feb 1 World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi
  • Feb 2 Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
  • Feb 4 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • Feb 5 A fishing trawler from Hull sinks off the coast of Iceland
  • Feb 6 Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam

Historic Event

Feb 6 Former President Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one

Theater Premiere

Feb 7 Arthur Miller's play "Price" premieres in NYC

  • Feb 7 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
  • Feb 8 Orangeburg Massacre: highway patrol officers kill 3 students and injure 27 others demonstrating at South Carolina State University, 1st student killing by law enforcement in the US
  • Feb 9 Rotterdam metro opened by Princess Beatrix
  • Feb 11 Israeli-Jordan border fight
  • Feb 11 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Washington Bridge, Hudson River New York
  • Feb 11 Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)
  • Feb 13 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • Feb 15 Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
  • Feb 16 US 1st 911 phone system goes into service in Haleyville, Alabama
  • Feb 18 Britain commences a trial of year-round daylight saving time (BST - British Standard Time, one hour ahead of GMT)
  • Feb 18 Thousands of people in West Berlin demonstrate against US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • Feb 19 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" debuts on NET (now PBS)
  • Feb 19 1st US teachers' strike (Florida)
  • Feb 20 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
  • Feb 21 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin

Scientific Discovery

Feb 24 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919) by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish

  • Feb 24 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
  • Feb 25 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
  • Feb 25 Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
  • Feb 26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • Feb 28 Pirate Radio Hauraki, on a boat floating off coast of NZ, returns to the air
  • Feb 29 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks
  • Feb 29 US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
  • Feb 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 1 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • Mar 1 Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
  • Mar 1 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
  • Mar 2 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Mar 2 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria
  • Mar 2 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world, with a cargo compartment 37m long
  • Mar 2 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • Mar 3 "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
  • Mar 3 Greek, Portuguese & Spanish embassies bombed in the Hague
  • Mar 3 Pirate station "Radio Caroline" goes off the air when its ships Mi Amigo and Caroline are boarded and seized before the day's broadcasting began

Historic Event

Mar 4 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

  • Mar 4 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • Mar 5 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
  • Mar 8 Bill Graham's New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 8 Students demonstrate in Warsaw
  • Mar 10 North Vietnamese and communist Laotion troops overrun a secret US radar facility, Lima Site 85, on a Laos mountaintop
  • Mar 11 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
  • Mar 12 Indian Ocean island nation Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah, kills 6,000 sheep

Historic Event

Mar 15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns after having a drunken row with Prime Minister Harold Wilson

  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
  • Mar 15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • Mar 15 US Mint stops buying & selling gold
  • Mar 16 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado
  • Mar 16 My Lai massacre occurs when American soldiers kill ~400 unarmed Vietnamese civilians, in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War

Historic Event

Mar 16 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

  • Mar 17 2-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington, D.C. by US & 6 European nations
  • Mar 18 US Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • Mar 19 Howard University, Washington, D.C., students seize administration building

Historic Event

Mar 20 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money

  • Mar 20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
  • Mar 21 "Royals" chosen as the name of new KC AL franchise
  • Mar 21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases

Historic Event

Mar 21 Portuguese socialist Mário Soares banished to Sao Tomé, having been arrested by secret police under dictator António de Oliveira Salazar

  • Mar 22 Jarmila Novotna resigns presidency of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 22 Lynda Johnson ordered off San Francisco cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • Mar 22 Student riot in Nanterre near Paris
  • Mar 23 Rev Walter Fauntroy, is 1st non-voting congressional delegate from DC
  • Mar 25 Members of the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) disrupt a meeting of Londonderry Corporation to protest at the lack of housing provision in the city, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 27 Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco

Historic Event

Mar 27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia

  • Mar 29 Students seize building at Bowie (Maryland) State College
  • Mar 30 General Ludvik Svoboda elected president of Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 31 Pirate Radio Station Pegaus (NZ) begins transmitting
  • Mar 31 Seattle's AL club is named Pilots
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces in an address to the nation that he will not seek re-election
  • Mar 31 US President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes a troop surge in Vietnam, bringing the total number of US soldiers to a peak of 549,500
  • Apr 2 Chad creates Union of Central African States

Historic Event

Apr 2 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin

  • Apr 3 N Vietnam agrees to meet US reps to set up preliminary peace talks
  • Apr 4 Apollo 6 launched atop Saturn V; unmanned

Martin Luther King Assassination Riots

Apr 4 Riots break out in over 100 cities in the United States following the assassination of African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Shot Dead

Apr 4 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

  • Apr 5 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • Apr 6 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution
  • Apr 6 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis
  • Apr 6 Gas and gunpowder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150
  • Apr 6 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • Apr 7 Riots continue in over 100 US cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 8 Czechoslovakia Oldřich Černík government forms

Historic Event

Apr 8 Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000 from cargo terminal at New York City's JFK International Airport

  • Apr 8 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • Apr 9 German DR adopts constitution
  • Apr 9 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 Ralph Aberbathy elected to head So Christian Leadership Conference
  • Apr 10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • Apr 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 11 Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president
  • Apr 11 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • Apr 11 W Berlin student Rudi Dutschke seriously wounded at demonstration
  • Apr 18 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike
  • Apr 18 Dutch Department of Amnesty International forms
  • Apr 18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • Apr 18 Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 18 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • Apr 18 San Francisco's Old Hall of Justice demolished
  • Apr 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 Belgian construction workers strike
  • Apr 19 NL owners approve expansion for 2 new teams

Historic Event

Apr 20 British politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech

Historic Event

Apr 20 Pierre Trudeau sworn in as Canada's 15th Prime Minister

  • Apr 20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • Apr 21 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz & Guilderstern & Hallelujah Baby! win
  • Apr 23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • Apr 23 United Methodist Church forms
  • Apr 24 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
  • Apr 24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • Apr 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Students seize administration building at Ohio State
  • Apr 26 US underground nuclear test, "Boxcar," 1 megaton device
  • Apr 27 Baltimore Oriole Tom Phoebus no-hits Boston, 6-0
  • Apr 27 Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) hold a rally to protest the banning of a Republican Easter parade
  • May 2 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • May 3 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
  • May 4 Dancer Image disqualified due to drugs after winning 94th Kent Derby in 2:02½
  • May 6 Giants reliever Lindy McDaniel sets NL record of 225th consecutive errorless game (108 chances consecutively since June 16, 1964)
  • May 6 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards
  • May 6 Street battle between students & troops in Paris, 1,000 injured
  • May 8 Jim (Catfish) Hunter of Oakland pitches perfect game vs Twins (4-0)
  • May 8 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
  • May 10 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US and North Vietnam
  • May 11 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • May 11 Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, Etobicoke in the west
  • May 12 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reaches Washington, D.C.

Historic Event

May 14 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin

  • May 15 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
  • May 15 Tornado strikes Jonesboro, Arkansas at 10 PM, killing 36
  • May 16 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan
  • May 16 In the Stormont (Northern Ireland Parliament) by-election in the city of Londonderry (Derry) the Ulster Unionists retain the seat
  • May 17 European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite
  • May 17 Frank Howard belts record 8th HR in 5th straight game
  • May 17 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 18 Frank Howard ties AL record with HR in his 6th consecutive game his 10 home runs in the most in 6 games
  • May 19 Frank Howard fails to homer, after hitting 10 in 6 consecutive games
  • May 19 Pirate Radio Brumble of Northern England 1st heard
  • May 20 Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, is showered with eggs, flour and stones after a meeting of the Woodvale Unionist Association, a loyalist vigilante group
  • May 21 Nuclear-powered sub USS Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing & is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
  • May 21 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • May 24 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City

Historic Event

May 24 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

  • May 24 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days
  • May 25 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Jim Stefanich
  • May 25 BPAA US Women's Bowling Open won by Dotty Fothergill
  • May 25 Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
  • May 27 The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place. 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sebastien Charlety.