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The Year Nineteen-Hundred and Sixty-Eight

Updated on August 6, 2014

Home is Where You Dig It

"Home is where you dig it" was the sign over the fighting bunker of Private First Class Edward, Private First Class Falls and Private First Class Morgan of the 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment, during Operation Worth, Vietnam 1968  Re-edited work
"Home is where you dig it" was the sign over the fighting bunker of Private First Class Edward, Private First Class Falls and Private First Class Morgan of the 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment, during Operation Worth, Vietnam 1968 Re-edited work | Source

Dr. King

Description   Martin Luther King, Jr.
Description Martin Luther King, Jr. | Source

Bascom Hill

Madison, Wisonsin ~ Bascom Hill, 1968, with crosses placed by students protesting the Vietnam War
Madison, Wisonsin ~ Bascom Hill, 1968, with crosses placed by students protesting the Vietnam War | Source

Six Part Video Series

The Significance of 1968

You might wonder to yourself, so what is the significance of the year 1968?

First of all, it was the year of my birth.

Congratulations! You know my age.

Secondly, and most important, it was a year of great turbulence, involving an unpopular war, and a movement of civil, feminist, and racial unrest.

Americans, nor could the rest of the world immediately recognize that their old ways of life were slowly coming to an end. Even so, the era did usher in a more modern and sometimes downright shocking existence, marking the beginings of a radical cultural evolution, which ultimately shaped the way the world lives today.

Although I wasn't alive during part of this exceptional year of upheaval; I'll let you know I took my first breath a few weeks after Robert Kennedy was assinated and 10 days before the maiden flight of the Lockheed C5 Galaxy. If you managed to narrow that down, then either you're old enough to remember the events of the day or you actually took the time to research the exact date of my birth, which might worry me.

I will leave you now with words of wisdom from a timeless poet:


A caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown

but longed for still

and his tune is heard

on the distant hill

for the caged bird

sings of freedom.

~ Maya Angelou

Timeline

~ JANUARY

The Tet Offensive reaches a crucial and shocking apex with the American public. Citizens are outraged as footage is broadcast over their televisions, showing the atrocities of war.


~ FEBUARY

Richard Nixon declares his candidacy for the Republican Presidential Nomination


~ MARCH

Students protest against Dow Chemical Recruiters, a manufacturer of the toxic chemical napalm


~ APRIL

Martin Luther King Jr. is assasinated in Memphis, Tennessee


~ MAY

US and North Vietnam peace talks in France


~ JUNE

Robert Kennedy is assasinated after winning the California Democratic Primary


~ JULY

Adoption of Gay is Good by the North American Council of Homophile Organizations


~ AUGUST

Anti-war protestors and police combat each other during Democratic National Convention


~ SEPTEMBER

Women's liberation groups protest and riot at the Miss America Beauty Pageant


~ October

Anti-war protest held by Vietnam Veterans organized in San Francisco


~ November

Richard Nixon wins the nomination for President by 500,000 votes


~ DECEMBER

More than 16,000 American soldiers in Vietnam killed in action in the year 1968


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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I have written often about this time...I was in college in 1968 and I remember that year as if it were yesterday. My love of politics died that year with RFK....my innocence died that year.....thanks for the timeline and for reviving some very vivid memories for me.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    BW ... I agree. America has lost her voice! We are prodded around like a bunch of cattle headed to the slaughter. The new generations expects this but is us, the few who grew up more than thirty years ago that remember a different country, one of better values than are expressed today. I will definitely check out your Hub "What Happened to Our Voice" Thanks for your input :)

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Ziyena, I was 11 in 1968. I remember all those things, but I also remember the spirit of love and Flower Power. America's youth spoke out in song and banded together in protest of the war and the Establishment. America had a voice. If today's citizens had the balls and values of those who grew up in the 60's, perhaps we wouldn't be plowed over by those in power now. America has lost it's voice. I wrote a hub a while back called "What Has Happened to Our Voice". It's nothing more than my opinion, but it's a strong one.

    Love In a Godda Da Vida! Great song.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thanks mmm. Lol

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    cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    interesting ..ZZZ.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thanks Cj ... I might just update that!

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    CJStone 3 years ago from Whitstable, UK

    You missed out the most important event of 1968: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1968_events_in_Fr...

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    How funny ... I have an affinity with Eric Bana :)

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    Mel Jay 3 years ago from Australia

    Enjoyable hub :) - You also share your birth year with several famous Australians including Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman, Rachael Griffiths and Eric Bana! Cheers, Mel

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