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.
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Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Starring: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark
Country: United States
Directed by: Sergio Leone
Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards
Directed by: Sergio Corbucci
Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee
Directed by: Anthony Harvey
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle
Which were the top hits of 1968 ?
Which were the most popular books released in 1968 ?
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By: Stephen Birmingham
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