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Events in 1968


01/01/68 Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump Caesar's Palace Fountain
01/14/68 Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers defeated Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
01/22/68 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
01/31/68 Viet Cong Tet offensive begins
02/08/68 In Orangeburg, South Carolina, on the campus of South Carolina State College, local police backed by the National Guard fire on a crowd of unarmed students; 33 black activists are shot, and 3 die
02/16/68 US 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala
02/08/68 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
02/20/68 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
02/23/68 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
02/29/68 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks
03/04/68 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Martin Luther King Jr announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

03/11/68 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
03/16/68 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
03/20/68 LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money
03/23/68 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats NC 78-55
03/29/68 Students seize building at Bowie State College
04/04/68 Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
04/05/68 Legendary singer James Brown performed in front of a televised audience in Boston the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Brown is often given credit for preventing further riots with the erformance.
04/23/68 United Methodist Church forms
05/02/68 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
05/12/68 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, DC
05/22/68 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
06/05/68 12:16AM PST-Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy, who dies next day
06/18/68 Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in sale & rental of housing