1968

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

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.

Discover how the world looked like in 1968

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 41st edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Oliver!

Oliver!

Oliver!

Directed by: Carol Reed

Starring: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Country: United States of America

Best director

Carol Reed

Oliver!

Oliver!

Directed by: Carol Reed

Starring: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Cliff Robertson

Charly

Charly

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Jack Albertson

The Subject Was Roses

The Subject Was Roses

Directed by: Ulu Grosbard

Starring: Patricia Neal, Jack Albertson, Martin Sheen, Don Saxon

Best supporting actress

Ruth Gordon

Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1968 ?
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The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris

The Naked Ape

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This work has become a benchmark of popular anthropology and psychology.Zoologist Desmond Morris considers humans as being simply another animal species in this classic book first published in 1967.

The Rich And The Super-Rich by Ferdinand Lundberg

The Rich And The Super-Rich

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Thirty years ago, a bombshell of a book appeared which told the story of the lords of wealth and their glittering clans.

The Double Helix by James Watson

The Double Helix

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The classic personal account of Watson and Crick’s groundbreaking discovery of the structure of DNA, now with an introduction by Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind.By

The Doctor'S Quick Weight Loss Diet by Irwin Maxwell Stillman and Samm Sinclair Baker

The Doctor'S Quick Weight Loss Diet

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The Stillman diet became the rage back in the 1960's and 1970's. Why? Because it works! Unless you’ve always been slim, chances are you’ve heard of the famous “ONE Pound

Between Parent And Child by Haim G. Ginott

Between Parent And Child

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Over the past thirty-five years, Between Parent and Child has helped millions of parents around the world strengthen their relationships with their children.

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1968


Peace Prize

  • René Cassin

Literature

  • Yasunari Kawabata

Physics

  • Luis Walter Alvarez

Chemistry

  • Lars Onsager

Physiology or Medicine

  • Robert W. Holley
  • Har Gobind Khorana
  • Marshall Warren Nirenberg

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Once Upon a Time in the West

Once Upon a Time in the West

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Country: United States of America

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Country: United States of America

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

Directed by: Anthony Harvey

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Country: United States of America

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Country: United States of America

Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1968 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1968


Population statistics

  • 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
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1968?


Events

  • 01 Jan WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 02 Jan Zizi closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 04 Jan Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • 05 Jan Alexander Dubcek comes to power: ''Prague Spring'' begins in Czechoslovakia.
  • 06 Jan Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon.
  • 07 Jan GE College Bowl quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • 08 Jan 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 US Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on the Moon.
  • 10 Jan Great Balls of Fire reaches #1
  • 11 Jan Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080 / 1570 km)
  • 12 Jan Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • 13 Jan Hallelujah, Baby! closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • 14 Jan Soyuz 4 launched
  • 15 Jan KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Jan 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 17 Jan Soyuz 4 and 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft
  • 18 Jan Happy Time opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • 19 Jan WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Jan US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.
  • 21 Jan US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland.
  • 22 Jan Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.
  • 23 Jan Spy ship USS Pueblo and 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea.
  • 25 Jan Risse St. in Bronx named
  • 26 Jan Israeli submarine Dakar crashes in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • 27 Jan Darling of the Day opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • 28 Jan Goose Goslin and Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 29 Jan Nauru adopts constitution.
  • 30 Jan Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, Honey
  • 31 Jan Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32 inches), at Agata, USSR.
  • 01 Feb Famous photo: Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head.
  • 02 Feb Springer Publishers in West Berlin bombed.
  • 04 Feb Golden Rainbow opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • 05 Feb KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 06 Feb KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Feb WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 08 Feb Officers kill three students demonstrating in South Carolina State (Orangeburg).
  • 09 Feb Rotterdam metro is opened by Princess Beatrix.
  • 10 Feb Spooky by Classics IV hits #3
  • 11 Feb Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-metre jump off Washington Bridge into Hudson River, New York.
  • 12 Feb Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre.
  • 13 Feb US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam.
  • 14 Feb WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 15 Feb WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Feb America's first 9-1-1 phone system goes into service in Haleyville, Alabama.
  • 17 Feb In Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens.
  • 18 Feb 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
  • 19 Feb First US teachers strike (Florida).
  • 20 Feb State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A&M
  • 21 Feb 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West Berlin.
  • 22 Feb Rock group Genesis release their first record "The Silent Sun".
  • 23 Feb Wilt Chamberlain becomes first NBA player to score 25,000 points.
  • 24 Feb Darling of the Day closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances
  • 25 Feb 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea.
  • 26 Feb Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission.
  • 27 Feb Ex-Teenagers singer Frankie Lymon is found dead from a heroin overdose in Harlem.
  • 28 Feb Pirate Radio Hauraki, off New Zealand, returns to the air
  • 29 Feb 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
  • 01 Mar Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
  • 02 Mar Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler and Ford (GRB)
  • 03 Mar Jean Beliveau (Montreal Canadiens) becomes second NHL player to score 1,000 points.
  • 04 Mar Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • 05 Mar US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun.
  • 06 Mar The first of the East L.A. Walkouts take place at several high schools.
  • 07 Mar 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 Fillmore East opens
  • 09 Mar 10th Grammy Awards: "Up Up and Away", Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band win.
  • 10 Mar Ferry boat sinks in harbor of Wellington, New Zealand (200 killed).
  • 11 Mar Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
  • 12 Mar Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 13 Mar Beatles release Lady Madonna in the UK
  • 14 Mar 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 LIFE Magazine calls Jimi Hendrix most spectacular guitarist in the world
  • 16 Mar My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die
  • 17 Mar Two-tiered gold price negotiated in Washington DC by US and six European nations.
  • 18 Mar Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve
  • 19 Mar Howard University students seize administration building.
  • 20 Mar Military intervenes in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign).
  • 21 Mar Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack Palestinian Liberation Organization bases.
  • 22 Mar Lynda Johnson ordered off SF cable car for eating an ice cream cone
  • 23 Mar Reverend Walter Fauntroy is first non-voting congressional delegate from Washington DC.
  • 24 Mar Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational.
  • 25 Mar KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas, NV (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 26 Mar Joan Baez marries activist David Harris in New York.
  • 27 Mar Japanese Trade and Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco
  • 28 Mar 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 Students seize building at Bowie State College.
  • 30 Mar General Ludvik Svoboda elected President of Czechoslovakia.
  • 31 Mar LBJ announces he will not seek re-election
  • 01 Apr KEMO (now KOFY) TV channel 20 in San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 02 Apr Chad creates Union of Central African States.
  • 03 Apr North Vietnam agrees to meet US representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.
  • 04 Apr Education of Hyman Kaplan opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 05 Apr Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • 06 Apr Firestone World Tournament of Champions won by Dave Davis.
  • 07 Apr Racing driver Jim Clark is killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
  • 08 Apr 40th Academy Awards postponed to April 10th due to death of M L King
  • 09 Apr German DR adopts constitution
  • 10 Apr George M! opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
  • 11 Apr President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.
  • 12 Apr In Schenectady, New York, USA a house is hit by a falling meteorite.
  • 14 Apr 32nd Golf Masters Championship: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277.
  • 15 Apr Houston Astros beat the New York Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • 17 Apr Fade Out-Fade In closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 18 Apr 178,000 employees of US Bell Telephone System go on strike.
  • 19 Apr 72nd Boston Marathon won by Amby Burfoot of Connecticut in 2:22:17 (first American to win since 1957).
  • 20 Apr South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed.
  • 21 Apr 22nd Tony Awards: Rosencranz and Guilderstern and Hallelujah Baby! win.
  • 23 Apr United Methodist Church forms.
  • 24 Apr ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas.
  • 25 Apr Half a Sixpence opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • 26 Apr US underground nuclear test, Boxcar, 1 megaton device
  • 27 Apr Education of Hyman Kaplan closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • 28 Apr 11 year-old Mary Bell strangles 4 year-old
  • 29 Apr Hair opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • 01 May Ben Franklin in Paris closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • 02 May 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.
  • 03 May Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica International
  • 04 May 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 2:02.5.
  • 05 May Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational.
  • 06 May Spain closes border to Gibraltar except to Spaniards.
  • 08 May Pulitzer prize awarded to William Styron (Confessions of Nat Turner)
  • 10 May Vietnam peace talks begin in Paris, France, between the US and North Vietnam.
  • 11 May Richard Harris releases MacArthur Park
  • 12 May WSKG TV channel 46 in Binghamton, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 13 May 1,000,000 French demonstrate against Charles de Gaulle and Pompidou.
  • 14 May RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to three years in West Berlin.
  • 15 May Wonderwall with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival
  • 16 May Earthquake kills 47 in Japan.
  • 17 May European Space Research Organization launches first satellite.
  • 18 May Al Kaline hits his 307th homerun, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Detroit Tiger.
  • 19 May 20th Emmy Awards: Get Smart, Mission Impossible and Barbara Bain
  • 21 May Nuclear-powered sub Scorpion, with 99 men, reported missing and is later found at the bottom of the ocean off Azores
  • 22 May Pittsburgh Pirates' player Willie Stargell hits three homeruns, a double and a single.
  • 23 May Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • 24 May Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days
  • 25 May Rolling Stones release Jumping Jack Flash
  • 26 May Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open.
  • 27 May NL awards Montreal and SD major league franchises
  • 28 May NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • 29 May US Truth in Lending Act signed into law.
  • 30 May Beatles begin work on their only double album Beatles
  • 01 Jun 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2
  • 02 Jun Canadians must get government permission to export silver
  • 03 Jun Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
  • 04 Jun Don Drysdale pitches his 6th straight shutout, en route to 58 innings.
  • 05 Jun 12:16AM PST-Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy, who dies next day
  • 06 Jun WKHA TV channel 35 in Hazard, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 07 Jun Sirhan Sirhan indicted for Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination.
  • 08 Jun 1st reduced-gravity golf game is played on the Moon
  • 09 Jun 38th French Womens Tennis: Nancy Richey beats Anne H Jones (57 64 61)
  • 10 Jun Danny Thomas Hour, last airs on NBC-TV
  • 14 Jun Off duty Dutch military permitted to wear regular clothing
  • 15 Jun How Now, Dow Jones closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 performances
  • 16 Jun 68th US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 275 at Oak Hill Country Club - New York
  • 17 Jun Belgium government of Eyskens-Merlot forms
  • 18 Jun US Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing.
  • 20 Jun Jim Hines becomes first person to run 100 metres in under 10 seconds.
  • 21 Jun Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns
  • 22 Jun Here Come Da Judge by The Buena Vistas peaks at #88
  • 23 Jun 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium.
  • 24 Jun 14th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Post
  • 25 Jun Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his first major league game (San Francisco Giants).
  • 26 Jun Executive Council decides both AL and NL to divide into 2 divisions
  • 27 Jun Ludvik Vaculik publishes Manifest of 2000 words in Prague
  • 28 Jun Last day of redeeming US silver certificates for silver, in any form.
  • 30 Jun E German party leader Ulbricht receives Order of October Revolution
  • 01 Jul Fortuna Sittard soccer team forms in Sittard
  • 03 Jul Cleveland Indians' Luis Tiant strikes out 19 Minnesota Twins players.
  • 04 Jul 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 Manifest of 1000 words published in Prague
  • 06 Jul 75th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie Jean King beats J Tegart (97 75)
  • 07 Jul Rock group "The Yardbirds" disband.
  • 08 Jul Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal
  • 09 Jul 15.68 (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Miss (state 24-hour record)
  • 10 Jul NL announces break into 2 divisions for 1969
  • 11 Jul Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles
  • 12 Jul Couve de Murville forms government in France
  • 13 Jul 97th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 289 at Carnoustie Scotland
  • 14 Jul Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick
  • 15 Jul One Life to Live premieres on TV
  • 17 Jul 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 Intel incorporates.
  • 20 Jul Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV.
  • 21 Jul 50th PGA Championship: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Pecan Valley, Texas
  • 23 Jul Fred Blasie wins 5th wrestling world championship belt.
  • 25 Jul Pope Paul VI publishes encyclical on the regulation of birth, reaffirms stand against artificial birth control.
  • 26 Jul 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 Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open
  • 29 Jul Gram Parson refuses to play with the Byrds in South Africa
  • 30 Jul Thames Television starts transmission in London.
  • 01 Aug Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
  • 02 Aug 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
  • 04 Aug Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Gino Paoli Golf Open
  • 05 Aug WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 08 Aug Jarry Park is approved by Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by Expos
  • 09 Aug Yugoslav President Tito visits Prague
  • 10 Aug Race riot in Miami, Chicago and Little Rock
  • 11 Aug Satchel Paige, 62, and needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • 14 Aug Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 15 Aug Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
  • 17 Aug Dick Beyers (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ
  • 18 Aug Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic
  • 20 Aug 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia
  • 21 Aug Democratic Convention opens in Chicago
  • 22 Aug Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce on adultery.
  • 23 Aug Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement, temporarily
  • 24 Aug France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power.
  • 25 Aug Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to win US singles championship
  • 28 Aug 1 day marriage of character Murphy Brown
  • 29 Aug 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)
  • 31 Aug 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
  • 01 Sep Carol Mann wins LPGA Willow Park Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 03 Sep Chicago White Sox set American League record of 39 losses by one run.
  • 04 Sep Nigerian troops conquer Aba Biafra
  • 05 Sep 82nd US Womens Tennis: Virginia Wade beats Billie Jean King (64 64)
  • 06 Sep Swaziland becomes independent.
  • 08 Sep Funny Girl with Barbra Striesand premieres
  • 09 Sep 1st US Open, held as an open (Arthur Ashe-wins)
  • 11 Sep Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
  • 12 Sep Albania announces it is withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact
  • 13 Sep Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact.
  • 14 Sep 1st broadcast of 60 Minutes on CBS-TV
  • 15 Sep Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park Show on CBS TV
  • 16 Sep KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins
  • 17 Sep Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon
  • 18 Sep Ray Washburn (Saint Louis Cardinals) no-hits San Francisco Giants 2-0.
  • 19 Sep Cornerstone laying ceremony is held for construction of the fourth Philadelphia Mint building.
  • 20 Sep Mickey Mantle hits final career homer number 536.
  • 21 Sep The Soviet's Zond 5 unmanned lunar flyby mission returns to earth, with its first of a kind biological payload intact.
  • 22 Sep Iraq adopts constitution
  • 23 Sep WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 24 Sep 60 Minutes premieres on CBS-TV
  • 26 Sep 1st broadcast of Hawaii Five-O on CBS-TV
  • 27 Sep Hair opens in London
  • 28 Sep Happy Time closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances
  • 29 Sep Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • 30 Sep 1st Boeing 747 rolls out
  • 01 Oct Night of the Living Dead premieres in Pittsburgh
  • 02 Oct 1st London performance of Promises Promises presented
  • 03 Oct Howard Sacklers Great White Hope, premieres in New York City
  • 05 Oct Battles between Catholic demonstrators and police in Londonderry
  • 07 Oct Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system.
  • 08 Oct Aircraft carrier Charles Doorman sold to Argentina
  • 09 Oct WKMU TV channel 21 in Murray, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Oct George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
  • 11 Oct Apollo 7 (Schirra, Eisele and Cunningham) make 163 orbits of Earth in 260 hours.
  • 12 Oct 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • 13 Oct Tinker Creek Gorge of Cleveland Metroparks is dedicated
  • 14 Oct Beatles White Album completed
  • 15 Oct AL expansion draft, Kansas City pick Roger Nelson and Pilots pick Don Mincher 1st
  • 16 Oct China reports removal of President Li Sjao-tji
  • 17 Oct Black American athletes make a silent protest against racism at the Olympics
  • 18 Oct Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 metre dash.
  • 19 Oct Golden Gate Bridge charges tolls only for southbound cars
  • 20 Oct Her 1st Roman opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 22 Oct Apollo 7 returns to Earth.
  • 23 Oct Maggie Flynn opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • 25 Oct Chicago, Illinois, recognizes Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable as its first settler.
  • 26 Oct 1st European satellite launched, Esro 1, at Cape Kennedy
  • 27 Oct 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico
  • 30 Oct Jaqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios
  • 31 Oct Linda Eastman moves to UK permanently
  • 01 Nov Detroit Tiger Denny McLain unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 02 Nov Her First Roman closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 03 Nov Bob Packwood is elected senator of Oregon
  • 04 Nov Battles between Jordan army and Al Fatah-arm forces
  • 05 Nov 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)
  • 06 Nov Nixon elected 37th President of US, defeating Hubert Humphrey
  • 08 Nov Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from John Lennon.
  • 10 Nov Judy Rankin wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 11 Nov John Lennon andYoko Ono appear nude on cover of 2 Virgins album
  • 12 Nov KSEL (now KAMC) TV channel 28 in Lubbock, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 13 Nov Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP
  • 14 Nov National Turn in Your Draft Card Day features draft card burning
  • 15 Nov 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary Ball Four
  • 17 Nov Zorba opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 305 performances
  • 18 Nov Military coup in Mali, President Keita ousted
  • 19 Nov Mali military coup, President Modibo Keita flees
  • 20 Nov The Farmington Mine Disaster in Farmington, West Virginia, kills seventy-eight men.
  • 21 Nov Cin trades shortstop Leo Cardenas to Twins for pitcher Jim Merritt
  • 22 Nov 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek-Kirk & Uhura)
  • 23 Nov Milwaukee Bucks make their first NBA trade, giving Bob Love and Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson.
  • 24 Nov Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational
  • 26 Nov 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O J Simpson, Southern California (RB)
  • 29 Nov John andYoko release their 1st album Two Virgins in the UK
  • 30 Nov 56th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21
  • 01 Dec Promises Promises opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • 02 Dec US President Richard Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor.
  • 03 Dec The '68 Comeback Special marks the concert return of Elvis Presley.
  • 06 Dec WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 07 Dec M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923
  • 09 Dec KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 10 Dec Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 11 Dec KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 12 Dec Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis
  • 13 Dec Playland at Beach reopens
  • 16 Dec KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI begins broadcasting
  • 19 Dec WCWB (now WMGT) TV channel 41 in Macon, Georgia (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 20 Dec The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.
  • 21 Dec 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 Julie Nixon weds Dwight David Eisenhower
  • 23 Dec Borman, Lovell and Anders become 1st men to orbit Moon
  • 24 Dec Apollo 8 Astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis
  • 25 Dec 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 Jay Allens Forty Carats, premieres in New York City
  • 27 Dec Apollo 8 returns to Earth.
  • 28 Dec KVOF (KUDO, now KWBB) TV channel 38 in SF, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 29 Dec New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game.
  • 31 Dec 1st test flight of Tupolev TU 144