December 20th, 1968

December 20th, 1968, fell on a Friday. It was day 355 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.

52 years, 2 months and 12 days have passed since December 20th, 1968.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 20th, 1968:

  • The Zodiac Killer shoots high school students Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday in Benicia.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1968:

  • United States: I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • United Kingdom: Lily The Pink - Scaffold

Take Me Back!

The date is December 20th, 1968 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

Christmas Day of 1968 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. In America, the song I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Lily The Pink by Scaffold is the number one hit song.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States and Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Gunsmoke", "Gilligan's Island" and "Here's Lucy".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Milton the Monster", "Star Trek: The Original Series" and "The New Adventures of Superman". Popular toys include the likes of "Motorific (slot car toys)", "Barrel of Monkeys", "Major Matt Mason (action figure)" and "Twister mat".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 20th, 1968.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • O. C. Smith - "Little Green Apples"

    "Little Green Apples" by O. C. Smith would go on to win a Grammy for 1968's Song of the Year.

  • Oliver!

    "Oliver!" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.

  • 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 52 years, 2 months and 12 days have passed since December 20th, 1968.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 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 December 20th, 1968, will be 52 years of age.
  • People born in 1968 belong to the "Generation X" generation.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 20th, 1968:

  • December 10th, 1968: The "300 million yen robbery" takes place in Tokyo, Japan.
  • This date: December 20th, 1968
  • December 23rd, 1968: North Korea releases 82 American sailors after 11 months of internment.
  • December 24th, 1968: The crew of Apollo 8 become the first humans to orbit around the Moon.
  • January 12th, 1969: Super Bowl III: The New York Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Flordia.
  • January 12th, 1969: Led Zeppelin release their first album.
  • January 18th, 1969: 38 people are killed when United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 20th, 1968, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1968 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 20th, 1968 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Gilligan's Island - Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

1968 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1968.

  • Joe 90
  • The Adventures of Gulliver
  • The Archie Show
  • Wacky Races
  • The Banana Splits
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
  • Spider-Man
  • Birdman and the Galaxy Trio
  • The Monkees
  • The New Adventures of Superman
  • The King Kong Show
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • JOT the Dot
  • Milton the Monster
  • Atom Ant
  • Underdog
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • My Three Sons
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Looney Tunes

1968 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1968:

  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Best of the West (action figures)
  • Suzy Homemaker
  • Twister mat
  • Major Matt Mason (action figure)
  • Captain Action (action figure)
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Motorific (slot car toys)
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Army men
  • G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 20th of December:


US President

Who was the US President on December 20th, 1968?

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1968?

  • Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 20th, 1968 was probably conceived around the 12th of March, 1968. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 20th, 1968 is the 29th of September, 1969. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 20th, 1968.

  • 19,064 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,647,133,200 seconds have passed since the December 20th, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,921,655,400 times.
  • Since December 20th, 1968, earth has travelled approximately 849,920,731,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 274,522,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 141,653,455 steps. That's about 62,957 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,765,598 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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