Today in 1968

Events this week in 1968:

  • Dec. 9 NLS (led to hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) publicly demonstrated
  • Dec. 9 Terence O’Neill, Northern Ireland leader, delivers “Ulster stands at the Crossroads”
  • Dec. 9 The Derry Citizen’s Action Committee (DCAC) calls for a halt to all marches
  • Dec. 10 Japan’s biggest heist, the still-unsolved “300 million yen robbery,” occurs
  • Dec. 11 KECC- (now KECY-) TV Channel 9 in El Centro, California first broadcast
  • Dec. 11 U.S. Soccer Football Association refuses to let NASL disband
  • Dec. 11 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O’Neill sacks Home Affairs Minister
  • Dec. 12 Rolling Stones film TV show “Rock ‘n Roll Circus;” it never aired
  • Dec. 12 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec. 12 Prime Minister Terence O’Neill backed by Unionist Members of Parliament
  • Dec. 13 Brazilian President Da Costa e Silva issues Ato Institucional Número Cinco

Birthdays in 1968:

  • Dec. 9 Bill Johnson, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec. 9 Brent Price, NBA guard (Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets)
  • Dec. 9 Kurt Angle, freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Dec. 9 Michael Foster, drummer (Firehouse, Love of a Lifetime)
  • Dec. 10 Rob Davis, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XXXI)
  • Dec. 11 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • Dec. 11 Mark Dailey, Parma Ohio, 1.5 K runner
  • Dec. 12 Chris Walsh, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec. 12 Kurt Schulz, safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec. 12 Laurie Williams, cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder)
  • Dec. 12 Ray Ethridge, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Dec. 12 Tatianna, spanish singer (“Baile Commigo,” “Chicad de Hoy”)
  • Dec. 12 Kate Humble, English television presenter
  • Dec. 12 Rory Kennedy, American documentarian
  • Dec. 13 Carlos Hasselbaink, Dutch soccer player (VVV/FC Utrecht/Haarlem)
  • Dec. 13 Shaun Stafford, Ocala, Florida, tennis star (1992 Taipei)
  • Dec. 14 Noelle Beck, U.S. actress (“Trisha,” “Loving,” “Fletch Lives”)
  • Dec. 14 Cees Marbus, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Dec. 14 Jamie Crysdale, Canadian Football League cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Dec. 15 Garrett Wang, actor (“Star Trek Voyager”)
  • Dec. 15 Javid Hussain, Indian film producer
  • Dec. 15 Osama Ali Maher, Swedish politician

Deaths in 1968:

  • Dec. 10 Karl Barth, Swiss theologist/minister (“Kirchliche Dogma”)
  • Dec. 10 Patsy Moran, actress (“Children of the Wild”)
  • Dec. 10 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP
  • Dec. 11 Nadine Riga, dies of cerebral hemorrhage
  • Dec. 12 Tallulah Bankhead, U.S. stage/film actress (“Lifeboat”)
  • Dec. 12 Walter Robins, England cricketer
  • Dec. 13 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer
  • Dec. 15 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-1919)
  • Dec. 15 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec