Joseph Yablonski, who had campaigned against corruption for the presidency of the United Mine Workers, was found murdered along with his wife and daughter.
Millionaire H. Ross Perot gave up on his attempt to deliver Christmas presents to American POWs in North Viet Nam via the chartered jet Peace On Earth.
The so-called Chicago Seven were found not guilty of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. But five of them were found guilty of crossing state lines for the purpose of inciting a riot, resulting in five-year sentences.
Black militant Angela Davis was indicted on murder and conspiracy charges.
The FBI captured Father Daniel Berrigan, the Rhode Island priest who advocated burning draft cards to protest the Viet Nam War. He and his brother, Father Phillip Berrigan, were accused by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover of plotting to kidnap Nixon aide Henry Kissinger and blow up a federal building.
On May 4th, Ohio National Guard troops killed four students at Kent State University who were protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. Five days later, 100,000 anti-war protesters rallied in Washington.
The Spiro T. Agnew Wrist Watch — bearing the likeness of the vice president — became a hot seller.
The Apollo 13 crew returned to Earth following a harrowing mission in which they repaired their ship with duct tape following an oxygen tank explosion.
The Army appointed the nation's first two female generals.
26 people were killed when Hurricane Celia crossed Florida and the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Construction of New York's World Trade Center was completed.
Hello, Dolly! closed on Broadway after 2,850 performances.
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel won Grammy awards for Record, Song and Album Of The Year. Vice President Agnew stated that the song was about heroin addiction. Other hits included I'll Be There by the Jackson Five, My Sweet Lord by George Harrison, Let It Be by the Beatles and I Think I Love You by TV's Partridge Family.
The Mary Tyler Moore show debuted. CBS canceled The Ed Sullivan Show.