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December 20th, 1968.

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.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on December 20th, 1968?

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

Music charts.

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 20th, 1968.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  • Love Child - Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
  • Abraham, Martin And John - Dion
  • Who's Making Love - Johnnie Taylor
Play the top hits 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.
Funny Girl

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Funny Girl" was at the top of the box office on December 20th, 1968.

Take me back to December 20th, 1968!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

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 the movie Funny Girl is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, a new "hippie subculture" has emerged, bringing with it laid back Bohemian styles. Frayed bell-bottomed 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Judy Garland, Brian Jones and Sharon Tate would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "I Dream of Jeannie", "Columbo", "Adam-12" and "Here's Lucy".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Captain Kangaroo", "My Three Sons" and "Atom Ant". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Troll doll, the Easy-Bake Oven, Barrel of Monkeys and Lite-Brite.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 as the Time Person of the Year in 1968. This was after they became the first humans to successfully leave low Earth orbit.

  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement.

    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.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    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.

  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    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.

  • Color TV.

    Color TV.

    Around this period, color television was continuing to rise in popularity. However, black-and-white TV sets were still the most-purchased.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone.

    During this period, push-button telephones started 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.

    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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 53 years, 1 months and 7 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 53 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1968 belong to the Generation X generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 20th, 1968.

  • November 20th, 1968: 79 miners lose their lives after an explosion occurs at a coal mine near Farmington, West Virginia.
  • November 22nd, 1968: One of television's first interracial kisses occurs when the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren" is aired.
  • 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 14th, 1969: Manchester United manager Matt Busby announces that he will retire at the end of the season.
  • January 18th, 1969: 38 people are killed when United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay.
  • January 18th, 1969: Actress Audrey Hepburn and Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti are married.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • 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.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from December, 1968.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Adam-12
Adam-12
Police drama series that was set in LA.

Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Police drama series.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.

I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.

Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

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 December 20th, 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

The Monkees
The Monkees

The New Adventures of Superman
The New Adventures of Superman

The King Kong Show
The King Kong Show

Cool McCool
Cool McCool

Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Original Series

JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot

Milton the Monster
Milton the Monster

Atom Ant
Atom Ant

Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds

Underdog
Underdog

Top Cat
Top Cat

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

My Three Sons
My Three Sons

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1968.

Toys and games that were popular on this date 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

Barrel of Monkeys
Barrel of Monkeys

Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Army men
Army men

G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Troll doll
Troll doll

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out December 20th, 1974 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

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

John Spencer

Actor. Deceased
Born on December 20th, 1946
He turned 22 on this day in 1968.

Paul Ritter

English actor. Deceased
Born on December 20th, 1966
He turned 2 on this day in 1968.

Ashley Cole

Soccer player.
Born on December 20th, 1980
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Jonah Hill

Actor.
Born on December 20th, 1983
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Lucy Pinder

Model.
Born on December 20th, 1983
She was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Gia Allemand

Model and Reality TV star. Deceased
Born on December 20th, 1983
She was born exactly 15 years after this date.

JoJo

Singer.
Born on December 20th, 1990
She was born exactly 22 years after this date.

Jorginho

Soccer player.
Born on December 20th, 1991
He was born exactly 23 years after this date.

Dylan Wang

Chinese actor.
Born on December 20th, 1998
He was born exactly 30 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on December 20th, 1968.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 20th, 1968.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 20th, 1968 was most likely conceived around March 29th, 1968.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 20th, 1968 is close to September 12th, 1969.

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Stats for December 20th, 1968

Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 19,396 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,770 weeks have passed.
  • 1,675,818,000 seconds have passed since the December 20th, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,955,121,000 times.
  • Since December 20th, 1968, the earth has travelled approximately 864,722,088,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 279,303,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 144,120,348 steps. That's about 64,053 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,109,816 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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