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April 12, 1968

April 12, 1968, was a Friday. It was the 103rd day of 1968. The decade was the swinging sixties.

55 years, 7 months, and 16 days have passed since April 12, 1968.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on April 12, 1968:

  • United States: "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro
  • United Kingdom: "Congratulations" by Cliff Richard

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 12, 1968

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

  • (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
  • Young Girl - The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett
  • Valleri - The Monkees
  • La - La - Means I Love You - The Delfonics
  • (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin
Play the top songs 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 this day.

Facts

This date was 20,318 days ago. Approximately 677 months have passed. It was the 103rd day of 1968, in week 15. The decade was the swinging sixties. People born on this day are currently 55 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 1968 had 366 days because it was a leap year. We have gone through approximately 226 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to April 12, 1968

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Friday, April 12, 1968. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

The summer of 1968 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro is at the top of the singles charts, while "Congratulations" by Cliff Richard 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. 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Steptoe and Son", "Dark Shadows", "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", and "Columbo".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Gumby Show", "Underdog", "The New Adventures of Superman", and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Popular toys at the moment include Ken (doll), G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, Scalextric, and Suzy Homemaker.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 12, 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 12, 1968.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to April 12, 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.
  • April 3, 1968: The sci-fi film "Planet of the Apes" is released.
  • 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.
  • This date: April 12, 1968
  • April 20, 1968: Liberal Party leader Pierre Trudeau becomes the new Prime Minister of Canada.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 12, 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 12, 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

TV series on April 12, 1968

TV audiences were watching the following shows on April 12, 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

Kids TV shows on April 12, 1968

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1968:

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

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
Atom Ant
Atom Ant
Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds
Underdog
Underdog
Top Cat
Top Cat
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
My Three Sons
My Three Sons
Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle
The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo
Lassie
Lassie
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1968

Toys and games that were popular in 1968:

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
Army men
Army men
G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven
Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)
Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch
Troll doll
Troll doll
Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks
Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Were you born on April 12, 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 12, 1974, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on April 12.

Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim

Singer Deceased
Born on April 12, 1932
He turned 36 on this day in 1968.

Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore

Soccer player Deceased
Born on April 12, 1941
He turned 27 on this day in 1968.

David Letterman

David Letterman

Television host
Born on April 12, 1947
He turned 21 on this day in 1968.

Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty

Actress
Born on April 12, 1971
She was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Brian McFadden

Brian McFadden

Westlife
Born on April 12, 1980
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly

Soccer player
Born on April 12, 1994
He was born exactly 26 years after this date.

David Hogg

David Hogg

Gun control activist
Born on April 12, 2000
He was born exactly 32 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on April 12, 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 12, 1968 was most likely conceived around July 21, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 12, 1968 is close to January 3, 1969.

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Stats for April 12, 1968

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about April 12, 1968:

  • 20,318 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,902 weeks have passed.
  • 1,755,478,800 seconds have passed since April 12, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,048,058,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 905,827,060,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 292,579,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 150,971,177 steps. That's roughly 67,098 miles!
  • Since this date, 21,065,746 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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