April 1968 calendar

April 1968

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1968.
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 on April 1968: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1968?


  • 01 Apr 1968 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 02 Apr 1968 Chad creates Union of Central African States.
  • 03 Apr 1968 North Vietnam agrees to meet US representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.
  • 04 Apr 1968 Education of Hyman Kaplan opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 05 Apr 1968 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • 06 Apr 1968 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis.
  • 07 Apr 1968 Racing driver Jim Clark is killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
  • 08 Apr 1968 40th Academy Awards postponed to April 10th due to death of M L King
  • 09 Apr 1968 German DR adopts constitution
  • 10 Apr 1968 George M! opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
  • 11 Apr 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
  • 12 Apr 1968 In Schenectady, New York, USA a house is hit by a falling meteorite.
  • 14 Apr 1968 32nd Golf Masters Championship: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277.
  • 15 Apr 1968 Houston Astros beat the New York Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • 17 Apr 1968 Fade Out-Fade In closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 18 Apr 1968 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike.
  • 19 Apr 1968 72nd Boston Marathon won by Amby Burfoot of Connecticut in 2:22:17 (first American to win since 1957).
  • 20 Apr 1968 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed.
  • 21 Apr 1968 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz and Guilderstern and Hallelujah Baby! win.
  • 23 Apr 1968 United Methodist Church forms.
  • 24 Apr 1968 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas.
  • 25 Apr 1968 Half a Sixpence opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • 26 Apr 1968 US underground nuclear test, Boxcar, 1 megaton device
  • 27 Apr 1968 Education of Hyman Kaplan closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • 28 Apr 1968 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old
  • 29 Apr 1968 Hair opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • 03 Apr 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech; he was assassinated the next day.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1968?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
  2. - Honey
  3. - Young Girl
  4. - Cry Like A Baby
  5. - Valleri

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - What A Wonderful World / Cabaret
  2. - Congratulations
  3. - Delilah
  4. - Simon Says
  5. - Lady Madonna


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1968?

Nicholas And Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

Nicholas And Alexandra


The tale of the love that ended an Empire. In this powerful book, Robert K. Massie, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, takes readers back to Imperial Russia to tell their story.

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 Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

The Confessions of Nat Turner


The only lasting, effective revolt against American Negroslavy took place in the late summer 1831 in remote Virginia...

Couples by John Updike



Couples was one of the most famous novels of American 1960s. It is a book that scandalized the public when it first appeared. The prose pictures of how people live are what made the book so popular. Today, Couples serves …

The Tower Of Babel by Morris West

The Tower Of Babel


Not everyone in the complicated world of Middle Eastern politics is who they seem. No price is too high in the fight for freedom.