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February 1, 1968

February 1, 1968, was a Thursday. It was 56 years, 5 months, and 22 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on February 1, 1968?

  • Elvis and Priscilla Presley have their first and only child, Lisa Marie.
  • The execution of a Viet Cong officer named Nguyen Van Lem is photographed by Eddie Adams. The image makes headlines around the world.
Birthdays

Born on February 1, 1968

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on February 1, 1968:

  • United States: "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers
  • United Kingdom: "Everlasting Love" by Love Affair

The Billboard Hot 100 on February 1, 1968

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred And The Playboys
  • Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
  • Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers
  • Woman, Woman - The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett
  • Bend Me, Shape Me - The American Breed
Play the top singles from 1968
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1968. Take a trip back to the days of The The Beatles, Otis Redding, Cliff Richard, Louis Armstrong and The Rascals.
Valley of the Dolls

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Valley of the Dolls" was at the top of the box office on February 1, 1968.

Facts

This date occurred 20,628 days ago. Approximately 688 months have passed. It was the 32nd day of 1968, in week 05. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on February 1, 1968, are now 56 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 1968 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. The Earth has experienced 229 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to February 1, 1968

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is February 1, 1968, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. In America, the song "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers is at the top of the singles charts, while "Everlasting Love" by Love Affair is the number-one song in the UK.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie Valley of the Dolls is at the top of the box office. Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Batman", and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".

In fashion, a new "hippie subculture" has emerged, bringing with it laid-back Bohemian styles. Frayed bell-bottom jeans, Jesus sandals, crushed velvet suits, and bright tie-dye t-shirts are all popular items of clothing 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Martin Luther King, Helen Keller, Robert F. Kennedy, and Ramon Novarro would all still be alive.

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Thunderbirds", "Atom Ant", and "Spider-Man". Children are playing with toys such as Troll doll, Etch A Sketch, Barrel of Monkeys, and Battleship (game).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on February 1, 1968.

  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most common cars on the road. Sales of the vehicle increased following the release of the 1968 film The Love Bug (and its subsequent spin-offs).
  • The Vietnam War is becoming costly.

    The Vietnam War is becoming costly

    In 1968, US troop numbers in Vietnam reached their peak. An estimated 536,100 service personnel were now stationed in the country. This was the deadliest and most expensive year for the American military in Vietnam. In 1968 alone, an estimated 16,592 US soldiers lost their lives. By this time, most Americans believed that military involvement in Vietnam was a mistake.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 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?

    Who were the best football players?

    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!

    "Oliver!" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968.
  • O. C. Smith - "Little Green Apples"

    O. C. Smith - "Little Green Apples"

    "Little Green Apples" by O. C. Smith won a Grammy for 1968's Song of the Year.
  • 1968 in music.

    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.

    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

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

    The Hippie movement

    The hippie counterculture reached its peak during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The movement, which sprung up in opposition to the Vietnam War, was centered around peace, psychedelic music, sexual liberation, bright colors, and drugs such as LSD and marijuana.
  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage

    Sales of lava lamps increased in the late 1960s. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.
  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity

    The afro hairstyle took off during the 1960s and early 1970s. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix, and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.
  • Color TV.

    Color TV

    Although color television was rising in popularity, black-and-white TV sets were still the most popular.
  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone

    Push-button telephones were beginning to replace the older rotary-style landlines.
  • The miniskirt has taken over.

    The miniskirt has taken over

    In the mid-to-late 1960s, the miniskirt became a favored clothing item among women. The skirt countered the conservatism of the 1950s and early 1960s. As a result, many people at the time saw it as a rebellious fashion statement.
  • The Suzy Homemaker.

    The Suzy Homemaker

    A miniature oven called the "Suzy Homemaker" was a sought-after toy around this time.
  • Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins

    The fast food industry was steadily growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. Consequently, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around February 1, 1968.

  • January 10, 1968: John Gorton becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • January 14, 1968: The Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl II after defeating the Oakland Raiders at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.
  • January 15, 1968: 1968 Belice earthquake: An earthquake kills 231-400 people in Sicily, Italy.
  • January 23, 1968: A research ship called the USS Pueblo is captured by North Korea under suspicion of spying.
  • January 30, 1968: Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive begins.
  • January 31, 1968:
    • The US embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam, is attacked by Viet Cong soldiers.
    • The Jackson 5 release their debut single "Big Boy".
  • This date: February 1, 1968
  • February 19, 1968: The first episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" is aired on TV.
  • February 20, 1968: The first episode of Columbo is aired.
  • February 27, 1968: American singer Frankie Lymon dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 25.
  • March 1, 1968:
    • Elton John releases his debut single "I've Been Loving You".
    • Johnny Cash and June Carter are married in Franklin, Kentucky.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 1, 1968, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • 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: February 1, 1968 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in February 1968

Television shows that people were watching in February 1968:

TV shows from February 1968.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
Batman
Batman
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Bonanza
Bonanza
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
What's My Line?
What's My Line?
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show

Cars in 1968

1968 saw the introduction of cars such as the Audi 100, the Chevrolet Chevy Malibu, the Volkswagen Type 4, the BMW New Six, the Ford Torino, and the AMC Javelin.

Cars in 1968.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in February 1968

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Aquaman
Aquaman
The Herculoids
The Herculoids

Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
The Monkees
The Monkees
The New Adventures of Superman
The New Adventures of Superman
The King Kong Show
The King Kong Show
Cool McCool
Cool McCool
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Original Series
JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot
Milton the Monster
Milton the Monster
Toys

Toys in 1968

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)
Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite
Best of the West (action figures)
Best of the West (action figures)
Twister mat
Twister mat
Suzy Homemaker
Suzy Homemaker
Major Matt Mason (action figure)
Major Matt Mason (action figure)
Captain Action (action figure)
Captain Action (action figure)
Operation
Operation
Scalextric
Scalextric
Barrel of Monkeys
Barrel of Monkeys
Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Were you born on February 1, 1968?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1968.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out February 1, 1974, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on February 1.

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Actor Deceased
Born on February 1, 1901
He was not alive on this date.

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

Actor Deceased
Born on February 1, 1938
He turned 30 on this day in 1968.

Rick James

Rick James

Funk singer Deceased
Born on February 1, 1948
He turned 20 on this day in 1968.

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee

American actor Deceased
Born on February 1, 1965
He turned 3 on this day in 1968.

Brian Krause

Brian Krause

Actor
Born on February 1, 1969
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Big Boi

Big Boi

Rapper
Born on February 1, 1975
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young

American actor Deceased
Born on February 1, 1984
He was born exactly 16 years after this date.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles

Singer
Born on February 1, 1994
He was born exactly 26 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on February 1:

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on February 1, 1968.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 1, 1968 was most likely conceived around May 11, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 1, 1968 is close to October 24, 1968.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about February 1, 1968:

  • 20,628 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,946 weeks have passed.
  • 1,782,255,600 seconds have passed since February 1, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,079,298,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 919,643,889,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 297,042,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 153,273,982 steps. That's roughly 68,122 miles.
  • 21,387,067 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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