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
  • 02 Dec 1968 Wien Consolidated Airlines Flight 55 crashes into Pedro Bay, Alaska, killing all 39 people on board.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Love Child
  2. - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  3. - Hey Jude
  4. - For Once In My Life
  5. - Magic Carpet Ride

Top #5 songs in the UK

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


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1968?

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.

The Day Kennedy Was Shot by Jim Bishop

The Day Kennedy Was Shot


The Day Kennedy Was Shot is a minute-by-minute narrative account about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It captures the drama, mystery, action and excitement that took place on November 22, 1963. Author

The Joys Of Yiddish by Leo Rosten

The Joys Of Yiddish


Are you able to tell when to cry Mazel Tov and when to avoid it like a plague? Oy! Oy! is not a word. It's a vocabulary.

A Small Town in Germany by John le Carre

A Small Town in Germany


The New York Times bestseller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, comes Tom Hiddleston. John le Carre's latest novel, A Legacy of Spies is now available.

The Arms Of Krupp by William Manchester

The Arms Of Krupp


From the middle of World War II to the end, the Krupp family was the most prominent German arms manufacturer. They produced artillery pieces as well as submarines that set the benchmark for effectiveness.