The good old days!!

Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf on GroovesharkHello, I Love You by The Doors on Grooveshark

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 effected and jobs lost. In the spring of 1968 The Rev Martin Luther King was assassinated and Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded also the peace movement had continued to grow and more and more Americans were against the war in Vietnam, and once again more riots occurred throughout cities in America. The music scene was once again set by the "Beatles" and the "Rolling Stones" , and 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 and the first Black power salute is seen on Television worldwide during an Olympics medal ceremony.

Politics 1950

         1949-1953         

   President, Harry Truman                                    Vice President, Alben Barkley

Our Presidents and Vice Presidents in 1968-1969

            1963-1969         

                                President, Lyndon Johnson                       Vice President, Hubert Humphrey        

 

Political Elections 1968

United States Presidential Election 1968 Richard Nixon (Republican) defeats Hubert Humphrey (Democratic) and George Wallace (American Independent)   

             1969-1974         

  President Richard Nixon                               Vice President, Spiro Agnew

   

Cost of Living 1968

How Much things cost in 1968
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 4.27%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 943
Average Cost of new house $14,950.00
Average Income per year $7,850.00
Average Monthly Rent $130.00
Gas per Gallon 34 cents
Average Cost of a new car $2,822.00
Movie Ticket $1.50

What Events Happened in 1968

  • Anti Vietnam War protests throughout the western world
  • North Vietnam and Viet Cong troops launch the Tet offensive
  • Vietnam US soldiers massacre men, women and children in My lai
  • Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Leader of Negro Civil Rights Movement is killed by James Earl Ray which leads to Violence and Race Riots in US Cities
  • Following the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968
  • RMS Queen Elizabeth - retired from service
  • Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles
  • Earthquake in Sicily - 231 dead, 262 injured.
  • Enoch Powell's delivers his "Rivers of Blood" anti immigration speech
  • The Third Heart transplant is performed in South Africa By Dr Christian N Barnard
  • London Bridge sold for 1 million. and later re-erected in Arizona.
  • President Johnson announces on nationwide television he would not run for another term of office
  • 50,000 people participated in " The Poor Peoples March " on Washington, D.C.
  • Population in Europe reaches 455 million ( excluding USSR )
  • The Kray twins, arrested for the murders of George Cornell and Jack 'The Hat' McVitie, members of the London underworld.
  • Televisions installed increases 25 million US , 20.5 million Japan , 19 million Great Britain
  • Alec Rose completes his single-handed 354-day round-the-world trip.
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau becomes the Prime Minister of Canada
  • Student Occupation at Columbia University over Universities affiliation with the Institute for Defense Analyse
  • Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy marry
  • The Ferry "TEV Wahine" capsizes in Wellington Harbour, New Zealand
  • Hong Kong Flu pandemic begins in Hong Kong.
  • Black power salute is seen on Television worldwide after the gold and bronze medalists in Olympics show salute during medal ceremony in Mexico City, Mexico
  • The Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia was to provide political liberalization but was crushed by Warsaw Pact countries
  • The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia and arrests President Dubcek "Prague Spring"
  • The Aswan Dam in Egypt is completed
  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is dedicated
  • Equatorial Gunea Gains Independence From Spain
  • The Winter Olympic Games are held in Grenoble, France
  • 800,000 teachers, workers and student protesters marched through the French capital during a one
  • day general strike

During the Democratic convention in Chicago peace demonstrations backing Senator Eugene McCarthy took place for a few days in Lincoln Park. Old Democratic Party boss Mayor Richard J. Daley decided to call a curfew and called up state troopers and the National Guard to help the Chicago Police Department enforce it. The demonstrations turned into protests calumniating on the night of August 29, 1968 in front of the Hilton Hotel at Democratic Party Headquarters. Cameras were running as the world watched the police pound the crap out of white people for a change. TV screens showed the mayhem while the vote was ensuing inside causing almost as much ruckus as outside. The old Democratic Party machine with Hubert Humphrey trounced the peace candidate going on to lose the upcoming election to Richard Nixon.

mlk assassination 1968On April 4th, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. King was 39 at the time. A white ex-convict named James Earl Ray was captured in London two months later, confessed but later recanted his confession. Ray was found guilty and sentenced to 99 years in prison. Over 100 American cities fell into race riots through the Spring and Summer of 1968.

LBJ quits 1968On March 31, 1968 President Lyndon Johnson startled the nation by going on television to say "I shall not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your President". LBJ withdrew because he believed ge could not win the upcoming election because the Vietnam war had split the Democratic Party. Also his wife Ladybird Johnson lobbied him to come home to Texas for health reasons. This move made Robert Kennedy the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and likely the next President of the United States.

 

rfk assassination 1968On June 5, 1968 Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after his victory speech winning the California Primary. Sirhan Sirhan, an angry Palestinian with a grudge against the Kennedy's support of Israel in the Six Day War in 1967 was arrested at the scene. He was sentenced to life in prison where he still resides.

 nixon agnew 1968Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew win the November election over Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale. Southern segregationist Gov. George Wallace carried five states and 13% of the vote, the most vote garnered by a third party in recent history.

Earl Warren 1968Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigned. Warren had been the bane of Conservatives - most notably the John Birch Society - who had been trying to impeach him since he presided over the Brown v Board of Education case in 1954 which decided against American apartheid.

darwin fish43 years after the infamous Scopes Trial in 1925, the Supreme Court in an Arkansas case banning teaching evolution in public schools, decided the ban was unconstitutional.

 

          Nobel Prizes 1968            

Physics - Luis Walter Alvarez
Chemistry - Lars Onsager
Physiology or Medicine,
were Robert W. Holley, Har Gobind Khorana, Marshall W. Nirenberg
Literature - Yasunari Kawabata
Peace - René Cassin

Time man of the year 1968

In the closing days of 1968 mankind took a break from the turmoil of the year and focused on the future as they first saw pictures of an Earth rise over the Moon. Colonel Frank Borman, Captain James Lovell and Major William Anders took Apollo 8 into orbit around the moon began a new age in space. A redemption of the Apollo 204 accident the year before when we lost astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee in a training fire.

1968 Man of the Year cover story

earth rise 1968

 

tet offensive 1968

On January 30, 1968 North Vietnam began what came to be called the Tet Offensive. Communist forces simultaneously attacked hundreds of cities including Saigon. It lasted for about six months and other than hard fighting in Hue and Khe Sanh, it was a military failure for the North but caused more political problems back in America concerning what our military was telling us.

The Tet Offensive also caused LBJ to halt to all bombing of North Vietnam in lieu of upcoming peace talks in Paris.

my lia massacre 1968

My Lai Massacre

lt william calley 1968The My Lai Massacre occurred in March 1968 but it was not until a year later that the media and America found about it. Lt William Calley ordered his men to line up 450 unarmed old men, women and children and shoot them all, which they did. After Calley was indicted he went on a successful speaking tour of American Legion posts. He was later found guilty of mass murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison. He spent 3 days in jail before President Richard Nixon, under heavy pressure from conservatives, commuted his sentence to 3 years of house arrest. After his time was up he magically found funding to open a chain of jewelry stores in Atlanta, Georgia.

uss pueblo 1968

The United States spy ship USS Pueblo and its 83 man crew was seized by North Korea in Sea of Japan. Though indeed spying, the ship was in international waters. The crew was held for most of year before being released in 1969.

Popular Culture 1968 

1968 was a year whose avalanche of events played a huge role in shaping life and culture over the 45 years that have followed.   Here, then, are subjective nominations for the 13 top pop culture moments or events of 1968 - selected for their combination of quality and impact.   In no particular order:

1. The first Big Mac was served; the cost 49 cents.

2. Elvis comeback special. This televised special, aired Dec. 3, is widely considered one of the great rock ‘n' roll moments.  It was a new beginning and the beginning of the end.

3. Rolling Stones record "Jumping Jack Flash." Here was the year's real rock 'n' roll comeback.

4. "60 Minutes" debuts on CBS.

5. Medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in protest on the victory stand at the Mexico City Olympics. In retrospect, it seems like a fairly mild gesture in light of the violence and tension that characterized American race relations that year.

6. Beatles release "Hey Jude." Some Beatles historians call this the beginning of the final stage, when they weren't really a band any more, but four musicians who hadn't yet figured out how to say goodbye. "Hey Jude," was perhaps the most recognizable of all Beatles songs. The White Album in 1968, and would go on to add "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road".

7. "Boys in the Band" debuts on New York stage. This was not the first production with a gay theme, but nothing before this had flung open the closet door with such emphatic flair. But it also made no apologies for same-sex attraction, and that door only got wider as years went by.

8. "Hair" opens on Broadway.  Someone must have liked it, since it ran 1,750 performances on Broadway.

9. "Mod Squad" debuts on TV.

10. New movie ratings system,   Nov. 1, rolled out the MPAA ratings system with four categories: G, M, R and X.   And that's still the basis of the system today, though over the years the M disappeared and PG and PG-13 rolled in, along with the rarer NC-17.

11. Abbie Hoffman writes “Revolution for the Hell of It.”

12. Richard Nixon says "Sock it to me!" on "Laugh-In."  

13. Otis Redding's , "Dock of the Bay" wins him a posthumous Grammy for record of the year. Redding actually died Dec. 10, 1967, but the Grammy and "Dock of the Bay" reminded us that of all the lost music stars in those years  Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison - none left a bigger hole than Redding, whose shoes in 45 years have not been filled.

Oh, and one footnote here: "2001: A Space Odyssey" also came out in 1968. It is not on this list because it was tedious and boring.

Popular Films

Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel on Grooveshark

  • The Graduate
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Valley of the Dolls
  • The Odd Couple
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Rosemary's Baby

Popular Musicians

  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Supremes
  • The Beatles with " Hey Jude "
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
  • The Grateful Dead
  • The Monkees
  • Simon and Garfunkel " Mrs Robinson "
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Bee Gees
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Cream
  • The Doors " Hello I Love You "
  • Pink Floyd
  • Moody Blues
  • Bobby Goldsboro " Honey "
  • Marvin Gaye " I heard it through the Grapevine "
  • David Bowie

Hey Jude by "The Beatles 1" on Grooveshark

Top 100 songs of 1968

 

1.   Hey Jude, The Beatles
2.   
Love Is Blue , Paul Mauriat
3.   
Honey , Bobby Goldsboro
4.   
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay , Otis Redding
5.   
People Got to Be Free , The Rascals
6.   
Sunshine of Your Love , Cream
7.   
This Guy's In Love With You, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
8.   
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly , Hugo Montenegro
9.   
Mrs. Robinson , Simon and Garfunkel
10.
Tighten Up, Pt. 1, Archie Bell and The Drells
11.
Harper Valley P.T.A. , Jeannie C. Riley
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 , The Box Tops
17.
Stoned Soul Picnic , The Fifth Dimension
18.
Grazing In the Grass , Hugh Masekela
19.
Midnight Confessions , The Grass Roots
20.
Dance to the Music, Sly and The Family Stone
21.
The Horse, Cliff Nobles & Co.
22.
I Wish It Would Rain , The Temptations
23.
La-La Means I Love You, The Delfonics
24.
Turn Around Look At Me , The Vogues
25.
Judy In Disguise (With Glasses), John Fred & His Playboy Band
26.
Spooky , The Classics IV
27.
Love Child , Diana Ross and The Supremes
28.
Angel of the Morning , Merrilee Rush
29.
Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde , Georgie Fame
30.
Those Were the Days , Mary Hopkin
31.
Born to Be Wild , Steppenwolf
32.
Cowboys to Girls , The Intruders
33.
Simon Says , The 1910 Fruitgum Company
34.
Lady Willpower , Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
35.
A Beautiful Morning , The Rascals
36.
The Look of Love , Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66
37.
Hold Me Tight , Johnny Nash
38.
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy , The Ohio Express
39.
Fire, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
40.
Love Is All Around , The Troggs
41.
Playboy , Gene and Debbe
42.
Theme from "Valley of the Dolls" , Dionne Warwick
43.
Classical Gas , Mason Williams
44.
Slip Away , Clarence Carter
45.
Girl Watcher, The O'Kaysions
46.
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone , Aretha Franklin
47.
Green Tambourine , The Lemon Pipers
48.
1,2,3 Red Light , The 1910 Fruitgum Company
49.
Reach Out Of The Darkness, Friend & Lover
50.
Jumpin' Jack Flash , The Rolling Stones
51.
MacArthur Park , Richard Harris
52.
Light My Fire , Jose Feliciano
53.
I Love You , People
54.
Take Time to Know Her , Percy Sledge
55.
Pictures of Matchstick Men , Status Quo
56.
Summertime Blues , Blue Cheer
57.
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing , Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
58.
I Got the Feelin', James Brown and The Famous Flames
59.
I've Gotta Get a Message to You , The Bee Gees
60.
Lady Madonna, The Beatles
61.
Hurdy Gurdy Man , Donovan
62.
Magic Carpet Ride , Steppenwolf
63.
Bottle of Wine, The Fireballs
64.
Stay In My Corner , The Dells
65.
Soul Serenade , Willie Mitchell
66.
Delilah , Tom Jones
67.
Nobody But Me, The Human Beinz
68.
I Thank You, Sam and Dave
69.
The Fool On the Hill , Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66
70.
Sky Pilot , Eric Burdon and The Animals
71.
Indian Lake , The Cowsills
72.
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight? , Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
73.
Over You , Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
74.
Medley: Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off of You , The Lettermen
75.
Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day, Stevie Wonder
76.
The Unicorn , The Irish Rovers
77.
You Keep Me Hangin' On , Vanilla Fudge
78.
Revolution, The Beatles
79.
Woman, Woman , Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
80.
Elenore , The Turtles
81.
White Room , Cream
82.
You're All I Need to Get By , Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
83.
Baby Now That I've Found You , The Foundations
84.
Sweet Inspiration , The Sweet Inspirations
85.
If You Can Want , Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
86.
Cab Driver , The Mills Brothers
87.
Time Has Come Today , The Chambers Brothers
88.
Do You Know the Way to San Jose , Dionne Warwick
89.
Scarborough Fair/Canticle , Simon and Garfunkel
90.
Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), James Brown & The Famous Flames
91.
The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) , Manfred Mann
92.
Here Comes the Judge, Shorty Long
93.
I Say a Little Prayer , Aretha Franklin
94.
Think , Aretha Franklin
95.
Sealed With a Kiss , Gary Lewis and The Playboys
96.
Piece of My Heart, Big Brother and The Holding Company
97.
Suzie Q , Creedence Clearwater Revival
98.
Bend Me Shape Me , The American Breed
99.
Hey, Western Union Man , Jerry Butler
100.
Never Give You Up , Jerry Butler 

 

Top 10 Songs of 1968

1968 car radio

 

 

Technology 1968

  • Boeing 747 made its maiden flight.
  • NASA launches Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission
  • Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.
  • Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant.
  • US Explodes experimental hydrogen Bomb.
  • The Emergency 911 Telephone service is started in the USA which provides a single number for reporting emergencies and is manned 24 hrs per day 365 days per year
    ATM First Philadelphia Bank installs the first automated teller machine in the U.S.

TV Show

The Monkees

The Monkees was an American situation comedy featuring the antics of 4 young musicians . It featured Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork as the Monkees who had applied to an ad in Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter for "Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Series ran from 1966 till 1968.   What teenage girl did not run home after school to watch these cute and groovy guys?  Far out dude!!

Route 66

Route 66 is about Two young men "Tod Stiles" Played By Martin Milner and "Buz Murdock" Played By George Maharis who travel across America in their Corvette convertible. The credits of those who also appeared reads like a who's who of acting in the Sixties including James Brown, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Walter Matthau, Buster Keaton, Lee Marvin, Suzanne Pleshette, Martin Sheen, and Robert Redford. Series ran from 1960 till 1964. Loved that corvette had one in 1970; it was a 1959.

The SaintThe Saint played by Roger Moore based on a fictional detective created by Leslie Charteris for a series of stories written in the 20s. The Saint is remembered for driving a white Volvo P1800 and a halo appearing over his head during the opening credits. Series ran from 1966 till 1969.  The Saint was a pretty hip dude!
 

The Prisoner

The Prisoner co-created by Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein with Prisoner "Number 6" played by Patrick McGoohan, the series still attracts a cult following during repeats due to it's unusual surreal setting and story line. Series ran from 1967 till 1968. Never got into this show, did you?

Ironside

Ironside an American crime drama television series starring Raymond Burr as Ironside. Series ran from 1967 till 1975.
The show was always interesting, but you knew he was always going to win his case, or did he? Actually he did lose three cases out of 300 episodes.

Hogan's Heroes

Hogans Heroes an American comedy series based in a German Prisoner of War Camp during World War II with Werner Klemperer as the commandant of the camp Colonel Wilhelm Klink and Bob Crane as Colonel Robert E. Hogan. The series is also remembered for the bumbling Sergeant Schultz who used the quote "I know nothing – nothing !" in order to avoid being blamed. Series ran from 1965 till 1971. Did you know that many stations in the United States refused to air this program because of the Viet Nam war being fought?
 

Flipper

Flipper TV classic series based on a Bottlenose Dolphin mainly played by a female dolphin named Suzy ( Who Lived at Miami Seaquarium, ) . The series features Flipper and his adventures helping Porter Ricks and his children to catch the baddies. The theme song features this well known first line "They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning", Series ran from 1964 till 1967.  Most of us had never seen the ocean at this time of our lives, I always wondered how fun it would be to swim with a dolphin.  I had the opportunity in 1972 and it was even more exciting than I had imagined.
 

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a British comedy sketch show featuring surreal, risque and innuendo-laden humour, the show format allowed the team of ( (Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman American-born member Terry Gilliam ) to create a different kind of genre of comedy that still stands today.  Just too strange for most American's sense of humor. 

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch was based on a large family when Mike Brady ( three sons ) marries Carol Martin ( three daughters ) and together with the live-in housekeeper and the family dog move into a suburban home. Series ran from 1969 till 1974.  Marcia...Marcia...Marcia!!!  Poor Alice was not paid enough for all of the work she did.
 

Peyton Place

Peyton Place was an American soap opera set in Peyton Place a small New England town. I can remember my mother watching it and ensuring children did not disturb her during the show which put Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal on the road to stardom. Series ran from 1964 till 1969.  More real to life than most people wanted to admit.
 

The Fugitive

The Fugitive was about Doctor Richard Kimble played by David Janssen wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, the doctor escapes custody and spends the next 120 episodes searching for the one armed man who did kill his wife, while being hunted down by the Police. Series ran from 1963 till 1967.  It was like...come on now....find that dude!!!
 

The Man From Uncle

The Man From Uncle ( United Network Command for Law and Enforcement ) based around the exploits of two secret agents Napoleon Solo played by Robert Vaughn and Illya Kuryakin played by David McCallum fighting against the evil empire of THRUSH who's main objective was to conquer the world . Series ran from 1964 till 1968.  This was a pretty cool show, a little ahead of it's time.
 

Doctor Who

Doctor Who British science fiction series enjoyed by each generation with current series restarted in 2005, The Doctor is a mysterious alien Time Lord who travels through time with his human assistant with the TARDIS most often portrayed as a blue British 1950s police box. Over the decades there have been many Doctor Who's played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. Each generation has their own favorites for the best Doctor. Original Series ran from 1963 till 1989.  Never understood why people liked this series?
 

Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island American TV sitcom based on the crew and passengers of the charter boat S.S. Minnow who are shipwrecked on an uninhabited island where they attempt to survive. Original Series ran from 1964 till 1967.  A three hour tour you don't want to take.
 

Columbo

Columbo American crime fiction TV series starring Lieutenant Columbo a detective from the Los Angeles Police Department played by Peter Falk. The distinguishing features of the series are the scruffiness of Columbo and his old car and his way of going back to ask the questions of the suspected criminal after his original interview. Series ran from 1968 till 2003.  Beware of a crooked eyed man in a dirty trench coat.
 

The Virginian

The Virginian ( changed to The Men from Shiloh 1971 ) a TV based western series starring James Drury as The Virginian and Doug McClure as Trampas based at Shiloh Ranch, Medicine Bow, Wyoming,. Series ran from 1962 till 1971.  You can't beat a good western.
 

Mr Ed

Mr Ed American TV comedy based on a Horse Mister Ed who would only speak to his owner Wilbur Post, I just do not know what else to say about this as sorry to say "I do not get it" . Series ran from 1961 till 1966.  A horses of course is a horse, except for Mr. Ed.  The original horse whisperer!!!
 

I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie American TV comedy about a 2,000 year old female genie played by Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman her master. The series was created following the success of Bewitched. Series ran from 1965 till 1970. Don't lie now, we all want to rub a magic lamp and get our hearts desire.
 

Bewitched

Bewitched American TV series about a witch Samantha played by Elizabeth Montgomery married to a mortal Darrin Stephens. Gentle fun comedy which also featured the mother in law Endora played by Agnes Moorehead who despises mortals and disapproved of the marriage. How we all we wished we could twitch our nose to make things happen. Series ran from 1964 till 1972.  Oh, if we could only twitch our noses and get the work done!!!
 

Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son about two rag and bone men Albert Edward Ladysmith Steptoe played by Wilfrid Brambell and Harold Albert Kitchener Steptoe played by Harry H. Corbett, living in Oil Drum Lane, a fictional street in Shepherd's Bush, London, The American series Sanford and Son is very close to the story line but based on American junk dealers . Series ran from 1962 till 1965. A true knock-off series but I still like watching "Pop's" having a near death experience...calling out to his dead wife.
 

Get Smart

Get Smart comedy based on the useless secret agent Maxwell Smart played Don Adams, even with his lack of spy credentials through pure good luck he always wins his battles. Series ran from 1965 - 1970.  Where is Agent 99 , when they are needed?
 

Green Acres

Green Acres was an American television series starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor about a couple who moved from New York City to a farm in the country . Series ran from 1965 - 1971. Come on now, no woman alive would leave New York for a pig farm.
 

The Addams Family

The Addams Family TV Series based around Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons featuring an extended family with with supernatural powers and a macabre interests and a very gothic looking home. The Characters include Gomez and his wife Morticia, their daughter Wednesday Friday and their son Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Lurch and Thing T. Thing. Series ran from 1964 - 1966. A classic!!
 

My Three Sons

My Three Sons was an American Situation Comedy about a widower Steve Douglas, played by Fred MacMurray and his three sons first on ABC and later on CBS , the show ran from 1960 to 1972.  If life was that simple!




68 Olympics
 

Ten days before the games were to begin, Mexican Police and Army killed 300 students in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. Called the Tlatelolco Massacre, the International Olympic Committee held an urgent meeting to consider canceling the games which they did not do.

Black Power Salute 1968 olympics
 

United States sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos (gold and bronze medallists in the men's 200-meter race) stood barefooted on the podium wearing civil rights buttons, lowered heads and each defiantly with a black-gloved fist in the air during the Star Spangled Banner. The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends both athletes.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 45 28 34 107
2 Soviet Union 29 32 30 91
3 Japan 11 7 7 25

 

Jim Ryun, from Kansas, had an athletic career that saw him become a world-class runner and the last American to hold the world record in the mile run. His career was highlighted by many world record times and a silver medal in the 1500 m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Associated Press Athlete of 1968: Denny McLain, Major League Baseball.

Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Peggy Fleming, Figure skating.

 

Professional Sports 1968

Baseball

Baseball's Opening Day was postponed because of the Martin Luther King assassination.

World Series: Detroit Tigers vs.St. Louis Cardinals Series: 4-3. MVP was Mickey Lolich, Detroit.

The National League expands:

san diego padres 1968

 

 

The San Diego Padres

Montreal Expos

 

 

The Montreal Expos

 

The American League expands:

kansas city royals

 

 

 

The Kansas City Royals

 

Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536

 

Football


AFL Championship: New York Jets 27-23 Oakland Raiders in the 1968 AFL championship game.
 

NFL Championship: Baltimore Colts 34-0 Cleveland Browns in 1968 NFL championship game.

 

Super Bowl III

 

This, the third AFL-NFL Championship Game was the first to be called The Superbowl.

 

joe namath 1968

 

"We're (Jets) gonna win the game. I guarantee it."

 

 

 

 

Three days before the game Jets' Quarterback "Broadway" Joe Namath said to the unrelenting

predictions the Jets would lose to the Baltimore colts by 18 points. The Jets won 16 to 7, giving

the AFL much needed gravitas.

College Sports 1968

 

oj simpson 1968

 

Heisman Trophy: O.J. Simpson, USC, HB points: 2,853

 NCAA Football: Ohio State Buckeyes

ORANGE BOWL: #3 Penn State Nittany Lions 15 #6 Kansas Jayhawks 14


COTTON BOWL: #5 Texas Longhorns 36 #8 Tennessee Volunteers 13

ROSE BOWL: #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 27 #2 USC Trojans 16


SUGAR BOWL: #9 Arkansas Razorbacks 16 #4 Georgia Bulldogs 2

 

Basketball

 

NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA wins 78-55 over North Carolina

NBA: Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers Series: 4-2

 NBA announces two expansion teams:

milwaukee bucks 1968

 

 

 

 

The Milwaukee Bucks 

phoenix suns 1968

The Phoenix Suns

 

 

 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBA player to score 25,000 points.

 Boxing

With Mohammad Ali stripped of his title and suspended boxing really doesn't mean much though Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title and

Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. That right there means something is amiss.

NHL - Hockey

 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs.St. Louis Blues Series: 4-0

 Minnesota North Star s' center Bill Masterton dies from a fall on the ice against the Oakland Seals.

I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS SMALL TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE!!!

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Political Elections 1968


United States Presidential Election 1968 Richard Nixon (Republican) defeats Hubert Humphrey (Democratic) and George Wallace (American Independent)