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January 30: Tet begins.

  • January 5Prague Spring: Alexander Dubček is chosen as the leader of the Communist Party in Czechoslovakia.[1]
  • January 8British Prime Minister Harold Wilson endorses the 'I'm Backing Britain' campaign for working an additional half hour each day without pay.[2]
  • January 15 – An earthquake in Sicily kills 380 and injures around 1,000.[3][4]
  • January 17Lyndon B. Johnson calls for the non-conversion of the U.S. dollar.
  • January 21
    • Vietnam WarBattle of Khe Sanh: One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins, ending on April 8.
    • A U.S. B-52 Stratofortress crashes in Greenland, discharging four nuclear bombs.
  • January 22Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuts on NBC.
  • January 23North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo, claiming the ship violated its territorial waters while spying.
  • January 25 – The Israeli submarine INS Dakar sinks in the Mediterranean Sea, killing 69.

January 23 USS Pueblo

  • January 27 – A French submarine sinks in the Mediterranean Sea with 52 men.
  • January 30Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive begins, as Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks across South Vietnam.
  • January 31
    • Viet Cong soldiers attack the US Embassy, Saigon.
    • Nauru president Hammer DeRoburt declares independence from Australia.


  • February 1
    • Vietnam War: A Viet Cong officer named Nguyễn Văn Lém is executed by Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, a South Vietnamese National Police Chief. The event is photographed by Eddie Adams. The photo makes headlines around the world, eventually winning the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, and sways U.S. public opinion against the war.
    • The Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central Railroad merge to form Penn Central, the largest ever corporate merger up to this date.
  • February 6February 18 – The 1968 Winter Olympics are held in Grenoble, France.
  • February 8American civil rights movement: A civil rights protest staged at a white-only bowling alley in Orangeburg, South Carolina is broken up by highway patrolmen; 3 college students are killed.
  • February 11
  • February 12Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat massacre.
  • February 13 – Civil rights disturbances occur at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • February 17 – Administrative reforms in Romania divide the country into 39 counties.
  • February 19 – The Florida Education Association (FEA) initiates a mass resignation of teachers to protest state funding of education. This is, in effect, the first statewide teachers' strike in the United States.
  • February 19NET televises the very first episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • February 24Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.
  • February 25Vietnam War: Ha My massacre.
  • February 27 – Ex-Teenagers singer Frankie Lymon is found dead from a heroin overdose in Harlem.


  • March 6 – Un-recognized Rhodesia executes three black citizens, the first executions since UDI, prompting international condemnation.
  • March 7Vietnam War: The First Battle of Saigon ends.
  • March 8 – The first student protests spark the 1968 Polish political crisis.
  • March 10–11 – Vietnam War: Battle of Lima Site 85, largest single ground combat loss of United States Air Force members (12) during the then-secret war later known as the Laotian Civil War.
  • March 11 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson mandates that all computers purchased by the federal government support the ASCII character encoding.[5]
  • March 12
    • Mauritius achieves independence from British rule.
    • U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson edges out antiwar candidate Eugene J. McCarthy in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, a vote which highlights the deep divisions in the country, and the party, over Vietnam.
  • March 13 – The first Rotaract club is chartered in North Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • March 14Nerve gas leaks from the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground near Skull Valley, Utah.
  • March 15 – British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns.
  • March 16
    • Vietnam WarMy Lai massacre: American troops kill scores of civilians. The story will first become public in November 1969 and will help undermine public support for the U.S. efforts in Vietnam.
    • U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy enters the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
  • March 17 – A demonstration in London's Grosvenor Square against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War leads to violence; 91 people are injured, 200 demonstrators arrested.
  • March 18Gold standard: The Congress of the United States repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency.
  • March 19March 23Afrocentrism, Black power, Vietnam War: Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., signal a new era of militant student activism on college campuses in the U.S. Students stage rallies, protests and a 5-day sit-in, laying siege to the administration building, shutting down the university in protest over its ROTC program and the Vietnam War, and demanding a more Afrocentric curriculum.
  • March 21Vietnam War: In ongoing campus unrest, Howard University students protesting the Vietnam War, the ROTC program on campus and the draft, confront Gen. Lewis Hershey, then head of the U.S. Selective Service System, and as he attempts to deliver an address, shout him down with cries of "America is the Black man's battleground!"
  • March 22Daniel Cohn-Bendit ("Danny The Red") and 7 other students occupy the administrative offices of the University of Nanterre, setting in motion a chain of events that lead France to the brink of revolution in May.
  • March 24Aer Lingus Flight 712 crashed en route from Cork to London near Tuskar Rock, Wexford, killing 61 passengers and crew.
  • March 26Joan Baez marries activist David Harris in New York.
  • March 28Brazilian 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 was one of the first major events against the military dictatorship.
  • March 31 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he will not seek re-election.


  • April 2
    • Bombs explode at midnight in two department stores in Frankfurt-am-Main; Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin are later arrested and sentenced for arson.
    • The film 2001: A Space Odyssey premieres in Washington, D.C.
  • April 3 – The American movie Planet of the Apes is released in theaters.
  • April 4
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities, lasting for several days afterwards.
    • Apollo Program: Apollo-Saturn mission 502 (Apollo 6) is launched, as the second and last unmanned test-flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
  • April 6
    • La, la, la by Massiel (music and lyrics by Manuel de la Calva and Ramón Arcusa) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 for Spain, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
    • A shootout between Black Panthers and Oakland police results in several arrests and deaths, including 16-year-old Panther Bobby Hutton.
    • A double explosion in downtown Richmond, Indiana kills 41 and injures 150.
  • April 7 – Racing driver Jim Clark is killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
  • April 8Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (under Department of Justice) (BNDD) created.
  • April 10 – The ferry Wahine strikes a reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, New Zealand, with the loss of 53 lives, during Cyclone Giselle, which provides the windiest conditions ever recorded in New Zealand.
  • April 11
    • Josef Bachmann tries to assassinate Rudi Dutschke, leader of the left-wing movement (APO) in Germany, and tries to commit suicide afterwards, failing in both, although Dutschke dies of his brain injuries 11 years later.
    • German left-wing students blockade the Springer Press HQ in Berlin and many are arrested (one of them Ulrike Meinhof).
    • U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
  • April 20
    • Pierre Trudeau becomes Canada's 15th Prime Minister.
    • English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood Speech.
    • MGM's classic film The Wizard of Oz makes its NBC debut after being telecast on CBS since 1956. It will remain on NBC for the next eight years.
  • April 23
    • President Mobutu releases captured mercenaries in the Congo.
    • Surgeons at the Hôpital de la Pitié, Paris, perform Europe's first heart transplant, on Clovis Roblain.
    • The United Methodist Church is created by the union of the former Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches.
  • April 23April 30Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university (see main article Columbia University protests of 1968).
  • April 26 – The nuclear weapon "Boxcar" is tested at the Nevada Test Site in the biggest detonation of Operation Crosstie.
  • April 29 – The musical Hair officially opens on Broadway.


  • May 2 – The Israel Broadcasting Authority commences television broadcasts.
  • May 3Braniff Flight 352 crashes near Dawson, Texas killing all 85 persons on board.
  • May 13Paris student riots; one million march through streets of Paris.
  • May 14The Beatles announce the creation of Apple Records in a New York press conference.
  • May 15 – An outbreak of severe thunderstorms produces tornadoes causing massive damage and heavy casualties in Charles City, Iowa, Oelwein, Iowa, and Jonesboro, Arkansas.
  • May 17 – The Catonsville Nine enter the Selective Service offices in Catonsville, Maryland, take dozens of selective service draft records, and burn them with napalm as a protest against the Vietnam War.
  • May 19
    • A general election is held in Italy.
    • Nigerian forces capture Port Harcourt and form a ring around the Biafrans. This contributes to a humanitarian disaster as the surrounded population already suffers from hunger and starvation.
  • May 22 – The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard, 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
  • May 29Football: Manchester United wins the European Cup Final, becoming the first English team to do so.


  • June 3Radical feminist Valerie Solanas shoots Andy Warhol as he enters his studio, wounding him.
  • June 4 – The Standard & Poor's 500 index closes above 100 for the first time, at 100.38.
  • June 5 – U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies from his injuries the next day.
  • June 8James Earl Ray is arrested for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • June 10Football: Italy beats Yugoslavia 2–0 in a replay to win the 1968 European Championship. The original final on June 8 ended 1–1.
  • June 20Austin Currie, Member of Parliament (MP) at Stormont in Northern Ireland, along with others, squats a house in Caledon to protest discrimination in housing allocations.
  • June 23 – A football stampede in Buenos Aires leaves 74 dead and 150 injured.
  • June 24 – Giorgio Rosa declares the independence of his Republic of Rose Island, an artificial island off Rimini, Italy. Italian troops demolish it not long after.
  • June 26Bonin Islands are returned to Japan after 23 years of occupation by the United States Navy.
  • June 30Lockheed C-5 Galaxy heavy military transport aircraft first flies in the U.S. This model will still be in service forty years on.


  • July 1
    • The Central Intelligence Agency's Phoenix Program is officially established.
    • The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty opens for signature.
  • July 4 – Yachtsman Alec Rose, 59, receives a hero's welcome as he sails into Portsmouth, England after his 354-day round-the-world trip.
  • July 15 – The soap opera One Life to Live premieres on ABC.
  • July 17Saddam Hussein becomes Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Council in Iraq after a coup d'état.
  • July 18 – The semiconductor company Intel is founded.
  • July 23July 28 – Black militants led by Fred (Ahmed) Evans engage in a fierce gunfight with police in the Glenville Shootout of Cleveland, Ohio, in United States.
  • July 25Pope Paul VI publishes the encyclical entitled Humanae Vitae, condemning birth control.
  • July 26 – Vietnam War: South Vietnamese opposition leader Truong Dinh Dzu is sentenced to 5 years hard labor, for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.
  • July 29Arenal Volcano erupts in Costa Rica for the first time in centuries.
  • July 30Thames Television starts transmission in London.


  • August 5August 8 – The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida nominates Richard Nixon for U.S. President and Spiro Agnew for Vice President.
  • August 11 – The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Railways steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and return to Liverpool – the journey is known as the Fifteen Guinea Special).
  • August 18 – Two charter buses push into the Hida River on National Highway Route 41 in Japan, in an accident caused by heavy rain; 104 are killed.
  • August 20August 21 – The Prague Spring of political liberalization ends, as 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia.
  • August 21 – The Medal of Honor is posthumously awarded to James Anderson, Jr.—he is the first black U.S. Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
  • August 24France explodes its first hydrogen bomb.
  • August 22August 30 – Police clash with anti-war protesters in Chicago, Illinois, outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which nominates Hubert Humphrey for U.S. President, and Edmund Muskie for Vice President.
  • August 29
    • John Gordon Mein, US Ambassador to Guatemala, is assassinated on the streets of Guatemala City. First US Ambassador assassinated in the line of duty.
    • Crown Prince Harald of Norway marries Sonja Haraldsen, the commoner he has dated for 9 years, in Oslo.


  • September 6Swaziland becomes independent.
  • September 7
  • September 9 Gregorio Vazquez Jr is born
    • Mattel's Hot Wheels toy cars are introduced.
    • 150 women (members of New York Radical Women) arrive in Atlantic City, New Jersey to protest against the Miss America Pageant, as exploitative of women. Led by activist and author Robin Morgan, it is one of the first large demonstrations of Second Wave Feminism as Women's Liberation begins to gather much media attention.
  • September 11
    • The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) was found.
    • French General René Cogny and 94 others die in an Air France Caravelle jetliner crash near Nice in the Mediterranean.
  • September 13
    • Albania officially retreats from the Warsaw Pact upon the Soviet Union-led Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, having already ceased to participate actively in Pact activity since 1962.
    • US Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware, WWII Medal of Honor recipient, is killed when his helicopter is shot down in Vietnam. He is posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
    • Agreement for merger between the General Electric Company and English Electric, the largest industrial merger in the UK up to this date.
  • September 17 – The D'Oliveira Affair: The Marylebone Cricket Club tour of South Africa is cancelled when the South Africans refuse to accept the presence of Basil D'Oliveira, a Cape Coloured, in the side.
  • September 20Hawaii 5-O debuts on CBS and eventually becomes the longest-running crime show in television history until Law & Order overtakes it in 2003.
  • September 21 – The Soviet's Zond 5 unmanned lunar flyby mission returns to earth, with its first of a kind biological payload intact.
  • September 2460 Minutes debuts on CBS and remains on the air as of 2012.
  • September 27Marcelo Caetano becomes prime minister of Portugal.
  • September 29 – A referendum in Greece gives more power to the military junta.
  • September 30 – At Paine Field, near Everett Washington in the United States, Boeing officially rolls out its new 747 for the media and the public.


  • October 2Tlatelolco massacre: A student demonstration ends in bloodbath at La Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, Mexico, 10 days before the inauguration of the 1968 Summer Olympics.
  • October 3 – In Peru, Juan Velasco Alvarado takes power in a revolution.
  • October 5Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of The Troubles.
  • October 8Vietnam WarOperation Sealords: United States and South Vietnamese forces launch a new operation in the Mekong Delta.
  • October 10 – the Detroit Tigers win the 1968 World Series, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3.
  • October 11
    • Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission (Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, Walter Cunningham). Mission goals include the first live television broadcast from orbit and testing the lunar module docking maneuver.
    • In Panama, a military coup d'état, led by Col. Boris Martinez and Col. Omar Torrijos, overthrows the democratically elected (but highly controversial) government of President Arnulfo Arias. Within a year, Torrijos ousts Martinez and takes charge as de facto Head of Government in Panama.
  • October 12October 27 – The Games of the XIX Olympiad are held in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • October 12Equatorial Guinea receives its independence from Spain.
  • October 14Vietnam War: The United States Department of Defense announces that the United States Army and United States Marines will send about 24,000 troops back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours.
  • October 15Led Zeppelin makes their first live performance, at Surrey University in England[6]
  • October 16
    • In Mexico City, black American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their arms in a black power salute after winning, respectively, the gold and bronze medals in the Olympic men's 200 metres.
    • Kingston, Jamaica is rocked by the Rodney Riots, provoked by the banning of Walter Rodney from the country.
  • October 20 – Former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the Greek island of Skorpios.
  • October 31Vietnam War: Citing progress in the Paris peace talks, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.


  • November 5
    • U.S. presidential election, 1968: Republican challenger Richard M. Nixon defeats the Democratic candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and American Independent Party candidate George C. Wallace.
    • Luis A. Ferre is elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • November 11
    • Vietnam War: Operation Commando Hunt is initiated to interdict men and supplies on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, through Laos into South Vietnam. By the end of the operation, 3 million tons of bombs are dropped on Laos, slowing but not seriously disrupting trail operations.
    • A second republic is declared in the Maldives.
  • November 14Yale University announces it is going to admit women.
  • November 17 – The Heidi game: NBC cuts off the final 1:05 of an Oakland RaidersNew York Jets football game to broadcast the pre-scheduled Heidi. Fans are unable to see Oakland (which had been trailing 32–29) score 2 late touchdowns to win 43–32; as a result, thousands of outraged football fans flood the NBC switchboards to protest.
  • November 20 – The Farmington Mine Disaster in Farmington, West Virginia, kills seventy-eight men.
  • November 22The Beatles release their self-titled album popularly known as the White Album.
  • November 24 – 4 men hijack Pan Am Flight 281 from JFK International Airport, New York to Havana, Cuba.
  • November 26Vietnam War: United States Air Force First Lieutenant and Bell UH-1F helicopter pilot James P. Fleming rescues an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire, earning a Medal of Honor for his bravery.


  • December 3 – The '68 Comeback Special marks the concert return of Elvis Presley.
  • December 9Douglas Engelbart publicly demonstrates his pioneering hypertext system, NLS, in San Francisco.
  • December 10 – Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo.
  • December 11 – The film Oliver!, based on the hit London and Broadway musical, opens in the U.S. after being released first in England. It goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
    • The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is also filmed on this date, but not released until 1996.
  • December 13Brazilian president Artur da Costa e Silva decrees the AI-5 (or the Fifth Institutional Act), which lasts until 1978 and marks the beginning of the hard times of Brazilian military dictatorship.
  • December 20 – The Zodiac Killer is believed to have shot Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday on Lake Herman Road, Benicia, San Francisco Bay, California.
  • December 22
    • David Eisenhower, grandson of former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, marries Julie Nixon, the daughter of US President-elect Richard Nixon.
    • Mao Zedong advocates that educated youth in urban China be re-educated in the country. It marks the start of the "Up to the mountains and down to the villages" movement.
  • December 24Apollo Program: U.S. spacecraft Apollo 8 enters orbit around the Moon. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William A. Anders become the first humans to see the far side of the Moon and planet Earth as a whole. The crew also reads from Genesis.

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  • The Khmer Rouge is officially formed in Cambodia as a offshot movement of the Vietnam People's Army from North Vietnam to bring communism to the nation.



  • January 1Davor Suker, Croatian soccer footballer
  • January 2Cuba Gooding Jr., American actor
  • January 5
    • Andrzej Gołota, Polish boxer
    • Carrie Ann Inaba, American choreographer, game show host and singer
  • January 6John Singleton, African-American film director and writer
  • January 9Joey Lauren Adams, American actress
  • January 12
    • Keith Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter
    • Rachael Harris, American actress and comedian
  • January 13Pat Onstad, Canadian footballer
  • January 14LL Cool J, African-American rapper and actor
  • January 15Chad Lowe, American actor
  • January 16Stephan Pastis, American cartoonist
  • January 17Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • January 19Matt Hill, Canadian voice actor
  • January 21Charlotte Ross, American actress
  • January 23Yasuhiro Takato, Japanese voice actor
  • January 24
    • Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast
    • Michael Kiske, German musician
  • January 26Novala Takemoto, Japanese author and fashion designer
  • January 27Mike Patton, American singer
  • January 28Sarah McLachlan, Canadian singer
  • January 29
    • Edward Burns, American actor
    • Sora Jung, Korean actress
  • February 1
    • Lisa Marie Presley, American singer
    • Mark Recchi, Canadian hockey player
  • February 2Kenny Albert, American sports announcer
  • February 3
    • Vlade Divac, Serbian basketball player
    • Marwan Khoury, Lebanese singer and composer
  • February 5
    • Qasim Melho, Syrian television actor
    • Roberto Alomar, American baseball player
    • Marcus Gronholm, Finnish rally driver
  • February 7
    • Peter Bondra, Slovakian ice hockey player
    • Porntip Nakhirunkanok, Miss Universe 1988
  • February 8Gary Coleman, American actor (d. 2010)
  • February 10
    • Atika Suri, Indonesian television newscaster
    • Laurie Foell, New Zealand/Australian actress
  • February 12Chynna Phillips, American singer/actress
  • February 13Kelly Hu, Asian-American actress and former fashion model
  • February 14
    • Jules Asner, American model and television personality
    • Nelson "Viscera" Frazier, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • February 15Gloria Trevi, Mexican singer and actress
  • February 18
    • Dennis Satin, German film director
    • Molly Ringwald, American actress, singer and dancer
  • February 22
    • Brad Nowell, American musician (d. 1996)
    • Jeri Ryan, American actress
    • Delphine Boel, out-of-wedlock daughter of King Albert II of Belgium
  • February 25Sandrine Kiberlain, French actress
  • February 27Matt Stairs, Canadian baseball player


  • March 1
    • Kunjarani Devi, Indian weightlifter
    • Muho Noelke, German Zen master
  • March 2Daniel Craig, British actor
  • March 3Brian Leetch, American ice hockey player
  • March 4
    • Patsy Kensit, British actress
    • Giovanni Carrara, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
  • March 5Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian Prime Minister
  • March 6Moira Kelly, American actress
  • March 10Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament
  • March 11Lisa Loeb, American singer
  • March 12Aaron Eckhart, American actor
  • March 13
    • Akira Nogami, Japanese professional wrestler
    • Masami Okui, Japanese singer
  • March 14James Frain, British actor
  • March 15Terje Riis-Johansen, Norwegian politician
  • March 16Trevor Wilson, American basketball player
  • March 18Shinichiro Miki, Japanese voice actor
  • March 19Mots'eoa Senyane, Lesotho diplomat
  • March 22Øystein Aarseth, Norwegian musician (d. 1993)
  • March 23
    • Mike Atherton, English cricketer
    • Damon Albarn, English rock musician
    • Mitch Cullin, American novelist
  • March 26James Iha, American rock musician
  • March 28
    • Iris Chang, American author (d. 2004)
    • Nasser Hussain, English cricketer
  • March 29Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer
  • March 30Céline Dion, Canadian singer
  • April 1
    • Andreas Schnaas, German director
    • Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • April 8Patricia Arquette, American actress
  • April 12Adam Graves, Canadian ice hockey player
  • April 14Anthony Michael Hall, American actor and singer
  • April 15Stacey Williams, American model
  • April 16Martin Dahlin, Swedish football player
  • April 18David Hewlett, English born Canadian actor
  • April 19Ashley Judd, American actress
  • April 20
    • J. D. Roth, American television host
    • Yelena Valbe, Russian cross-country skier
  • April 23Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (d. 2001)
  • April 24
    • Stacy Haiduk, American actress
    • Yuji Nagata, Japanese professional wrestler
  • April 28Howard Donald, British singer (Take That)


  • May 1Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer
  • May 2Hikaru Midorikawa, Japanese voice actor
  • May 7Traci Lords, American actress/porn star
  • May 9Marie-José Pérec, French athlete
  • May 10Darren Matthews, English professional wrestler
  • May 12Tony Hawk, American skateboarder
  • May 16Chingmy Yau, Hong Kong actress
  • May 17Constance Menard, French professional dressage rider
  • May 20Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby player
  • May 21Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (d. 1985)
  • May 22Graham Linehan, Irish television writer and director
  • May 26Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
  • May 27
    • Jeff Bagwell, American baseball player
    • Frank Thomas, American baseball player
  • May 28Kylie Minogue, Australian actress and singer
  • May 30Zacarias Moussaoui, French-Moroccan 9/11 conspirator
  • June 1Jason Donovan, Australian actor and singer
  • June 2
    • Beetlejuice, member of the Wack Pack (The Howard Stern Show)
    • Jon Culshaw, English impressionist
  • June 9Alexandr Konovalov, Russian lawyer and politician
  • June 10
    • Bill Burr, American comedian
    • Nobutoshi Canna, Japanese voice actor
  • June 14Yasmine Bleeth, American actress
  • June 21Sonique, British singer
  • June 26
    • Iwan Roberts, Welsh footballer
    • Paolo Maldini, Italian football player
    • Shannon Sharpe, American football player and commentator
  • June 28Adam Woodyatt, British actor
  • June 29Theoren Fleury, Canadian hockey player
  • June 30Philip Anselmo, American musician


  • July 5Ken Akamatsu, Japanese manga artist
  • July 7
    • Jorja Fox, American actress
    • Allen Payne, American actor
    • Jeff VanderMeer, American writer
  • July 8
    • Billy Crudup, American actor
    • Akio Suyama, Japanese voice actor
    • Michael Weatherly, American actor
  • July 10Hassiba Boulmerka, Algerian athlete
  • July 13Omi Minami, Japanese voice actress
  • July 15Eddie Griffin, American actor and comedian
  • July 16
    • Dhanraj Pillay, Indian field hockey player
    • Barry Sanders, African-American football player
  • July 17Darren Day, British actor and TV presenter
  • July 19Robert Flynn, American vocalist and guitarist (Machine Head)
  • July 20Carlos Saldanha, Brazilian director
  • July 21Johnnie Barnes, American football player
  • July 22Rhys Ifans, Welsh actor
  • July 23Gary Payton, American basketball player
  • July 24Kristin Chenoweth, American soprano and actress
  • July 27Julian McMahon, Australian actor
  • July 30Robert Korzeniowski, Polish racewalker
  • August 3Rod Beck, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • August 5
    • Marine Le Pen, French politician
    • Colin McRae, Scottish rally car driver (d. 2007)
  • August 9
    • Gillian Anderson, American actress
    • James Roy, Australian author
    • Eric Bana, Australian actor
  • August 10Greg Hawgood, Canadian ice hockey player
  • August 11Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (d. 2009)
  • August 12
    • Andras Jones, American actor
    • Koji Yusa Japanese voice actor
  • August 14
    • Jason Leonard, English rugby player
    • Darren Clarke, Northern Irish professional golfer
    • Catherine Bell, American actress
  • August 15Debra Messing, American actress
  • August 17
    • Ed McCaffrey, American football player
    • Bruno van Pottelsberghe, Belgian economist
  • August 20Yuri Shiratori Japanese actress and singer
  • August 21Dina Carroll, British singer
  • August 24
    • Tim Salmon, American baseball player
    • Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler
    • Hiroshi Kitadani, Japanese singer
  • August 25Rachael Ray, American television chef and host
  • August 28Billy Boyd, Scottish actor
  • August 31
    • Hideo Nomo, Japanese baseball player
    • Valdon Dowiyogo, Nauruan politician and Australian football player


  • September 1Mohamed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
  • September 4
    • John DiMaggio, American voice actor
    • Phill Lewis, American actor
    • Mike Piazza, American baseball player
  • September 5Thomas Levet, French golfer
  • September 6Macy Gray, American R&B singer
  • September 7Marcel Desailly, French footballer
  • September 10
    • Big Daddy Kane, American hip-hop artist
    • Guy Ritchie, British film director
  • September 11
    • Kay Hanley, American musician
    • Tetsuo Kurata, Japanese actor
  • September 17Anastacia, American singer-songwriter
  • September 18Toni Kukoč, Croatian basketball player
  • September 20
    • Darrell Russell, American race car driver (d. 2004)
    • Phillipa Forrester, British TV presenter
    • Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress
  • September 22Megan Hollingshead, American voice actress
  • September 23Yvette Fielding, English television presenter
  • September 25Will Smith, American rapper and actor
  • September 26
    • James Caviezel, American actor
    • Ben Shenkman, American television, film and stage actor
    • Michelle Meldrum, American guitarist (d. 2008)
  • September 27Mari Kiviniemi, Prime Minister of Finland
  • September 28
    • Mika Häkkinen, Finnish Formula One driver
    • Naomi Watts, English-born Australian actress
  • September 29
    • Patrick Burns, American paranormal investigator and television personality
    • Samir Soni, Indian film and TV actor
  • October 1Jay Underwood, American actor
  • October 2
    • Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
    • Benjie Paras, Filipino professional basketball player and actor
  • October 3Paul Crichton, English footballer
  • October 7Thom Yorke, British singer/songwriter
  • October 8
    • Daniela Castelo, Argentine journalist (d. 2011)
    • Emily Procter, American actress
  • October 9Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (d. 2011)
  • October 10
    • Feridun Düzağaç, Turkish rock singer and songwriter
    • Bart Brentjens, Dutch mountainbiker
  • October 11Jane Krakowski, American actress
  • October 12Hugh Jackman, Australian actor
  • October 14Matthew Le Tissier, English footballer
  • October 15
    • Didier Deschamps, French footballer
    • Jyrki 69, Finnish singer
  • October 15Vanessa Marcil, American actress
  • October 17Ziggy Marley, Jamaican musician and oldest son of Bob Marley
  • October 22Shaggy, Jamaican singer
  • October 24Mark Walton (story artist) American story artist, actor
  • October 27Alain Auderset, Swedish writer
  • October 29Tsunku, Japanese singer, music producer, and song composer


  • November 1Silvio Fauner, Italian cross-country skier
  • November 3Debbie Rochon, Canadian actress
  • November 4
    • Council Nedd II, American Anglican bishop
    • Daniel Landa, Czech composer, singer, actor and rallye racer.
    • Lee Germon, New Zealand cricketer
    • Miles Long, American Pornographic Actor and Director
  • November 8
    • Parker Posey, American actress
    • Zara Whites, Dutch actress
  • November 9Nazzareno Carusi, Italian classical pianist
  • November 11David L Cook, Christian recording star
  • November 12
    • Sammy Sosa, Dominican Major League Baseball player
    • Aya Hisakawa, Japanese voice actress
  • November 13Pat Hentgen, baseball player
  • November 14
    • Serge Postigo, Canadian actor
    • Janine Lindemulder, American adult film actress
  • November 15
    • Ol' Dirty Bastard, African-American rapper (d. 2004)
    • Fausto Brizzi, Italian screenwriter and film director
  • November 18
    • Barry Hunter, Northern Irish footballer and football manager
    • Owen Wilson, American actor
    • Gary Sheffield, American retired baseball player
    • Luizianne Lins, Brazilian mayor
  • November 20John Trobaugh, American artist and photographer
  • November 21
    • Qiao Hong, Chinese table tennis player
    • Sean Schemmel, American voice actor
  • November 22
    • Rasmus Lerdorf, Danish-Greenlandic creator of PHP
    • Sidse Babett Knudsen, Danish actress
  • November 23Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar
  • November 25
    • Jill Hennessy, Canadian actress
    • Jacqueline Hennessy, Canadian actress and talk show host
  • November 27Michael Vartan, French actor
  • November 29Jonathan Knight, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
  • November 30Rica Matsumoto, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • December 2Lucy Liu, American actress
  • December 3
    • Brendan Fraser, Canadian-American actor
    • Montell Jordan, American singer
  • December 5Margaret Cho, American actress and comedian
  • December 7
    • Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league player
    • Filip Naudts, Belgian photographer
    • Greg Ayres, American voice actor
  • December 8
    • Mike Mussina, American baseball player
    • Michael Cole, American TV wrestling commentator
    • Wendi Deng, Chinese-American businesswoman
  • December 9Kurt Angle, American amateur and professional wrestler, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • December 11Monique Garbrecht, German speed skater
  • December 17Paul Tracy, Canadian race car driver
  • December 18Rachel Griffiths, Australian actress
  • December 21Khrystyne Haje, American actress
  • December 23Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, American photographer
  • December 24Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress and model
  • December 26Dennis Knight, American professional wrestler

Date unknown[]

  • Andrei Ivanovitch, Russian classical pianist
  • George Henry Smyth, Irish artist



  • January 7
    • Hugo Butler, Canadian screenwriter (b. 1914)
    • Gholamreza Takhti, Iranian wrestler (b. 1930)
  • January 10Theophilus Ebenhaezer Dönges, Former Prime Minister of South Africa, and elected President of South Africa (b. 1898)
  • January 11Moshe Zvi Segal, Israeli linguist and Talmudic scholar, and Israel Prize recipient (b. 1876)
  • January 15Bill Masterton, Canadian hockey player (b. 1938)
  • January 18Bert Wheeler, American actor and comedian (b. 1895)
  • January 19Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • January 21Will Lang Jr., American journalist (b. 1914)
  • January 22Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer (b. 1890)
  • January 26Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher and aviation promoter (b. 1883)
  • January 30Robert Wood Johnson, American business leader and philanthropist (b. 1893)
  • February 1
    • Lawson Little, American golfer (b. 1910)
    • Jacob van der Hoeden, Dutch-Israeli veterinary scientist (b. 1891)
  • February 4Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • February 7Nick Adams, American actor (b. 1931)
  • February 11Howard Lindsay, American playwright (b. 1888)
  • February 13Mae Marsh, American actress (b. 1894)
  • February 19Georg Hackenschmidt, strongman and professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • February 20Anthony Asquith, British director and writer (b. 1902)
  • February 21Howard Walter Florey, Australian-born pharmacologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (b. 1898)
  • February 22Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • February 23Fannie Hurst, American novelist (b. 1885)
  • February 27Frankie Lymon, American singer (b. 1942)
  • February 29Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • March 6Léon Mathot, French actor (b. 1886)
  • March 10Helen Walker, American actress (b. 1920)
  • March 16
    • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer (b. 1895)
    • Leon Cadore, American baseball pitcher (b. 1890)
    • June Collyer, American actress (b. 1906)
  • March 20
    • Charles Chaplin Jr., American actor (b. 1925)
    • Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (b. 1889)
  • March 23Edwin O'Connor, American novelist and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner (b. 1918)
  • March 24Alice Guy-Blaché, French film director (b. 1873)
  • March 27Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut, first human in space (b. 1934)
  • March 30Bobby Driscoll, American child actor (b. 1937)


  • April 1Lev Davidovich Landau, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1908)
  • April 4 – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (assassinated) (b. 1929)
  • April 7Jim Clark, Scottish race car driver (b. 1936)
  • April 10Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • April 14Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • April 16
    • Fay Bainter, American actress (b. 1893)
    • Edna Ferber, American writer (b. 1885)
  • April 22Stephen H. Sholes, American record executive (b. 1911)
  • April 24Tommy Noonan, American actor (b. 1921)
  • April 25Walter Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • May 1Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1895)
  • May 5Albert Dekker, American actor (b. 1905)
  • May 7
    • Mike Spence, British race car driver (b. 1936)
    • Craig Wood, American golfer (b. 1901)
  • May 9
    • Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (b. 1878)
    • Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
    • Marion Lorne, American actress (b. 1883)
  • May 10Scotty Beckett, American actor (b. 1929)
  • May 14Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (b. 1882)
  • May 21Doris Lloyd, English actress (b. 1896)
  • May 23James Burke, American actor (b. 1886)
  • May 25Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (b. 1881)
  • May 29Arnold Susi, Estonian lawyer and politician (b. 1896)
  • June 1Helen Keller, American spokeswoman for the deaf and blind (b. 1880)
  • June 2
    • Jouett Shouse, American politician (b. 1879)
    • Dick Williams, American tennis champion (b. 1891)
  • June 4Dorothy Gish, American actress (b. 1898)
  • June 6
  • June 7Dan Duryea, American actor (b. 1907)
  • June 14Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1901)
  • June 15
    • Sam Crawford, American baseball player (b. 1880)
    • Wes Montgomery, American jazz guitarist (b. 1925)
  • June 18Sally O'Neil, American actress (b. 1908)
  • June 24Tony Hancock, British comedian (b. 1924) (suicide)



Date unknown[]

  • Alan Stuart Paterson, New Zealand cartoonist (b. 1902)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsLuis Walter Alvarez
  • ChemistryLars Onsager
  • Physiology or MedicineRobert W. Holley, Har Gobind Khorana, Marshall W. Nirenberg
  • LiteratureYasunari Kawabata
  • PeaceRené Cassin


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  2. ^ John Chartres, "Wilson Joins 'I Back Britain'", The Times, 9 January 1968, p. 1.
  3. ^ "Italy: The Day the Earth Shook". TIME magazine. 26 January 1968.,9171,837724,00.html. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Lyndon B. Johnson (March 11, 1968). Memorandum Approving the Adoption by the Federal Government of a Standard Code for Information Interchange. The American Presidency Project. Accessed 2008-04-14.
  6. ^

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People of the year 1968 at Familypedia

49 people were born in 1968

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Patricia Arquette (1968)Lewis Michael Arquette (1935-2001)Mardiningsih Olivia Nowak (1939-1997)
Béla Bánffy de Losoncz (1968)Béla Bánffy de Losoncz (1936)Márta Gálffy de Mészkő (1940)
Mark Richard Chansky (1968)Allen Sidney Chansky (1932-2010)Janice Dawn Shuman (1938)
Gregory Michael Cooper (1968-1996)Bill CooperKatherine Marie Doty (1946)
Daniel Wroughton Craig (1968)
Milosh CreevanRay Laville DenisonBette Irene Burgess (1934-)
Betty D'Aboville (1968)Jean-Paul D'Aboville (1928-1998)Samantha Cray (1930-2005)
Michael E DeWitt (1968)Raymond DeWitt (living)Patrica Peal (1936)
Céline Marie Claudette Dion (1968)Adhémar-Charles Dion (1923-2003)Thérèse Tanguay (1927)
Camille Donatacci (1968)Joseph M. Donatacci (1938-2007)Maureen A. Wilson (1940-2015)
Valdon Kape Dowiyogo (1968-)Bernard Annen Auwen Dowiyogo (1946-2003)Christine mnu (-2008)
Annette Ebeling (1968)Michael Ebeling (1946)Gisela Radkte (1947)
Felicity Ann England (1968-)
Grigore Ghika (1968-)Grigore Ghika (1938-1992)Elena Emandi (1943-)
Cuba Michael Gooding (1968)Cuba Gooding (1944-2017)Shriley Sullivan (1945)
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18 children were born to the 20 women born in 1968

211 people died in 1968

 FatherMotherAge at death
Clara Anna Bertha Andersen (1897-1968)71
Amanda Andriesen (1889-1968)
Gabriella Aquila (1888-1968)
Lillie Ard (1886-1968)Moses Caswell "Bunk" Ard (1857-1934)Elizabeth McKenzie (1855-1931)
Arthur James Arnall (1878-1968)Thomas Arnall (1843-1913)Mary Ann Baker (1851-1881)90
Carmen Asín (1879-1968)
Joseph Howland Auchincloss (1886-1968)John Winthrop Auchincloss (1853-1938)Joanna Hone Russell (1856-1930)
Catherine Violet Austin (1897-1968)Frank Urquhart Austin (c1854-1916)Catherine Levingston (1856-1942)71
Ella Grace Avery (1892-c1968)William Avery (1862-1934)Sarah Jane Thompson (1869-1941)76
Sarah Bach (1900-1968)Arnold Bach (1870-1952)Hannah Heidegger (1872-1960)
Alfred Thomas Baker (1886-1968)William Thomas Baker (1860-1930)Sarah Ann Jane Wright (1860-1922)
Samuel Hector Banfield (1880-1968)John Banfield (1842-1927)Sarah Ann Bray (1845-1926)88
Thomas George Barber (1886-1968)George Henry Barber (1865-c1958)Sarah Jane Baker (1867-1903)82
Ronald MacPherson Bateman (1890-1968)Arthur John Farguhar Bateman (1848-1900)Isabella Stuart MacPherson (1850-1912)
Hazel Young Beatie (1882-1968)Walter Josiah Beatie (1849-1928)Phoebe Louisa Young (1854-1931)
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6595 people lived in 1968

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Alfred Alonzo Aaron (1883-1969)Thomas Aaron (1850-1932)Sarah Dobbs (1858-1948)
Sadie Aaronson (1908-1970)Jack Aaronson (1880-1927)Laura Barenboim (1882-1932)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973)Harris Abbot (1812-1884)Caroline Ann Greeley (1836-1911)
Janet Abbot (1910-1970)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
Ethel Louise Abel (1891-1973)Elijah Stark Abel (1868-1925)Amorette Eliza Avery (1868-1939)
Alexander Abel-Smith (1904-1980)Francis Abel Smith (1861-1908)Madeline St. Maur Seymour (1862-1951)
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Events of the year 1968 at Familypedia

52 people were married in 1968.

 Joined with
Margaret Condie Baird (1922-1974)Wilbur Eldred Popp (1920-1964)+Harold Alma Carbine (1911-2006)
James Michael Beard (1943-1969)Katherine Delia Espinoza (1944-2020)
Roberto Gómez Bolaños (1929-2014)Graciela Fernández + Florinda Serafina Meza García (1949-)
Shelly R. Bonus (1947)Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (1940-2005)
Steven James Bookout (1948)Kathleen Sue Hedges (1948)
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929-1994)John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963)+Aristotle Sokratis Onassis (1906-1975)
Harold Alma Carbine (1911-2006)Donna Eddington (1920-1999) + Roberta Powers (1917-2001) + Margaret Condie Baird (1922-1974) + Charlotte Cox (1915-1989) + Florence Effa Campbell (1915-2010)
Diana Margaretha Coster (1949)Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (1947-2016)
Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (1947-2016)Diana Margaretha Coster (1949)
Katherine Delia Espinoza (1944-2020)James Michael Beard (1943-1969)
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)Helen Palmer (1899-1967)+Audrey Stone Diamond
Merle Ronald Haggard (1937-2016)Billie Leona Hobbs (1939-2006)+Bonnie Maureen Campbell (1929-2006)+Debbie Jean Parret (1954-2001)
Kathleen Sue Hedges (1948)Steven James Bookout (1948)
Mária Anna Hrivnyák (1942)Imre Mikes de Zabola (1942)
Leslie Ray Hunt (1944)Donna Kulikowski (c1944)
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There were 0 military battles in 1968.

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