December 20th, 1968, was a Friday. It was day 355 of 1968. The decade was the 1960s.
53 years, 1 months and 7 days have passed since December 20th, 1968.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
What happened on December 20th, 1968?
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1968.
The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The movie "Funny Girl" was at the top of the box office on December 20th, 1968.
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 December 20th, 1968.
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 as the Time Person of the Year in 1968. This was after they became the first humans to successfully leave low Earth orbit.
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.
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.
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.
Around this period, color television was continuing to rise in popularity. However, black-and-white TV sets were still the most-purchased.
During this period, push-button telephones started 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.
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 and information about this date.
Notable events that occurred around December 20th, 1968.
Zodiac & Birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching on this date.
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 on December 20th, 1968.
Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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