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1968 Historical Event(s)
- 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 28, 1968 – Brazilian high school student Edson Luís 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.
- April 12, 1968 – Nerve gas accident at Skull Valley, Utah.
- April 23, 1968 – Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university.
- July 23, 1968 – Glenville Shootout: in Cleveland, Ohio, a violent shootout between a Black Militant organization led by Ahmed Evans and the Cleveland Police Department occurs. During the shootout, a riot begins and lasts for five days.
- September 11, 1968 – Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
- October 20, 1968 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
- December 9, 1968 – NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1968?
- April 18, 1968 – Mary Birdsong, American actress
- May 13, 1968 – PMD, American rapper
- May 15, 1968 – Seth Putnam, American musician
- July 5, 1968 – Alex Zülle, Swiss cyclist
- October 10, 1968 – Bart Brentjens, Dutch mountain biker
- October 29, 1968 – Johann Olav Koss, Norwegian speed skater
- November 6, 1968 – Kelly Rutherford, American actress
- December 2, 1968 – Darryl Kile, baseball player (d. 2002)
- December 16, 1968 – Lalah Hathaway, American singer