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.
The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes is published.
The Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is also published.
The Kingdom of Swaziland, a British colony surrounded by South Africa is granted its independence.
Lucio Fontana, Italian painter and sculptor, passes away in his mother’s hometown of Comabbio, Italy.
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour debuts on NBC and runs for two seasons.
Henry Kissinger begins a relationship with candidate Richard Nixon’s foreign policy advisor, Richard V. Allen. Kissinger would later be appointed as Nixon’s National Security Advisor and then later, U.S. Secretary of State.
Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand, is released in theaters.
The television show, Adam-12, debuts on NBC.
Mayberry R.F.D., a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, premiers.
60 Minutes debuts on CBS.
Sly & the Family Stone release the album, Life.
Shirley Jackson‘s book, Come Along With Me; Part of a Novel, Sixteen Stories and Three Lectures, is published.
Be sure to come back at the end of next month for events from October 1968!