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1968

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Population: 200,706,052
  • Life Expectancy: 70.2 years
  • Unemployment: 3.8%
  • Average Annual Salary: $9,670
  • Minimum Wage: $1.60 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $2,450
  • Gasoline: $0.34 cents per gallon
  • House: $26,600
  • Bread: $0.22 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.21 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.05 cents

Major U.S. Events

  • Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is shot and critically wounded in Los Angeles hotel after winning California primary & then dies June 6
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, & artillery bombardment of N. Vietnam" effective Nov 1st

Major World Events

  • North Vietnamese launch the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War
  • 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia to end the "Prague Spring" of political liberalization
  • Arenal Volcano erupts in Costa Rica for the first time for centuries

January-March

  • Civil rights disturbances at the University of Wisconsin and University of North Carolina
  • My Lai massacre American troops kills scores of women and children

April-August

  • Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university
  • Pope Paul VI announces an encyclical entitled "Humanae Vitae", condemning birth control

September-December

  • NASA launches Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission
  • The United States Department of Defense announces that the United States Army and United States Marines will be sending about 24,000 troops back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours

Top Songs

  • Dock Of The Bay, The (Sittin' On) by Otis Redding
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
  • Piece of my Heart by Big Brother & Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin
  • Hey Jude by The Beatles
  • Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf

Other New Songs

  • People Got To Be Free by The Rascals
  • Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Bend Me Shape Me by American Breed
  • Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  • Mony Mony by Tommy James & the Shondells

Top Movies

  • Oliver!
  • Funny Girl
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Once Upon a Time in the West

Top Books

  • Airport by Arthur Hailey
  • Couples by John Updike
  • The Salzburg Connection by Helen McInnes
  • Testimony of Two Men by Taylor Caldwell
  • Preserve and Protect by Allen Drury

Top TV Shows (1967-68)

  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • The Lucy Show
  • Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.
  • The Dean Martin Show (NBC)
  • Bewitched
  • Bonanza

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Detroit Tigers d. St. Louis Cardinals

Pro Football: Championships

  • NFL: Baltimore Colts d. Cleveland Browns
  • AFL: New York Jets d. Oakland Raiders

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • >Montreal Canadiens d. St. Louis Blues

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Los Angeles Lakers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Basketball: UCLA Bruins

Other Champions

  • Summer Olmypics: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Winter Olmypics: Grenoble, France
  • Boxing: Muhammad Ali wins heavyweight title for the second year running
  • Golf: PGA player of the year was not awarded
  • Tennis: Arthur Ashe and Tom Okker win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Forward Pass wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Bobby Unser wins Indianapolis 500
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