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Major Events of 1968

1968 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXVIII) was the 68th year of the 20th century. 1968 was a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Monday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1968.
News Events of 1968

Soviet forces invade Czechoslovakia ending Prague Spring liberalization.

Student riots in Paris and other European cities.

Communists launch Tet offensive in Vietnam (ending in a United States military victory, but a psychological defeat).

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert Kennedy assassinated.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty established.

Equatorial Guinea independent from Spain.

Gateway Arch in St. Louis is dedicated.

Gateway Arch

Apollo 8 enters orbit around the moon. The crew become the first humans to orbit the moon.

Guinea-Bissau declares its independence from Portugal.

"60 Minutes" debuts on CBS.

Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact.

British Conservative politician, Enoch Powell, makes a controversial speech ("Rivers of Blood") against further immigration into the UK.

Intel founded.

Sports in 1968

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