1968: Week 19

Posted on May 4, 2008
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Weekly timeline for 1968: A year of change and tumult


May 6: Radicals and police fight pitched battles in the Latin Quarter of Paris, leaving 1,000 injured.

May 7: Traci Lords is born in Steubenville, Ohio.

May 8: William Styron (“Confessions of Nat Turner”) wins the Pulitzer Prize.

May 8: Catfish Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitches the first perfect game in the American League in 47 years.

May 10: FBI director Hoover sends all field offices an urgent memo escalating the FBI’s attack on dissent, authorizing “Counterintelligence Program — New Left.”

May 10: Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.

May 11: Thousands of students fight again in the streets in the Latin Quarter. They erect more the 60 barricades.

May 11: Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King Jr.’s designated successor, and the Southern Christian Leadership Corps, are granted a permit for an encampment on the Mall in Washington, DC. Eventually more than 2,500 people occupy Resurrection City. On June 24th the site is raided by police, 124 occupants are arrested, and the encampment is demolished.

May 12: Tony Hawk is born in Carlsbad, California.


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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