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Shock Year: 1968

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May 2
NBA Champions

The Boston Celtics defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2, in the 22nd National Basketball Association championship.

Chinese Journalists Invited

The United States Information Agency invites Chinese journalists to cover the 1968 presidential elections.

May 3
Peace Talks Planned

American and North Vietnamese negotiators agree to begin peace talks in Paris within the month.

May 6
Paris Protests

Student protests in France climax on "Bloody Monday" when police clash with several thousand demonstrators in Paris' Latin Quarter. The students capture the support of French unionists, millions of whom will join in sympathetic strikes in the coming weeks. French president Charles de Gaulle asserts control, making strident radio addresses and mobilizing troops to prevent disorder.

May 7
Indiana Primary

Robert Kennedy wins an important primary test in Indiana, with 42 percent of the vote. He also wins in the District of Columbia.

May 8
Perfect Game Pitched

Jim (Catfish) Hunter of the Oakland Athletics pitches a perfect game -- a matchup in which no batters make it to first base -- against the Minnesota Twins. The A's win, 4-0. The game is one of only ten perfect games recorded in the history of the National Baseball League.

Controversial Pulitzer

White author William Styron receives the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Confessions of Nat Turner, a book based on the true story of an 1831 slave revolt in Virginia. Some black intellectuals, including Cornell historian John Henrik Clarke, publish a critical response to the book.

May 11
Stanley Cup

The Montreal Canadiens sweep the St. Louis Blues in 4 games to win the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup.

Nebraska Primary May 14
Nebraska Primary

Robert Kennedy wins the Nebraska primary with 51.5 percent of the vote. As a warning shot to Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who still has not entered the race, Kennedy declares that by winning more than 80 percent combined, he and McCarthy have repudiated the Johnson-Humphrey Vietnam policy.

Nuclear Sub Missing May 21
Nuclear Sub Missing

An American nuclear-powered sub, the U.S.S. Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, is reported missing. It will later be found, with a damaged hull, at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, near the Azores. The cause of the damage will never be determined conclusively.

May 28
Oregon Primary

Eugene McCarthy wins the popular vote in the Oregon primary, demonstrating his viability and raising the stakes of his upcoming showdown with Robert Kennedy in California. The Oregon primary is the first time a Kennedy has ever lost an election.

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