Saturday December 21, 1968: Zodiac, Events, Birthdays and Holidays

US date format: 12/21/1968, UK date format: 21/12/1968

December 21st, 1968 was the 356th day of the year 1968 in the Gregorian calendar, under the sign of Sagittarius. The day of the week was Saturday.

Famous birthdays on this day include Anne-Sophie Pastel and Anthony Lynn.

The number one song in US was I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye. Lily The Pink by The Scaffold was #1 song in the UK.

The Love Bug, directed by Robert Stevenson, was one of the most viewed movie released in 1968 while On Reflection by Helen Hayes and Sandford Dody was one of the best selling book.

On TV people were watching Hilfe, wir bauen. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Hamurabi.

The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Wilson (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened that day: find out below.

Events | Famous Birthdays | Famous Deaths | Zodiac | Calendar and Day of Week | Holidays and Observances | Lunar and Planetary phase | Movies | TV Series | Music charts | Magazine covers | Books | Videogames

You can also have a look at December 21 across the years or at December 1968 calendar.

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December 21, 1968 Events

What happened on December 21, 1968?

Historical Events

  • Apollo 8 (Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders) is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first manned Moon voyage.
  • David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash premiere together in California.
  • Joseph W. Barr begins term as US Treasury Secretary (lasts one month).
  • Apollo program: Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity.

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See also

What happened on December 21 in history? Find out the list of December 21st major events

What was 1968 famous for? Discover everything about 1968


December 21, 1968 Famous Birthdays

Who was born on December 21, 1968?

Other December 21st famous birthdays

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How old am I?

If December 21, 1968 is your birthday you are 54 years old. Find out how old you are in years, months, weeks and days and how long until your next birthday on December 21.

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December 21, 1968 Famous Deaths

Who died on December 21, 1968?

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December 21, 1968 Zodiac

Western Zodiac - Astrological Sign

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Sagittarius personality

Who should a Sagittarius marry?

Babies born in December are either Sagittarius or Capricorn. People born before December 21st are Sagittarius, while people born from December 22nd have the sign of Capricorn

Personality of December born

Chinese Zodiac

Monkey chinese zodiac sign

Sign: Monkey

Element: Earth

Monkey personality

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December 21, 1968 Day of the Week and Calendar

What day of the week was December 21, 1968?

The day of the week was Saturday.

December 21st marks the 355th day of the Gregorian calendar for the year 1968.

There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year. Calculate the number of days between two dates.


December 21, 1968 Holidays and Observances

What is special on December 21, 1968?


  • Roman festivals - Divalia in honour of Angerona
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Petrus Canisius ; formerly feast day of Thomas the apostle
  • Also see December 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The summer solstice (Southern Hemisphere) or winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere), sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. It is an important festival in the Chinese calendar.
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Music charts

What was the number one song on December 21, 1968? Which were the top hits on December 21, 1968?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  2. - Love Child
  3. - For Once In My Life
  4. - Abraham, Martin And John
  5. - Wichita Lineman

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Lily The Pink
  2. - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  3. - Ain't Got No / I Got Life / Do What You Gotta Do
  4. - Build Me Up Buttercup
  5. - 1-2-3 O'Leary

Top #5 R&B songs

  1. - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  2. - Who's Making Love
  3. - For Once In My Life
  4. - Bring It On Home To Me
  5. - Cloud Nine

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Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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The Love Bug

The Love Bug

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett

Country: United States of America

The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Starring: Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan

Country: United States of America



Release year: 1968

Directed by: Jules Dassin

Starring: Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera, Roscoe Lee Browne

The Sea Gull

The Sea Gull

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: James Mason, Vanessa Redgrave, Simone Signoret, David Warner

The Stalking Moon

The Stalking Moon

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Starring: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster, Noland Clay

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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Hilfe, wir bauen

Hilfe, wir bauen

Release year: 1968

Sein Traum vom Grand Prix

Sein Traum vom Grand Prix

Release year: 1968

Happening for Lulu

Happening for Lulu

Release year: 1968

Starring: Johnny Harris

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Der Idiot

Der Idiot

Release year: 1968

Magazine Covers

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On Reflection by Helen Hayes and Sandford Dody

On Reflection


Helen Hayes addresses her grandchildren in the introduction to her autobiography. She writes, "It's no longer fashionable for people to have faith. But your grandmother has never been known for her chic style."

Between Parent And Child by Haim G. Ginott

Between Parent And Child


Between Parent and Child has been helping millions of parents worldwide strengthen their relationships with children for the past 35 years.

The Rich And The Super-Rich by Ferdinand Lundberg

The Rich And The Super-Rich


A book that told the story about the lords and glittering clans of wealth was published thirty years ago.

Force 10 From Navarone by Alistair MacLean

Force 10 From Navarone


The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean’s World War II adventure masterpiece, The Guns of Navarone. The Guns of Navarone is now reissued with a new cover design.

And Other Stories by John O'Hara

And Other Stories


A collection of twelve recent works by the famed American writer, including the novelette "A Few Trips and Some Poetry".

Birth chart on this day

Discover the planets positions on December 21st, 1968 as well as what the sky looked like at your place

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days?



Platform: PDP-8, Personal computer

Genre: Strategy game, Text-based game


December 21, 1968 Lunar and Planetary phase

Lunar phase

New Moon

The moon phase for December 21, 1968 is New Moon.

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Sport Games on December 21, 1968

Sport Games on December 21, 1968


American Football
  • Dallas Cowboys - Cleveland Browns : 20 - 31
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