Oh, the Good Ole Days

Remember these things that happened in 1968? Go back to senior year with these things that were happening back in 1968.

World Events:

  • North Koreans seize USS Pueblo and 83 man crew in the Sea of Japan
  • Communist troops attack Saigon and 30 province capitals in the “Tet Offensive”
  • American troops destroy a town in South Vietnam in the “My Lai Massacre”
  • Czechoslovakia is invaded by Russians and Warsaw Pact forces to crush liberal regime

U.S. Events:

  • Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, TN
  • Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot in California after celebrating presidential primary victories
  • The United States Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency
  • Lyndon B. Johnson is president of the US
  • Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university

Economics:

  • US GDP (1998 dollars): $910.6 billion
  • Federal spending: $178.13 billion
  • Federal debt: $368.7 billion
  • Median Household Income (current dollars): $7,743
  • Consumer Price Index: 34.8
  • Unemployment: 3.8%
  • Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05 ($0.06 as of 1/7/68)

Sports:

  • Super Bowl – Green Bay d. Oakland (33-14)
  • World Series – Detroit d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-30)
  • NBA Championship – Boston d. LA Lakers (4-2)
  • Stanley Cup – Montreal d. St. Louis (4-0)
  • Wimbledon – Women: Billie Jean King d. J. Tegart (9-7 7-5) Men: Rod Laver d. T. Roche (6-3 6-4 6-2)
  • Kentucky Derby Champion – Forward Pass
  • NCAA Basketball Championship – UCLA d. North Carolina (78-55)
  • NCAA Football Champions – Ohio St. (10-0-0) Entertainment:

Events:

  • 60 Minutes airs on CBS, beginning its reign as the longest-running prime-time newsmagazine.
  • The motion picture rating system debuts with G, PG, R and X.
  • The rock musical Hair opens on Broadway.
  • Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, debuts on NBC

Movies:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Funny Girl
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Oliver!
  • The Green Berets

Books:

  • William H. Gass, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
  • Gore Vidal, Myra Breckenridge

People Born in 1968:

  • LL Cool J
  • Lisa Marie Presley
  • Jeri Ryan
  • Lucy Lawless
  • Celine Dion
  • Traci Lords
  • Tony Hawk
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Sammy Sosa

 

Top 20 Songs in 1968

1. Hey Jude, The Beatles

2. Honey, Bobby Goldsboro

3. Love Is Blue, Paul Mauriat

4. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Otis Redding

5. People Got To Be Free, Rascals

6. Sunshine Of Your Love, Cream

7. This Guy’s In Love With You, Herb Alpert

8. Stoned Soul Picnic, Fifth Dimension

9. Mrs. Robinson, Simon and Garfunkel

10. Tighten Up, Archie Bell and The Drells

11. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Hugo Montenegro

12. Little Green Apples, O.C. Smith

13. Mony, Mony, Tommy James and The Shondells

14. Hello, I Love You, The Doors

15. Young Girl, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

16. Cry Like A Baby, Box Tops

17.Harper Valley P.T.A., Jeannie C. Riley

18. Grazing In The Grass, Hugh Masekela

19. Midnight Confessions, The Grass Roots

20. Dance To The Music, Sly and The Family Stone

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