December 1968 calendar

December 1968

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1968?


  • 01 Dec 1968 Promises Promises opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • 02 Dec 1968 US President Richard Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor.
  • 03 Dec 1968 The '68 Comeback Special marks the concert return of Elvis Presley.
  • 06 Dec 1968 WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 07 Dec 1968 M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923
  • 09 Dec 1968 KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Dec 1968 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 11 Dec 1968 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 12 Dec 1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis
  • 13 Dec 1968 Playland at Beach reopens
  • 16 Dec 1968 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec 1968 WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, Georgia (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Dec 1968 The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.
  • 21 Dec 1968 Apollo 8 (Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders) is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first manned Moon voyage.
  • 22 Dec 1968 Julie Nixon weds Dwight David Eisenhower
  • 23 Dec 1968 Borman, Lovell and Anders become 1st men to orbit Moon
  • 24 Dec 1968 Apollo 8 Astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis
  • 25 Dec 1968 Apollo program: Apollo 8 performs the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneouver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.
  • 26 Dec 1968 Jay Allens Forty Carats, premieres in New York City
  • 27 Dec 1968 Apollo 8 returns to Earth.
  • 28 Dec 1968 KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 29 Dec 1968 New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game.
  • 31 Dec 1968 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144

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Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Country: United States of America

Do Bigha Zamin

Do Bigha Zamin

Directed by: Bimal Roy

Starring: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Rattan Kumar, Murad

The Sting

The Sting

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Country: United States of America

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Country: United States of America

Prithvi Vallabh

Prithvi Vallabh

Directed by: Sohrab Modi

Starring: Sadiq Ali, Durga Khote, Leela Mishra, Sohrab Modi


Which were the most popular books released in December 1968?
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The Joys Of Yiddish by Leo Rosten

The Joys Of Yiddish


Do you know when to cry Mazel tov -- and when to avoid it like the plague? Did you know that Oy! is not a word, but a vocabulary with

Preserve And Protect by Allen Drury

Preserve And Protect


The United States is thrown into chaos as the President is killed in a plane crash shortly after securing his party’s nomination in a hotly contested race for re-election.

The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes

The Salzburg Connection


He demanded the immediate dispatch of two suitably trained operatives to Salzburg. Extreme measures might be necessary.In 1945, with their thousand-year empire falling around them and the Allies on their heels, the Nazis hide a sealed chest in the dark, …

And Other Stories by John O'Hara

And Other Stories


Collection of twelve of the celebrated American writer's recent works which includes the novelette "A Few Trips and Some Poetry"

Testimony of Two Men by Taylor Caldwell

Testimony of Two Men


An embattled young doctor, an angry and divided Pennsylvania town, a turn-of-the-century national scandal--out of these turbulent elements Taylor Caldwell crafted a major novel, a massively detailed chronicle of love, death, redemption, and the rise of modern medicine.