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1968 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1968 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Jets|
Superbowl II Champions
|Green Bay Packers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Arthur Ashe/Virginia Wade|
|Rod Laver/Billie Jean King|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1968 - Oklahoma over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1968 - USC over Indiana
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1968 - LSU over Wyoming
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Stingray of Derryabah|
Time Magazine's Men of the Year
|Apollo 8 Astronauts (William Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell)|
|Debra Barnes (Pittsburgh, KS)|
|Dorothy Anstett (Washington)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Ann-Margret, Ewa Aulin, Honor Blackman, Carol Burnett, Veronica Carlson, Diahann Carroll, Julie Christie, 'Wilhelmina' Cooper, Yvonne Craig, Catherine Deneuve, Barbara Eden, Lola Falana, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Katiti Kironde, Peggy Lipton, Sophia Loren, Virna Lisi, Elizabeth Montgomery, Caroline Munro, Turia Mau, Julie Newmar, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Rigg, Naomi Sims, Elke Sommer, Stella Stevens, Barbra Streisand, Sharmila Tagore, Sharon Tate, Marlo Thomas, Penelope Tree, Twiggy, Veruschka, Raquel Welch, Barbara Windsor|
|"Book 'em Dano"
- Jack Lord in Hawaii 5-0
"You’ve come a long way, baby"
- Virginia Slims Cigarettes
"I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it I can sing it for you."
-Hal 5000, in 2001: A Space Odyssey
"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
- Keir Dullea, in 2001: A Space Odyssey
"Ring around the collar"
- Wisk Laundry Detergent
"They’re coming to get you, Barbara"
- Johnny, in Night Of The Living Dead
- Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, in Funny Girl
"Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"
- Charlton Heston, in Planet of the Apes
"If nominated I will not run; if elected I will not serve" was originally said by William Tecumseh Sherman in 1884, not president Lyndon Johnson in 1968.
When actor Nicolas Cage (born in 1964) was four, he would have this recurring dream in which "I was on the toilet and this giant blonde genie woman in a gold bikini would reach into the bathroom window like King Kong and pluck me off of the toilet seat and laugh at me."
Charles Schulz resisted adding a black character to Peanuts because he thought it would be seen as condescending. After adding Franklin, his syndicate tried to force Schulz to remove him. He said, "Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How's that?"
1968 Pop Culture History
Johnny Cashs guitar player, Luther Perkins, died in 1968. Cash found himself at a show where the temporary replacement, Carl Perkins (no relation), couldnt make it. An audience member asked Cash if he could fill in for the night, and he said yes. Bob Wootton then became Cashs guitar player for the next 29 years
Olympic long jumper Bob Beamon's first attempt exceed the limit
of the official measuring equipment. It took over 15 minutes before
a distance was posted, and only then did he realize he had broken
the world record by nearly 2 feet.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|April 4 - Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated
by James Earl Ray.
John Lennon, after taking a large amount of LSD, called an emergency meeting of The Beatles to inform them that he was in fact, Jesus Christ reincarnated.
Linda LeClair was expelled from Barnard College amidst the great controversy of living with her boyfriend.
The FTC issued a cease and desist order to Campbell's Soup company for using marbles in their soup ads. The marbles were placed in the bottom of the soup to push the solid ingredients to the top, which was considered deceptive.
June 5 - Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D, NY) was assassinated by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.
Navy Chief Warrant Officer John Walker began spying for the Soviets when he walked into the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C., sold a top secret document for several thousand dollars, and negotiated an ongoing salary of $500 to $1,000 a week.
AP Photojournalist Eddie Adams took a photograph of an officer shooting a handcuffed prisoner in the head at point-blank range and earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. Although it changed the viewpoint of the war in many American's eyes, the victim was, in fact, a Vietcong 'revenge squad' leader, having killed dozens of (unarmed) civilians that very same day. The phrase 'fog of war' was invented for events like this.
Alan Ginsberg and a rock band called The Fugs performed a mock exorcism at Senator Joe McCarthy's grave.
There were four mysterious submarine disappearances. The USS Scorpion, the Israeli submarine INS Dakar, the French submarine Minerve and the Soviet submarine K-129 all went down.
Andy Warhol was fortunate to survive the attempt on his life in 1968. He had been declared dead in the emergency room and had nine damaged organs. He never fully recovered, and had trouble eating and swallowing for the rest of his life. He wore a girdle to hold in his bowels.
Joseph Fletcher wrote an article for the Atlantic Monthly encouraging parents to keep their Down's Syndrome children either secluded or kill them altogether, saying it wasn't a crime as they were not people.
Science fiction writer and atheist Isaac Asimov published Asimov's guide to the Bible. Asimov treated the secular aspects of the Bible with intellectual instead of theological commentary.
Operation "Wandering Soul" in the Vietnam War - recordings of Americans pretending to be ghosts, urging the Vietcong to turn back or give up, were played through the forests at night.
Peter Norman, the white Australian silver-medalist, who stood with the two African-American sprinters giving the "black power" salute in the 1968 Olympics, was wearing a Civil Rights button to stand in solidarity with them and did so for the rest of his life despite being ostracized in his own country. Years later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the athletes responsible for the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute were pallbearers at Peter Normans funeral.
AFL Championship Game (Heidi Bowl): With the Jets leading 32-29 with only 65 seconds left in the Game , the Raiders quickly scored 14 points to win, 43-32. Meanwhile, millions of American television viewers were unable to see Oakland's comeback, because the NBC television network cut off the live broadcast in favor of a pre-scheduled airing of Heidi, a new made-for-TV version of the classic children's story.
The Doors’ Jim Morrison, at a Miami concert, drunkedly screeched "There are no rules!" and exposed himself.
Apollo 8 came at the end of 1968, a year that had seen much upheaval in the United States and most of the world. After the mission one of the astronauts received a telegram that simply said "Thank you Apollo 8. You saved 1968."
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Don't Break The Ice, Hot Wheels, Battling Tops, Silly Putty, Whirlee Twirlee
Weight Watchers Magazine began publication
|Reading Airport by Arthur Hailey|
1968/69 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. Rowan and Martin's Laugh In (NBC)
2. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)
3. Bonanza (NBC)
4. Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)
5. Family Affair (CBS)
6. Gunsmoke (CBS)
7. Julia (NBC)
8. The Dean Martin Show (NBC)
9. Here's Lucy (CBS)
10. The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1968 include
Archie Bell & the Drells, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Archie Bell & the Drells, Barbara Acklin, Bobby Goldsboro, Clarence Carter, The Delfonics, The Dells, Dionne Warwick, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Gary Pucket & the Union Gap, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Herb Alpert, Hugh Masekela, The Intruders, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Joe Tex, Johnny Taylor, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, The Impressions, The Intruders, Marvin Gaye, The Monkees, 1910 Fruitgum Company, O. C. Smith, Otis Redding, The Rascals, Sly & the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Tammi Terrell, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1968
|December 30, 1967 - January 19, 1968: The Beatles -
January 20, 1968 - February 2, 1968: John Fred & His Playboy Band - Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)
February 3, 1968 - February 9, 1968: The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine
February 10, 1968 - March 15, 1968: Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue
March 16, 1968 - April 12, 1968: Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
April 13, 1968 - May 17, 1968: Bobby Goldsboro - Honey
May 18, 1968 - May 3, 1968: Archie Bell & the Drells - Tighten Up
June 1, 1968 - June 21, 1968: Simon & Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson
June 22, 1968 - July 19, 1968: Herb Alpert - This Guy's in Love with You
July 20, 1968 - August 2, 1968: Hugh Masekela - Grazing in the Grass
August 3, 1968 - August 16, 1968: The Doors - Hello, I Love You
August 17, 1968 - September 20, 1968: Young Rascals - People Got to Be Free
September 21, 1968 - September 27, 1968: Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley P.T.A.
September 28, 1968 - November 29, 1968: The Beatles - Hey Jude
November 30, 1968 - December 13, 1968: Diana Ross & the Supremes - Love Child
December 14, 1968 - January 31, 1969: Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
|2001: A Space Odyssey, Andy Warhol's Flesh, Barbarella, Bullitt, Charly, Faces, Funny Girl, The Lion in Winter, The LOve Bug, Night of the Living Dead, Oliver!, Once Upon a Time in the West, Planet of the Apes, Point Blank, Pretty Poison, The Producers, Romeo and Juliet, Rosemary's Baby, The Swimmer, The Thomas Crown Affair, Yellow Submarine|
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