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January 2nd, 1968.

January 2nd, 1968, was a Tuesday. It was day 2 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

53 years, 4 months and 15 days have passed since January 2nd, 1968.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Born on January 2nd, 1968.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Cuba Gooding, Jr: Actor.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 2nd, 1968.

  • United States: Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
  • United Kingdom: Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
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Take me back to January 2nd, 1968!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 2nd, 1968 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. The song Hello Goodbye by The Beatles is on top of the singles charts in both the USA and the United Kingdom.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States and Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In fashion, a new "hippie subculture" has emerged, bringing with it laid back Bohemian styles. Frayed bell-bottomed jeans, Jesus sandals, crushed velvet suits and bright tie-dye t-shirts are all popular items of clothing at the moment. A romantic-comedy movie called "The Graduate" is being shown in theaters at the moment.

It's 1968, so radio stations are playing hit songs from artists such as The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Goldsboro and Marvin Gaye. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Danger Man", "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Dark Shadows". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "The Gumby Show", "JOT the Dot" and "Spider-Man".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Ken (doll), Army men and Best of the West (action figures).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 2nd, 1968.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1968?

    The best NBA players in 1968 were Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Jerry Lucas, Dave Bing and Oscar Robertson.

  • Who were the best football players in 1968?

    In 1968, the best soccer players were George Best, Bobby Charlton, Dragan Džajić, Franz Beckenbauer, Giacinto Facchetti, Luigi Riva, Amancio Amaro, Eusébio, Gianni Rivera, Jimmy Greaves and Pirri.

  • Oliver!

    "Oliver!" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968.

  • O. C. Smith - "Little Green Apples".

    "Little Green Apples" by O. C. Smith would go on to win a Grammy for 1968's Song of the Year.

  • 1968 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1968 were dominated by the likes of Paul Mauriat, Otis Redding, Bobby Goldsboro, The Beatles, The Rascals and Herb Alpert.

  • 1968 in movies.

    Movies released in 1968 included 2001: A Space Odyssey, Funny Girl, The Love Bug, The Odd Couple, Bullitt, Romeo and Juliet, Oliver!, Coogan's Bluff, Rosemary's Baby, Planet of the Apes, Night of the Living Dead and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  • The Apollo 8 astronauts.

    "The Apollo 8 astronauts" were named as the Time Person of the Year in 1968. This was after they became the first humans to successfully leave low Earth orbit.

  • Color TV.

    Color TV.

    Around this period, color television was continuing to rise in popularity. However, black-and-white TV sets were still the most-purchased.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone.

    During this period, push-button telephones started to replace the older rotary style landlines.

  • Fast food begins to replace diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food begins to replace diners and drive-ins.

    During this period, the fast food industry was growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. As a result, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 53 years, 4 months and 15 days have passed since January 2nd, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1968.
  • Leap Year: 1968 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on January 2nd, 1968, will be 53 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1968 belong to the Generation X generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 2nd, 1968.

  • December 10th, 1967: American singer Otis Redding dies in a plane crash in Monona, Wisconsin.
  • December 17th, 1967: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt goes missing while swimming at Cheviot Beach.
  • December 19th, 1967: Country Party leader John McEwen becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • This date: January 2nd, 1968
  • January 10th, 1968: John Gorton becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • January 14th, 1968: The Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl II after defeating the Oakland Raiders at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.
  • January 15th, 1968: 1968 Belice earthquake: An earthquake kills 231-400 people in Sicily, Italy.
  • January 23rd, 1968: A research ship called the USS Pueblo is captured by North Korea under suspicion of spying.
  • January 30th, 1968: Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive begins.
  • January 31st, 1968: The US embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam, is attacked by Viet Cong soldiers.
  • February 1st, 1968: The execution of a Viet Cong officer named Nguyen Van Lem is photographed by Eddie Adams. The image makes headlines around the world.
  • February 1st, 1968: Elvis and Priscilla Presley have their first and only child, Lisa Marie.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 2nd, 1968, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1968 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 2nd, 1968 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Dark Shadows - Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.
  • Batman - Live action television series starring Adam West.
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.
  • Gilligan's Island - Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.
  • The Andy Griffith Show - Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.
  • Danger Man - British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on January 2nd, 1968.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1968.

  • Spider-Man
  • Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
  • The Herculoids
  • The Monkees
  • The New Adventures of Superman
  • The King Kong Show
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • JOT the Dot
  • Milton the Monster
  • Atom Ant
  • Underdog
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • My Three Sons
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1968.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1968.

  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Best of the West (action figures)
  • Suzy Homemaker
  • Twister mat
  • Major Matt Mason (action figure)
  • Captain Action (action figure)
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Motorific (slot car toys)
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Army men
  • G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 2nd of January.

  • January 2nd, 1987: Loic Remy (Soccer player) was born exactly 19 years after this date.
  • January 2nd, 1998: Tfue (American streamer) was born exactly 30 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 2nd of January.

  • Berchtoldstag (Switzerland)

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on January 2nd, 1968.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 2nd, 1968.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 2nd, 1968 was most likely conceived around the 25th of March, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 2nd, 1968 is close to the 11th of October, 1968.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 2nd, 1968.

  • A total of 19,495 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,785 weeks have passed.
  • 1,684,364,400 seconds have passed since the January 2nd, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,965,091,800 times.
  • Since January 2nd, 1968, the earth has travelled approximately 869,132,030,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 280,727,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 144,855,338 steps. That's about 64,380 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,212,373 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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