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What Was Going on in 1968?


What was happening in 1968?

When I was born in April 1968, little did I know what was going on in the world when I was born in a sleepy little village in England. All these years later I can look back and reflect about what was going at the time. When I was researching this, I had no idea that this was a year where there was so much going on!


4 April - Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. While he was standing on the balcony of his motel in Memphis, he was assassinated by James Earl Ray at 6:01pm. He is buried at the National Historical Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

5 June - Robert F Kennedy was assassinated. He was an American Politician whose brother, John, was assassinated in 1963. He was giving a speech at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when he was shot 3 times by a Palestinian man called Sirhan Sirhan. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetary in Virginia.

5 November - Richard Nixon wins the White House and is declared as the 37th President of the USA. He was sworn in on 20 January 1969. And in the UK, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister at the time. He was a member of the Labour Party and ran as PM from 1964 - 1970 and from 1974 - 1976.

In the March, between 8000 and 10,000 people marched from Trafalgar Square in London to the United States Embassy protesting against the Vietnam War. And The first Civil Rights march was held in Northern Ireland. It's also interesting to know that in the June the Ford Women Worker's went on strike.


Number 1 songs in the UK Charts in 1968

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Obladi Oblada


Joe Cocker

With a Little Help from my Friends


The Beegees

I've Got to Get a Message to You


Tommy Jones & The Shondells

Mony Mony


The Crazy World of Father Ted




Lilly the Pink


Hugo Montenegro

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Mary Hopkin

Those Were the Day


The Beatles

Hey Jdue


Des O'Connor

I Pretend


The Equals

Baby Come Back


The Rolling Stones

Jumping Jack Flash


Guy Puckett & the Union Gap

Young Girl


Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World


Cliff Richard



The Beatles

Lady Madonna


Dave Dee Dozy Beaty Mick and Tich

The Legend of Xanadu


Esther and Abi of Arim

Cinderella Rokerfella


Manfred Mann

Everlasting Love


George Game

The Ballard of Bonnie and Clyde



What else was happening?

On Christmas Eve, Bill Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell became the first people to orbit the moon aboard Apollo 8. Incidentally, the Apollo 8 circled the moon 10 times In February, the Winter Olympics were held in France. It was the first time that the Olympic Games were televised in colour, and also the first time that they did dope testing and and gender testing. There was an earthquake in Sicily killin 231 people and injuring 262. And London Bridge was sold for £1 million and re-erected in Arizona, USA. In 1968 the average price of a house in England would set you back the grand sum of £3,953 and people were earning on average about £860 a year. Imagine that these days!


In January 1968 Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway premiered in Paris, France. We all know Billie Jean King is a tennis player, and she won her 13th Grand Slam at the Australian Open. One of my favourite films, Planet of the Apes, premiers in New York.

Do you know who Roy Jacuzzi is? Well, the hint is, of course, in his surname. It was in this year that he patented the new world famous jacuzzi that people still love and use all around the world today. Also, 2 men called Gordon Moore and Bob Noyce founded Intel. Thomas Gold explains abour radio pulsars which are rapidly rotating neutron stars.



To be honest, I can't grumble about the music back in the 60s. The day I was born, Louis Armstrong with It's a Wonderful World was at number 1. I was born in a little village called Hingham in Norfolk, England. Not much ever goes on and people get on with their daily lives. I was born at around 11am on a Sunday morning. I remember my Aunt telling me that she went to Church that morning, and when she returned home I was born. Both my sister and I were born and home, and it was my mother's friend, who was a midwife, that delivered us. That's such a special memory. I sometimes go back to Hingham as my Grandmother and Uncle are buried there and I visit their graves. Hingham, I guess, like most places have changed a LOT over the years. It's got bigger for one thing with new housing estates sprouting up and more people moving it. I think sometimes it's nice to lok back and reminisce about ones childhood, isn't it?


© 2021 Louise Powles

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Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 25, 2021:

I love what you did here--researching the world into which you were born. Such a meaningful activity. You make me want to do likewise. Thanks for all the memories. I was already a young adult. Good read!

Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on August 25, 2021:

Pamela - Yes, the Vietnam War was terrible. I was reading up about it. Yes you're right, the world was changing a lot in the 60's.

Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on August 25, 2021:

PegCole - Yes, my mother often talks about the 60's and the good times she had then, especially in the hippy era.

Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on August 25, 2021:

Rupert - thankyou for the lovely comment. I'm glad you made the right decision.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2021:

This is a very interesting article, Louise. It was a difficult time because of the Vietnam War. My husband was there at that time due to the draft. The assignations were horrible and shocking, The world was changing for sure, and some things were very good.

I like the music, especially Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World'. I still enjoy that song if I happen to hear it. There is certainly much to remember from that year.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 25, 2021:

What a great year that was. The new generation of hippies changed the culture and new attitudes about "free love" emerged and the Summer of Love (1967) expanded. Bell-bottomed pants were the fashion with jeans so long their ragged hems dragged the ground. The War in Vietnam took many of our older friends to Southeast Asia in the draft and the TV news covered the carnage every night. Still, the times and music were amazing and rich with social change. Thanks for sharing your insights inspiring good thoughts about the year you were born and the year I was a junior in high school.

Rupert Taylor from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on August 25, 2021:

I was on the cusp of emigrating to Canada from Stamford to the west of Hingham. Best decision I ever made in my life.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2021:

I was a junior in college in 1968. I remember that year well because of the assassinations. It was a turbulent year with protests seemingly every day, and it was a year when much hope died with those shootings. And yet I loved college, and look back on it as four of the best years of my life. :) Thanks for the memories.

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