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- January 17 - The Khmer Rouge launch their first major offensive in the Cambodian Civil War.
- January 17 to 29 - North Korean commandos raid the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea in an attempt to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung-hee. The raid fails and Park is unharmed.
- January 30 - The Tet Offensive is launched by the Việt Cộng.
- March 16 - The My Lai Massacre takes place.
- April 4 - Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots erupt in major American cities, lasting for several days afterwards.
- May 24 - The Jewish Defense League is founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane.
- June 3 - Valerie Solanas attempts to kill Andy Warhol at his studio in New York City by shooting him three times.
- June 6 - Robert F. Kennedy is mortally wounded by Sirhan B. Sirhan shortly after midnight at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He is pronounced dead at 1:44 a.m.
- June 23 - Beginning of Operation Condor.
- September 23 - The Tet Offensive comes to an end.
- October 5 - Beginning of the Troubles.
- October 12 - Francisco Macías Nguema is elected the first President of Equatorial Guinea.
- November 5 - Richard Nixon wins the 1968 Presidential Election, defeating Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace.
- November 19 - Moussa Traoré takes power in Mali following a successful coup d'état.
- December 20 - The first murders attributed to the Zodiac Killer take place when 17-year old David Faraday and 16-year old Betty Jensen are killed on Lake Herman Road in Benicia, California.
- December 26 - The Communist Party of the Philippines is founded.
- March 22 - Odell Barnes Jr.
- April 19 - Mswati III
- April 23 - Timothy McVeigh
- April 27 - Ramzi Yousef
- April 30 - Vincent Weiguang Li
- July 10 - Ashin Wirathu
- July 29 - Yang Xinhai
- August 21 - Theodore Beale
- August 26 - Benjamin Atkins
- September 1 - Mohamed Atta
- September 20 - Bernadette Protti
- October 4 - Beverly Alitt
- November 10 - Charles Graner
- November 30 - Kaoru Kobayashi
- December 14 - Brian Steckel
- Unknown - Omaima Nelson
- March 5 - Mark Kilroy
- April 30 - Ron Gamboa (9/11 Victim)
- July 2 - Ron Goldman
- January 7 - Mario Roatta
- April 4 - Martin Luther King Jr.
- June 6 - Robert F. Kennedy
- December 20 - David Faraday & Betty Jensen