Half a century has passed (yes, I am now measuring my age in centuries, not years.) It’s still snowing and Elizabeth II is still queen, but everything else has changed. Too many things to list, so I won’t attempt it. But let’s take a look at the highlights of 1968 – an interesting and eventful year, by any measure.
- The Prague Spring – a short-lived period of liberalization in Czechoslovakia – began in January and was crushed by Soviet tanks in the summer.
- North Korea attacked and captured a US spy ship.
- The Tet Offensive began in Vietnam.
- The film 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered.
- Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.
- London Bridge was sold to an American millionaire, who moved it to Arizona.
- The semiconductor company Intel was founded.
- Pope Paul VI issued an encyclical forbidding birth control.
- The last steam passenger train ran in Britain.
- France tested its first hydrogen bomb.
- The Troubles began in Northern Ireland.
- NASA launched Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission.
- Richard Nixon won the US Presidential election.
- Yale University opened its doors to women.
- The first pulsar was discovered.
- Abortion was legalized in the UK.
- Britain’s M1 motorway opened.
Wow! That’s an amazing list of milestones and events, even by present-day standards.
I share my birth year with quite a few celebs too – Daniel Craig, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue, Gillian Anderson, Guy Ritchie, Will Smith and Hugh Jackman, to mention a few.
All in all, 1968 was a pretty interesting year, and I’m looking forward to finding out how 2068 measures up. I hope you’ll join me then!