This month fifty years ago
Alexander Dubcek receives adulation from Czech citizens in 1968.
5th Alexander Dubcek becomes the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. A prelude to the ‘Prague Spring’ of 1968.
Sheik Mujibur Rahman arrested, now referred to as Bangladesh’s ‘Father of the Nation’.
6th Sheik Mujibur Rahman and 34 others from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) arrested for conspiracy to secede, known as the Agartala conspiracy. Demonstrations and civil war followed, leading to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.
Otis Redding 1941 – 1967.
8th Release of Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay less than a month after his death in a plane crash.
Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem.
11th The government of Israel expropriated 838 acres of former Jordanian land in East Jerusalem to restore the Jewish quarter. This part of Jerusalem has the most holy places for the three largest monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The United nations has repeatedly condemned Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem.
British Leyland logo, previously BMC.
17th Motor manufacturing conglomerate British Leyland formed, becoming the sixth largest car company in the world. The ‘Austin’ factory in Longbridge, Birmingham, was a major part of the group.
21st Battle of Khe Sanh (Vietnam) began and lasted for 77 days.
21st A US B52 bomber crashes in Greenland with four nuclear bombs on board prompting a radiation alert.
Commemorative stamps from Vietnam. Khe Sanh and 30 years after the Tet Offensive.
30st Viet Cong troops launch the Tet Offensive one day early in South Vietnam.
31st North Vietnamese unleashes the full Tet Offensive on nearly all of South Vietnam’s military bases and major cities.
The rest of 1968 SORRY – you will have to wait for the rest of this page. Any suggestions?
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MY PLAYLIST OF RECORDS 1968
I did not have a record player or a record collection but in London I was able to see and hear more live music. These are the songs that meant something to me during 1968.
The Beatles –
ALBUMS RELEASED IN 1968
BOOKS etc PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
During 1968 I started some serious reading but I was still catching up on some modern classics from earlier in the century.
Title by Author
FILMS RELEASED THIS YEAR