1968 in History – What happened in year 1968

In history, year 1968 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1968.

Know what happened in 1968:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 FebruaryThe Government of Canada merged the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force into a unified structure, the Canadian Forces.
03 JuneAmerican artist Andy Warhol and two others were shot andwounded at his New York City studio 'The Factory' by radical feministValerie Solanas.
07 March Vietnam War-The United States and South Vietnam began Operation Truong Cong Dinh to sweep the area surrounding the Mekong Delta town of My Tho to root out Viet Cong forces in the area.
13 January American singer Johnny Cash recorded his landmark album At Folsom Prison live at the Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California.
15 November Vietnam War-American forces launched Operation Commando Hunt,a large-scale bombing campaign to prevent the People's Army of (North)Vietnam from transporting personnel and supplies along the Ho Chi Minhtrail.
16 March Vietnam War-American soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in the Son M? village in the Son T?nh district of South Vietnam.
17 July Led by Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr (pictured), the Arab SocialistBa'ath Party overthrew Iraqi President Abdul Rahman Arif.
17 November NBC controversially cut away from the American football gamebetween the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets to broadcast Heidi,denying viewers in the Eastern United States from seeing the game'sdramatic ending.
21 January Vietnam War-The Vietnam People's Army attacked Khe Sanh Combat Base, a U.S. Marines outpost in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, starting the Battle of Khe Sanh.
24 DecemberAstronaut William Anders of the NASA Apollo 8 mission, thefirst manned voyage to orbit the Moon, took the famous photograph knownas 'Earthrise' (pictured), showing the Earth rising above the lunarsurface.
26 AugustThe U.S. Democratic Party's National Convention began at theInternational Amphitheatre in Chicago, sparking four days of clashesbetween anti–Vietnam War protesters and police.
29 AprilThe controversial musical Hair, a product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opened at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, with its songs becoming anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement.
09 DecemberDouglas Engelbart gave what became known as 'The Mother of AllDemos', publicly debuting the computer mouse (pictured), hypertext, andthe bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).
20 DecemberThe Zodiac Killer murdered the first of his five confirmedvictims in Vallejo, California, a case which remains unsolved.
11 OctoberApollo 7 (lift-off pictured), the first manned mission ofNASA's Apollo program, and the first three-man American space mission,launched from Complex 34 in present-day Cape Canaveral, Florida.
16 OctoberTo protest racism in the United States, African Americanathletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed the Black Power saluteduring a medal ceremony at the Mexico City Summer Olympics.
12 AprilSix thousand sheep were killed on ranches near Dugway ProvingGround in Utah as a result of the U.S. Army spraying a nerve agent.
20 AprilBritish Member of Parliament Enoch Powell made hiscontroversial 'Rivers of Blood' speech in opposition to immigration andanti-discrimination legislation, resulting in his removal from theShadow Cabinet.
29 AprilThe controversial musical Hair, a product of the hippiecounter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opened at theBiltmore Theatre on Broadway, with its songs becoming anthems of theanti-Vietnam War movement.
07 March Vietnam War-The United States and South Vietnam beganOperation Truong Cong Dinh to sweep the area surrounding the MekongDelta town of My Tho to root out Viet Cong forces in the area.
10 March Vietnam War/Laotian Civil War-North Vietnamese and Pathet Laoforces overwhelmed the American, Laotian, Thai, and Hmong defenders ofLima Site 85.
08 FebruaryLocal police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fired into a crowdof people who were protesting segregation, killing three and injuringtwenty-seven others.
05 JanuaryAlexander Dubcek came to power in Czechoslovakia, beginning aperiod of political liberalization known as the Prague Spring that stillenabled the Communist Party to maintain real power.
20 JanuaryThe Houston Cougars upset the UCLA Bruins in what became knownas the 'Game of the Century', ending the Bruins' 47-game winning streak,and establishing college basketball as a sports commodity on Americantelevision.
23 JanuaryUSS Pueblo was seized by North Korean forces, who claimed thatit had violated their territorial waters while spying.
04 AprilAmerican civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
05 JunePalestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan fatally shot U.S. SenatorRobert F. Kennedy inside the kitchen pantry of The Ambassador Hotel inLos Angeles – an event that has spawned a variety of conspiracytheories.
11 AprilU.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of1968, prohibiting racial discrimination in the sale, rental, andfinancing of housing.
11 February After two black employees were killed on the job, about 1,300black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, US, began a strike thatlasted over two months.
13 January American singer Johnny Cash recorded his landmark album AtFolsom Prison live at the Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1968:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 JuneJeff Hackett / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
04 AprilJesús Rollán / Water Polo Player / Spain
05 March Theresa Villiers / Politician / Ireland
05 JuneEd Vaizey / Politician / United Kingdom
06 JuneFrançois Avard / Author / Canada
07 AprilJennifer Lynch / Actress / United States of America
10 AprilOrlando Jones / Actor / United States of America
11 MayWenn V. Deramas / Writer / Philippines
17 OctoberZiggy Marley / Singer / Jamaica
17 SeptemberTito Vilanova / Footballer / Spain
17 March Eri Nitta / Actress / Japan
17 AprilJulie Fagerholt / Fashion Designer / Denmark
18 NovemberBarry Hunter / Footballer / Ireland
19 SeptemberMonica Crowley / Author / United States of America
19 JulyRobb Flynn / Writer / United States of America
22 January Mauricio Serna / Footballer / Colombia
24 OctoberFrancisco Clavet / Tennis Player / Spain
25 AugustStuart Murdoch / Singer / Scotland
28 SeptemberTrish Keenan / Writer / United Kingdom
29 January Edward Burns / Actor / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1968:

YearName / Profession / Country
16 JulyDhanraj Pillay / Player / India
16 NovemberShobha Nagi Reddy / Politician / India
03 MayArjun Munda / Politician / India
28 March Nasser Hussain / Cricketer / India
19 AprilArshad Warsi / Actor / India
14 AugustPravin Amre / Cricketer / India
02 JulyGautami / Actress / India
16 JulyDhanraj Pillay / Hockey Player / India
27 OctoberDileep / Actor / India
11 OctoberChandrachur Singh / Actor / India
08 AugustAbey Kuruvilla / Cricketer / India
08 FebruaryDolly Minhas / Actress / India
16 AugustArvind Kejriwal / Politician / India
16 AugustArvind Kejriwal / Politician / India

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