• U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
• Police battled protesters at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
• We saw the first live broadcast from the moon as Apollo 8 circled above.
• North Korea grabbed one of our warships.
• Apollo 8 Astronauts (William Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell) were on the cover of Time Magazine.
• Gas was 25 cents a gallon.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIE: “2001 Space Odyssey” “Planet of the Apes” & “The Graduate”
• T.V.: “Laugh-In”, “Bonanza” and “Gomer Pyle”
• “Led Zeppelin would play live for the first time at Surrey University in England.
• Cream played for the last time at Royal Albert hall.
• Allen K Breed invents an air bag that deploys and inflates automatically on violent impact using nitrogen gas.
• The first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents.
• Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray.
• Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
• Frankie Lymon, Ex-Teenagers singer, is found dead from a heroin overdose in Harlem.
• It was first recorded by Otis Redding in 1967, just days before his death.
• It was released posthumously on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US.
• The song is co-written by singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. Redding wrote the first verse of the song, under the abbreviated title "Dock of the Bay," on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito,California
• When Otis recorded this, he and Cropper didn't have a last verse written, so he whistled it. He planned to return to Memphis and fill in the verse but he died before he had the chance. When Cropper produced the song, he left the whistling in, and it fit the mood of the song perfectly. It is probably the most famous whistling in any song.
• Here’s “(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay” your # 1 @ 1 from March 1968.