The Events of 1968    (Taken from the "Calendar" booklet)
Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar.
 
                                             August
 
                          August 5-August 8 - The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida nominates Richard Nixon for U.S. President and Spiro Agnew for Vice President.

August 11 - The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time - this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.

August 18 - Two charter buses plunge into the Hida River on national highway route 41 in Japan, in an accident caused by heavy rain. 104 killed.

August 20 - The Prague Spring of political liberalization ends, as 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia.

August 21 - The Medal of Honor is posthumously awarded to James Anderson, Jr. — he is the first black U.S. Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

August 24 - France explodes its first hydrogen bomb.

August 22-August 30 - Police clash with anti-war protesters in Chicago, Illinois, outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which nominates Hubert Humphrey for U.S. President, and Edmund Muskie for Vice President.

August 29 - Crown Prince Harald of Norway marries Sonja Haraldsen, the commoner he has dated for nine years, in Oslo.
 
 
 
                                    
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