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October 20, 1968

October 20, 1968, was a Sunday. It was 55 years, 9 months, and 4 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on October 20, 1968:

  • Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is married to Aristotle Onassis.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on October 20, 1968:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 20, 1968

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Hey Jude - The Beatles
  • Fire - The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  • Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith
  • Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
  • Girl Watcher - The O'Kaysions
Play the top songs 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 top movie on this day was "Barbarella".

Facts

This date was 20,366 days ago. Approximately 679 months have passed. It was the 294th day of 1968, in week 42. The decade was the swinging sixties. People born on this day are currently 55 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 1968 had 366 days because it was a leap year. 226 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to October 20, 1968

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Sunday, October 20, 1968. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Libra. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the days ahead.

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. Halloween 1968 is quickly approaching.

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.

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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Dark Shadows", and "Adam-12". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Lassie", "Thunderbirds", "The Monkees", and "Birdman and the Galaxy Trio".

Popular toys at the moment include Tonka trucks, Ken (doll), G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, and Best of the West (action figures).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 20, 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on October 20, 1968.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to October 20, 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 20, 1968
  • 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".
  • November 17, 1968: Heidi Game: Thousands of viewers call into complain after NBC cuts away from an AFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets to show the film "Heidi".
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20, 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20, 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 20, 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

Kids TV shows on October 20, 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
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1968

Toys and games that were popular 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
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 20, 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 20, 1974, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 20.

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle

Baseball player Deceased
Born on October 20, 1931
He turned 37 on this day in 1968.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Musician Deceased
Born on October 20, 1950
He turned 18 on this day in 1968.

Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Wrestler Deceased
Born on October 20, 1958
He turned 10 on this day in 1968.

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Actor
Born on October 20, 1958
He turned 10 on this day in 1968.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

US Vice President
Born on October 20, 1964
She turned 4 on this day in 1968.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Rapper
Born on October 20, 1971
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

John Krasinski

John Krasinski

Actor
Born on October 20, 1979
He was born exactly 11 years after this date.

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel

Actor
Born on October 20, 1988
She was born exactly 20 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on October 20, 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 20, 1968 was most likely conceived around January 28, 1968.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20, 1968 is close to July 13, 1969.

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Stats for October 20, 1968

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 20, 1968:

  • 20,366 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,909 weeks have passed.
  • 1,759,622,400 seconds have passed since October 20, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,052,892,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 907,965,158,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 293,270,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 151,327,526 steps. That's roughly 67,257 miles.
  • 21,115,469 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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