September 1st, 1968, was a Sunday. It was Day 245 of 1968. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.
54 years, 9 months, and 8 days have passed since September 1st, 1968.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on September 1st, 1968.
These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:
The movie "Rosemary's Baby" was at the top of the box office on September 1st, 1968.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane!
The date is September 1st, 1968, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.
Schools and colleges are starting again, and fall has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool, and trees are starting to shed their leaves. In the United States, it is Labor Day weekend. People are attending barbecues and other gatherings. To many Americans, Labor Day represents the end of summer 1968. In America, the song People Got To Be Free by The Rascals is at the top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, Do It Again by Beach Boys is the number-one hit song. Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie Rosemary's Baby is at the top of the box office. Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "What's My Line?", "Bonanza", and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". 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 new song called "Hey Jude" has just been released by English rock band The Beatles. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Ramon Novarro, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Judy Garland, and Brian Jones would all still be alive. Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Top Cat", "Underdog", "Atom Ant", and "JOT the Dot".
Children are playing with toys such as Army men, Barrel of Monkeys, Captain Action (action figure), and Best of the West (action figures).
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on September 1st, 1968.
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).
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.
The best NBA players in 1968 were Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Jerry Lucas, Dave Bing and Oscar Robertson.
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!" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968.
"Little Green Apples" by O. C. Smith won a Grammy for 1968's Song of the Year.
The Billboard Charts in 1968 were dominated by the likes of Paul Mauriat, Otis Redding, Bobby Goldsboro, The Beatles, The Rascals and Herb Alpert.
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" were named Time Person of the Year in 1968 after they became the first humans to successfully leave low Earth orbit.
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.
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 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.
Although color television was rising in popularity, black-and-white TV sets were still the most popular.
Push-button telephones were beginning to replace the older rotary-style landlines.
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.
A miniature oven called the "Suzy Homemaker" was a sought-after toy around this time.
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.
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Television shows that people were watching in September 1968.
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.
I Dream of Jeannie
Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.
Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.
American Western series.
Western drama series.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Ed Sullivan Show
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1968.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
The New Adventures of Superman
The King Kong Show
Star Trek: The Original Series
JOT the Dot
Milton the Monster
The Bugs Bunny Show
My Three Sons
Heckle and Jeckle
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1968.
Best of the West (action figures)
Major Matt Mason (action figure)
Captain Action (action figure)
Barrel of Monkeys
Motorific (slot car toys)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
The Easy-Bake Oven
Etch A Sketch
Matchbox toy cars
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 September 1st, 1974, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on September 1st.
American country singer. Deceased
Born on September 1st, 1933
He turned 35 on this day in 1968.
Born on September 1st, 1971
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.
English soccer player.
Born on September 1st, 1989
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on September 1st, 1968.
Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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