1968 in History – What happened in year 1968

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1968 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
05 januaryAlexander Dub?ek came to power in Czechoslovakia, beginning aperiod of political liberalization known as the Prague Spring that ended with a military intervention by the War saw Pact nations to halt reform.
13 januaryAmerican singer Johnny Cash recorded his landmark album At Folsom Prison live at the Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California.
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.
21 januaryVietnam 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.
21 januaryCold War-A B-52 bomber carrying four nuclear weapons crashed into sea ice near Thule Air Base, Greenland, causing widespread radioactive contamination.
23 januaryUSS Pueblo was seized by North Korean forces, who claimed that it had violated their territorial waters while spying.
24 januaryVietnam War-The 1st Australian Task Force launched Operation Coburg against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong during wider fighting around Luong Minh and Bien Hoa.
29 januaryOn civil Disorder (Kerner Comm) report against racism and demands aid were given to the blacks by the National Advisory commission.
30 januaryVietnam War-Forces of the Viet Cong and the Vietnam People's Army launched the Tet Offensive to strike military and civilian commandand control centers throughout South Vietnam.
01 februaryThe Government of Canada merged the Royal Canadian Navy,Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force into a unifiedstructure, the Canadian Armed Forces.
08 februaryLocal police in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fired into a crowd of people who were protesting segregation, killing three and injuring twenty-seven others.
11 februaryAfter two black employees were killed on the job, about 1,300black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, US, began a strike that lasted over two months.
29 februaryOn civil disorders (Kennr Comm) reports against racism and demands aid were given to blacks by the National Advisory Commission.
10 marchVietnam War/Laotian Civil War-North Vietnamese and Pathet Laoforces overwhelmed the American, Laotian, Thai, and Hmong defenders ofLima Site 85.
16 marchVietnam War-American soldiers killed hundreds of unarmedcivilians in the Son M? village in the Son T?nh District of SouthVietnam.
04 aprilAmerican civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
08 aprilBOAC Flight 712 suffered an engine fire shortly after take-off from London Heathrow Airport, leading to deaths of five people on board, including flight attendant Barbara Jane Harrison, who was later awardeda posthumous George Cross for her heroism during the accident.
12 aprilSix thousand sheep were killed on ranches near Dugway Proving Ground 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.
20 aprilPierre Trudeau succeeded Lester B. Pearson as Prime Minister of Canada.
23 aprilStudents protesting the Vietnam War at Columbia University in New York City took over administration buildings and shutdown the university.
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.
12 mayThe 1st Australian Task Force began the defence of Fire Support Base Coral in the largest unit-level action of the Vietnam War for the Australian Army.
28 maySecond Jawaharlal Nehru award for International Understanding given to Reverend Martin Luther King posthumously. The Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding is an international award presented by the Government of India in honour of Jawaharlal Nehru, the country's first prime minister.
03 juneAmerican artist Andy Warhol and two others were shot andwounded at his New York City studio 'The Factory' by radical feministValerie Solanas.
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 juneLloyd J. Old identified the first cell surface antigens distinguishing cells of different lineages, introducing the concept of cell surface antigens that could differentiate different cell types. Lloyd John Old was one of the founders and standard-bearers of the field of cancer immunology.
30 juneMakhanlal Chaturvedi, famous journalist and litterateur, passed away. Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi, also called Panditji, was an Indian poet, writer, essayist, playwright and a journalist who is particularly remembered for his participation in India's national struggle for independence and his contribution to Chhayavaad, the Neo-romanticism movement of Hindi literature. He was awarded the first Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi for his work Him Taringini in 1955.
01 july62 countries signed nuclear non-proliferation treaty in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow. It is an international treaty objected to prevent the increase in use of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. It promotes cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The further goal is of complete disarmament.
05 julyIndian Naval Submarine wing in Indian Navy came into existence with the entrance of the first submarine from the Soviet Union. The main objective of the navy is to secure the India’s maritime borders; India also uses its navy to increase its international relations.


Famous birthdays in the year 1968:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 January Miki Higashino / Composer / Japan
01 February Pauly Shore / Actor / United States of America
07 AugustTrevor Hendy / Surfer / Australia
09 February Alejandra Guzmán / Writer / Mexico
10 AugustPete Docter / Actor / United States of America
11 JulyMichael Geist / Journalist / Canada
12 March Tammy Duckworth / Pilot / United States of America
12 JuneScott Aldred / Baseball Player / United States of America
13 JuneDarren Dreger / Sportscaster / Canada
14 OctoberMatthew Le Tissier / Journalist / United Kingdom
14 January LL Cool J / Actor / United States of America
15 NovemberUwe Rösler / Footballer / Germany
17 January Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer / Poet / Netherlands
17 AugustHelen McCrory / Actress / United Kingdom
18 JulyGrant Bowler / Actor / Australia
20 JulyHami Mandıralı / Footballer / Turkey
22 JulyRhys Ifans / Actor / United Kingdom
23 DecemberBarry Kooser / Painter / United States of America
26 OctoberMiyuki Imori / Actress / Japan
26 AugustChris Boardman / Cyclist / United Kingdom

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1968:

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