Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump a motorcycle over the
at Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas.
Doctor Christian Bernard completes the first successful heart
The Green Bay Packers defeat the Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in Super Bowl
January 22: Television comedy program Rowan and Martin's
"Laugh-In" debuts on NBC.
January 23: North Korea patrol boats captures the USS Pueblo with
sailors on board.
North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive at Na Trang, South
This becomes a major turning point in the US public opinion on the war.
The 1968 Winter Olympic Games open in Grenoble, France.
US troops massacre 347 civilians at My Lai, Vietnam including women and
US President Lyndon Baynes Johnson announces that he will not seek nor
the nomination for President of the United States.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis,
Tennessee. Subsequent rioting claims 46 lives across the country.
NASA launches the unmanned Apollo 6 mission.
12: Bill Dana pilots the
X-15 rocket plane on flight 197.
The Best Picture Oscar is awarded to "In The Heat Of The Night" at
the 40th annual Academy Awards ceremony.
sailors lose their lives when the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion sinks
miles Southwest of the Azores.
Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis 500.
Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy falls to an assassin's bullet
hotel in Los Angeles. Kennedy dies the next day.
The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia.
Apollo 7 with its crew of Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt
launched on the first American manned space mission since the tragic
7 and her crew safely splash down in the Atlantic Ocean after 163
The Soviet Union launches the second manned Soyuz flight, Soyuz 3. On
Cosmonaut Georgi Beregovoi. Beregovoi fails to dock with the
Soyuz 2 spacecraft
Soyuz 3 lands safely with Cosmonaut Beregovoi.
Richard Milhouse Nixon defeats Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace in
21: Apollo 8 is
launched on one of the
most significant gambles in the space race. The United States with an
Saturn V rocket takes the bold step of sending its first manned mission
Moon. To relive the landing of Apollo 8 as seen through the eyes of a
old follow the Apollo 8 link.
24: North Korea releases
the crew of the USS Pueblo after 11 months of