1968 was a highly turbulent year. To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the times were indeed changing. Even with the major political turbulence, there were still a few cultural developments that would remain with the world for years.
1968 was the year that the first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired, providing a stable, warm cultural icon for generations of children. This was also the year that Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston, was released in theatres. And one of the great bands of the 20th century, Led Zeppelin, performed live for the first time in October of this year. In another more mild development, Yale University announced this year that women would be admitted to the university, making it a coeducational institution.
This year was also an important one for space exploration. 1968 saw the United States launch Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission and an important step toward the Moon landing. Apollo 8 followed not long after, when Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William A. Anders orbited the Moon. These men were the first human beings to see the far side of the Moon.
1968 will be mostly remembered, though, for the death of two major political figures in the United States: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Martin Luther King, a major civil rights leader in the United States, was murdered at The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th. In addition to mourning across America, King’s murder sparked a great deal of civil unrest in an already tense environment.
Robert F. Kennedy, brother of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, was a U.S. Senator from New York and was a presidential candidate in the Democrat Party. While campaigning for his party’s nomination in Los Angeles, California, Kennedy was shot on the evening of June 5th. He succumbed to his wounds on June 6th.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 1968 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- The Beatles - Hey Jude
- Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
- Bobby Goldsboro - Honey
- Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra - Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)
- The Rascals - People Got To Be Free
- Diana Ross and the Supremes - Love Child
- Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up
- The Doors - Hello, I Love You
- Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A.
- Union Gap - Young Girl
Top #10 songs in the UK
- Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days
- Tom Jones - Delilah
- Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World / Cabaret
- The Beach Boys - Do It Again
- Des O'Connor - I Pretend
- Engelbert Humperdinck - A Man Without Love
- Union Gap - Young Girl
- Love Affair - Everlasting Love
- Tommy James & The Shondells - Mony Mony
- Manfred Mann - The Mighty Quinn
Which were the most popular books released in 1968 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1968 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 1968
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1968