1968: Week 11

Posted on March 9, 2008
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Weekly timeline for 1968: A year of change and tumult

March 12: A Miami-bound flight is commandeered to Cuba

March 12: Aaron Eckhart born in Cupertino, Calif.

March 13: Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon) announce the discovery of oil on Alaska’s North Slope (Prudhoe Bay).

March 15: President Johnson announces he will send 35,000 to 50,000 more troops to Vietnam.

March 15: The Beatles release “Lady Madonna.”

warsaw.jpgMarch 15: Student protests in Warsaw enters its second week.

March 16: Senator Robert Kennedy announces he will run for president.

March 16: U.S. ground troops from Charlie Company under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. rampage through the hamlet of My Lai killing more than 500 Vietnamese civilian. The massacre continues for three hours until three American fliers intervene, positioning their helicopters between the troops and the fleeing Vietnamese.

March 16: Otis Redding’s “The Dock of the Bay” hits No. 1.


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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