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May 12, 1968

May 12, 1968, was a Sunday. It was 55 years, 11 months, and 2 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Birthdays

Born on May 12, 1968

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

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

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 12, 1968

These were the top five songs on 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 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 20,426 days ago. Approximately 681 months have passed. It was the 133rd day of 1968, in week 19. 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 227 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to May 12, 1968

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Sunday, May 12, 1968. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the days ahead.

The summer of 1968 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro is at the top of the singles charts, while "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong 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 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, Ramon Novarro, and Dwight D. Eisenhower would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Gilligan's Island", "Dark Shadows", and "Columbo".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Atom Ant", "Birdman and the Galaxy Trio", and "Aquaman". Popular toys at the moment include Etch A Sketch, G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, Major Matt Mason (action figure), and Suzy Homemaker.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

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

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to May 12, 1968.

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

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 12, 1968, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • 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 12, 1968 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV series on May 12, 1968

TV audiences were watching the following shows on May 12, 1968:

TV shows from May 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 May 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

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

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

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

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

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

George Carlin

George Carlin

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

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu

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

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak

UK Prime Minister
Born on May 12, 1980
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Rami Malek

Rami Malek

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

Marcelo

Marcelo

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

Etika

Etika

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

Sawyer Sweeten

Sawyer Sweeten

Child actor Deceased
Born on May 12, 1995
He was born exactly 27 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on May 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 May 12, 1968 was most likely conceived around August 20, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 12, 1968 is close to February 2, 1969.

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Stats for May 12, 1968

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 12, 1968:

  • 20,426 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,918 weeks have passed.
  • 1,764,806,400 seconds have passed since May 12, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,058,940,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 910,640,102,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 294,134,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 151,773,350 steps. That's roughly 67,455 miles!
  • Since this date, 21,177,677 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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