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The Events of 1968

  • Seatbelts

    federal guidlines state that all new passenger cars must be equipped with shoulder harnessing seatbelts.
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  • Heart Transplant

    the first successful human heart transplant is performed in the United States by norman shumway, M.D.. at Stanford University
  • USS Pueblo

    North Korean patrol boats capture the USS Pueblo, off the coast of North Korea
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr. delivers a sermon at his Ebenezer Babtist Church in Atlanta. His speecch contains what to amounts to his own eulogy.
  • Casualty Poll

    The U.S. announces the highest U.S. casualty toll of the Vietnam War. 543 Americans killed in action, and 2547 wounded.
  • Walter Cronkite Reports

    Walter Cronkite reported on his recent trip to Vietnam to view the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. He was highly critical of U.S officials and directly contradicts official statements on the progress of the war.
  • Robert Kennedy Joins Presidential Race

    Senator Robert Kennedy, former Attorney General and brother of former President John F. Kennedy end months of debate by announcing that he will ennter the 1968 Presidential race.
  • Martin King Jr. Leads Volent March

    One 16 year old black boy was killed, 60 people injured and over 150 arrested.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Assasinated

    King is shot with one round from a a 30.06 rifle. He was declared dead just an hour after he was shot.
  • Violent Student Revolt

    "Bloody Monday" Five thousand students march through the Latin Quarter with support from the student union and the instructors' union
  • Ralph Abernathy Leads Revolt in Honor of Martin Luther KIng Jr.

    Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King Jr.'s designated successor, and the Southern Christian Leadership Corps are granted a permit for encampment on the Mall in Washington D.C.
  • Andy Warhol is shot

    He was shot by Valerie Solanis, a struggling actor and writer.
  • Robert Kennedy is Assasinated

    At 12:13 AM on the morning of the fifth Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan, a 24 year old Jordanian living in Los, Angles.
  • Robert Kennedy Funeral at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Senator Edward Kennedy, the youngest brother of John and Robert delivers the eulogy. After the service, the body and 700 guests depart on a special train for the burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
  • James Earl Ray Arrested

    He was arrested in England and convincted of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assasination.
  • Yippie Movement Published in the Realist

    The yippie mpvement, formed by Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Paul Krassner, all commited activists and demonstrators, is characterized by public displays of disorder ranging from disrupting the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the destructuion of the Clocks at Grand Central Terminal.
  • Rebublicans Nominate Richard Milhouse Nixon

    The next day, Nixon appointed Spiro Agnew of Maryland as his running mate.
  • The Soviet Union Invades Czechoslovakia

    They had over 200,000 warsaw pact troops, putting an end to the "Prague Spring" and beginning a period of enforced and oppressive "normalization"
  • Hubert Humphrys Kicks off Presidential Campaign

    He kicked off the presidential campaign at New York' City's Labor Day parade.
  • N.O.W. targets Miss America Beauty Contest

    The protest includes theatrical demonstrations including ritual disposal of traditional female roles into the "freedom ashcan".
  • Apollo 7 is Launched

    It was launched from Florida for an elevan day journey which orbited the Earth 163 times.
  • Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis

    He was a shippping magnate on the private island of Skorpios.
  • President Johnson announces halt to US bombing

    The bombing took place in Norht Vietnam.
  • Election Day

    31,770,0000 for Nixon, 43.4 % of the total; 31,270,000, 42.7 percent for Humphrey; 9,906,000, 13.5 percent for Wallace.
  • Apollo 8

    Apollo 8 began the first US mission to orbit th moon