1968: Week 20

Posted on May 11, 2008
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Weekly timeline for 1968: A year of change and tumult

May 13: French labor unions, students and teachers begin a 24-hour general strike. Jean Paul Sartre and 121 other intellectuals sign a statement asserting “the right to disobedience.”

May 13: Peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam begin in Paris.

May 14: The Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubcek.

applecorps.jpgMay 14: The Beatles announce the formation of Apple Corp.

May 15: Two thousand workers occupy the aircraft construction plant of Sud-Aviation at Nantes, France, holding the plant manager and his principal aides prisoner.

May 15: Director Frank Perry’s “The Swimmer,” starring Burt Lancaster and based on a John Cheever story, opens. Also opening this day is Peter Bogdanovich’s first film, “Targets,” starring Boris Karloff and Tim O’Kelly.

May 17: In Maryland the Catonsville Nine, including Phillip Berrigan, a Catholic priest, take hundreds of files from the draft board at the Knights of Columbus building and set them on fire with gasoline and soap chips.


The Whole World Was Watching: An oral history of 1968. A joint project between South Kingstown High School and Brown University’s Scholarly Technology Group
Timelines of History
Timeline 1968
Rock Timeline
Wikipedia Music Timeline
Frank Eugene Smitha’s Macrohistory and World Report


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