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Shock Year: 1968

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October 2
Mexico City Violence

Only ten days before the Summer Olympic games are scheduled to begin, demonstrations in Mexico City, Mexico result in army troops killing more than 300 student protesters.

October 7
RFK Scholarship

RFK's widow, Ethel Kennedy, creates the Robert F. Kennedy Scholarship at her daughters' school, the Stone Ridge Country Day School. It will be awarded annually to an African-American child living in an urban area of Washington D.C.

Baseball Champs October 10
Baseball Champs

The Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3, to win Major League Baseball's World Series.

Apollo 7 Mission October 11
Apollo 7 Mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Apollo 7 spacecraft is launched into orbit, carrying three astronauts on board. The first space exploration mission with a live television downlink, Apollo 7 transmits footage of the astronauts and floating objects at zero gravity inside the spacecraft. At about six minutes after takeoff, Commander Walter Schirra reports, "She is riding like a dream."

October 12
Summer Olympics

The 19th Summer Olympic games open in Mexico City, Mexico. At 7,349 feet above sea level, the thin air hinders athletes' ability to compete up to par on endurance events -- but assists in the creation of new world records in sprinting and jumping events.

October 16
Medals Ceremony Protest

200-meter sprint medalists "Jet" Smith and John Carlos lower their heads and raise black-gloved fists during the playing of the American anthem, in protest of racism in the U.S.

Eldridge Cleaver October 18
Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information for the controversial Black Panther Party and presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party, speaks at American University.

October 29
RFK Memorial

The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a non-profit organization, is established as a "living memorial" to promote Kennedy's ideals both at home and overseas. It initiates awards and fellowship programs, as well as a center for human rights.

October 31
Bombing Halted

President Johnson announces that the U.S. military will cease all bombing in North Vietnam.

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