Memory Lane: 1968

In both Europe and America Japanese imported cars and other goods were continuing to rise and trouble the governments of UK and USA as they worried about industries in their own countries being affected and jobs lost.

In the spring of 1968 on 4th April the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated and Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded when he is shot by Sirhan Sirhan.

The peace movement had continued to grow and more and more Americans were against the war in Vietnam.

Once again more riots occurred throughout cities in America.

The music scene was once again set by the “Beatles” and the “Rolling Stones”

Fashion flirted with see through blouses and midis and maxis skirts joined the Mini Skirt as part of the fashion trends.

There is a flu pandemic in Hong Kong.

The first Black Power salute is seen on television worldwide during an Olympics medal ceremony.

In The News

Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant

Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents

Boeing 747 made its maiden flight

Emergency 911 telephone service is started

Hong Kong flu pandemic

The Poor Peoples March held in Washington, D.C

Vietnam US soldiers massacre men, women and children in My lai


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County (1960 census): 169,082
  • NC: 5,004,000
  • USA: 200,700,000

National Debt:

  • $347,578,406,425 (1968)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar: $1 in 1968 is $6.92 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1968:

  • Yearly Inflation Rate USA: 4.27%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 943
  • Average Cost of new house: $14,950
  • Average Yearly Wages: $7,850
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: $1.60
  • Average Monthly Rent: $130
  • Average Cost of a new car: $2,822
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas: $0.34
  • Cheeseburger at McDonald’s: $0.18
  • Ticket to Disneyland: Admission & 12 Adventures: $4.75

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $38.69
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $266.83


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $1.31

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $9.03

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1.  2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Bullitt
  3. Planet of the Apes
  4. Rosemary’s Baby
  5. Funny Girl


41st Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Oliver!
  • Best Director: Carol Reed – Oliver!
  • Best Actor: Cliff Robertson – Charly
  • Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn – The Lion In Winter
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jack Albertson – The Subject Was Roses
  • Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Gordon – Rosemary’s Baby


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In – NBC -18,523,500
  2. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. – CBS – 15,844,000
  3. Bonanza – NBC – 15,494,500
  4. Mayberry R.F.D – CBS – 14,795,500
  5. Family Affair – CBS – 14,679,000
  6. Gunsmoke – CBS – 14,504,250
  7. Julia – NBC – 14,329,500
  8. The Dean Martin Show – NBC – 14,038,250
  9. Here’s Lucy – CBS – 13,863,500
  10. The Beverly Hillbillies – CBS – 13,688,750

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Beatles – Hey Jude
  2. Paul Mauriat – Love Is Blue
  3. Bobby Goldsboro – Honey
  4. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
  5. Rascals – People Got To Be Free
  6. Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love
  7. Herb Alpert – This Guy’s In Love With You
  8. Hugo Montenegro – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  9. Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
  10. Archie Bell and The Drells – Tighten Up
  11. Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley P.T.A.
  12. O.C. Smith – Little Green Apples
  13. Tommy James and The Shondells – Mony, Mony
  14. Doors – Hello, I Love You
  15. Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – Young Girl
  16. Box Tops – Cry Like A Baby
  17. Fifth Dimension – Stoned Soul Picnic
  18. Hugh Masekela – Grazing In The Grass
  19. Grass Roots – Midnight Confessions
  20. Sly and The Family Stone – Dance To The Music


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. Sing Me Back Home – Merle Haggard
  2. Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill
  3. Take Me To Your World – Tammy Wynette
  4. A World Of Our Own – Sonny James
  5. How Long Will My Baby Be Gone – Buck Owens
  6. You Are My Treasure – Jack Greene
  7. Fist City – Loretta Lynn
  8. The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde – Merle Haggard
  9. Have A Little Faith – David Houston
  10. I Wanna Live – Glen Campbell
  11. Honey – Bobby Goldsbvoro
  12. D-I-V-O-R-C-E – Tammy Wynette
  13. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
  14. Heaven Says Hello – Sonny James
  15. Already It’s Heaven – David Houston
  16. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
  17. Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley
  18. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – Eddy Arnold
  19. Next In Line – Conway Twitty
  20. I Walk Alone – Marty Robbins


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: NC State

ACC Basketball Champs: North Carolina (UNC 87 – NC State 50)

World Series Winner: Detroit Tigers over St. Louis Cardinals

Heavyweight Boxing Champs: Joe Frazier (NYSAC); Jimmy Ellis (WBA)

Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers (Green Bay 33 – Oakland Raiders 14)

NASCAR Season WinnerDavid Pearson

Masters Winner: Bob Goalby (11 under – won $20,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: Australia Rod Laver defeated Australia Tony Roche, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
  • Women’s Singles: United States Billie Jean King defeated Australia Judy Tegart Dalton, 7–5, 9–7
  • Men’s Doubles: Australia John Newcombe / Australia Tony Roche defeated Australia Ken Rosewall / Australia Fred Stolle, 6–3, 6–8, 14–12, 6–3
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Rosemary Casals / United States Billie Jean King defeated France Françoise Dürr / United Kingdom Ann Haydon-Jones, 3–6, 6–4, 7–5
  • Mixed Doubles: Australia Margaret Court / Australia Ken Fletcher defeated Soviet Union Alex Metreveli / Soviet Union Olga Morozova, 6–1, 14–12