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April 3, 1968

April 3, 1968, was a Wednesday. It was 56 years and 13 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on April 3, 1968?

  • The sci-fi film "Planet of the Apes" is released.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 3, 1968:

  • United States: "The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding
  • United Kingdom: "Lady Madonna" by The Beatles

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 3, 1968

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

  • (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
  • Love Is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu) - Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
  • Valleri - The Monkees
  • Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
  • (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin
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.
The Graduate

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The Graduate" was at the top of the box office on April 3, 1968.

Facts

This date occurred 20,467 days ago. Approximately 682 months have passed. It was the 94th day of 1968, in week 14. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on April 3, 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 227 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to April 3, 1968

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is April 3, 1968, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The summer of 1968 is drawing closer, and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song "The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding is at the top of the singles charts, while "Lady Madonna" by The Beatles is the number-one song in the UK. Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie The Graduate 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 "What's My Line?", "Bonanza", "Steptoe and Son", and "Gilligan's Island". 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. A sci-fi film called "2001: A Space Odyssey" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Helen Keller, Robert F. Kennedy, Ramon Novarro, and Dwight D. Eisenhower would all still be alive.

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Milton the Monster", "Cool McCool", and "The New Adventures of Superman". Children are playing with toys such as Matchbox toy cars, Ken (doll), the Easy-Bake Oven, and Twister mat.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 3, 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on April 3, 1968.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around April 3, 1968.

  • March 14, 1968: The final episode of Batman, starring Adam West, is aired on television.
  • March 16, 1968: The My Lai Massacre occurs in Vietnam.
  • March 24, 1968: 61 people are killed when Aer Lingus Flight 712 crashes off the coast of Wexford in Ireland.
  • March 31, 1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson announces that he will not be contesting the 1968 United States presidential election.
  • This date: April 3, 1968
  • April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • April 6, 1968: 41 people are killed in a gas explosion in Richmond, Indiana.
  • April 7, 1968: British Formula One driver Jim Clark dies in a racing accident in West Germany.
  • April 20, 1968: Liberal Party leader Pierre Trudeau becomes the new Prime Minister of Canada.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 3, 1968, will have the star sign Aries.
  • 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: April 3, 1968 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in April 1968

Television shows that people were watching in April 1968:

TV shows from April 1968.

Columbo
Columbo
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
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 April 1968

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

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
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
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 April 3, 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 April 3, 1974, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 3.

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

Actor Deceased
Born on April 3, 1924
He turned 44 on this day in 1968.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

Actor
Born on April 3, 1958
He turned 10 on this day in 1968.

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Actor
Born on April 3, 1961
He turned 7 on this day in 1968.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

British politician
Born on April 3, 1964
He turned 4 on this day in 1968.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Actress
Born on April 3, 1986
She was born exactly 18 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on April 3, 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 April 3, 1968 was most likely conceived around July 12, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 3, 1968 is close to December 25, 1968.

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Stats for April 3, 1968

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about April 3, 1968:

  • 20,467 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,923 weeks have passed.
  • 1,768,348,800 seconds have passed since April 3, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,063,073,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 912,467,980,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 294,724,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 152,077,997 steps. That's roughly 67,590 miles.
  • 21,220,186 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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