The Events of 1968    (Taken from the "Calendar" booklet)
Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar.
 
                                    March
 
                          March 7 - Vietnam War: The First Battle of Saigon begins.

March 12 - Mauritius achieves independence from British Rule.

March 12 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson edges out antiwar candidate Eugene J. McCarthy in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, a vote which highlights the deep divisions in the country, as well as the party, over Vietnam.

March 14 - Nerve gas leaks from the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground near Skull Valley, Utah.

March 15 - George Brown, British Foreign Secretary, resigns.

March 16 - Vietnam War: My Lai massacre - American troops kill scores of civilians.

March 16 - U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) enters the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

March 17 - A demonstration in London's Grosvenor Square against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War leads to violence - 91 people injured, 200 demonstrators arrested.

March 18 - Gold standard: The Congress of the United States repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. currency.

March 19-March 23 - Afrocentrism, Black power: Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., signal a new era of militant student activism on college campuses in the U.S. Students stage rallies, protests and a five-day sit-in, laying siege to the administration building, shutting down the university in protest over its ROTC program, and demanding a more Afrocentric curriculum.

March 21 - Vietnam War: In ongoing campus unrest, Howard University students protesting the Vietnam War, the ROTC program on campus and the draft, confront Gen. Lewis Hershey, then head of the U.S. Selective Service System, and as he attempts to deliver an address, shout him down with cries of "America is the Black man's battleground!"

March 22 - Daniel Cohn-Bendit and seven other students occupy Administrative offices of Nanterre, launching France into a state of revolution in the month of May.

March 27 - Russian space pioneer Yuri Gagarin is killed in a training flight crash

March 31 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he will not seek re-election.
 
 
 
                                    
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