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1968 Historical Event(s)
- January 5, 1968 – Alexander Dubček comes to power: “Prague Spring” begins in Czechoslovakia.
- January 21, 1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.
- January 30, 1968 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- March 16, 1968 – General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
- May 12, 1968 – Vietnam War: North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces attack Australian troops defending Fire Support Base Coral, east of Lai Khe in South Vietnam on the night of 12/13 May, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides and beginning the Battle of Coral-Balmoral.
- June 9, 1968 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
- September 27, 1968 – The stage musical Hair opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, where it played 1,998 performances until its closure was forced by the roof collapsing in July 1973.
- November 12, 1968 – Equatorial Guinea joins the United Nations.
- December 21, 1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.
- December 25, 1968 – 42 Dalits are burned alive in Kilavenmani village, Tamil Nadu, India, a retaliation for a campaign for higher wages by Dalit labourers.
Who Were Born On 1968?
- January 2, 1968 – Anky van Grunsven, Dutch dressage champion
- April 14, 1968 – Anthony Michael Hall, American actor
- May 12, 1968 – Catherine Tate, British comedian
- July 15, 1968 – Eddie Griffin, American comedian
- July 23, 1968 – Gary Payton, American basketball player
- August 5, 1968 – Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler
- August 7, 1968 – Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (d. 1998)
- October 12, 1968 – Adam Rich, American actor
- December 9, 1968 – Brent Price, American basketball player
- December 16, 1968 – Lalah Hathaway, American singer