What happened in 1968



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  • World Series: Detroit Tigers won 4 games to 3 over the St. Louis Cardinals.
    The Series MVP was
    Mickey Lolich, Detroit.

  • Super Bowl II - Green Bay Packers won 33-14 over the Oakland Raiders. 
    After the game, Packer head coach, Vince Lombardi, announced his retirement
    as head coach of the Packers

  • The Cincinnati Bengals were formed.

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  • Land Of The Giants

  • Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour

  • Mission Impossible

  • Bonanza

  • Bewitched That Girl

  • Adam 12

  • Get Smart

  • Hawaii Five-O

  • The Dating Game

  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-

  • In Green Acres

  • It Takes A Thief

  • The Flying Nun

  • My Three Sons

  • Hogan's Heroes

  • Star Trek

  • Petticoat Junction

  • Wild, Wild West

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  • What happened in 1968?

    • North Vietnam and Viet Cong troops launch the Tet Offensive. U.S Forces won decisively with a 4 to 1 kill ratio; Viet Cong and North Vietnam's military were ready to surrender.

    • Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Leader of the Civil Rights Movement is killed by James Earl Ray which leads to violence and race riots in U.S. cities

    • Following the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. President Lyndon Johnson signed  the Civil Rights Act of 1968

    • RMS Queen Elizabeth - retired from service

    • Dutch Elm Disease continues to increase with tens of thousands of trees now destroyed

    • British Post office introduces First Class Post

    • China celebrates 20 years of Communist rule by Mao Tse-tung

    • Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles

    • London Bridge sold for 1 million and later re-erected in Arizona.

    • President Johnson announces on nationwide television he would not run for another term of office

    • The Redwood National Park is created in California to protect the Giant Redwoods.

    • Pope Paul VI bans Catholics from using the contraceptive pill for birth control

    • 50,000 people participated in " The Poor Peoples March " on June 19th Washington, D.C.

    • Population in Europe reaches 455 million ( excluding USSR )

    • The Zodiac serial murderer begins his reign of terror in California in what has
      been described as the perfect crime ( He claimed in letters sent to the
      newspapers to have murdered 37, but police files put the number at 11.
      ( He has never been caught )

    • Televisions installations increases by 25 million in the U.S.,  20.5 million Japan , 19 Million in Great Britain

    • France becomes the world's fifth nuclear power

    • Alec Rose completes his single-handed 354-day round-the-world trip.

    • Pierre Elliott Trudeau becomes the Prime Minister of Canada

    • Student Occupation at Columbia University over Universities affiliation with the Institute for Defense.

    • Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy marry

    • The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion sank in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of 99 crew members.

    • Hong Kong Flu pandemic begins in Hong Kong.

    • Student riots threaten Mexico Olympics when thousands of students protest against the military occupation of the National Polytechnic Institute.

    • Black power salute is seen on Television worldwide after the gold and bronze medalists in Olympics show salute during medal ceremony in Mexico City, Mexico

    • The Aswan Dam in Egypt is completed

    • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is dedicated

    • Truth In Lending Act is passed to protect consumers during credit transactions.

    • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Grenoble, France

    • Boeing 747 made its maiden flight

    • Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.

    • Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant.

    • NASA launches Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission

    • US Explodes experimental hydrogen Bomb.

    • The Emergency 911 Telephone service is started in the USA which provides a single number for reporting emergencies and is manned 24 hrs per day 365 days per year

    • ATM First Philadelphia Bank installs the first automated teller machine in the U.S.

    • The first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents

    • Musical Hair opens at Shaftesbury Theatre in London featuring nudity and drug-taking

    • The Beatles create Apple Records and record "Hey Jude" as the first single on the label

    • The CBS television newsmagazine program "60 Minutes" shown for the first time

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    Popular Movies

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • Bullitt

    • Planet of the Apes

    • Funny Girl

    • Ice Station Zebra

    • Yellow Submarine

    • Rosemary's Baby

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    Popular Music

    • Crimson and Clover

    • Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)

    • Green Tambourine

    • Love Is Blue

    • (Sitting on the) Dock Of The Bay

    • Honey

    • Tighten Up

    • Mrs. Robinson

    • This Guy's In Love With You

    • Grazin' In The Grass

    • Hello, I Love You

    • People Got To Be Free

    • Harper Valley PTA

    • Hey Jude

    • Love Child

    • I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    Tommy James and the Shondels

    John Fred and his Playboy Band

    The Lemon Pipers

    Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

    Otis Redding

    Bobby Goldsboro

    Archie Bell & The Drells

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Herb Alpert

    Hugh Masekela

    The Doors

    The Rascals

    Jeannie C. Riley

    The Beatles

    Diana Ross

    Marvin Gaye

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    Academy Awards

    • Best Picture: Oliver!

    • Best Actor - Cliff Robertson  (Charly)

    • Best Actress -Katherine Hepburn  (The Lion in Winter) co-winner with Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl)

    • Best Supporting Actor - Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses)

    • Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Gordon (Rosemary's Baby)