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1968 World Events

January 1: Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump a motorcycle over the fountain at Caesars Palace Casino in Las Vegas.

January 2: Doctor Christian Bernard completes the first successful heart transplant.

January 14: The Green Bay Packers defeat the Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in Super Bowl II.

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 83 sailors on board.

January 31: North Vietnamese launch the Tet offensive at Na Trang, South Vietnam.  This becomes a major turning point in the US public opinion on the war.

February 6: The 1968 Winter Olympic Games open in Grenoble, France.

March 16: US troops massacre 347 civilians at My Lai, Vietnam including women and children.

March 16: US President Lyndon Baynes Johnson announces that he will not seek nor accept the nomination for President of the United States.

April 4: Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.  Subsequent rioting claims 46 lives across the country.

April 4: NASA launches the unmanned Apollo 6 mission.

September 12: Bill Dana pilots the X-15 rocket plane on flight 197.

April 30: The Best Picture Oscar is awarded to "In The Heat Of The Night" at the 40th annual Academy Awards ceremony.

May 22: 99 sailors lose their lives when the nuclear submarine USS Scorpion sinks 400 miles Southwest of the Azores.

May 30: Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis 500.

June 5: Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy falls to an assassin's bullet at a hotel in Los Angeles.  Kennedy dies the next day.

August 20: The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia.

October 11: Apollo 7 with its crew of Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham is launched on the first American manned space mission since the tragic Apollo 1 fire.

October 22: Apollo 7 and her crew safely splash down in the Atlantic Ocean after 163 orbits.

October 26: The Soviet Union launches the second manned Soyuz flight, Soyuz 3. On board is Cosmonaut Georgi Beregovoi.  Beregovoi fails to dock with the unmanned Soyuz 2 spacecraft

October 30: Soyuz 3 lands safely with Cosmonaut Beregovoi.

November 5: Richard Milhouse Nixon defeats Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace in the US Presidential election.

December 21: Apollo 8 is launched on one of the most significant gambles in the space race. The United States with an unproved Saturn V rocket takes the bold step of sending its first manned mission to the Moon. To relive the landing of Apollo 8 as seen through the eyes of a 10 year old follow the Apollo 8 link.

December 24: North Korea releases the crew of the USS Pueblo after 11 months of captivity.

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