August 1968 calendar

August 1968

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1968?


  • 01 Aug 1968 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
  • 02 Aug 1968 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17
  • 04 Aug 1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Gino Paoli Golf Open
  • 05 Aug 1968 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 08 Aug 1968 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • 09 Aug 1968 Yugoslav President Tito visits Prague
  • 10 Aug 1968 Race riot in Miami, Chicago and Little Rock
  • 11 Aug 1968 Satchel Paige, 62, and needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • 14 Aug 1968 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 15 Aug 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
  • 17 Aug 1968 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
  • 18 Aug 1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic
  • 20 Aug 1968 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia
  • 21 Aug 1968 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago
  • 22 Aug 1968 Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce on adultery.
  • 23 Aug 1968 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement, temporarily
  • 24 Aug 1968 France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power.
  • 25 Aug 1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to win US singles championship
  • 28 Aug 1968 1 day marriage of character Murphy Brown
  • 29 Aug 1968 1st US Open tennis match
  • 31 Aug 1968 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
  • 20 Aug 1968 Cold War: Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring. East German participation is limited to a few specialists due to memories of the recent war. Only Albania and Romania refuse to participate.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Hello, I Love You
  2. - People Got To Be Free
  3. - Classical Gas
  4. - Born To Be Wild
  5. - Stoned Soul Picnic

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mony Mony
  2. - Hey Jude
  3. - Fire
  4. - Those Were The Days
  5. - This Guy's In Love With You


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1968?

Heaven Help Us! by Herbert Tarr

Heaven Help Us!


"This book is very funny and should calm some anxieties of curious gentiles who are unsure what actually happens inside the fancy synagogue at 13th Avenue...

Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal

Myra Breckinridge


It's a risky business to become 'Woman Triumphant', a position that gives women total control over Rusty Godowski. Rusty wants to be Hollywood's star, like everyone else.

The Doctor'S Quick Weight Loss Diet by Irwin Maxwell Stillman and Samm Sinclair Baker

The Doctor'S Quick Weight Loss Diet


In the 1960's and 70's, the Stillman diet was all the rage. Why? It works because it works! It works!

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...

The Right People by Stephen Birmingham

The Right People


Stephen Birmingham is a wise and funny writer who has managed to write five novels and "Our Crowd", a study on New York's Jewish community.