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.
All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 41st edition of the Oscar ceremony
Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Time Person of the Year
Who was the person of the year of 1968?
Which were the most popular books released in 1968 ?
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All Nobel Prize winners of 1968
- René Cassin
- Yasunari Kawabata
- Luis Walter Alvarez
- Lars Onsager
Physiology or Medicine
- Robert W. Holley
- Har Gobind Khorana
- Marshall Warren Nirenberg
Which were the top hits of 1968?
Top #1 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 #1 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 Movies released in those months?
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Demographic statistics of the year 1968
- Total population: 3.6 billion (3,551,599,127 to be precise!)
- Urban population: 1.3 billion, that is 36.0% of the total population of 1968 lives in cities
- Yearly change: +72.7 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +2.09%
- Average density: 24.0 persons per km2
Which were the important events of 1968?
- 01 Jan 1968 WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 02 Jan 1968 Zizi closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
- 04 Jan 1968 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
- 05 Jan 1968 Alexander Dubcek comes to power: ''Prague Spring'' begins in Czechoslovakia.
- 06 Jan 1968 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon.
- 07 Jan 1968 GE College Bowl quiz show premieres on NBC TV
- 08 Jan 1968 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson endorses the 'I'm Backing Britain' campaign for working an additional half hour each day without pay.ref name=quotWilson after-dinner speechquotJohn Chartres, quotWilson Joins 'I Back Britain'quot, ''The Times'', 9 January 1968, p. 1.
- 09 Jan 1968 US Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on the Moon.
- 10 Jan 1968 Great Balls of Fire reaches #1
- 11 Jan 1968 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080 / 1570 km)
- 12 Jan 1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
- 13 Jan 1968 Hallelujah, Baby! closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
- 14 Jan 1968 Soyuz 4 launched
- 15 Jan 1968 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
- 16 Jan 1968 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- 17 Jan 1968 Soyuz 4 and 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft
- 18 Jan 1968 Happy Time opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
- 19 Jan 1968 WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
- 20 Jan 1968 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.
- 21 Jan 1968 US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland.
- 22 Jan 1968 Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
- 23 Jan 1968 Spy ship USS Pueblo and 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea.
- 25 Jan 1968 Risse St. in Bronx named
- 26 Jan 1968 Israeli submarine Dakar crashes in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
- 27 Jan 1968 Darling of the Day opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
- 28 Jan 1968 Goose Goslin and Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame.
- 29 Jan 1968 Nauru adopts constitution.
- 30 Jan 1968 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, Honey
- 31 Jan 1968 Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32 inches), at Agata, USSR.
- 01 Feb 1968 Famous photo: Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.
- 02 Feb 1968 Springer Publishers in West Berlin bombed.
- 04 Feb 1968 Golden Rainbow opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
- 05 Feb 1968 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
- 06 Feb 1968 KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 07 Feb 1968 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 08 Feb 1968 Officers kill three students demonstrating in South Carolina State (Orangeburg).
- 09 Feb 1968 Rotterdam metro is opened by Princess Beatrix.
- 10 Feb 1968 Spooky by Classics IV hits #3
- 11 Feb 1968 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-metre jump off Washington Bridge into Hudson River, New York.
- 12 Feb 1968 Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre.
- 13 Feb 1968 US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam.
- 14 Feb 1968 WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
- 15 Feb 1968 WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 16 Feb 1968 America's first 9-1-1 phone system goes into service in Haleyville, Alabama.
- 17 Feb 1968 In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
- 18 Feb 1968 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
- 19 Feb 1968 First US teachers strike (Florida).
- 20 Feb 1968 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A&M
- 21 Feb 1968 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin.
- 22 Feb 1968 Rock group Genesis release their first record "The Silent Sun".
- 23 Feb 1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes first NBA player to score 25,000 points.
- 24 Feb 1968 Darling of the Day closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
- 25 Feb 1968 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea.
- 26 Feb 1968 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission.
- 27 Feb 1968 Ex-Teenagers singer Frankie Lymon is found dead from a heroin overdose in Harlem.
- 28 Feb 1968 Pirate Radio Hauraki, off New Zealand, returns to the air
- 29 Feb 1968 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
- 01 Mar 1968 Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
- 02 Mar 1968 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler and Ford (GRB)
- 03 Mar 1968 Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) becomes second NHL player to score 1,000 points.
- 04 Mar 1968 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
- 05 Mar 1968 US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun.
- 06 Mar 1968 The first of the East L.A. Walkouts take place at several high schools.
- 07 Mar 1968 Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnamese military begin Operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding My Tho.
- 08 Mar 1968 Fillmore East opens
- 09 Mar 1968 10th Grammy Awards: "Up Up and Away", Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band win.
- 10 Mar 1968 Ferry boat sinks in harbor of Wellington, New Zealand (200 killed).
- 11 Mar 1968 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
- 12 Mar 1968 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
- 13 Mar 1968 Beatles release Lady Madonna in the UK
- 14 Mar 1968 CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
- 15 Mar 1968 LIFE Magazine calls Jimi Hendrix most spectacular guitarist in the world
- 16 Mar 1968 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die
- 17 Mar 1968 Two-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington DC by US and six European nations.
- 18 Mar 1968 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
- 19 Mar 1968 Howard University students seize administration building.
- 20 Mar 1968 Military intervenes in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign).
- 21 Mar 1968 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack Palestinian Liberation Organization bases.
- 22 Mar 1968 Lynda Johnson ordered off SF cable car for eating an ice cream cone
- 23 Mar 1968 Reverend Walter Fauntroy is first non-voting congressional delegate from Washington DC.
- 24 Mar 1968 Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational.
- 25 Mar 1968 KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 26 Mar 1968 Joan Baez marries activist David Harris in New York.
- 27 Mar 1968 Japanese Trade and Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco
- 28 Mar 1968 Brazilian high school student Edson Luis de Lima Souto is shot by the police in a protest for cheaper meals at a restaurant for low-income students. The aftermath of his death is one of the first major events against the military dictatorship.
- 29 Mar 1968 Students seize building at Bowie State College.
- 30 Mar 1968 General Ludvik Svoboda elected President of Czechoslovakia.
- 31 Mar 1968 LBJ announces he will not seek re-election
- 01 Apr 1968 KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
- 02 Apr 1968 Chad creates Union of Central African States.
- 03 Apr 1968 North Vietnam agrees to meet US representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.
- 04 Apr 1968 Education of Hyman Kaplan opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
- 05 Apr 1968 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
- 06 Apr 1968 Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis.
- 07 Apr 1968 Racing driver Jim Clark is killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
- 08 Apr 1968 40th Academy Awards postponed to April 10th due to death of M L King
- 09 Apr 1968 German DR adopts constitution
- 10 Apr 1968 George M! opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
- 11 Apr 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
- 12 Apr 1968 In Schenectady, New York, USA a house is hit by a falling meteorite.
- 14 Apr 1968 32nd Golf Masters Championship: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277.
- 15 Apr 1968 Houston Astros beat the New York Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
- 17 Apr 1968 Fade Out-Fade In closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
- 18 Apr 1968 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike.
- 19 Apr 1968 72nd Boston Marathon won by Amby Burfoot of Connecticut in 2:22:17 (first American to win since 1957).
- 20 Apr 1968 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed.
- 21 Apr 1968 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz and Guilderstern and Hallelujah Baby! win.
- 23 Apr 1968 United Methodist Church forms.
- 24 Apr 1968 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas.
- 25 Apr 1968 Half a Sixpence opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
- 26 Apr 1968 US underground nuclear test, Boxcar, 1 megaton device
- 27 Apr 1968 Education of Hyman Kaplan closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
- 28 Apr 1968 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old
- 29 Apr 1968 Hair opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
- 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 (Confessions of Nat Turner)
- 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
- 01 Jun 1968 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2
- 02 Jun 1968 Canadians must get government permission to export silver
- 03 Jun 1968 Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
- 04 Jun 1968 Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings.
- 05 Jun 1968 12:16AM PST-Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy, who dies next day
- 06 Jun 1968 WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 07 Jun 1968 Sirhan Sirhan indicted for Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination.
- 08 Jun 1968 1st reduced-gravity golf game is played on the Moon
- 09 Jun 1968 38th French Womens Tennis: Nancy Richey beats Anne H Jones (57 64 61)
- 10 Jun 1968 Danny Thomas Hour, last airs on NBC-TV
- 14 Jun 1968 Off duty Dutch military permitted to wear regular clothing
- 15 Jun 1968 How Now, Dow Jones closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 performances
- 16 Jun 1968 68th US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 275 at Oak Hill Country Club - New York
- 17 Jun 1968 Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms
- 18 Jun 1968 US Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing.
- 20 Jun 1968 Jim Hines becomes first person to run 100 metres in under 10 seconds.
- 21 Jun 1968 Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns
- 22 Jun 1968 Here Come Da Judge by The Buena Vistas peaks at #88
- 23 Jun 1968 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium.
- 24 Jun 1968 14th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Post
- 25 Jun 1968 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his first major league game (San Francisco Giants).
- 26 Jun 1968 Executive Council decides both AL and NL to divide into 2 divisions
- 27 Jun 1968 Ludvik Vaculik publishes Manifest of 2000 words in Prague
- 28 Jun 1968 Last day of redeeming US silver certificates for silver, in any form.
- 30 Jun 1968 E German party leader Ulbricht receives Order of October Revolution
- 01 Jul 1968 Fortuna Sittard soccer team forms in Sittard
- 03 Jul 1968 Cleveland Indians' Luis Tiant strikes out 19 Minnesota Twins players.
- 04 Jul 1968 Yachtsman Alec Rose, 59, receives a hero's welcome as he sails into Portsmouth, England after his 354-day round-the-world trip.
- 05 Jul 1968 Manifest of 1000 words published in Prague
- 06 Jul 1968 75th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie Jean King beats J Tegart (97 75)
- 07 Jul 1968 Rock group "The Yardbirds" disband.
- 08 Jul 1968 Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal
- 09 Jul 1968 15.68 (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Miss (state 24-hour record)
- 10 Jul 1968 NL announces break into 2 divisions for 1969
- 11 Jul 1968 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
- 12 Jul 1968 Couve de Murville forms government in France
- 13 Jul 1968 97th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 289 at Carnoustie Scotland
- 14 Jul 1968 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick
- 15 Jul 1968 One Life to Live premieres on TV
- 17 Jul 1968 A revolution occurs in Iraq when Abdul Rahman Arif is overthrown and the Ba'ath Party is installed as the governing power in Iraq with Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr as the new Iraqi President.
- 18 Jul 1968 Intel incorporates.
- 20 Jul 1968 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV.
- 21 Jul 1968 50th PGA Championship: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Pecan Valley, Texas
- 23 Jul 1968 Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt.
- 25 Jul 1968 Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical on the regulation of birth, reaffirms stand against artificial birth control.
- 26 Jul 1968 Vietnam War: South Vietnamese opposition leader Truong ?inh Dzu is sentenced to five years hard labor for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.
- 27 Jul 1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open
- 29 Jul 1968 Gram Parson refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
- 30 Jul 1968 Thames Television starts transmission in London.
- 01 Aug 1968 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
- 02 Aug 1968 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
- 04 Aug 1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Gino Paoli Golf Open
- 05 Aug 1968 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
- 08 Aug 1968 Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
- 09 Aug 1968 Yugoslav President Tito visits Prague
- 10 Aug 1968 Race riot in Miami, Chicago and Little Rock
- 11 Aug 1968 Satchel Paige, 62, and needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
- 14 Aug 1968 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
- 15 Aug 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
- 17 Aug 1968 Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
- 18 Aug 1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic
- 20 Aug 1968 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia
- 21 Aug 1968 Democratic Convention opens in Chicago
- 22 Aug 1968 Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce on adultery.
- 23 Aug 1968 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement, temporarily
- 24 Aug 1968 France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power.
- 25 Aug 1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to win US singles championship
- 28 Aug 1968 1 day marriage of character Murphy Brown
- 29 Aug 1968 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)
- 31 Aug 1968 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
- 01 Sep 1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Willow Park Ladies Golf Invitational
- 03 Sep 1968 Chicago White Sox set American League record of 39 losses by one run.
- 04 Sep 1968 Nigerian troops conquer Aba Biafra
- 05 Sep 1968 82nd US Womens Tennis: Virginia Wade beats Billie Jean King (64 64)
- 06 Sep 1968 Swaziland becomes independent.
- 08 Sep 1968 Funny Girl with Barbra Striesand premieres
- 09 Sep 1968 1st US Open, held as an open (Arthur Ashe-wins)
- 11 Sep 1968 Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
- 12 Sep 1968 Albania announces it is withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact
- 13 Sep 1968 Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact.
- 14 Sep 1968 1st broadcast of 60 Minutes on CBS-TV
- 15 Sep 1968 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park Show on CBS TV
- 16 Sep 1968 KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins
- 17 Sep 1968 Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon
- 18 Sep 1968 Ray Washburn (Saint Louis Cardinals) no-hits San Francisco Giants 2-0.
- 19 Sep 1968 Cornerstone laying ceremony is held for construction of the fourth Philadelphia Mint building.
- 20 Sep 1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer number 536.
- 21 Sep 1968 The Soviet's Zond 5 unmanned lunar flyby mission returns to earth, with its first of a kind biological payload intact.
- 22 Sep 1968 Iraq adopts constitution
- 23 Sep 1968 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 24 Sep 1968 60 Minutes premieres on CBS-TV
- 26 Sep 1968 1st broadcast of Hawaii Five-O on CBS-TV
- 27 Sep 1968 Hair opens in London
- 28 Sep 1968 Happy Time closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances
- 29 Sep 1968 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
- 30 Sep 1968 1st Boeing 747 rolls out
- 01 Oct 1968 Night of the Living Dead premieres in Pittsburgh
- 02 Oct 1968 1st London performance of Promises Promises presented
- 03 Oct 1968 Howard Sacklers Great White Hope, premieres in New York City
- 05 Oct 1968 Battles between Catholic demonstrators and police in Londonderry
- 07 Oct 1968 Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system.
- 08 Oct 1968 Aircraft carrier Charles Doorman sold to Argentina
- 09 Oct 1968 WKMU TV channel 21 in Murray, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
- 10 Oct 1968 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
- 11 Oct 1968 Apollo 7 (Schirra, Eisele and Cunningham) make 163 orbits of Earth in 260 hours.
- 12 Oct 1968 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
- 13 Oct 1968 Tinker Creek Gorge of Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated
- 14 Oct 1968 Beatles White Album completed
- 15 Oct 1968 AL expansion draft, Kansas City pick Roger Nelson and Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
- 16 Oct 1968 China reports removal of President Li Sjao-tji
- 17 Oct 1968 Black American athletes make a silent protest against racism at the Olympics
- 18 Oct 1968 Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 metre dash.
- 19 Oct 1968 Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars
- 20 Oct 1968 Her 1st Roman opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
- 22 Oct 1968 Apollo 7 returns to Earth.
- 23 Oct 1968 Maggie Flynn opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
- 25 Oct 1968 Chicago, Illinois, recognizes Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable as its first settler.
- 26 Oct 1968 1st European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy
- 27 Oct 1968 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico
- 30 Oct 1968 Jaqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios
- 31 Oct 1968 Linda Eastman moves to UK permanently
- 01 Nov 1968 Detroit Tiger Denny McLain unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award
- 02 Nov 1968 Her First Roman closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
- 03 Nov 1968 Bob Packwood is elected senator of Oregon
- 04 Nov 1968 Battles between Jordan army and Al Fatah-arm forces
- 05 Nov 1968 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)
- 06 Nov 1968 Nixon elected 37th President of US, defeating Hubert Humphrey
- 08 Nov 1968 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from John Lennon.
- 10 Nov 1968 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
- 11 Nov 1968 John Lennon andYoko Ono appear nude on cover of 2 Virgins album
- 12 Nov 1968 KSEL (now KAMC) TV channel 28 in Lubbock, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
- 13 Nov 1968 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP
- 14 Nov 1968 National Turn in Your Draft Card Day features draft card burning
- 15 Nov 1968 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary Ball Four
- 17 Nov 1968 Zorba opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 305 performances
- 18 Nov 1968 Military coup in Mali, President Keita ousted
- 19 Nov 1968 Mali military coup, President Modibo Keita flees
- 20 Nov 1968 The Farmington Mine Disaster in Farmington, West Virginia, kills seventy-eight men.
- 21 Nov 1968 Cin trades shortstop Leo Cardenas to Twins for pitcher Jim Merritt
- 22 Nov 1968 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek-Kirk & Uhura)
- 23 Nov 1968 Milwaukee Bucks make their first NBA trade, giving Bob Love and Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson.
- 24 Nov 1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational
- 26 Nov 1968 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O J Simpson, Southern California (RB)
- 29 Nov 1968 John andYoko release their 1st album Two Virgins in the UK
- 30 Nov 1968 56th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21
- 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