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The Year 1968


Best Picture:  Oliver!.


Best Record:  Mrs. Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel; Best Album: By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell; Best Song: Little Green Apples, Bobby Russell, songwriter.

  7 Jan

GE College Bowl quiz show premieres on NBC-TV.

  7 Jan

Postage rates increased a penny; taking the cost of sending an ounce of mail up to 6 cents.

23 Jan

USS Pueblo & 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Koreans, 82 men released Dec. 22.

30 Jan

Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, Honey.

27 Jan Bee Gees played their first American concert, as a group. They earned $50,000 to entertain at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. This is identical to what the Beatles were paid to perform at the Hollywood Bowl a few years earlier.
27 Jan Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay released, seven weeks after the singer's death.   Became #1 on Mar. 16 and remained at the top spot for a month. Redding began his recording career in 1960 with  The Pinetoppers. Redding was killed in a plane crash at Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin. Four members of the Bar-Kays were also killed in the crash. The Dock of the Bay, his only number one song, was recorded just three days before his death.

30 Jan

Tet Offensive, Communist troops attacked Saigon, 30 province capitals, suffer heavy casualties.

  1 Feb

Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers.

  3 Feb Lemon Pipers' Green Tambourine reached #1 in an unsuspecting psychedelic world.

11 Feb

Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France.

31 Mar

LBJ announces he will not seek re-election.

31 Mar

Pres. Johnson curbs bombing in North Vietnam.

  4 Apr

Martin Luther King Jr., 39, assassinated in Memphis, Tenn.  James Earl Ray, escaped convict, pleaded guilty to slaying & sentenced to 99 years.

  6 Apr

HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas.

10 May

Vietnam peace talks began in Paris. 

27 May

Nuclear submarine Scorpion lost .

  1 Jun

Author-lecturer Helen Keller, who earned a college degree despite being blind and deaf almost all of her life, died in Westport, Connecticut.

  1 Jun

Simon & Garfunkel's Mrs Robinson hits #1.

  1 Jun

Following previous day shooting in Hotel Ambassador, Los Angeles during presidential primary victory celebration, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D. N.Y.), 42, dies.  Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, Jordanian, convicted of murder.

  3 Jun Pop artist Andy Warhol was shot and critically wounded in his New York film studio, known as The Factory, by Valerie Solanas, an actress and self-styled feminist.

  8 Jun

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap release Lady Will Power.

21 Jun

Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigns.

22 Jun Herb Alpert used his voice and trumpet to run to the top of pop music charts with This Guy's in Love with You.  It was the only vocal by Alpert to make the charts, though his solo instrumentals with The Tijuana Brass scored lots of hits. Alpert performed on 19 charted hits through 1987.

26 Jun

Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned to Japan by U.S.

28 Jun

Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers.

  1 Jul United States, Britain, Soviet Union and 58 other nations signed Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

15 Jul

One Life to Live premieres on TV.

17 Jul

Revolt in Iraq.

11 Aug

Beatles launch the Apple Records label.

16 Sep

Richard Nixon appears on Laugh-In.

24 Sep

60 Minutes premiers.

26 Sep

Hawaii Five-O debuts as hourly program on CBS-TV.

30 Sep

Supremes release Love Child.

  1 Oct

Night of the Living Dead premieres in Pittsburgh.

  7 Oct

Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system.

16 Oct

During Olympics Tommie Smith & John Carlos give black power salute.

18 Oct

Circus Circus opens in Las Vegas.

20 Oct

Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis.

  1 Nov Movie rating system of G, M, R, X followed by PG-13 and now NC-17, went into effect.
  1 Nov George Harrison's soundtrack LP, Wonderwall, was released. First solo album by one of The Beatles. Album was also the first on the new Apple label.

  5 Nov

Nixon (R) beats VP Humphrey (D) & George C Wallace for Presidency.

21 Nov

Supremes & Temptations release I'm Gonna Make You Love Me.

20 Dec

John Steinbeck author dies in New York at age 66.

21 Dec

Apollo 8 (Frank Borman Jim Lovell Bill Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage.