Historical Events for Year 1968

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Jan 1st - ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
Jan 1st - Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain
Jan 1st - Netherlands gets color TV
Jan 1st - WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 2nd - "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
Jan 2nd - Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant
Jan 2nd - KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
Jan 4th - Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
Jan 4th - Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million
Jan 5th - Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law
Jan 5th - Dubcek succeeds pres Novotny as party leader of Czechoslovakia
Pediatrician Benjamin SpockPediatrician Benjamin Spock Jan 6th - Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
Jan 6th - Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
Jan 6th - Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
Jan 7th - "GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
Jan 7th - 1st class postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
Jan 8th - Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
Jan 9th - 1st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
Jan 9th - Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques CousteauOceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau Jan 10th - US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
Jan 11th - Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
Jan 12th - Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
Jan 12th - Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
Jan 13th - "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 perfs
Jan 13th - "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 perfs
Jan 13th - Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
Jan 14th - Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
Jan 15th - KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
Jan 16th - 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
Jan 16th - Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," premieres in NYC
Jan 16th - The Youth International Party is founded.
Jan 18th - "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
Jan 18th - Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing," premieres in NYC
Jan 18th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Jan 19th - WKBF TV channel 61 in Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
Jan 20th - Houston ends UCLA's 47-game basketball winning streak, 71-69
Jan 20th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
Jan 20th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
Jan 20th - The Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win the Game of the Century.
Jan 21st - AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
Jan 21st - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
Jan 21st - US B-52 bomber with nuclear bomb on board crashes in Greenland
Jan 21st - Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh - One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins.
Jan 22nd - "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
Jan 22nd - Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
Jan 22nd - NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
Jan 23rd - Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 23rd - Spy ship USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
Jan 25th - Risse St in Bronx named
Jan 25th - Robert Anderson's "I Never Sang for My Father," premieres in NYC
Jan 26th - Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
Jan 27th - "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 perfs
Jan 28th - 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
Jan 28th - Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 29th - Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) adopts constitution
Jan 30th - Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
Jan 30th - Vietcong launches Tet offensive on US embassy in Saigon
Jan 31st - Bobby Simpson takes 5-59 v India in his last Test for ten years
Jan 31st - Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
Jan 31st - Record high barometric pressure (1083.8 mb, 32"), at Agata, USSR
Jan 31st - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Jan 31st - Viet Cong Tet offensive begins
37th US President Richard Nixon37th US President Richard Nixon Feb 1st - Former US VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president
Feb 1st - Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers
Feb 1st - World trade conference Unctad 2 opens in New Delhi
Feb 1st - Famous photo: Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to head
Feb 2nd - Springer Publishers in West Berlin, bombed
Feb 4th - "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
Feb 4th - Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
Feb 5th - KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
Feb 5th - Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
Coach Vince LombardiCoach Vince Lombardi Feb 5th - Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
Feb 6th - 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
Feb 6th - Dutch 2nd Chamber condemns US bombing of North Vietnam
Feb 6th - Former Pres Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one
Feb 6th - KESD TV channel 8 in Brookings, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 7th - Arthur Miller's "Price," premieres in NYC
Feb 7th - Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
Feb 7th - WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 8th - Officers kill 3 students demonstrating in SC State (Orangeburg)
Playwright Arthur MillerPlaywright Arthur Miller Feb 9th - Rotterdam metro opened by princess Beatrix
Feb 10th - "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3
Feb 10th - Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
Feb 11th - Israeli-Jordan border fight
Feb 11th - Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
Feb 11th - Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)
Feb 13th - US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
Feb 14th - Pennsylvania Railroad/NYC Central merge into Penn Central
Feb 14th - WHKY TV channel 14 in Hickory, NC (IND) begins broadcasting
Feb 15th - Anaheim's Les Salvage scores 10, 3-pt baskets in ABA game vs Denver
Feb 15th - WVUT TV channel 22 in Vincennes, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
Feb 16th - US 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley Feb 16th - Elvis Presley receives gold record for "How Great Thou Art"
Feb 16th - Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wifes fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Feb 17th - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Mass, opens
Feb 18th - 10,000 demonstrators against US in Vietnam War in West-Berlin
Feb 18th - 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
Feb 18th - British adopts year-round daylight savings time as a trial
Feb 18th - David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd
Feb 19th - 1st US Teachers strike (Florida)
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison Feb 20th - State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
Feb 21st - 150,000 demonstrate against leftist students in West-Berlin
Feb 21st - Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
Feb 22nd - Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun"
Feb 23rd - Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
Feb 24th - "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 perfs
Feb 24th - Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish)
Feb 24th - Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
Feb 24th - US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
Feb 25th - 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
Feb 25th - Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
Feb 26th - Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
Feb 28th - Pirate Radio Hauraki, off NZ, returns to the air
Feb 29th - 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
Feb 29th - Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy
Feb 29th - Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres
Feb 29th - US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
Feb 29th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 29th - National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks
Mar 1st - NBC's unprecedented on-air announcement, Star Trek will return
Mar 1st - Pirate Radio Atlantis South (England) begins test transmitting
Mar 1st - Political Party Radikalen (PPR) established in Netherlands
Mar 1st - Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect
Mar 2nd - Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford (GRB)
Mar 2nd - Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)
Mar 2nd - Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
Mar 2nd - USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world
Mar 2nd - USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
Mar 2nd - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US)
Mar 3rd - "Here's Where I Belong" opens/closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC
Mar 3rd - Greece, Portugal & Spain's embassies bombed in the Hague
Mar 3rd - Jean Beliveau (Mont) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts
Mar 3rd - In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings
Mar 4th - Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. Mar 4th - Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign
Mar 4th - Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
Mar 5th - US launches Solar Explorer 2 to study the Sun
Mar 7th - The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
Mar 8th - 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Md)
Mar 8th - Fillmore East opens
Mar 8th - Students demonstrate in Warsaw
Mar 9th - 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
Mar 11th - Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
Mar 11th - Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 12nd string quartet
Mar 11th - Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
Mar 12th - Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
Mar 12th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Mar 13th - Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
Mar 14th - CBS TV suspends Radio Free Europe free advertising because RFE doesn't make it clear it is sponsored by the CIA
Mar 15th - Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")

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