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  • A U.S. B-52 Stratofortress crashes in Greenland, discharging 4 nuclear bombs.

    A U.S. B-52 Stratofortress crashes in Greenland, discharging 4 nuclear bombs.
  • Vietnam War – Battle of Khe Sanh

    Vietnam War – Battle of Khe Sanh
    One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins, ending on April 8.
  • Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive begins, as Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks across South Vietnam.

  • Vietnam War: A Viet Cong officer named Nguyễn Văn Lém is executed by Nguyễn Ngọc Loan.

    Vietnam War: A Viet Cong officer named Nguyễn Văn Lém is executed by Nguyễn Ngọc Loan.
    The event is photographed by Eddie Adams. The photo makes headlines around the world, eventually winning the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, and sways U.S. public opinion against the war.
  • A civil rights protest...

    ...staged at a white-only bowling alley in Orangeburg, South Carolina is broken up by highway patrolmen; 3 college students are killed.
  • Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.

  • Vietnam War: The First Battle of Saigon ends.

  • Vietnam War – My Lai massacre:

    American troops kill scores of civilians. The story will first become public in November 1969 and will help undermine public support for the U.S. efforts in Vietnam.
  • A demonstration in London's Grosvenor Square...

    ...against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War leads to violence; 91 people are injured, 200 demonstrators arrested.
  • Afrocentrism, Black power, Vietnam War

    Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., signal a new era of militant student activism on college campuses in the U.S. Students stage rallies, protests and a 5-day sit-in, laying siege to the administration building, shutting down the university in protest over its ROTC program and the Vietnam War, and demanding a more Afrocentric curriculum.
  • Vietnam War: In ongoing campus unrest...

    ...Howard University students protesting the Vietnam War, the ROTC program on campus and the draft, confront Gen. Lewis Hershey, then head of the U.S. Selective Service System, and as he attempts to deliver an address, shout him down with cries of "America is the Black man's battleground!"
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead...

    ...at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities, lasting for several days afterwards.
  • A shootout between Black Panthers...

    ...and Oakland police results in several arrests and deaths, including 16-year-old Panther Bobby Hutton.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1968.

    signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University

    take over administration buildings and shut down the university.
  • The Catonsville Nine

    enter the Selective Service offices in Catonsville, Maryland, take dozens of selective service draft records, and burn them with napalm as a protest against the Vietnam War.
  • Andy Warhol shot.

    Radical feminist Valerie Solanas shoots Andy Warhol as he enters his studio, wounding him.
  • Kennedy is shot.

    U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies from his injuries the next day.
  • James Earl Ray is arrested

    for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Vietnam War: South Vietnamese...

    ...opposition leader Truong Dinh Dzu is sentenced to 5 years hard labor, for advocating the formation of a coalition government as a way to move toward an end to the war.
  • Protest against Miss America Pageant

    150 women (members of New York Radical Women) arrive in Atlantic City, New Jersey to protest against the Miss America Pageant, as exploitative of women. Led by activist and author Robin Morgan, it is one of the first large demonstrations of Second Wave Feminism as Women's Liberation begins to gather much media attention.
  • Vietnam War – Operation Sealords:

    United States and South Vietnamese forces launch a new operation in the Mekong Delta.
  • White Album (including Revolution 1) released.

    White Album (including Revolution 1) released.