Events in year of 1968

  • 01-01ABC radio splits into 4 networks (Info, Entertainment, Contemp & FM)
  • 01-01Netherlands gets color TV
  • 01-01WDCO TV channel 15 in Cochran, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-02"Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 01-02Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant
  • 01-02KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 01-04Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • 01-04Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million
  • 01-05Dr Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law
  • 01-05Dubcek succeeds President Novotny as party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • 01-06Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation
  • 01-06Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon
  • 01-07"GE College Bowl" quiz show premieres on NBC TV
  • 01-071st class postage raised from 5 cents to 6 cents
  • 01-091st ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 120 at Indiana
  • 01-09Surveyor 7 space probe soft lands on Moon
  • 01-10"Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1
  • 01-10US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho
  • 01-11Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080 / 1570 km)
  • 01-12Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • 01-12Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV
  • 01-13"Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • 01-13"Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • 01-13Beginning of Tet-offensive in Vietnam
  • 01-13Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • 01-14Soyuz 4 launched
  • 01-14Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • 01-15KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 01-1621st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
  • 01-17Soyuz 4 and 5 completed 1st docking of 2 manned spacecraft

People born in year of 1968

  • 01-01John de Visser: Soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 01-01Sandy Beasley: Richmond, British Columbia -- Softball outfielder (1996 Olympics)
  • 01-02Scott Mitchell: NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 01-03Kent Carlsson: Sweden -- Tennis star
  • 01-03Kerry Huffman: Peterborough, Ontario -- NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa)
  • 01-03Shannon Sturges: Actress (Savannah)
  • 01-03Thomas Rayam: CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 01-04Jackie Harris: NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 01-05Carl Evans: Actor (Guilding Light)
  • 01-05Felton Spencer: NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • 01-05Joe Juneau: Pont-rouge -- NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 01-05Leila Meskhi: Tbilisi, Georgia -- Tennis star (1995 Hobart)
  • 01-06Jerry Crafts: NFL / WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 01-06John Singleton: Director / screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood)
  • 01-06Vlastimil Plavucha: Banska Bystrica, Czechoslovakia -- Hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 01-07Michael Rosati: Hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • 01-07Nathaniel Bolton: WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 01-08Alexander Alexeev: NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics - 1998)
  • 01-08Brian Johnson: Oakland, California -- Catcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 01-08Mark Duane Croghan: Akron, Ohio -- 3k steeplechase (1996 Olympics - 5th Place)
  • 01-08Paul Carey: US baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 01-09Katie Anderson: Kingston, Jamaica -- Canada 100m hurdler (1992, 96 Olympics - 7th Place )
  • 01-09Mardi Lunn: Liverpool Sydney, NSW -- Golfer (1991 Thailand Open)
  • 01-10Lyle Menendez: New York, United States -- Accused of killing his parents (Menendez Brothers)
  • 01-11Ben Rivera: Dominican / US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 01-11Sharon Brown: NYC, New York -- Actress (Chantal-Generations)
  • 01-12Heather Mills: Aldershot, England -- Model / writer (Out on a Limb)
  • 01-12Vince Buck: NFL safety (NO Saints)
  • 01-13Kelly Boucher: Calgary, Alberta -- Basketball forward (1996 Olympics)
  • 01-14Fred[ric] Honebein: San Francisco, California -- Rower (1996 Olympics - 5th Place)

People died in year of 1968

  • 01-02Sanoesi Pane: Indonesian writer
  • 01-04Joseph Pholien: Belgian Prime Minister (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • 01-05Jean Murat: Actor (On the Riviera), dies at 79
  • 01-06Kurt Baschwitz: German / Dutch sociologist / journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • 01-09Kokichi Tsuburaya: Japanese marathoner (1964 Olympics - Bronze Medalist), commits suicide
  • 01-10Basil Sydney: Actor (Hamlet, Simba), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • 01-10Howard Smith: Actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel), dies at 74
  • 01-10Josue Teofilo Wilkes: Composer, dies at 85
  • 01-15John Davidson: Actor (Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc), dies at 80
  • 01-15Leopold Infeld: Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • 01-16Robert R "Bob" Jones: Founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • 01-17Julis Deutsch: Austria politician / General of the Spanish Republican Army, dies at 83
  • 01-18Bert Wheeler: Actor (Rainmakers, High Flyers, Dixiana), dies at 72
  • 01-18John Ridgely: Actor (Air Force, Possessed, Big Sleep), dies at 58
  • 01-22Duke Kahanamoku: 100m swimmer (1912, 20, 24 Olympics - 3 Gold Medals), dies at 77
  • 01-25Virginia Maskell: Actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • 01-30Tsugouharu T Foujita: Japanese / French painter, dies at 81
  • 02-01Lawson Little: Amateur golfer (US / British Opens 1934, 35), dies at 57
  • 02-04Ed Baker: Actor (Keystone Kops), dies of emphysema at 70
  • 02-04Gerard den Brabander [Jan G Jofriet]: Poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • 02-05Luckey Roberts: Composer, dies at 80
  • 02-06C Montague Shaw: Actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • 02-07Nick Adams: Actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), ODs at 36
  • 02-07Stuart Foster: Singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • 02-08J Borremans: Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • 02-09Barbara Everest: Actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • 02-09Frederik M baron van Asbeck: Lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • 02-10Pitirim A Sorokin: Russian / US sociologist, dies at 79
  • 02-11Howard Lindsay: US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • 02-13Ildebrando Pizzetti: Italian composer, dies at 87

Events in year of 1969

  • 01-02"Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 01-02"Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • 01-03Rep Adam Clayton Powell Jr seated by Congress
  • 01-04"Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • 01-04France begins arms embargo against Israel
  • 01-05"Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances
  • 01-05Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman and Karl Shapiro
  • 01-05USSR Venera 5 launched for 1st successful planet landing (Venus)
  • 01-06WLIW TV channel 21 in Garden City, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 01-07US Congress doubles President salary
  • 01-091st trial flight of Concorde
  • 01-10Pirate Radio Station Free Derby begins operation by Northern Ireland
  • 01-10Sweden (1st Western country) recognizes North Vietnam
  • 01-11"Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • 01-12"Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • 01-12Super Bowl III: New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, New York Jets, QB
  • 01-13Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" album
  • 01-1425 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
  • 01-14Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
  • 01-15Soyuz 5 launched by Soviet Union
  • 01-16Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform 1st transfer of crew in space
  • 01-17Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in the UK
  • 01-17Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
  • 01-17Soyuz 5 lands
  • 01-18Expanded 4 party Vietnam peace talks began in Paris
  • 01-19AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
  • 01-19NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
  • 01-20Richard M Nixon inaugurated as President
  • 01-20University of Arizona reports 1st optical id of pulsar (in Crab Nebula)
  • 01-2122nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal

People born in year of 1969

  • 01-01Morris Chestnut: Actor (Boyz N the Hood)
  • 01-02Rick Tabaracci: Toronto, Ontario -- NHL goalie (Calgary Flames)
  • 01-02Robert Svehla: Martin, Czechoslovakia -- NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers, Slovakia)
  • 01-02Stephen Davies: Aust field hockey forward / vice Captain (1992, 96 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 01-03Matt LaBounty: Defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 01-03Nikki Nelson: Topaz Lake, Nevada -- Country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • 01-03Steve Poapst: Cornwall -- NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 01-04Corie Blount: NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • 01-04Kees van Wonderen: Dutch soccer player (NEC / NAC)
  • 01-04Lindsay Kennedy: Atlanta, Georgia -- Actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie)
  • 01-05David Dixon: NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 01-05Derrick Ned: NFL fullback (NO Saints)
  • 01-05Kurt Barber: NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • 01-06Alvin Morman: Rockingham, North Carolina -- Pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 01-06Jason Childs: NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 01-07Chris Hatcher: US baseball outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • 01-07Erric Pegram: NFL running back (Pit Steelers, New York Giants, SD Chargers)
  • 01-07Todd Kinchen: NFL wide receiver (St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 01-08Brian Boehringer: St. Louis, Missouri -- Pitcher (New York Yankees)
  • 01-09Domingo Jean: Dominican / US baseball pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 01-09Johanna Ikonen: Ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics - 1998)
  • 01-10Juanita Clayton: Manitou, Manitoba -- Softball catcher (1996 Olympics)
  • 01-11Darren Anderson: NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 01-11Dave Cruikshank: Northbrook, Illinois -- Speed skater (1994 Olympics)
  • 01-12Cam Russell: Halifax, Nova Scotia -- NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 01-13Andre Cason: US runner (world record 50 indoor)
  • 01-13Dan Footman: NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts)
  • 01-13John Flannery: Guard / corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 01-13Katarzyna Nowak: Lodz, Poland -- Tennis star (1994 Futures France)
  • 01-13Kevin Foster: US baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)

People died in year of 1969

  • 01-01Barton Maclane: Actor (General Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 68
  • 01-01Ian Fleming: Writer (James Bond), dies at 80
  • 01-02Georges Renevant: Actor (Cornered), dies after long illness at 74
  • 01-03Howard McNear: Actor (Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • 01-04Montague Fawcett Phillips: Composer, dies at 83
  • 01-05Franz T Csokor: Austria Author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • 01-05Tom Aherne: Actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in New York
  • 01-09Ladislav Vycpalek: Composer, dies at 86
  • 01-13Wilton Graff: Actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • 01-15Theodor Werner: German painter, dies at 82
  • 01-16Jan Palach: Protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • 01-16Vernon Duke: Composer, dies at 65
  • 01-17Grazyna Bacewicz: Composer, dies at 59
  • 01-23Jaroslav Kricka: Composer, dies at 86
  • 01-24Pauline Hall: Composer, dies at 78
  • 01-24Tom Zachary: Baseball pitcher (Washingston Senators), dies at 72
  • 01-27Charles Winninger: Actor (Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 82
  • 01-27Hanns Jelinek: Composer, dies at 67
  • 01-30Allan Welsh Dulles: US diplomat / director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75
  • 01-30Dominique G Pire: Clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • 01-31Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok: Composer, dies at 77
  • 02-02Boris Karloff [Pratt]: British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • 02-02Giovanni Martinelli: Opera singer (New York Met), dies at 83
  • 02-03Eduardo C Mondlane: President of Mozambique, murdered
  • 02-04Thelma Ritter: Actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • 02-07Bainbridge Crist: Composer, dies at 85
  • 02-09[George] Gabby Hayes: Actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • 02-09Manuel Plaza Reyes: Chilean marathoner (1928 Olympics - Gold Medalist), dies at 68
  • 02-11James Lanphier: Actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • 02-12Johanna EFG Tourniaire: Actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80