Some historical events from 1968:
January 1968: The worlds first heart transplant was carried out. Alexander Dubceck became the new Prime Minister of Czecholslovakia. The Soviet Union launched the manned Soyuz 4 spacecraft. The Soviet Union launched the manned Soyuz 5 spacecraft. The motor manufacturer British Leyland was formed, from the merger of two companies. The Island of Mauritius became independent of Britain.
February 1968: The world's largest hovercraft was launched at Cowes, Isle of Wight. The discovery of the first pulsar in space was announced. English astronomer Jocelyn Burnell announced the discovery of the first pulsar.
March 1968: Mauritius, in the Indian ocean island, was granted independence after 158 years of British rule. The first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, was killed in a plane crash.
April 1968: Martin Luther King, the US black civil rights leader, was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee. Apollo 6, an unmanned test spacecraft, was launched on a Saturn V rocket. An oil tycoon bought the old London Bridge, and shipped it stone by stone to the USA. Britain's first decimal coins, the 5p and 10p, were issued in preparation for decimalization. The largest underground nuclear device ever to be tested in the US exploded in Nevada.
May 1968: Legoland, in Denmark, was opened.
June 1968: US Senator Robert Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles. NHS Prescription charges began. A stampede at an Argentinian football match left 73 dead. Tony Hancock, the famous English comedian, died. Gaullists won victory in the French National Assembly elections.
July 1968: Alec Rose reached Portsmouth after sailing around the world, single handed.
August 1968: Russian and Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia.
September 1968: Second class post was introduced in the UK. Theatre censorship in Britain was abolished.
October 1968: The US spacecraft Apollo 7 was launched from Cape Kennedy, with a crew of three. In London, the new Euston railway station was opened.
November 1968: Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman, to be elected to the US House of Representatives . The Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth ended its final transatlantic journey. Enid Blyton, the childrens writer and creator of 'Noddy', died.
December 1968: Doug Engelbart demonstrates first computer mouse at Stanford. Prize winning author, John Steinbeck, died in New York ('Grapes of Wrath' & 'Of Mice And Men').