December 20th, 1968, was a Friday. It was Day 355 of 1968. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.
54 years, 9 months, and 8 days have passed since December 20th, 1968.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
Notable events that occurred on December 20th, 1968.
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1968.
A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date:
The top movie on this date was "Funny Girl".
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 20th, 1968.
Christmas 1968 was just days away. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were buying last-minute presents for their loved ones, and stores were packed with shoppers. Schools, colleges, and non-retail businesses were also beginning to close for the holiday season.
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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Notable events that happened close to December 20th, 1968.
Zodiac and birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching in December 1968.
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
Police drama series that was set in LA.
Police drama series.
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.
The Adventures of Gulliver
The Archie Show
The Banana Splits
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
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 20th.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on December 20th, 1968.
Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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