May 1968 calendar

May 1968

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1968?


  • 01 May 1968 Ben Franklin in Paris closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • 02 May 1968 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.
  • 03 May 1968 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica International
  • 04 May 1968 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 2:02.5.
  • 05 May 1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational.
  • 06 May 1968 Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards.
  • 08 May 1968 Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron
  • 10 May 1968 Vietnam peace talks begin in Paris, France, between the US and North Vietnam.
  • 11 May 1968 Richard Harris releases MacArthur Park
  • 12 May 1968 WSKG TV channel 46 in Binghamton, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13 May 1968 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle and Pompidou.
  • 14 May 1968 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to three years in West Berlin.
  • 15 May 1968 Wonderwall with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival
  • 16 May 1968 Earthquake kills 47 in Japan.
  • 17 May 1968 European Space Research Organization launches first satellite.
  • 18 May 1968 Al Kaline hits his 307th homerun, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Detroit Tiger.
  • 19 May 1968 20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible and Barbara Bain
  • 21 May 1968 Nuclear-powered sub Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing and is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
  • 22 May 1968 Pittsburgh Pirates' player Willie Stargell hits three homeruns, a double and a single.
  • 23 May 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • 24 May 1968 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days
  • 25 May 1968 Rolling Stones release Jumping Jack Flash
  • 26 May 1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
  • 27 May 1968 NL awards Montreal and SD major league franchises
  • 28 May 1968 NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • 29 May 1968 US Truth in Lending Act signed into law.
  • 30 May 1968 Beatles begin work on their only double album Beatles
  • 03 May 1968 Eighty-five people are killed when Braniff International Airways Flight 352 crashes near Dawson, Texas.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Honey
  2. - Tighten Up
  3. - Mrs. Robinson
  4. - Cry Like A Baby
  5. - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - What A Wonderful World / Cabaret
  2. - Young Girl
  3. - Jumpin' Jack Flash
  4. - A Man Without Love
  5. - Honey


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1968?

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.

The French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child

The French Chef Cookbook


The French Chef Cookbook: From The French Chef, PBS's original series, you will find all of Julia Child's recipes here.

The President'S Plane Is Missing by Robert J. Serling

The President'S Plane Is Missing


An unprecedented crisis... President Jeremy Haines, like many of his predecessors, is weighed down with the solemn duties and danger posed by both the Soviet Union (China) and the United States.

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.

The Triumph by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Triumph