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October 17th, 1968.

October 17th, 1968, was a Thursday. It was day 291 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

53 years and 9 days have passed since October 17th, 1968.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Born on October 17th, 1968.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1968.

  • United States: Hey Jude - The Beatles
  • United Kingdom: Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin
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.
Barbarella

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Barbarella" was at the top of the box office on October 17th, 1968.

Take me back to October 17th, 1968!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 17th, 1968 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Hey Jude by The Beatles is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkin is the number one hit song.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States and the movie Barbarella 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. An action-thriller film called "Bullitt", starring Steve McQueen, is currently being shown in movie theaters. 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 "What's My Line?", "Bonanza", "Dark Shadows" and "Columbo". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Heckle and Jeckle", "The Herculoids", "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Troll doll, Ken (doll), G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man and Battleship (game).

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 October 17th, 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 53 years and 9 days have passed since October 17th, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 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 October 17th, 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 October 17th, 1968.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17th, 1968, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 17th, 1968 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

TV shows from October, 1968.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

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.

Kids' TV shows on October 17th, 1968.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1968.

Joe 90
Joe 90

The Adventures of Gulliver
The Adventures of Gulliver

The Archie Show
The Archie Show

Wacky Races
Wacky Races

The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits

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

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 October 17th, 1974 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 17th.

Norm Macdonald

Comedian. Deceased
Born on October 17th, 1959
He turned 9 on this day in 1968.

Wyclef Jean

Singer.
Born on October 17th, 1969
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Eminem

Rap singer.
Born on October 17th, 1972
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Simon Harris

Irish politician.
Born on October 17th, 1986
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Charles Oliveira

Brazilian MMA fighter.
Born on October 17th, 1989
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on October 17th, 1968.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1968.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 17th, 1968 was most likely conceived around January 25th, 1968.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17th, 1968 is close to July 10th, 1969.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 17th, 1968.

  • A total of 19,367 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,766 weeks have passed.
  • 1,673,308,800 seconds have passed since the October 17th, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,952,193,600 times.
  • Since October 17th, 1968, the earth has travelled approximately 863,427,340,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 278,884,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 143,904,557 steps. That's about 63,958 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,079,706 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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