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June 5th, 1968.

June 5th, 1968, was a Wednesday. It was day 157 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

53 years, 1 months and 18 days have passed since June 5th, 1968.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on June 5th, 1968?

  • American politician Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles, California.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on June 5th, 1968.

  • United States: Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
  • United Kingdom: Young Girl - Gary Puckett & Union Gap
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 June 5th, 1968.

Take me back to June 5th, 1968!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is June 5th, 1968 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Young Girl by Gary Puckett & Union Gap 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 "Gunsmoke", "Gilligan's Island", "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Columbo.". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Atom Ant", "The New Adventures of Superman" and "Spider-Man". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Twister mat and Lite-Brite.

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 June 5th, 1968.

  • Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated.

    Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated.

    On June 5th, 1968, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. 24-year-old Sirhan Sirhan was arrested and charged for the murder.

  • UEFA Euro 1968.

    UEFA Euro 1968.

    UEFA Euro 1968 was taking place in Italy at this time. The competition was won by the host country after they defeated Yugoslavia 2-0 in the final.

  • 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.

  • 53 years, 1 months and 18 days have passed since June 5th, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 23 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 June 5th, 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 June 5th, 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.
  • This date: June 5th, 1968
  • 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 June 5th, 1968, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1968 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: June 5th, 1968 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of June will have the birthstones Pearl and Alexandrite.
  • Birth flower (June): The Rose and the Honeysuckle.

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.
  • 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 June 5th, 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 June 5th, 1974 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on June 5th.

Ron Livingston

Actor.
Born on June 5th, 1967
He turned 1 on this day in 1968.

Mark Wahlberg

Actor.
Born on June 5th, 1971
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Ninja

Gamer.
Born on June 5th, 1991
He was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 5th of June.

  • Constitution Day (Denmark)

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on June 5th, 1968.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on June 5th, 1968.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on June 5th, 1968 was most likely conceived around the 27th of August, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on June 5th, 1968 is close to the 15th of March, 1969.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about June 5th, 1968.

  • A total of 19,406 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,772 weeks have passed.
  • 1,676,678,400 seconds have passed since the June 5th, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,956,124,800 times.
  • Since June 5th, 1968, the earth has travelled approximately 865,166,054,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 279,446,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 144,194,342 steps. That's about 64,086 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,120,141 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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