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1969

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Richard M. Nixon
  • Population: 202,676,946
  • Life Expectancy: 70.5 years
  • Unemployment: 3.6%
  • Average Annual Salary: $10,577
  • Minimum Wage: $1.60 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $3,400
  • Gasoline: $0.35 cents per gallon
  • House: $27,900
  • Bread: $0.23 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.26 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.06

Major U.S. Events

  • Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take first walk on the Moon
  • US President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This was the start of the "Vietnamization" of the war

Major World Events

  • The United States, USSR, and about 100 other countries sign the nuclear nonproliferation treaty
  • In July the very first U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam are made
  • Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus

January-March

  • In Cairo Yasser Arafat is appointed Palestinian Liberation Organization leader at the Palestinian National Congress
  • Former Presidet Dwight D. Eisenhower dies

April-July

  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct their Bed-In at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, and record the song "Give Peace a Chance"
  • Stonewall riot in New York City marks beginning of gay rights movement

August-December

  • The Woodstock Festival of music held in upstate New York lasts three days and featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era
  • In Washington, DC, 250,000-500,000 protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the war

Top Songs

  • Aquarius by 5th Dimension
  • Take A Letter Maria by R.B. Greaves
  • Time Of The Season by The Zombies
  • Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
  • Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone

Other New Songs

  • Come Together by The Beatles
  • Down On The Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan
  • Crimson And Clover by Tommy James & Shondells
  • Sugar, Sugar by The Archies

Top Movies

  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Alice's Restaurant
  • Hello Dolly!
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • True Grit

Top Books

  • The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
  • Collected Stories by Jean Stafford

Top TV Shows (1968-69)

  • Family Affair
  • Gunsmoke
  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • The Dean Martin Show
  • Carol Burnett Show
  • Here's Lucy

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Mets d. Baltimore Orioles

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Kansas City Chiefs d. Minnesota Vikings

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. St. Louis Blues

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Boston Celtics d. Los Angeles Lakers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Texas Longhorns
  • Basketball: UCLA Bruins

Other Champions

  • Boxing: wins heavyweight title
  • Golf: Orville Moody is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Rod Laver and Tony Roche win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Majestic Prince wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Mario Andretti wins Indianapolis 500
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