The Year was 1968 .

President Lyndon B Johnson (D) 1963-1969

The world was troubled in many ways and people were working hard to get it back on track. Race riots continued and peace demonstrations were across the country. Takeovers of colleges by students were taking place.

Boeing 747 made its maiden flight.

Emergency 911 Telephone service is started in the US.

Hong Kong Flu pandemic, The Poor Peoples March on Washington, D.C, US soldiers massacre men, women and children in My lai Vietnam.

 

United States President – Lyndon Banes Johnson

The US population was about  200,706,000 our life expectancy in 1968 was about 70 years.

The murder rate was just 5 murders per 100,000.

The Median Household Income was about $7,743  dollars for the average worker.

The Minimum Wage in 1968 was  $1.60 per hour, the equivalent of $11.55 per hour in 2018.

That brand new home is going to cost you about $26,600 in 1968 and if you choose to rent, the rent will be about 158 dollars a month.

Groceries were beginning to rise in. Bacon was 71 cents a pound and eggs 53 cents for a dozen. A gallon of milk cost about $1.07 and a loaf of bread was approximately 29 cents.

Postage – Sending a letter across the country would cost you  $.06 in postage.

Travel – A gallon of gas cost about 34 cents.

Buick’s sporty 1968 Skylark was a popular car for young families,

Transportation in 1968 –  The Chevrolet Corvette and Chevrolet Camaro were popular modes of transportation in 1968. The Corvette would cost you a cool $4,320 for the convertible and $4,663 for the coupe while the Camaro cost 2800-$3500. Families were driving the sporty, yet practical Buick Skylark 4-door that had a base price of around $2,800.

The Top News in 1968

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the Civil Rights Movement, takes place in April of 1968 when he was killed by James Earl Ray. King’s assassination leads to violence and race riots in U.S. cities.
Walter Cronkite’s CBS news report of King’s assassination on April 4, 1968

Senator Robert F. Kennedy, also known as Bobby Kennedy or RFK, was assassinated at the age of 42 on June 5th. Kennedy was shot three times by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He had just finished giving a speech after his victory in California’s presidential primary.

Air Bags , Allen K Breed invents an air bag that deploys and inflates automatically on violent impact using nitrogen gas.

Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.

The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion sank in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of 99 crew members.

Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy marry.

The Zodiac serial murderer begins his reign of terror in California in what has been described as the perfect crime ( He claimed in letters sent to the newspapers to have murdered 37, but police files put the number at 11.

We were wearing

Bright prints, Nehru jackets and knit sweater vests were all a part of 1968 fashions.

 

Products Introduced in 1968

  • Bean bag chair
  • Hot Wheels
  • Hunt’s Snack Pack
  • Lava lamp
  • Screaming Yellow Zonkers
  • Tic Tac
  • Virginia Slims
  • Ziploc bags

1965 Music, Television and Movies

Music – The Top 5 Songs of 1965

Song rankings are based on information from The Billboard Hot 100 Chart Data

1. Hey Jude – Beatles (Apple) as seen on the David Frost show

2. Love Is Blue (L’Amour Est Bleu) – Paul Mauriat (Philips)

3. Honey – Bobby Goldsboro (United Artists)

Really, we are sad to report that this was actually one of 1968’s top 5 songs.

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

5. People Got To Be Free – Rascals (Atlantic)

The Top 5 TV Shows of 1968 (and two that we just can’t leave out)

1. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (NBC)

2. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (CBS)

3. Bonanza (NBC)

4. Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)

5. Family Affair (CBS)

27. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

28. Mod Squad

Top movies in 1968

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (MGM)

2001, Closing Scene

2. Funny Girl (Columbia)

3. The Love Bug (Disney)

4. The Odd Couple (Paramount)

5. Bullitt (Warner Bros.)

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