August 16th, 1968

August 16th, 1968, fell on a Friday. It was day 229 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

52 years, 3 months and 16 days have passed since August 16th, 1968.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 16th, 1968:

  • Thai singer Suraphol Sombatcharoen is shot dead in Nakhon Pathom.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1968:

  • United States: People Got To Be Free - Rascals
  • United Kingdom: Fire - Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Take Me Back!

The date is August 16th, 1968 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song People Got To Be Free by Rascals is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Fire by Crazy World of Arthur Brown is the number one hit song.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States and Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza" and "Columbo.".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Atom Ant", "The King Kong Show" and "The New Adventures of Superman". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Etch A Sketch", "Ken (doll)", "G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man" and "Twister mat".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 16th, 1968.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • O. C. Smith - "Little Green Apples"

    "Little Green Apples" by O. C. Smith would go on to win a Grammy for 1968's Song of the Year.

  • Oliver!

    "Oliver!" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 52 years, 3 months and 16 days have passed since August 16th, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 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 August 16th, 1968, will be 52 years of age.
  • People born in 1968 belong to the "Generation X" generation.


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 16th, 1968, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1968 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 16th, 1968 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Gilligan's Island - Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

1968 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1968.

  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
  • Spider-Man
  • Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
  • 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
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Looney Tunes

1968 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 16th of August:


US President

Who was the US President on August 16th, 1968?

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1968?

  • Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 16th, 1968 was probably conceived around the 7th of November, 1967. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 16th, 1968 is the 26th of May, 1969. (Rough Estimate).

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 16th, 1968.

  • 19,100 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,650,243,600 seconds have passed since the August 16th, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,925,284,200 times.
  • Since August 16th, 1968, earth has travelled approximately 851,525,697,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 275,040,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 141,920,950 steps. That's about 63,076 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,802,923 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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