Category Archives: 1960s

American B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashes in Greenland 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)


Video: 'H-Bomb Armed B-52 Crash Cleanup in Greenland: "Crested Ice" 1968 USAF Strategic Air Command'

(Sunday, January 21, 1968, 3:39 p.m. EST; during the Cold War) — An American B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed in flames into the ice off Greenland today while attempting to make an emergency landing at the Thule Air Force Base, killing one crew member and scattering radioactive material. Continue reading American B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashes in Greenland 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)

North Korean commandos target South Korean president 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)


Video: 'Kim Shin Jo: Sole Survivor'

(Sunday, January 21, 1968, shortly after 10:00 p.m. KST; during the Cold War) — A 31-member North Korean assault team tried but failed to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung-hee tonight at his official residence, the Blue House, in Seoul. Continue reading North Korean commandos target South Korean president 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)

Battle of Khe Sanh begins in South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)


Video: 'The Battle of Khe Sanh - 1968 | Today in History | 21 Jan 17'

(Sunday, January 21, 1968, 5:30 a.m. Saigon Standard Time; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — The Battle of Khe Sanh began today as the North Vietnamese Army began shelling a U.S. Marine combat base south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) while operating under the cover of a morning fog. Continue reading Battle of Khe Sanh begins in South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)

Actress Sharon Tate marries film director Roman Polanski 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)


Video: 'Roman Polanski & Sharon Tate: A Star Studded London Wedding (1968) | British Pathé'

(Saturday, January 20, 1968) — Actress Sharon Tate, 24, married film director Roman Polanski, 34, at a ceremony today at the Chelsea Registry Office in London. Continue reading Actress Sharon Tate marries film director Roman Polanski 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)

‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’ by John Fred & His Playboy Band peaks at #1 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)

(Saturday, January 20, 1968)“Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” by John Fred & His Playboy Band peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two consecutive weeks (Jan. 20/27, 1968). Continue reading ‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’ by John Fred & His Playboy Band peaks at #1 in USA 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1968)

Harrison, Lennon attend fashion show in London 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)


Video: 'Revolution Club, London 18.01.1968 (Filmed 25.01)'

(Thursday, January 18, 1968, evening GMT) — George Harrison and John Lennon of The Beatles attended a fashion show organised by the exclusive boutique Quorum today at the Revolution club at 14-16 Bruton Place in London’s Mayfair. Continue reading Harrison, Lennon attend fashion show in London 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)

Eartha Kitt makes First Lady cry 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)


Video: 'Eartha Kitt Said Black Lives Matter in 1968'

(Thursday, January 18, 1968, at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST) — Singer Eartha Kitt, having debuted as the third actress to play the role of Catwoman in the Batman TV series a month ago, stunned other guests at a White House luncheon today when she angrily told Lady Bird Johnson that American youth was rebelling because of the Vietnam War. Continue reading Eartha Kitt makes First Lady cry 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 18 1968)

LBJ talks Vietnam, presses programs 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 17 1968)


Video: 'President Johnson's 1968 State of the Union Address, 1/17/68. MP200.'

(Wednesday, January 17, 1968, 9:05 p.m. EST; during the Vietnam War and the African-American civil rights movement (1954–1968)) — U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson said tonight he’s not yet satisfied that Hanoi had met his requirements for a bombing halt of North Vietnam and he outlined an expanded program of legislation for the cities and the hard-core unemployed, in his 1968 State of the Union Address. Continue reading LBJ talks Vietnam, presses programs 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 17 1968)

King celebrates 39th birthday 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 15 1968)


Video: 'Eyes On The Prize - (Part 10) The Promised Land 1967–1968' (Jan. 15, 1968, at 18:02)

(Monday, January 15, 1968, 2:00 p.m. EST; during the African-American civil rights movement (1954–1968)) — Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., recruiting volunteers and raising money for the Poor People’s Campaign, took a few minutes today to celebrate his 39th (and as it turned out, his final) birthday today at a surprise party at Ebenezer Baptist’s old educational building in Atlanta. Continue reading King celebrates 39th birthday 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 15 1968)