1968: Week 15

Posted on April 7, 2008
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Weekly timeline for 1968: A year of change and tumult

April 8: Baseball’s opening day is postponed because of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 10: President Johnson replaces General Westmoreland with General Creighton Abrams in Vietnam.

April 10: “Heat of the Night” wins best picture, Rod Steiger and Katherine Hepburn named best actor and actress, and Mike Nichols tapped best director (for “The Graduate”) at the 40th Academy Awards.

belle.jpgApril 10: Luis Bunuel’s “Belle de jour,” starring Catherine Deneuve, opens.

April 10: Orlando Jones born in Mobile, Ala.

April 11: President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The act prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical handicap or family status.

April 11: United States Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford calls 24,500 military reserves to action for two-year commitments, and announces a new troop ceiling of 549,500 American soldiers in Vietnam.

April 11: Western “Will Penny,” starring Charlton Heston, opens.

April 14:, The Matt Crowley play “The Boys in the Band” opens in New York.

April 14: Phil and Ronnie Spector married.

April 14: Anthony Michael Hall born in West Roxbury, Mass.


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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