1968: Weeks 25-28

Posted on July 1, 2008
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Weekly timeline for 1968: A year of change and tumult

Week 25: June 17-23:

June 18: The U.S. Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing.

June 19: 50,000 people march on Washington, D.C. to support the Poor People’s Campaign.

June 19: Norman Jewison’s “The Thomas Crown Affair,” starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, opens.

Week 26: June 24-30:

June 28: Daniel Ellsberg is indicted for leaking the Pentagon Papers (the popular name for a 7,000-page top-secret United States government report about the history of the government’s internal planning and policy concerning the Vietnam War).

June 29: “Tip-Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me” by Tiny Tim (1932-1996) peaks at No. 17 on the record charts.

Week 27: July 1-7

July 1: The United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. India refuses to sign.

July 4: John Wayne’s “The Green Berets” opens.

July 7: The Yardbirds perform for the last time before disbanding.

July 7: Abbie Hoffman’s “The Yippies Are Going to Chicago” is published in Paul Krassner’s “The Realist.” The yippie movement (dubbed Youth International Party for the sake of having a “legitimate” name for the above-ground media), formed by cultural activists Hoffman, Krassner and Jerry Rubin, yippie_flag.jpgis characterized by its counter-cultural stance and commitment to public displays of disorder and disruption, street theater and political pranks. They later are at the forefront of protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Hoffman and Rubin are part of the Chicago Eight indicted in 1969 for conspiracy, inciting to riot and other charges related to the protests and subsequent riots. Five were convicted of crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot; all convictions were eventually overturned.

Week 28: July 8-14

July 8: Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along the Suez Canal.

Sources:

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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