List of Famous people who died in 1968

Martin Luther King Jr.

Michael King
First Name Martin
Last Name Jr.
Born on January 15, 1929
Died on April 4, 1968 (aged 39)

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. He was the son of early civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Sr..

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Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Francis Kennedy
First Name Robert
Last Name Kennedy
Born on November 20, 1925
Died on June 6, 1968 (aged 42)

Robert Francis Kennedy, also referred to by his initials RFK and occasionally by the nickname Bobby, was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. He was, like his brothers John and Edward, a prominent member of the Democratic Party and has come to be viewed by some historians as an icon of modern American liberalism.

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Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller
First Name Helen
Last Name Keller
Born on June 27, 1880
Died on June 1, 1968 (aged 87)

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Born in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, she lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. She then communicated primarily using home signs until the age of seven when she met her first teacher and life-long companion Anne Sullivan, who taught her language, including reading and writing; Sullivan's first lessons involved spelling words on Keller's hand to show her the names of objects around her. She also learned how to speak and to understand other people's speech using the Tadoma method. After an education at both specialist and mainstream schools, she attended Radcliffe College of Harvard University and became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) from 1924 until 1968, during which time she toured the United States and traveled to 39 countries around the globe advocating for those with vision loss.

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Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku
First Name Duke
Last Name Kahanamoku
Born on August 24, 1890
Died on January 22, 1968 (aged 77)
Height 185 cm | 6'1

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was a Native Hawaiian competition swimmer who popularized the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing. He was born towards the end of the Kingdom of Hawaii, just before the overthrow, living into statehood as a United States citizen. He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming. Duke was also a Scottish Rite Freemason, a Shriner, a law enforcement officer, an actor, a beach volleyball player and a businessman.

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Bumpy Johnson

Ellsworth Raymond Johnson
First Name Bumpy
Born on October 31, 1905
Died on July 7, 1968 (aged 62)

Ellsworth Raymond "Bumpy" Johnson was an American drug trafficker in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.

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Jean Macnamara

First Name Jean
Last Name Macnamara
Born on April 1, 1899
Died on October 13, 1968 (aged 69)
Born in Australia, Victoria
Height 152 cm | 5'0

Dame Annie Jean Macnamara, was an Australian medical doctor and scientist, best known for her contributions to children's health and welfare. She was honored as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.

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Lev Landau

Лев Давидович Ландау
First Name Lev
Last Name Landau
Died on April 1, 1968
Born in Azerbaijan

Lev Davidovich Landau was a Soviet physicist who made fundamental contributions to many areas of theoretical physics.

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Yuri Gagarin

Юрий Алексеевич Гагарин
First Name Yuri
Last Name Gagarin
Born on March 9, 1934
Died on March 27, 1968 (aged 34)

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin  was a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut who became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule, Vostok 1, completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin became an international celebrity and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, his nation's highest honour.

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Soraya Tarzi

First Name Soraya
Last Name Tarzi
Born on November 24, 1899
Died on April 20, 1968 (aged 68)

Soraya Tarzi, also known as Suraiya Shahzada Khanum, was the first Queen consort of Afghanistan in the early 20th century and the wife of King Amanullah Khan. Born in Syria, she was educated by her father, who was the Afghan leader and intellectual Sardar Mahmud Beg Tarzi. She belonged to the Mohammadzai Pashtun tribe, a sub-tribe of the Barakzai dynasty.

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Weegee

Born on June 12, 1899
Died on December 26, 1968 (aged 69)

Arthur (Usher) Fellig, known by his pseudonym Weegee, was a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography in New York City.

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