The Events of 1968    (Taken from the "Calendar" booklet)
Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar.
 
 
                                     January
 
                          January 5 - Alexander Dubček is elected leader of the Communist Party in Czechoslovakia.
Alexander Dubček (November 27, 1921 – November 7, 1992) was a Slovak politician and briefly leader of Czechoslovakia (1968-1969), famous for his attempt to reform the Communist regime. Later, after the overthrow of the Communist government, he was speaker of the federal Czechoslovak parliament.

January 13 - Johnny Cash records "Live at Folsom Prison".
At Folsom Prison is a live album by Johnny Cash, recorded on January 13, 1968 at Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California. Also on the album are June Carter, Carl Perkins, and Cash's band, the Tennessee Three.
The final song, "Greystone Chapel", was written by an inmate, Glen Sherley. Johnny Cash had never sung the song until the night before the Folsom visit. A Reverend asked Cash to listen to an audio tape of Sherley singing the song. After hearing the tape Cash rushed to include the song on the live album the next night.
Throughout the album Cash seems to empathize with the plight of the prisoners. The inmates for their part had a great deal of respect for Cash and his works, though some of the sounds that seemed to be from the inmates (cheering and shouting) were actually dubbed in after the recording.
On the original LP release, the song order was changed and several songs were cut, probably for space reasons. The version released on CD in 2000 still does not contain the entire concert, but rather with added tracks from the concert that day. Four additional tracks were performed that day but not included on the re-release: "I'm Not in Your Town to Stay," "I've Got a Woman," "Long Legged Guitar Picking Man," and an alternate performance of "Greystone Chapel."
In 2003, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
In 2006, it ranked #3 on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music.
At Folsom Prison
is considered one of the best live recordings ever recorded, along with its sister album, At San Quentin.

January 15 - An earthquake in Sicily kills 231 and injures 262.

January 17 - Lyndon B. Johnson calls for the non-conversion of US Dollar.

January 19
- At a White House conference on crime, singer and actress Eartha Kitt denounces the Vietnam War directly to President Lyndon Johnson.

January 21 - A U.S. B-52 Stratofortress crashes in Greenland, discharging 4 nuclear bombs

January 22 - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuts on NBC.

January 23 - North Korea seizes the
USS Pueblo
, claiming the ship violated its territorial waters while spying. See USS Pueblo.

January 25 - The Israeli submarine
INS Dakar sinks in the Mediterranean Sea (69 dead).

January 27 - A French submarine sinks in the Mediterranean Sea with 52 men.

January 30 - Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive begins, as Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks across South Vietnam.

January 31 - Viet Cong soldiers attack the United States Embassy in Saigon.

January 31 - Nauru's president
Hammer DeRoburt declares independence from Australia.
 
 
 
                                    
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