1968: Week Five

Posted on January 27, 2008
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Weekly timeline for 1968: A year of change and tumult

January 29: Edward Burns is born in Woodside, Queens County, New York,.

January 31: At half-past midnight In Vietnam, the Tet Offensive begins. Nearly 70,000 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attack more than 100 strategic and civilian locations throughout South Vietnam. The Viet Cong seize part of the U.S. embassy in Saigon for 6 hours. During the Tet Offensive, the Communist troops who took control of the ancient capital of Hue killed an estimated 6,000 civilians before they again lost control of the city.

February 1: Richard M. Nixon announces his run for the presidency.

vietnam.jpgFebruary 1: During police actions following the first day of the Tet offensive ,General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, a South Vietnamese security official, is captured on film executing a Viet Cong prisoner by American photographer Eddie Adams. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph becomes yet another rallying point for anti-war protestors.

February 1: Lisa Marie Presley is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

February 1: Pauly Shore is born in Hollywood, California.

February 3: The Lemon Pipers’ “Green Tambourine” hits No. 1.

February 4: Neal Cassady dies in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, at age 41.


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
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