Another chance to hear the highlights of Radio 4's 1968 Day by Day series.
Another chance to hear the highlights of Radio 4's 1968 Day by Day series, presented by Sir John Tusa.
Retracing the major political, cultural and social events of 1968 as they happened, including the Paris riots, the Prague Spring, Enoch Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech and the shootings of Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy.
Plus the everyday stories that made the headlines or raised a smile, from rock and roll to red rain.
Robert Kennedy announces his candidacy for President of the United States, the UK is in the midst of a financial crisis and London witnesses anti-Vietnam protests.
Central London cleans up after Sunday's anti-Vietnam riots, the London stock market opens amidst a financial crisis and the search for gold continues in Devon.
The Chancellor raises taxes by almost a billion pounds, Andy Warhol's first UK exhibition opens in London and England win the Fourth Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain.
The Duke of Edinburgh becomes the first member of the Royal family to allow himself to be interviewed live on television.
Retired US general David Shoup tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that a military victory cannot be won in South Vietnam alone.
Trouble flares in the Middle East, troop numbers in Vietnam are dramatically increased, and a research team in Birmingham attempts to determine a woman's social status through the shape of her legs.
Prime Minister Harold Wilson faces student protests, the March 22nd Movement is formed in France and heavy fighting continues in Biafra.
Yippies take over Grand Central Station in New York, Leeds United beat Manchester City to stay at the top of the first division and France win Rugby's Grand Slam.
Alistair Cooke broadcasts his 1,000th Letter from America, Harlem senator Adam Clayton Powell warns of racial civil war in the US, the Roman Catholic Church challenges the suppression of students in Poland and London sees a fresh wave of anti-war protests.
Aer Lingus flight 712 crashes in the Irish Sea killing 61 people, The Monkees TV series comes to an end, bubonic plague breaks out in Vietnam, and the river Ouse breaks its banks in a shock flood.
Paul Mccartney returns from meditating in the Himalayas, Joan Baez marries draft resistance leader David Harris, the Americans unleash the F111 plane in Vietnam and Czechoslovakia reveals new democratic reforms.
Celebrations and protests mark 50 years of female suffrage in the UK, campaigning takes place for tomorrow's by-elections, the US lifts travel restrictions to some Communist countries, and Yuri Gagarin dies.
Martin Luther King leads a protest in Memphis that ends in disaster, an F111 plane goes missing in Vietnam, student uprisings break out in Poland, Spain and Japan, and a new production of Oedipus is staged.
The UK sees a landslide Tory victory in the by-elections, a revolutionary new surgical material is used, the Liverpool bus strike rages on, and a take-over bid for Aintree is unveiled.
Yuri Gagarin is buried, the Yardbirds record a legendary gig, Czechoslovakia's new president is sworn in, and Pinky and Perky come to an end.
Lyndon Johnson signals the end to his presidency, riots break out in Japan and newspaper magnate Cecil King criticises the Wilson government.
Robert Kennedy reacts to Lyndon Johnson's decision not to seek another term as president, the gold market reopens in London and Portsmouth grocer Alec Rose rounds Cape Horn.
Snow covers much of Britain, spinsters are put under the spotlight on the BBC and two bombs placed by the Baader-Meinhof group explode in Frankfurt.
Clyde the elephant flies into Vietnam, England win the series in the West Indies and Dr Martin Luther King delivers a speech in Memphis, Tennessee.
The assassination of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King in Memphis marks a dark day in American history.
Riots rage in America following the death of Dr Martin Luther King, Barbara Castle becomes Minister of Labour and the BBC is accused of television fakery.
Cliff Richard aims for the top spot in the Eurovision Song Contest, Sammy Davis Jnr pleads for the rioting to stop in America and the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth is sold.
Palm Sunday is declared a day of mourning for Martin Luther King as rioting continues in America.
Motor racing hero Jim Clark dies.
Hanoi and Washington enter into talks, a Boeing 707 plane crashes at Heathrow and archaeological excavations at Silbury Hill commence.
Martin Luther King's funeral takes place.
Dubcek's Czechoslovakian government publish their statement of intent.
Labour details the forthcoming Race Relations Bill and a glass car is seen on the streets of London.
The TUC ignores the government pay ceilings and accusations of racism are levelled at London Transport.
Militant German student leader Rudi Dutschke survives an assassination attempt.
America's Civil Rights Bill is signed by President Lyndon B Johnson, and the leader of Biafra speaks out.
A human rights pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral continues and Blackpool holidays are under threat.
The first of a series of major Mafia trials begins in Sicily, German students riot after Rudi Dutschke survives an assassination attempt, and Julie Felix sings at the CND march.
On Easter Sunday, further rioting in Germany follows the shooting of Rudi Dutschke, the Pope condemns the war in Vietnam and the BBC go behind the scenes at London's Playboy club.
Aldermaston marchers reach Trafalgar Square, conflict in Israel escalates and the FBI close in on Martin Luther King's killer.
America announces the beginning of the slow process of returning Vietnam to the Vietnamese.
Britain withdraws from the European space programme and foot-and-mouth restrictions are lifted.
Decimalisation of the UK's currency begins, conductor Sir John Barbirolli retires and Sir Learie Constantine is appointed as the first black rector of St Andrews University.
Greeks around the world protest at the ruling junta as the first anniversary of their coup approaches.
Wales prepares to welcome a new prince and Tory MP Humphrey Berkeley resigns over his party's policies on race.
PM Harold Wilson takes a tough line with the unions, school children protest and present petitions to Parliament, and London Bridge is sold to an American company.
Race is the issue on both sides of the Atlantic.
Enoch Powell delivers his notorious Rivers of Blood speech and Chicago's Mayor Daley defends his shoot-to kill-policy.
In Trafalgar Square, 5,000 people protest against the military junta in Greece.
Despite snow earlier in the month, it is the hottest April day since 1949.
Steel workers strike in support of Enoch Powell
Dockers march on Parliament in support of Enoch Powell.
Decimal coins are introduced.
Divisions at the Columbia University protest begin to show.
The American base at Khe Sanh in Vietnam is shown not to be as safe as previously thought.
The Abortion Act comes into force, the Sherlock Holmes Society begin their pilgrimage to the Reichenbach Falls, and Martin Luther King's widow delivers his 10 Commandments on Vietnam.
Thousands march through London to protest against Enoch Powell, students in New York continue their occupation of Columbia University and a piano is dropped from a great height in Washington State.
Ralph Abernathy delivers his first speech since taking over from Martin Luther King, Enoch Powell returns from Canada and the musical Hair makes its debut on Broadway.
Police break up the student uprising at Columbia University, the first European heart transplant patient dies and more than forty members of the Sherlock Holmes Society head for Switzerland.
May Day brings the traditional marches.
On its fortieth anniversary, the Flying Scotsman runs non-stop from London to Edinburgh.
Bill Haley and the Comets play the Albert Hall.
In France, Nanterre University is closed.
The Duke of Edinburgh has a close encounter with an orang-utan.
Israel celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Students protest in Paris, obesity is reported to be more damaging than smoking and the US and North Vietnam finally agree where to hold peace talks.
Britain's first heart transplant patient comes round, shocking images emerge from Vietnam and people in Beirut take to the streets.
Parisian students take to the streets.
Buffalo Springfield play their last ever gig.
Harold Wilson talks about race relations in Birmingham.
Spain closes its border with Gibraltar.
The Virgin Mary is seen by thousands in Cairo.
The Viet Cong attack Saigon.
Sikh candidates from both Labour and Conservative parties canvass in local elections for the first time.
Robert Kennedy wins the Indiana primary.
Rome holds the first European International Festival of Pop Music.
The Krays are arrested.
SNP trounce Labour in Scottish council elections.
England defeat Spain in the European Championship qualifier.
Labour suffers heavy losses in local elections.
Sir John Barbirolli announces his last performance.
Press baron Cecil King attacks Harold Wilson.
2001: A Space Odyssey is released in the UK.
Analysis suggests that recent Tory victories may be an anti-immigration vote.
The Sorbonne is reopened in Paris.
Students riot in Bonn.
The Rolling Stones film their Jumpin' Jack Flash promo.
In the US, the Poor People's March reaches Washington.
Noele Gordon quits Crossroads.
The hit TV series The Railway Children begins.
A general strike brings Paris to a halt.
Crucial Vietnam peace talks begin.
American football coaches come to England looking for kickers.
US presidential candidates try to woo farmers.
A newspaper strike hits the UK.
Bob Hope tries to work out how much he is worth.
Reporters witness the devastating aftermath of the Battle of Saigon.
Trouble continues in Paris.
Apparently, horoscopes were sorely missed during yesterday's newspaper strike.
Four die when part of a high-rise block collapses at Ronan Point in London.
A TV documentary tries to work out why everyone is always going on strike.
Prince Philip apologises for offending Australians.
The clear-up begins after the Ronan Point disaster.
Forged tickets cause havoc at the FA Cup Final.
The Cannes Film Festival is abandoned due to protests.
Strikes spread across France.
No public transport is running and tourists are heading home.
Reporters witness bitter fighting as the Nigerian army captures the Biafran stronghold of Port Harcourt.
Half of all French workers are on strike, with violence erupting between Nationalists and Communists.
French student leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit is sent back to his native Germany.
Turmoil in France continues.
The Kray brothers are charged with conspiracy to murder and the Liverpool bus strike finally ends.
Reporters witness the aftermath of violent street battles across France.
Welsh nationalists detonate a bomb in Cardiff.
11-year-old murderer Mary Bell's first victim is discovered.
Anarchists in London try to storm the French embassy.
There is student unrest in Germany, but French protest leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit is the star attraction.
Welsh nationalist extremists set off another bomb.
Douglas Bader returns to Bomber Command.
Students take over Hornsey College of Art.
A Kennedy loses for the first time.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit sneaks back into France.
General De Gaulle is in a defiant mood.
Manchester United win the European Cup.
Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe gets married.
Thirty-four men, one woman and a dog get ready to set sail from Plymouth.
One of the last public executioners shows his sensitive side.
Biafran peace talks collapse.
Anti-Vietnam War protests erupt in Delhi.
British diplomats plead with Yugoslavia for the freedom of coach driver Philip Dobson.
Andy Williams performs in the UK for the first time.
Andy Warhol is shot.
Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland split up.
Scientologists are turned away from the UK.
Teachers start supporting the protest by Hornsey students.
De Gaulle is forced to borrow 310 million dollars from the IMF.
Robert Kennedy is shot.
Police hold gunman Sirhan Sirhan.
Robert Kennedy dies.
The Rolling Stones re-write a line in Sympathy for the Devil to reflect the assassination.
Chay Blyth embarks upon a circumnavigation of the world.
ETA carry out their first assassination.
Martin Luther King's killer is caught at Heathrow.
Convicted coach driver Philip Dobson is pardoned by President Tito.
Edward Kennedy delivers Bobby's eulogy.
John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 40 years ago.
President Tito concedes to protesting students.
Jimmy Savile improves Anglo-French relations.
Soldiers try to clean up France.
General Westmoreland leaves Vietnam with a bleak prediction for the war's future.
Italy win the European Championships.
Controversy erupts over Rhodesian sanctions.
A drowned boy becomes a martyr for Paris students.
Henry Cooper is involved in controversy at Eton.
The Beatles show signs of tension in the studio.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit arrives in London.
The UN approves the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
The French government bans demonstrations.
Dr Spock is tried for helping evade conscription.
The BBC airs its controversial Students In Revolt programme.
Johnny Cash releases his seminal album Live at Folsom Prison.
Women at Ford's Dagenham plant go on strike.
Greek Communist leader Tony Ambatielos is granted asylum in the UK.
Paris students kick Congolese mercenaries out of the Sorbonne.
Roy Jenkins warns the House of Lords not to oppose the Commons.
John Arlott becomes president of the Cricketers' Association.
French police retake the Sorbonne from the students.
Planes are grounded as a pilots' strike begins at Heathrow.
Edward Kennedy speaks to the American nation.
Fred West, Britain's first heart transplant patient, is critical.
Louis Armstrong begins a two-week residency in Yorkshire.
The women machinists' strike at Ford's plant in Dagenham begins to spread.
Three British protestors are released from a Moscow jail.
France counts the cost of months of unrest.
John Lennon's play In His Own Write opens at the National Theatre.
Nelson Rockefeller throws his hat into the ring in the Republican race for the US Presidency.
Enoch Powell faces more student protests.
The future of the House of Lords hangs in the balance.
Vice President Hubert Humphrey launches his campaign for the US presidency.
James Earl Ray's defence lawyer arrives in London.
Industrial unrest deepens in the UK.
French election campaigns draw to a close.
Wimbledon allows professionals onto the courts for the first time.
Women from Ford's Dagenham plant, currently striking, hold emergency talks with Employment Secretary Barbara Castle.
The first round of elections takes place in France.
A work-to-rule by unions brings chaos to Britain's railways.
In Washington, Resurrection City is shut down by police.
Foot and mouth restrictions are lifted in the UK.
Violence erupts on the streets of Glasgow.
Civil service reforms are announced.
Labour loses the Nelson and Colne by-election.
Welsh extremists strike again.
John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 40 years ago.
John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 40 years ago.
A landmark victory for President de Gaulle's party in the second round of the French elections.
Red rain falls over much of Britain.
Yorkshire County Cricket club beat the touring Australians by an innings and 69 runs.
Mixed marriages come under the spotlight.
The round-the-world yachtsman Alec Rose returns from his 354-day journey.
Rod Laver beats Tony Roche to win Wimbledon in straight sets.
As 150,000 face starvation, ten tons of relief supplies are airlifted into Biafra.
Anti-racism marchers clash with Enoch Powell supporters in Whitehall, leading to 23 arrests.
In London's Hyde Park, 5,000 protest in favour of legalising cannabis.
Australian police continue to lay siege to Sydney gunman Wally Mellish.
Guitarist and vocalist Eric Clapton announces the break-up of Cream because of a loss of direction.
Singer Frankie Vaughan becomes an unlikely mediator between violent Glasgow youth gangs.
Southampton busmen protest against pay freezes with a go-slow campaign.
Seatbelt laws come into effect, leaving 100,000 car owners driving illegally.
Bastille Day sees protestors returning to the streets of Paris.
Sir Hugh Greene announces his retirement as the BBC's Director General.
Americans reinvent football.
President Abdel-Rahman Aref of Iraq is overthrown in a coup that brings Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party to power.
Labour hold off a strong challenge from Plaid Cymru's Phil Williams in the Caerphilly by-election.
Vietnam peace talks take place in Honolulu.
Jane Asher announces that she has split from Paul Mccartney
A protest against the Vietnam war erupts into violence in London's Grosvenor Square.
An inquiry by Sir John Newsome into the education system publishes its recommendations.
An El Al flight en route to Tel Aviv is hijacked by three Palestinian militants.
Widespread rioting erupts in Cleveland, Ohio, after two unarmed police officers are shot.
A man is found crucified on a seven-foot cross on Hampstead Heath.
Strangely, there is no bleeding.
Mick Jagger celebrates his 25th birthday with a preview of the new Rolling Stones album Beggars Banquet.
Preliminary peace talks between Nigeria and breakaway Biafra end inconclusively.
Eldridge Cleaver, civil rights activist, Black Panther and US presidential candidate, makes a speech.
The BBC screens the futuristic drama The Year of the Sex Olympics, which predicts the advent of reality TV.
The Archbishop of Canterbury disagrees with the Pope's recent ruling against artificial means of contraception.
The first ever episode of Dad's Army is aired on BBC TV.
Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan calls for an honourable peace in Vietnam.
As talks continue between Czech and Soviet leaders, demonstrators in Prague call for greater Czech sovereignty.
Sirhan Sirhan appears in court, accused of the murder of Senator Bobby Kennedy.
US sprinter Tommy Smith backs a proposed boycott of the Mexico Olympics by black American athletes.
Peace talks commence in Addis Ababa between Nigeria and breakaway Biafra.
Canning Town Residents Associations fight attempts to rehouse victims of the Ronan Point disaster in tower blocks.
Ukranian students demonstrate against political arrests in the USSR outside the Soviet embassy in London.
Richard Nixon wins the Republican Party's nomination for the presidential election.
48 passengers die as a British airliner carrying holiday-makers to Austria crashes near Munich.
A stand collapses at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Kempton Park, injuring dozens of teenagers.
Leonard Cohen appears on the BBC's Top Gear radio programme.
Riots in Los Angeles leave three dead.
Georgios Papadopoulos, leader of the ruling military junta in Greece, survives an assassination attempt.
Two deputy editors of the Czech Communist party newspaper are suspended.
Record producer Mickie Most explains the secret of his success.
Sixty Roman Catholic Priests join a revolt against the Pope's ban on the pill.
A BBC programme examines democracy in America.
Opposition to the Pope's ruling against artificial birth control mounts.
Two planes collide over the Norfolk town of Holt.
Soviet troops begin their invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia wakes to the news that Soviet troops are occupying its major cities.
Demonstrations take place in London as opposition to the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia mounts.
Czechoslovak workers strike in protest against the Soviet invasion.
Concern grows over the whereabouts of Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek
Thousands attend a rally for Czechoslovakian freedom in London's Hyde Park.
The Democratic Party convention opens in Chicago.
Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek returns from Moscow and broadcasts an emotional plea to the nation.
Cricketer Basil D'Oliveira is controversially left out of the squad to tour South Africa.
Hubert Humphrey is chosen as the Democratic candidate for the White House.
Several of Eugene McCarthy's staff are beaten after Chicago police raid their headquarters.
Nigerian leader Yakubu Gowon signals that the Biafran conflict could soon be over.