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October 17, 1968

October 17, 1968, was a Thursday. It was 55 years, 8 months, and 7 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Birthdays

Born on October 17, 1968

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 17, 1968:

  • United States: "Hey Jude" by The Beatles
  • United Kingdom: "Those Were The Days" by Mary Hopkin

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 17, 1968

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Hey Jude - The Beatles
  • Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
  • Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  • Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith
  • Girl Watcher - The O'Kaysions
Play the top singles 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

The movie "Barbarella" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 20,339 days ago. Approximately 678 months have passed. It was the 291st day of 1968, in week 42. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on October 17, 1968, are now 55 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 1968 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. We have gone through approximately 226 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to October 17, 1968

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

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

There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. In America, the song "Hey Jude" by The Beatles is at the top of the singles charts, while "Those Were The Days" by Mary Hopkin is the number-one song in the UK. Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie Barbarella 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 "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", and "Adam-12". 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. 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 Ramon Novarro, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Judy Garland, and Brian Jones would all still be alive.

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Atom Ant", "Star Trek: The Original Series", and "The New Adventures of Superman". Children are playing with toys such as Matchbox toy cars, Troll doll, Lite-Brite, and Battleship (game).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 17, 1968.

  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    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).
  • 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?

    Who were the best football players?

    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 Time Person of the Year in 1968 after they became the first humans to successfully leave low Earth orbit.
  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement

    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.
  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage

    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 is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity

    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.
  • Color TV.

    Color TV

    Although color television was rising in popularity, black-and-white TV sets were still the most popular.
  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone

    Push-button telephones were beginning 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

    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.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around October 17, 1968.

  • September 26, 1968: The movie "Oliver!" is released.
  • September 30, 1968: The Boeing 747 is presented to the public for the first time.
  • October 8, 1968: The Troubles begin in Northern Ireland.
  • October 10, 1968: Baseball: The Detroit Tigers defeat the St. Louis Cardinals by 4-3 to win the 1968 World Series.
  • This date: October 17, 1968
  • October 20, 1968: Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is married to Aristotle Onassis.
  • October 25, 1968:
    • Led Zeppelin play their first show.
    • 32 people die after Northeast Airlines Flight 946 crashes on Moose Mountain in New Hampshire.
  • October 30, 1968:
    • Marvin Gaye releases the single "I Heard It Through the Grapevine".
    • Actor Ramon Novarro is murdered at his home in Los Angeles.
  • November 5, 1968: Richard Nixon is elected as the President of the United States.
  • November 8, 1968: British singer Dusty Springfield releases the song "Son of a Preacher Man".
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17, 1968, will have the star sign Libra.
  • 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 17, 1968 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV series on October 17, 1968

People in October 1968 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from October 1968.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Adam-12
Adam-12
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Columbo
Columbo
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
Bonanza
Bonanza
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
What's My Line?
What's My Line?

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in October 1968

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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
Toys

Toys in 1968

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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
Scalextric
Scalextric
Barrel of Monkeys
Barrel of Monkeys
Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Were you born on October 17, 1968?

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 October 17, 1974, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel

Stunt performer Deceased
Born on October 17, 1938
He turned 30 on this day in 1968.

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald

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

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean

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

Nancy Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan

Actress
Born on October 17, 1969
She was born exactly one year after this date.

Chris Kirkpatrick

Chris Kirkpatrick

NSYNC
Born on October 17, 1971
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Eminem

Eminem

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

Simon Harris

Simon Harris

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

Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira

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

USA

US President

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

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

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

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 17, 1968:

  • 20,339 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,905 weeks have passed.
  • 1,757,289,600 seconds have passed since October 17, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,050,171,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 906,761,433,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 292,881,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 151,126,906 steps. That's roughly 67,168 miles.
  • 21,087,475 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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