The Events of 1968    (Taken from the "Calendar" booklet)
Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar.
 
                                            December
 
                          December 3 - The 68' comeback special marks the concert return of Elvis Presley.

December 9 - Douglas Engelbart publicly demonstrates his pioneering hypertext system, NLS, in San Francisco.

December 10 - Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", occurs in Tokyo

December 11
- The film Oliver!, based on the hit London and Broadway musical, opens in the U.S. after being released first in England. It will go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was also filmed on this date, but was not released until 1996.

December 13
- Brazilian president Artur da Costa e Silva decrees the AI-5 (or the fifth Institutional Act), which lasts until 1978 and marks the beginning of the hard times of Brazilian military dictatorship.

December 20 - Zodiac Killer is believed to have shot Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday on Lake Herman Road

December 22 - David Eisenhower marries Julie Nixon, the daughter of U.S. President-elect Richard Nixon

December 22 - Mao Zedong advocates educated youth in urban China to be re-educated in the country. It marks the start of the "Up to the mountains and down to the villages" movement.

December 24 - Apollo Program: U.S. spacecraft Apollo 8 enters orbit around the Moon. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William A. Anders become the first humans to see the far side of the Moon and planet Earth as a whole. The crew also reads from Genesis.
 
 
 
                                    
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