As part of the national celebration of the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution, Portland Public Library will be giving out FREE pocket-sized copies the US Constitution. These will be available on a first come first serve basis starting on September 17, 2018, while supplies last. For details please contact the Research Desk at 207-871-1700 X 725
The 1968 Project aims to highlight some of the historic events of the year. From protests and famous battles to chart-topping popular hits and box office smashing film, 1968 was a huge historical year with reverberations that we still feel today. The 1968 Project looks to grab snippets of these events on a monthly basis and list them here with links for further exploration.
Canada begins to replace their currency containing silver, with nickel.
August 3rd Hang ’em High, starring Clint Eastwood is released in theaters.
A protest against the discrimination of Black citizens turned violent after police arrived to disperse the crowd in the neighborhood of Liberty City, outside of Miami. The protest was arranged to coincide with the Republican National Convention being held in Miami.
August 11th The Beatles release their own record label, Apple Records.
Big Brother and the Holding Company releases Cheap Thrills.
The 170 members of the Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee decide to invade Czechoslovakia.
Actress, Mia Farrow drove across the border from El Paso, Texas into Mexico in order to obtain a divorce from singer, Frank Sinatra. The pair had been married for roughly 8 months.
Saundra Williams of Pennsylvania, becomes the first Miss Black America. Miss Black America was created in protest to the Miss America Pageant as they saw a disproportionate amount of minorities in that pagent.
Physicist and science writer, George Gamow passed away at age 64.
The Prague Spring ends as 500,000 Soviet troops, 6,300 tanks, 550 combat aircraft and 250 transport planes cross the border into Czechoslovakia. This was the largest military exercise since the end of WWII.
Photo from “CIA Analysis of the Warsaw Pact Forces: The Importance of Clandestine Reporting”
Etta James releases her album, Tell Mama.
Nigeria launched its final assault against secessionist Biafra. Over the next several months, thousands of civilians were slaughtered as troops were instructed to “shoot anything that moves.”
August 25th Arthur Ashe becomes the first African American to win the tennis US Singles Tournament.
The Beatles release Hey Jude, which becomes their highest selling single ever.