The Events of 1968    (Taken from the "Calendar" booklet)
Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar.
 
                                     April
 
                          April 1 - Carl Brashear, the first African American United States Navy diver, becomes the first amputee certified to make diving missions, after a long battle which started with the accident which amputated his leg in 1966.

April 2 - Bombs placed by Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin explode at midnight in 2 department stores in Frankfurt-am-Main; they are later arrested and sentenced for arson. 

April 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities for several days afterward.

April 4 - Apollo Program: Apollo-Saturn mission 502 (Apollo 6) is launched, as the second and last unmanned test-flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle.

April 4 -
La, la, la by Massiel (music and text by Manuel de la Calva and Ramón Arcusa) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 for Spain.

April 6 - Double explosion rocks Richmond, Indiana in downtown area. The explosion killed 41 people and injured more than 150.

April 6 - A shootout between Black Panthers and Oakland police results in several arrests and deaths, including 16-year-old Panther Bobby Hutton.

April 7- Racing driver Jim Clark is killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.   

April 11 - Joseph Bachmann tries to assassinate Rudi Dutschke, leader of a left-wing movement (APO) in Germany, and tries to commit suicide afterwards, failing in both, although Dutschke dies of his brain injuries 11 years later.

April 11 - German left-wing students blockade the Springer Press HQ in Berlin and many are arrested (one of them is Ulrike Meinhof).

April 11 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

April 12
- The First Cathedral, a megachurch in Bloomfield, Connecticut is founded.

April 20 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau becomes Canada's 15th Prime Minister.

April 20 - English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood Speech.

April 20 - The film The Wizard of Oz temporarily moves to NBC, after a rights dispute between CBS, which had previously telecast it, and MGM. NBC will telecast the film for the next seven years. CBS telecasts of the film will resume in 1976, and will last until 1998, when Turner Broadcasting will win the rights to telecast it.

April 23 - President Mobutu releases captured mercenaries in Congo.

April 23 - Surgeons at the Hôpital de la Pitié, Paris, perform Europe's first heart transplant, on Clovis Roblain.

April 23 - April 30 - Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university. See main article Columbia University protests of 1968

April 29 - The musical
Hair officially opens on Broadway
 
 
 
                                    
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