Wednesday, August 22, 2007

1968 Was Quite A Year

Dow Jones hits 980.

Gallon of gasoline $0.34 - gallon of milk $1.04 - cost of 1st class stamp $0.05 -median household income $7,743 - Cost of new home $26,600.

Beginning of Tet-offensive in Vietnam. 1,000 American soldiers killed each month.

Superbowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB.

U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.

"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC.

Spy ship USS Pueblo and 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by N Korea.

Famous photo: Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to head.

Country's 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala.

Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000.

Singers Johnny Cash (36) and June Carter (38) wed.

U.S. Mint stops buying and selling gold.

My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450.

"Royals" chosen as the name of new Kansas City AL franchise.

Lyndon Baines Johnson announces he will not seek re-election.

Martin Luther King Jr. murdered in Memphis.

United Methodist Church forms.

Sirhan Sirhan shoots Bobby Kennedy, who dies next day.

650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, ends reform movement.

Police and anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Democrat National Convention.

Iraq adopts constitution.

1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV.

Beatles' "Hey Jude," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks.

Detroit Tigers beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 3 in 65th World Series.

Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory.

Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis.

Nixon elected 37th President of U.S., defeating Hubert Humphrey.

34th Heisman Trophy Award: O J Simpson, Southern California.

Frank Borman's Christmas reading while orbiting Moon.

39 years ago, August 23rd, Richard and Sandy marry.