Historical Events For Year 1968

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February 1, 1968

The formation of the largest corporate merger to date occurs upon the combining of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central Railroad into the Penn Central.
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February 8, 1968

Three college students die during a staged civil rights protest at a white-only bowling alley in South Carolina that was interrupted by highway patrolmen.
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February 11, 1968

The current location of New York City's Madison Square Garden opens to the public for the first time.
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February 19, 1968

The United States experiences it's first statewide teacher strike when a mass number of teachers resign in an attempt to protest state funding in Florida.
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March 8, 1968

The Polish political crisis of 1968 is initiated by student protests. Read More

March 31, 1968

An announcement is made by President Lyndon B. Johnson that he will not run for re-election.
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April 4, 1968

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. occurs in Memphis, Tennessee, causing the eruption of riots throughout America.
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April 4, 1968

The last test of an unmanned flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle is made with the launching of Apollo 6.
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April 8, 1968

The formation of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs occurs. Read More

April 11, 1968

The signing go the Civil Rights Act of 1968 by the President Lyndon B. Johnson takes place.
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April 23, 1968

The former Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches initiate the creation of the United Methodist Church.
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June 3, 1968

Andy Warhol is wounded upon trying to enter his studio after being shot by Valerie Solanas, a radical feminist.
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June 5, 1968

Sirhan Sirhan shoots Robert F. Kennedy, a United States presidential candidate, who dies from the injuries the next day.
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June 8, 1968

James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is arrested. Read More

July 1, 1968

The formation of the Phoenix Program within the Central Intelligence Agency officially occurs.
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July 1, 1968

The opening of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to be signed takes place. Read More

July 18, 1968

Intel is established as a semiconductor company. Read More

July 20, 1968

Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois holds the first ever Summer Games of the International Special Olympics with 1,000 or more disabled athletes .
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August 24, 1968

The explosion of France's first hydrogen bomb occurs. Read More

October 22, 1968

The enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968 takes place. Read More

November 14, 1968

Women are granted permission of admittance to Yale University. Read More

December 3, 1968

Elvis Presley performs a Comeback Special which begins the return of his concert performances.
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December 20, 1968

Two people are believed to have been shot by the Zodiac Killer at the San Francisco Bay in California.
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