October 16, 1968 in Sport

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in Sport

  • American Bob Seagren, Claus Schiprowski of West Germany and East German Wolfgang Nordwig all record 5.40m in the final of the pole vault at the Mexico City Olympics; Seagren awarded gold on countback

Sports AwardsBlack Power Salute

Americans Tommie Smith (gold 19.83 WR) and John Carlos (bronze) famously give the Black Power salute on the 200m medal podium during the Mexico City Olympics
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  • Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls

Birthdays in Sport

  • Robert van Oosterom, cricket opening batsman (Holland 1996 World Cup)
  • Scott Donie, Vicenza Italy, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, dies at 54