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What happened in 1968 major news stories include dr christian barnard performs the first successful heart transplant assassination of martin luther king jr the first big mac goes on sale in mcdonalds costing 49 cents boeing 747 made its maiden flight emergency 911 telephone service is started . Movements that had been building along the primary fault lines of the 1960s the vietnam war the cold war civil rights human rights youth culture exploded with force in 1968. Historical events in 1968 see what famous scandalous and important events happened in 1968 or search by date or keyword. 1968 in the united states was marked by several major historical events it is often considered to be one of the most turbulent and traumatic years of the 20th century in the united states the year began with the tet offensive in the midst of the vietnam war which reached its climax after president lyndon b johnson signed legislation allowing for an increased maximum number of troops on . This timeline focuses on some major events of 1968 when necessary or indicated contextual background material or certain subsequent events will be referenced in the text. 1968 is arguably the most historic year in modern us history explore cnns the sixties thursday at 9 pm