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December 0, 1968 Delta adopts the slogan "Delta is ready when you are"
  Delta Air Lines
January 28, 1968 The U.S.S. Pueblo under the command of Lloyd Bucher, is approached by 6 North Korean ships and forced into shore. At the time the Pueblo was 24 miles offshore.
  Dean Rusk
March 14, 1968 Final proposal prepared for the Georgia Botanical Garden in Athens.
April 3, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, at the Masonic Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech
  Martin Luther King
April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King is assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
  Martin Luther King
April 8, 1968 Max Cleland is wounded by an enemy grenade in Vietnam. As a result of the explosion he lost both legs and his right arm. While in Vietnam he won the Bronze Start of Meritorious Service and the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action.
  Max Cleland
April 9, 1968 Martin Luther King's funeral is held in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Lester Maddox, governor of the state at the time, refuses to close the state government in honor of the slain Civil Rights leader, or attend the funeral. Maddox felt King was an "enemy of the country." The governor additionally stationed 64 riot-helmeted state troopers at the entrances of the capitol to protect "the property of the state."
April 9, 1968
  Lester Maddox
  Martin Luther King
April 22, 1968 FBI memo orders an investigation into Ralph David Abernathy, who replaced Martin Luther King as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  Martin Luther King
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
June 8, 1968 James Earl Ray is apprehended at Heathrow Airport in London, England. He will be convicted of the assassination of Martin Luther King
  Martin Luther King
June 29, 1968 Fire destroys the Norcross Central Telephone office. Several thousand customers are without service for days. Telephone service is inconsistent for 4 months
July 7, 1968 Elvis Presley records In the Ghetto
  'Mac' Davis
July 14, 1968 Henry Aaron hits his 500th home run.
  Hank Aaron
August 28, 1968 Julian Bond is nominated for Vice-President at the Democratic National Convention.
  Julian Bond
October 2, 1968 National Trail System Act becomes law. This protects the 79 miles of The Appalachian Trail in Georgia, making it the first federal lineal park, along with the other 2000+ miles in other states. The land falls under management by the National Park Service
October 8, 1968 The Shade (1880), a sculpture by artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is donated to the Woodruff Arts Center (formerly the Atlanta Arts Association) in memory of the 122 members of the Association who died in an airplane crash at Orly Field, June 3, 1962
October 26, 1968 New Norcross Central Telephone office opens. Residents return to normal service for the first time in 4 months.
November 5, 1968 Democrat Herman Talmadge defeats Republican E. Earl Patton, Jr. in the general election for U. S. Senator
December 17, 1968 Ruth Eiseman-Schier, the first woman ever to appear on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list, is arrested from the kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle. Mackle, who was eventually rescued, had been buried alive in a coffin-like box in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
December 22, 1968 Gary Steven Krist is arrested in Punta Gorda, Florida by FBI and local police. He was one of the criminals who kidnapped heiress Barbara Mackle. He had been one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted
December 24, 1968 The crew members of the U. S. S. Pueblo are released after Major General Gilbert Woodward signed an apology. Dean Rusk, who had been heavily involved the negotiations, had Woodward sign a document disavowing any wrongdoing, stating the US did not apologize, and that the only reason the U. S. signed the document was to free the prisoners. Rusk publicly labeled the apology as "...a lie" before it was signed.
  Dean Rusk
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