Beatles' Era - 1968

Paris, May 1968

On 2 May2, 1968, the administration shut down the Sorbonne, the university in the heart of Paris, locking out the students. Four days later, 20,000 students, teachers, and supporters marched on the Sorbonne. It was the first move in what became a near revolution fought out on the streets of Paris. Trains stopped running. Airports closed. Mail and telephone communications were cut. Barricades were erected. The Sorbonne was re-opened by the authorities, and was promptly occupied by students and declared an "autonomous People's University". One of the students leaders and a key figure in the events of May '68, was Daniel Cohn-Bendit, aka "Danny the Red". In Paris, on May7, 1968. Some of the worst fighting took place in the Latin Quarter. Students hurl paving stones at police in the Rue St. Jacques. The police respond with yet more tear gas. The fightings in Paris lasted for nearly four weeks. Buses and cars were overturned and set ablaze, 422 people were arrested. Over 600 were seriously injured.

January '68: The Best Selling Albums

1. "Val Doonican Rocks But Gently" (Val Doonican)
2. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Beatles)
3. "The Sound of Music" (OST)
4. "British Motown Chartbusters" (Various)
5. "Reach Out" (Four Tops)
6. "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (Rolling Stones)
7. "The Last Waltz" (Engelbert Humperdinck)
8. "Axis: Bold As Love" (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
9. "13 Smash Hits" (Tom Jones)
10. "Breakthrough (Various)

1. "Magical Mystery Tour" (Beatles)
2. "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (Rolling Stones)
3. "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Lda" (Monkees)
4. "Greatest Hits" (Diana Ross & The Supremes)
5. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Beatles)
6. "Herb Alpert's Ninth" (Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass)
7. "Doctor Zhivago" (OST)
8. "Farewell To The First Golden Era" (Mamas & Papas)
9. "The Sound of Music" (OST)
10. "Disraeli Gears" (Cream)