What was it like to live in 1968? 
Back in the day...
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US Economic Indicators        1968         2016
US Population 200.7 million 319.2 million
US GDP $910.6 billion $18.6 trillion
Federal Spending $178.1 billion $3.9 trillion
Federal Debt $368.7 billion $18.2 trillion
Median Household Income          $7,743   $53,657 (2014)
Consumer Price Index             34.8           239.2
Unemployment             3.8%                 5%
Hourly Minimum Wage in Virginia            $1.47           $7.25
Life Expectancy for Men       66.6 years     84.3 years
Life Expectancy for Women        74 years     86.6 years
 
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HOT DIGGITY-DOG! YUMMY - A HOT YHS CAFETERIA LUNCH FOR 45 CENTS!
WHAT DID IT COST IN 1968?
 
A first-class stamp      $0.06
A gallon of regular gas      $0.34
A dozen eggs      $0.53
A gallon of milk       $1.07
A loaf of bread      $0.22
A pack of cigarettes      $0.33
A 6-pack of beer      $0.99
A bottle of Thunderbird wine      $0.99
A 6-pack of Pepsi      $0.59
A Hershey bar      $0.05
A new car    $2,425
 
US POLITICAL EVENTS IN 1968
  • President Lyndon Johnson announces he will not seek re-election (Hubert Humphrey was Vice President).
  • Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader, is slain in Memphis.  Many cities, including Washington D.C., experienced riots, burning and lootings as a result.
  • James Earl Ray is indicted in the King murder, and is sentenced to 99 years.
  • Senator Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan after winning the California primary.
  • Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.
  • Richard Nixon (Tricky Dick) won the 1968 presidential election, narrowly beating Hubert Humphrey.
 
US NEWS IN 1968
  • The first Big Mac was served in September in Pittsburgh by McDonalds.  It cost 49 cents.
  • Boeing introduced the first 747 Jumbo Jet.
  • Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon.
  • UCLA is selected to be the first node on the Internet as we know it today.
  • Hewlett Packard began marketing the first mass-marketed PC and the worlds first desktop computer, the HP 9100A.
  • The Intel Corporation is created with $2.5 million in funding from venture capitalist and financier Arthur Rock.
  • "60 Minutes" debuts on television.
  • "Hair" opens on Broadway, the quintessential "period piece" of 1968.
 
WORLD NEWS IN 1968
  • 1968 was a year of seismic social and political change across the globe -- from the burgeoning anti-Vietnam war and civil rights movements in the US, protests and revolutions in Europe, to the first comprehensive coverage of war and resultant famine in Africa. The world would never be the same again.
  • During the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, two black athletes (Tommy Smith and John Carlos) staged a silent demonstration against racial discrimination in the United States.
  • The Brezhnev regime in Russia set out to crush the ferment in Eastern Europe by sending its tanks into Czechoslovakia and kidnapping the country's leaders.  This aggression was met massive passive resistance from virtually entire population.
  • North Korea seizes US Navy ship Pueblo; holds 83 on board as spies.
  • North Vietnamese launch the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam war.
 
SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 1968
  • The Superbowl II Football Championship:  The Greenbay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders.  Bart Starr was the MVP.
  • The World Series Championship: The Detroit Tigers beat St Louis Cardinals. Mickey Lolich was the MVP.
  • The NBA Basketball Championship: The  Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers. Wes Unsel was the MVP.
  • NCAA Basketball:   UCLA defeated North Carolina.
  • The Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Montreal Canadiens beat the St Louis Blues.
  • Wimbleton:  Billie Jean King defeated Judy Tegart Dalton, and Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche.
  • The Kentucky Derby Champion:  Forward Pass.
 
HOLLYWOOD IN 1968
 
  The OSCARS
  • Best Actor:  Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night
  • Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Best Supporting Actor:  George Kennedy in Cool Hand Luke
  • Best Supporting Actress:  Estelle Parsons in Bonnie & Clyde
  • Best Picture:  In The Heat Of The Night (Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs)
 
Playing in the Movie Theaters:   Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, In Cold Blood, The Dirty Dozen, 2001 A Space Odyssey, and Cool Hand Luke.
 

AMERICANA IN 1968
 
Music Album of the Year:  Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles
Song of the Year:   “Up Up and Away”

 
Rock ‘n Roll:  The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, the Bee Gees, James Brown, the Monkees, the Who, Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Doors, the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Roy Orbison, Simon and Garfunkel, Cream, John Denver, the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Byrds, Aretha Franklin, Gordon Lightfoot, Steppenwolf, Blood Sweat & Tears, Fleetwood Mac, Dionne Warwick, the Zombies, The Temptations, the Beach Boys, Joan Baez, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, the Turtles, James Taylor.
 
Folk Music:  Peter, Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio, the Brother’s Four, Bob Dylan, Peter Yarrow, the Chad Mitchel Trio, the Mamas & the Papas.
 
Cool Muscle Cars:  Shelby Mustang GT500-KR, Camaro Z28 & Charger R/T-SE and the Pontiac GTO, Corvette.
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