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March 31st, 1968.

March 31st, 1968, was a Sunday. It was day 91 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

53 years, 3 months and 23 days have passed since March 31st, 1968.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On this day.

What happened on March 31st, 1968?

  • President Lyndon B. Johnson announces that he will not be contesting the 1968 United States presidential election.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on March 31st, 1968.

  • United States: The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
  • United Kingdom: Lady Madonna - The Beatles
Play the top hits 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.
The Graduate

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Graduate" was at the top of the box office on March 31st, 1968.

Take me back to March 31st, 1968!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is March 31st, 1968 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

Spring has arrived and the days have become longer. In America, the song The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Lady Madonna by The Beatles is the number one hit song.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Graduate is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson is the current Prime Minister. 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.

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 Andy Griffith Show", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Dark Shadows" and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Underdog", "Atom Ant" and "Spider-Man".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Motorific (slot car toys), Twister mat and Battleship (game).

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 March 31st, 1968.

  • 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 in 1968?

    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!

    "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 as the Time Person of the Year in 1968. This was after they became the first humans to successfully leave low Earth orbit.

  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hippie counterculture was at its height in popularity. 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.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. 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.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 53 years, 3 months and 23 days have passed since March 31st, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 13 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 March 31st, 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 March 31st, 1968.

  • March 1st, 1968: Elton John releases his debut single "I've Been Loving You".
  • March 1st, 1968: Johnny Cash and June Carter are married in Franklin, Kentucky.
  • March 14th, 1968: The final episode of Batman, starring Adam West, is aired on television.
  • March 16th, 1968: The My Lai Massacre occurs in Vietnam.
  • March 24th, 1968: 61 people are killed when Aer Lingus Flight 712 crashes off the coast of Wexford in Ireland.
  • This date: March 31st, 1968
  • April 3rd, 1968: The sci-fi film "Planet of the Apes" is released.
  • April 4th, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • April 6th, 1968: 41 people are killed in a gas explosion in Richmond, Indiana.
  • April 7th, 1968: British Formula One driver Jim Clark dies in a racing accident in West Germany.
  • April 20th, 1968: Liberal Party leader Pierre Trudeau becomes the new Prime Minister of Canada.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 31st, 1968, will have the star sign Aries.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1968 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: March 31st, 1968 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.
  • Birth flower (March): The Daffodil and the Jonqui.

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.

  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
  • Dark Shadows - Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.
  • 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.
  • 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 March 31st, 1968.

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

  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
  • 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

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out March 31st, 1974 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on March 31st.

Rene Descartes

Philosopher. Deceased
Born on March 31st, 1596
He was not alive on this date.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer. Deceased
Born on March 31st, 1685
He was not alive on this date.

Christopher Walken

Actor.
Born on March 31st, 1943
He turned 25 on this day in 1968.

Ewan McGregor

Actor.
Born on March 31st, 1971
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on March 31st, 1968.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on March 31st, 1968.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on March 31st, 1968 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of June, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 31st, 1968 is close to the 8th of January, 1969.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about March 31st, 1968.

  • A total of 19,472 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,781 weeks have passed.
  • 1,682,380,800 seconds have passed since the March 31st, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,962,777,600 times.
  • Since March 31st, 1968, the earth has travelled approximately 868,108,492,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 280,396,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 144,684,749 steps. That's about 64,304 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,188,570 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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