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  • United Arab Emirates
    Monday Jan 8, 1968
    Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

    The UK's Foreign Office Minister's Visit

    United Arab Emirates
    Monday Jan 8, 1968

    Between 8–11 January 1968, the UK's Foreign Office Minister Goronwy Roberts visited the Trucial States and announced to its shocked rulers that the United Kingdom would abrogate its treaties with them and intended to withdraw from the area.




  • Thule Air Base (formerly Pituffik), Greenland
    Sunday Jan 21, 1968
    Atomic Bomb

    1968 Thule Air Base B-52 crash

    Thule Air Base (formerly Pituffik), Greenland
    Sunday Jan 21, 1968

    January 21, 1968: the 1968 Thule Air Base B-52 crash involved a United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 bomber. The aircraft was carrying four hydrogen bombs when a cabin fire forced the crew to abandon the aircraft. Six crew members ejected safely, but one who did not have an ejection seat was killed while trying to bail out. The bomber crashed onto sea ice in Greenland, causing the nuclear payload to rupture and disperse, which resulted in widespread radioactive contamination.




  • South Vietnam
    Tuesday Jan 30, 1968
    Vietnam War

    The Tet Offensive

    South Vietnam
    Tuesday Jan 30, 1968

    The Tet Offensive began on 30 January 1968, as over 100 cities were attacked by over 85,000 enemy troops, including assaults on key military installations, headquarters, and government buildings and offices, including the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.




  • Vietnam
    Wednesday Jan 31, 1968
    Ho Chi Minh

    Tet Offensive

    Vietnam
    Wednesday Jan 31, 1968

    With Hồ Chí Min's permission, the Việt Cộng planned a massive Tet Offensive that would commence on 31 January 1968, with the aim of taking much of the South by force and administering a heavy blow to the American military. The offensive was executed at great cost and with heavy casualties on Việt Cộng's political branches and armed forces.




  • New Delhi, India
    Wednesday Jan 31, 1968
    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    New Delhi Conference

    New Delhi, India
    Wednesday Jan 31, 1968

    The New Delhi Conference, held in February and March 1968, was a forum that allowed developing countries to reach an agreement on the basic principles of their development policies. The conference in New Delhi was an opportunity for schemes to be finally approved. The conference provided a major impetus in persuading the North to follow up UNCTAD I resolutions, in establishing generalized preferences. The target for private and official flows to LDCs was raised to 1% of the North's GNP, but the developed countries failed to commit themselves to achieve the target by a specific date. This has proven a continuing point of debate at UNCTAD conferences. The conference led to the International Sugar Agreement, which seeks to stabilize world sugar prices.




  • El Segundo, California, U.S.
    Monday Feb 12, 1968
    Chris McCandless: Into the Wild

    Birth

    El Segundo, California, U.S.
    Monday Feb 12, 1968

    Christopher Johnson McCandless was born in El Segundo, California. He was the first child of Wilhelmina "Billie" McCandless (née Johnson) and Walter "Walt" McCandless. The couple subsequently had one more child, a daughter named Carine. McCandless also had six half-siblings from Walt McCandless' first marriage, who lived with their mother in California. Author Jon Krakauer later speculated that Walt's transition between these two marriages may have deeply affected and profoundly shaped McCandless' world-view.




  • United Arab Emirates
    Sunday Feb 18, 1968
    Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

    The Important Meeting

    United Arab Emirates
    Sunday Feb 18, 1968

    In a seminal meeting on 18 February 1968 at a desert highland on the border between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai shook hands on the principle of founding a Federation and attempting to invite other trucial rulers to join in order that a viable nation be formed in the wake of the British withdrawal.


  • United Kingdom
    Thursday Mar 28, 1968
    James Bond

    Colonel Sun was published

    United Kingdom
    Thursday Mar 28, 1968

    After Fleming's death a continuation novel, Colonel Sun, was written by Kingsley Amis (as Robert Markham) and published in 1968.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Apr 1, 1968
    World Bank

    Robert McNamara became President of the World Bank

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Apr 1, 1968

    Robert McNamara became President of the World Bank.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Apr 4, 1968
    Martin Luther King

    Assassination

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Thursday Apr 4, 1968

    The plan to set up a shantytown in Washington, D.C., was carried out soon after the April 4 assassination. Criticism of King's plan was subdued in the wake of his death, and the SCLC received an unprecedented wave of donations for the purpose of carrying it out. The campaign officially began in Memphis, on May 2, at the hotel where King was murdered.


  • U.S.
    Monday Apr 22, 1968
    Jeff Bezos

    Divorce of his Parents

    U.S.
    Monday Apr 22, 1968

    After Jacklyn divorced Ted, she married Cuban immigrant Miguel "Mike" Bezos in April 1968.


  • Paris, France
    Friday May 10, 1968
    Vietnam War

    Peace Talks began

    Paris, France
    Friday May 10, 1968

    On 10 May 1968, peace talks began between the United States and North Vietnam in Paris. Negotiations stagnated for five months, until Johnson gave orders to halt the bombing of North Vietnam. At the same time, Hanoi realized it could not achieve a "total victory" and employed a strategy known as "talking while fighting, fighting while talking", in which military offensives would occur concurrently with negotiations.


  • San Diego, California, U.S.
    Sunday May 12, 1968
    Tony Hawk

    Birth

    San Diego, California, U.S.
    Sunday May 12, 1968

    Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968, in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk, and was raised in San Diego. He has two older sisters, Pat and Lenore, and an older brother, Steve.


  • France
    Wednesday May 29, 1968
    Charles de Gaulle

    De Gaulle disappeared

    France
    Wednesday May 29, 1968

    On 29 May, De Gaulle disappeared without notifying Prime Minister Pompidou or anyone else in the government, stunning the country.


  • Paris, France
    Thursday May 30, 1968
    Charles de Gaulle

    Pompidou persuaded De Gaulle to dissolve parliament

    Paris, France
    Thursday May 30, 1968

    On 30 May, Pompidou persuaded him to dissolve parliament (in which the government had all but lost its majority in the March 1967 elections) and hold new elections instead.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 19, 1968
    Juneteenth

    Ralph Abernathy made June 19 the "Solidarity Day of the Poor People’s Campaign"

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 19, 1968

    It soon saw a revival as black people began tying their struggle to that of ending slavery. In Atlanta, some campaigners for equality wore Juneteenth buttons. During the 1968 Poor People's Campaign to Washington, DC, called by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference made June 19 the "Solidarity Day of the Poor People’s Campaign".


  • U.S.
    Friday Jun 28, 1968
    Memorial day

    Three-day weekend

    U.S.
    Friday Jun 28, 1968

    On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress's change of date within a few years.


  • Oslo Domkirke, Karl Johans gate, Oslo, Norway
    Thursday Aug 29, 1968
    Harald V

    Marriage

    Oslo Domkirke, Karl Johans gate, Oslo, Norway
    Thursday Aug 29, 1968

    Harald married a commoner, Sonja Haraldsen, at Oslo Domkirke in Oslo on 29 August 1968. The pair had dated for nine years and were only allowed to marry when Harald gave his father the ultimatum that if he was not allowed to marry Sonja he would not marry at all, which would have ended the reign of his family and the Norwegian monarchy, as Harald was the sole heir to the throne.


  • Stockholm, Sweden
    Wednesday Oct 16, 1968
    Yasunari Kawabata

    Nobel Prize

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Wednesday Oct 16, 1968

    On 16 October 1968, Kawabata was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Japanese person to receive such a distinction. In awarding the prize "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind", the Nobel Committee cited three of his novels, Snow Country, Thousand Cranes, and The Old Capital.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 5, 1968
    Richard Nixon

    Winning The 1968 United States Presidential Election

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 5, 1968

    At the end of 1967, Nixon told his family he planned to run for president a second time. Although Pat Nixon did not always enjoy public life (for example, she had been embarrassed by the need to reveal how little the family owned in the Checkers speech), she was supportive of her husband's ambitions. Nixon believed that with the Democrats torn over the issue of the Vietnam War, a Republican had a good chance of winning, although he expected the election to be as close as in 1960.In a three-way race between Nixon, Humphrey, and American Independent Party candidate former Alabama Governor George Wallace, Nixon defeated Humphrey by nearly 500,000 votes (seven-tenths of a percentage point), with 301 electoral votes to 191 for Humphrey and 46 for Wallace.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Dec 2, 1968
    Johan Cruyff

    Marriage

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Dec 2, 1968

    Cruyff and Danny Coster getting married on 2 December 1968


  • USA
    Wednesday Dec 18, 1968
    Steven Spielberg

    The Opportunity

    USA
    Wednesday Dec 18, 1968

    While still a student, he was offered a small unpaid intern job at Universal Studios with the editing department. He was later given the opportunity to make a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35 mm, Amblin', which he wrote and directed. Studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg was impressed by the film, which had won a number of awards, and offered Spielberg a seven-year directing contract. It made him the youngest director ever to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio. He subsequently dropped out of college to begin professionally directing TV productions with Universal.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 23, 1968
    Neil Armstrong

    Slayton offered Armstrong the Post of Commander of Apollo 11

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Monday Dec 23, 1968

    After Armstrong served as backup commander for Apollo 8, Slayton offered him the post of commander of Apollo 11 on December 23, 1968, as Apollo 8 orbited the Moon.


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