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August 21st, 1968.

August 21st, 1968, was a Wednesday. It was day 234 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

53 years, 8 months and 29 days have passed since August 21st, 1968.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Birthdays

Born on August 21st, 1968.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 21st, 1968.

  • United States: People Got To Be Free - The Rascals
  • United Kingdom: Mony Mony - Tommy James & Shondells

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 21st, 1968.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • People Got To Be Free - The Rascals
  • Hello, I Love You - The Doors
  • Classical Gas - Mason Williams
  • Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
  • Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
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.
Rosemary's Baby

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Rosemary's Baby" was at the top of the box office on August 21st, 1968.

Take me back to August 21st, 1968!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 21st, 1968 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. The summer of 1968 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song People Got To Be Free by The Rascals is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Mony Mony by Tommy James & Shondells is the number one hit song. Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States and the movie Rosemary's Baby 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Judy Garland, Brian Jones and Sharon Tate would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "What's My Line?", "Gilligan's Island" and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Heckle and Jeckle", "Star Trek: The Original Series", "Spider-Man" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Tonka trucks, Etch A Sketch, Barrel of Monkeys and Twister mat.

News

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 August 21st, 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 53 years, 8 months and 29 days have passed since August 21st, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 34 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 21st, 1968, will be 53 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1968 belong to the Generation X generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 21st, 1968.

  • July 23rd, 1968: A gun battle breaks out between police officers and a Black Power group in Glenville, Cleveland.
  • August 2nd, 1968: 270 people die after an earthquake strikes Casiguran in the Philippines.
  • August 16th, 1968: Thai singer Suraphol Sombatcharoen is shot dead in Nakhon Pathom.
  • August 20th, 1968: 500,000 "Warsaw Pact" troops invade Czechoslovakia in order to stop liberalization reforms.
  • This date: August 21st, 1968
  • August 22nd, 1968: Pope Paul VI becomes the first pope to visit Latin America after he arrives in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • August 24th, 1968: A civil rights march is held in Northern Ireland in protest against inequality and discrimination against ethnic Irish Catholics.
  • August 26th, 1968: The Beatles release their song "Hey Jude".
  • August 28th, 1968: "The whole world is watching": Anti Vietnam War protesters clash with police at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
  • September 8th, 1968: Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton is sentenced to 2-15 years in prison for the manslaughter of Oakland police officer John Frey.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 21st, 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 21st, 1968 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from August, 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.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on August 21st, 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

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

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 August 21st, 1974 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 21st.

Kenny Rogers

Singer. Deceased
Born on August 21st, 1938
He turned 30 on this day in 1968.

Usain Bolt

Sprinter.
Born on August 21st, 1986
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Robert Lewandowski

Soccer player.
Born on August 21st, 1988
He was born exactly 20 years after this date.

Hayden Panettiere

Actress.
Born on August 21st, 1989
She was born exactly 21 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on August 21st, 1968.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 21st, 1968.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 21st, 1968 was most likely conceived around November 29th, 1967.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 21st, 1968 is close to May 14th, 1969.

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Stats for August 21st, 1968

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 21st, 1968.

  • A total of 19,629 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,804 weeks have passed.
  • 1,695,945,600 seconds have passed since the August 21st, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,978,603,200 times.
  • Since August 21st, 1968, the earth has travelled approximately 875,107,929,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 282,657,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 145,851,322 steps. That's about 64,823 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,351,347 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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