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May 12th, 1968.

May 12th, 1968, was a Sunday. It was day 133 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

53 years, 6 months and 16 days have passed since May 12th, 1968.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Born on May 12th, 1968.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 12th, 1968.

  • United States: Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
  • United Kingdom: What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 12th, 1968.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
  • Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
  • Young Girl - The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett
  • The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra And Chorus
  • Cry Like A Baby - The Box Tops
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 May 12th, 1968.

Take me back to May 12th, 1968!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 12th, 1968 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1968 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Honey by Bobby Goldsboro is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong 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. A comedy film called "The Odd Couple" 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, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Judy Garland would all be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Bonanza", "Steptoe and Son" and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "Top Cat", "Thunderbirds" and "Aquaman". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Suzy Homemaker, Twister mat, Lite-Brite 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 May 12th, 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, 6 months and 16 days have passed since May 12th, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 19 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 May 12th, 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 May 12th, 1968.

  • April 20th, 1968: Liberal Party leader Pierre Trudeau becomes the new Prime Minister of Canada.
  • This date: May 12th, 1968
  • May 18th, 1968: FA Cup Final 1968: Jeffrey Astle's late goal helps West Bromwich Albion secure a 1-0 victory over Everton.
  • May 21st, 1968: The Rolling Stones member Brian Jones is arrested for a second time for possession of cannabis.
  • May 29th, 1968: Football: Manchester United win the European Cup after they defeat Benfica 4-1, with 3 goals coming in extra time.
  • June 1st, 1968: Helen Keller passes away.
  • June 3rd, 1968: Artist Andy Warhol is shot and seriously wounded by radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas.
  • June 5th, 1968: American politician Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles, California.
  • June 8th, 1968: James Earl Ray is arrested for the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • June 10th, 1968: Italy defeat Yugoslavia 2-0 in a replay to win the UEFA Euro 1968 Final.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 12th, 1968, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 12th, 1968 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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.

TV shows from May, 1968.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.

I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.

Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety 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.

Kids' TV shows on May 12th, 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

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

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

Popular toys and games in 1968.

Toys and games that were popular on this date 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

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 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 May 12th, 1974 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

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

Florence Nightingale

Historical figure. Deceased
Born on May 12th, 1820
She was not alive on this date.

George Carlin

Stand-up comedian. Deceased
Born on May 12th, 1937
He turned 31 on this day in 1968.

Jonah Lomu

Rugby player. Deceased
Born on May 12th, 1975
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Rami Malek

Actor.
Born on May 12th, 1981
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Marcelo

Brazilian soccer player.
Born on May 12th, 1988
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.

Etika

American YouTuber. Deceased
Born on May 12th, 1990
He was born exactly 22 years after this date.

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on May 12th, 1968.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 12th, 1968.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 12th, 1968 was most likely conceived around August 20th, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 12th, 1968 is close to February 2nd, 1969.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 12th, 1968.

  • A total of 19,558 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,794 weeks have passed.
  • 1,689,814,800 seconds have passed since the May 12th, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,971,450,600 times.
  • Since May 12th, 1968, the earth has travelled approximately 871,944,436,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 281,635,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 145,324,073 steps. That's about 64,588 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,277,778 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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