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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1968?


Events

  • 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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Music charts

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Movies

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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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

Country: United States of America

The Great Silence

The Great Silence

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Sergio Corbucci

Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee

Country: United States of America

Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

Starring: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Country: United States of America

Hell in the Pacific

Hell in the Pacific

Release year: 1968

Directed by: John Boorman

Starring: Lee Marvin, Toshirô Mifune

Country: United States of America

The Killing of Sister George

The Killing of Sister George

Release year: 1968

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Starring: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne, Ronald Fraser

Books

Which were the most popular books released in December 1968?
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The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes

The Salzburg Connection

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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, …

Force 10 From Navarone by Alistair MacLean

Force 10 From Navarone

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The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean’s masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone. Now reissued in a new cover style.The

The Hurricane Years by Cameron Hawley

The Hurricane Years

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The Hurricane Years, 1968 1st Edition, by Cameron Hawley. Hardcover with dust jacket, 567 pages, published by Little, Brown & Company.

And Other Stories by John O'Hara

And Other Stories

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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

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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.