• Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004 he also became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
• North Vietnam tried to grip the South with an offensive named Tet.
• Robert Kennedy was assassinated following a brief victory speech delivered just past midnight on June 5 at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, mortally wounded and unconscious, he survived for nearly 26 hours, dying early in the morning of June 6.
• Police battled protesters at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
• Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968, the crew took three days to travel to the Moon. They orbited ten times over the course of 20 hours, during which the crew made a Christmas Eve television broadcast in which they read the first 10 verses from the Book of Genesis. At the time, the broadcast was the most watched TV program ever.
• Gas was 25 cents a gallon.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “2001 Space Odyssey” “Planet of the Apes” “Barbarella”
• T.V.: “Laugh-In,” “Gomer Pyle,” “Family Affair,” “Julia,” “Gunsmoke”
• The “Summer of Love” was happening in San Francisco.
• Led Zeppelin would play live for the first time.
• Cream would play their “Farewell” at Royal Albert hall.
• Popular toys were Hot Wheels, Battling Tops, and Silly Putty
• Some memorable quotes from that year were “Book ‘em Dano,” from Hawaii Five-O “Ring around the collar,” Whisk laundry detergent and “You’ve come a long way baby.” Virginia Slims Cigarettes.
• From Ohio
• The song has been credited as being the first bubblegum #1 hit and ushering in the bubblegum pop era.
• The Lemon Pipers actually wanted to play more psychedelic music; they only recorded "Green Tambourine" because their label would have dropped them had they refused.
• They broke up in 1969, with guitarist Bill Bartlett joining Ram Jam.
• They would beat back the Beatles, Doors & Stones to claim #1.
• Here are The Lemon Pipers with “Green Tambourine”. The number 1 at 1 from February 1968.