What was it about 1968 that shook the foundations of American life, defining the end of one generation and the beginning of another?
Was it the Tet Offensive or the My Lai massacre? Was it the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, which left millions grieving and disillusioned? How about the sight of Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City? The answer is all of the above, and more.
Here are some images from March of that explosive and significant year.
Mar. 1: June Carter weds Johnny Cash
Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash at a church in Franklin, Kentucky in 1968. (AP Photo/Charles W. Harrity)
CHARLES W. HARRITY
Mar. 2: C-5A Galaxy
USAF displays the Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, the biggest plane in the world, with a cargo compartment 121 ft long. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)
Mar. 4: "Romeo and Juliet"
British actress Olivia Hussey and actor Leonard Whiting, stand under the balcony of the Capulet family's home in Verona, northern Italy. "Romeo and Juliet," Franco Zeffirelli's film adaptation of the Shakespeare play which starred a 16-year-old Hussey and 17-year-old Whiting in the title roles, premiered in London in 1968. (AP Photo)
Mar. 4: Heavyweight boxing title
Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in the 11th round of their heavyweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey)
Mar. 11: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"
Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record in 1968 for "Dock of the Bay."
Mar. 16: My Lai, South Vietnam
On March 16, 1968 U.S. troops massacred hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians, and destroyed the village, in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War. (AP Photo)
Mar. 16: My Lai, South Vietnam
American soldiers look over the remains of a home in My Lai, South Vietnam. In 1968, U.S. troops massacred hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians, and destroyed the village, in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War. (AP Photo)
Mar. 16: My Lai, William L. Calley
A 1971 photo of Lieutenant William L. Calley, Jr., taken during his court-martial. Calley, a platoon leader, was convicted of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians at My Lai, during the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Joe Holloway Jr.)
JOE HOLLOWAY JR.
Mar. 16: Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968. (AP Photo)
Mar. 27: Yuri Gagarin
Soviet leaders and others carry the ashes of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in Moscow on March 30, 1968. Gagarin, 34, a Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space was killed along with another pilot when their Mig-15 fighter jet crashed near Moscow during a training flight. (AP Photo)
Mar. 31: President Johnson, Vietnam bombing
President Lyndon B. Johnson stuns the nation (and the troops in Vietnam) by announcing a partial halt of bombing missions over North Vietnam, and an offer to open negotiations with the communists. (AP Photo)
Mar. 31: President Johnson announcement
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses the nation in a radio and television broadcast from his desk at the White House in Washington, D.C. in 1968. The president concluded his address with the statement, "I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination for another term as president." (AP Photo)