October 30, 2008
October 25 through November 2, 1968 was a week of significant events—pregnancy announcements, celebrations of human intelligence and a monumental political declaration.
On October 25, 1968, Yoko Ono announced that she was pregnant with John Lennon’s baby. The baby was purportedly the result of an affair between Lennon and Ono in the one night recording session in Lennon’s mansion which resulted in the Two Virgins album. At the time, Lennon was still married to his wife Cynthia, but the affair with Ono prompted Cynthia to file for divorce. Yoko Ono never carried this first child to term, but would give birth to their son Sean in 1975.
On October 30, 1968, the Nobel Prize was awarded to Luis Walter Alvarez of the University of California at Berkeley (GO BEARS!) for his development and use of the hydrogen bubble chamber to study particle physics and resonance states.
In a significant political declaration, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the halt of all bombing of North Vietnam on October 31, 1968. The President recorded the address to the nation on October 30, 1968, in the Family Theater at the White House for broadcast over nationwide radio and television at 8 pm on October 31. On the basis of developments in the Paris talks, Johnson issued the order to halt bombing, particularly in highly civilian-populated areas of Vietnam. The Vietnam War would continue on until 1975, but this monumental speech marked a serious step toward peace and the end of America’s longest war.