How old were you in 1968? 21



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There are many unforgettable moments from 1968 for many of us – it is regarded as a year of triumphs and tragedies. The avalanche of events played a huge role in shaping life and culture as we know it today.

In 1968, the world population was 3.5 billion and the Australian Prime Minister was John Gorton.

Here are some key moments from the year:

In January, North Korea captured the American Surveillance ship which sparked a crisis that threatened to increase Cold War tensions. In April, the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Then on the 5th of June, Robert F Kennedy (known as Bobby) was assassinated; he was 42 years old.

In less tragic news, Boeing introduced the first 747 “Jumbo Jet”, which revolutionised air travel. It had the ability to carry far more passengers than previous airlines. As well, later in the year Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon.  The astronauts circled the moon 10 times!

As well, in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, two black athletics stages a silent demonstration against racial discrimination in the United States. Do you remember this iconic moment?


In pop culture news, “In the Heat of the Night” by Walter Mirisch won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. In music, “Hey Jude” by The Beatles grabbed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 followed by “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat and “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro. Did you love these tracks?

What are your memories from 1968?

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  1. I turned 26 in 1968. Remember all the listed events quite clearly.

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    • I was 21. I remember it like yesterday. The 60’s was a wonderful, exciting and sad era all rolled into one.

  2. My triumph for 1968 was on the 15th February with the birth of our twin sons. Life would never be the same. It just got better and a bit busier.

  3. I was 18 in 1968 and having loads of fun with friends and Family.

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    • Hi i was 18 in 1968 working hard to get some where in life part time at tech becoming a farmer in UK

  4. I turned 21 on August 10 and got married a week later !!! ( BTW…. Still married to same man ! )

  5. 13……… Form 2… Form parties…. Boys….. Pop music….. Dancing in our bedrooms to singles on the portable record player…. Uptight on Saturday mornings hosted by Ross D. Wylie…. (Dad yelling at us every few minutes to “turn that racket down!” 😃) Molly was on the hits or misses panel with Grant Rule, Lily Brett & ??? and ran? Go-Set magazine…… magical days….. unless you knew someone who was called up…….😢

  6. I turned 20, got married the next year in May, the year MAN WALKED ON THE MOON. My father in law who was a barber in Kerang Victoria used to cut John Gortons hair.

  7. I was 23 married for 2 years and busy getting ready to emigrate as a ten pound Pom in early 1969 I was also working at Boots chemist training to be a beautician

  8. I was 22 in 1968. Had 2 children by the end of that year. I remember the Wahine disaster in that year. I also remember the Beatles being the phenominum of that area, sooo good. Elvis Presley was my love, as well as my husband Lol

  9. I turned 15 in October 1968, still at school and remember watching the moon landing in the gym at school.

  10. Joined the the Airforce as an Airfield Defence Guard on 9th April, turned twenty on 6th may, then headed to Viet Nam.

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