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December 25, 1968 Christmas Day

December 25, 1968, was a Wednesday. It was 55 years, 6 months, and 18 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Song charts

Popular songs

On December 25, 1968, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 25, 1968

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • 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
  • Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
Play the top singles 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.
Candy

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Candy".

Facts

Christmas Day 1968 occurred 20,288 days ago. Approximately 676 months have passed. It was the 360th day of 1968, in week 52. The decade was the swinging sixties. The start of 1969 was just 6 days away. People who were born on December 25, 1968, are now 55 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 1968 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. 225 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to December 25, 1968

Let's go back to the swinging sixties.

The date is December 25, 1968, and it's a Wednesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Capricorn. It's Christmas Day of 1968, so most people are exchanging presents and spending time at home with their families.

In America, the song "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye is at the top of the singles charts, while "Lily The Pink" by Scaffold is the number-one song in the UK. Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie Candy is at the top of the box office. Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Steptoe and Son", "Dark Shadows", "Columbo", and "Here's Lucy". 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.

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 still be alive. Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Thunderbirds", "The King Kong Show", and "Spider-Man". Children are playing with toys such as Matchbox toy cars, Troll doll, Army men, and Major Matt Mason (action figure).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 25, 1968.

  • Christmas Day 1968.

    Christmas Day 1968

    It was Christmas Day of 1968, so most people were exchanging gifts and spending time with their families.
  • 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

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around December 25, 1968.

  • December 10, 1968: The "300 million yen robbery" takes place in Tokyo, Japan.
  • December 20, 1968: The Zodiac Killer shoots high school students Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday in Benicia.
  • December 23, 1968: North Korea releases 82 American sailors after 11 months of internment.
  • December 24, 1968: The crew of Apollo 8 become the first humans to orbit around the Moon.
  • This date: December 25, 1968
  • January 12, 1969:
    • Super Bowl III: The New York Jets defeat the Baltimore Colts at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Flordia.
    • Led Zeppelin release their first album.
  • January 14, 1969: Manchester United manager Matt Busby announces that he will retire at the end of the season.
  • January 18, 1969:
    • 38 people are killed when United Airlines Flight 266 crashes into Santa Monica Bay.
    • Actress Audrey Hepburn and Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti are married.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 25, 1968, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1968 was the year of the Monkey (Yang Water).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 25, 1968 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in December 1968

In December 1968, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from December 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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in December 1968

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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

Toys in 1968

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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 December 25, 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 December 25, 1974, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 25.

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

Actor Deceased
Born on December 25, 1899
He was not alive on this date.

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett

Singer Deceased
Born on December 25, 1946
He turned 22 on this day in 1968.

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

Singer
Born on December 25, 1954
She turned 14 on this day in 1968.

Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan

Singer Deceased
Born on December 25, 1957
He turned 11 on this day in 1968.

Dido

Dido

Singer
Born on December 25, 1971
She was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister
Born on December 25, 1971
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong

Actor
Born on December 25, 1978
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Adut Akech

Adut Akech

Model
Born on December 25, 1999
She was born exactly 31 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on December 25:

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on December 25, 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 December 25, 1968 was most likely conceived around April 3, 1968.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 25, 1968 is close to September 17, 1969.

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Stats for December 25, 1968

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about December 25, 1968:

  • 20,288 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,898 weeks have passed.
  • 1,752,883,200 seconds have passed since December 25, 1968.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,045,030,400 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 904,487,731,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 292,147,200 times.
  • You have taken approximately 150,747,955 steps. That's roughly 66,999 miles.
  • 21,034,598 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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