The Year was 1969.
The inflation rate had risen to nearly 6 percent and we were, as of January, under the leadership of a new president.
United States President – Richard Milhouse Nixon.
The US population was about 178,000,000 and our life expectancy in 1959 was about 70.5 years.
The murder rate was still about 4 murders per 100,000 .
The Median Household Income was about $8,600 dollars for the average laborer.
A new house would cost you about $15,500 and if you rented a two bedroom the average monthly rent for that was around 135 dollars.
The Minimum Wage in 1969 was $1.60 per hour, the equivalent of $10.95 per hour in 2018
Groceries were much lower in price and usually much fresher. Bacon was 70 cents a pound and eggs 30 for a dozen. A gallon of milk cost about $1.05 and a loaf of bread was approximately 30 cents.
Postage: Sending a letter across the country would cost you $.04 in postage.
A gallon of gas cost about 35 cents.
The top selling car was the Chevy and it sold for $3,270 dollars or a bit more, depending on your options.
We were wearing Bib front dresses with button trim and buckle closed suede coats with halo hoods. For the men, we saw corduroy coats and golden brandy blazers.
Top News for 1969
- Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and uttered the famous words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
- Chappaquiddick Affair Senator Edward Kennedy driving a car plunges into a pond on July 25th and a body of a woman passenger is later found in the car
- On August 9th Charles Manson’s cult murders five people.
- Woodstock took place on a small farm in New York for two history making days. 400 thousand people went to see the Who, Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and many others performing their music live.
- On the 30th of January, the Beatles gave their last live performance.
- 1969 holds the distinction of being the single most important year for the number of live festivals and music events it housed.
- In October of 1969, ARPANET saw a second computer installed within Stanford Research, with the first being housed in UCLA.
- Later in October ARPANET was the receiver of the first communications on the network.
- In 1969 the USAF closed their project Blue Book. Determining there was no proof of any UFOs anywhere.
New Products in 1969
- Capri Sun
- Charms Blow Pops
- Eukanuba Dog Food
- Flatsy doll
- Frosted Mini-Wheats
- Frosty (Wendy’s)
- Funyuns Snack by Frito-Lay
- Gain (detergent)
- Glue stick
- Hawaiian Tropic
- Nutter Butter
- Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn
- Wendy’s Restaurants
1969 Music, Television and Movies
The Top 5 Songs of 1969
1. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies (Kirshner)
2. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In – Fifth Dimension (Soul City)
3. I Can’t Get Next To You – Temptations (Gordy)
4. Honky Tonk Women – Rolling Stones (London)
5. Everyday People – Sly and The Family Stone (Epic)
The Top 5 TV Shows of 1969
1. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (NBC)
2. Gunsmoke (CBS)
Tribute to James Arness
3. Bonanza (NBC)
4. Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)
Barney Fife’s Best Moments
5. Family Affair (CBS)
and just for good measure…
19. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
23. The Mod Squad (ABC)
The Top 5 Grossing Movies in 1969
1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (20th Century Fox)
2. Midnight Cowboy (United Artists)
3. Easy Rider (Columbia)
4. Hello, Dolly! (20th Century Fox)
5. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (Columbia)
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