1968 – The Year

Major Events of 1968:
USS Pueblo Captured
Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated
Robert Kennedy assassinated
Violence during Democratic Convention in Chicago
Richard Nixon wins election

Facts & Figures:
Population: 200,706,052
Life expectancy: 70.2 years
Dow-Jones High: 985 Low: 825
Federal spending: $178.13 billion
Federal debt: $368.7 billion
Inflation: 4.2%
Consumer Price Index: 34.8
Unemployment: 3.8%
Cost of a new home: $26,600.00
Cost of a new car: $ 2,822
Median Household Income: $7,743.00
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05 ($0.06 as of 1/7/68)
Cost of a gallon of regular gas: $0.34
Cost of a dozen eggs: $0.53
Cost of a gallon of milk: 1.07

Sports:
Summer Olympics held in Mexico City
NBA: Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers Series: 4-2
NCCA Football Championship: Ohio State Record: 10-0-0
February 28, 2013tanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs. St. Louis Blues Series: 4-0
Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders Score: 33-14
US Open: Lee Trevino, Oak Hill CC, Rochester, NY
World Series: Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Series: 4-3

Top Songs of 1968:
1. “Judy in Disguise” … John Fred & His Playboy Band
2. “Green Tambourine” … Lemon Pipers
3. “Love Is Blue” … Paul Mauriat
4. “The Dock of the Bay” … Otis Redding
5. “Honey” … Bobby Goldsboro
6. “Tighten Up” … Archie Bell and the Drells
7. “Mrs. Robinson” … Simon and Garfunkel
8. “This Guy’s in Love with You” … Herb Alpert
9. “Grazing in the Grass” … Hugh Masekela
10. “Hello, I Love You” … The Doors

Top Movies of 1968:
1. The Graduate
2. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
3. Gone with the Wind (reissue)
4. The Valley of the Dolls
5. The Odd Couple
6. Planet of the Apes
7. Rosemary’s Baby
8. The Jungle Book
9. Yours, Mine and Ours
10. The Green Berets

Academy Awards:
Best Picture: … Oliver!
Best Director: Carol Reed … Oliver!
Best Actor: Cliff Robertson … Charly
Best Actress: Barbra Streisand … Funny Girl

Grammy Awards:
Record of the Year: “Mrs. Robinson” … Simon and Garfunkel
Song of the Year: “Little Green Apples” … Bobby Russell
Album of the Year: By the Time I Get to Phoenix … Glen Campbell
Male Vocalist: Jose Feliciano … “Light My Fire”
Female Vocalist: Dionne Warwick … “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”

Nobel Prizes:
Chemistry
The prize was divided equally between: BARTON, Sir DEREK H. R., Great Britain, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, b. 1918, d. 1998; and HASSEL, ODD, Norway, Kjemisk Institutt, Oslo University, Oslo, b. 1897, d. 1981: “for their contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry”

Literature
KAWABATA, YASUNARI, Japan, b. 1899, d. 1972: “for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind”

Peace
CASSIN, RENƒ, France, b. 1887, d. 1976: President of the European Court for Human Rights.

Physiology or Medicine
The prize was awarded jointly to: HOLLEY, ROBERT W., U.S.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, b. 1922, d. 1993; KHORANA, HAR GOBIND, U.S.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, b. 1922 (in Raipur, India); and NIRENBERG, MARSHALL W., U.S.A., National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, b. 1927: “for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis”

Physics
ALVAREZ, LUIS W., U.S.A., University of California, Berkeley, CA, b. 1911, d. 1988: “for his decisive contributions to elementary particle physics, in particular the discovery of a large number of resonance states, made possible through his development of the technique of using hydrogen bubble chamber and data analysis”

Pulitzer Prizes:
Fiction: William Styron … The Confessions of Nat Turner
History: Bernard Bailyn … The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
International Reporting: Alfred Friendly … Washington Post
National Reporting: Howard James … Christian Science Monitor, Nathan K. Kotz … Des Moines Register, & Minneapolis Tribune
Public Service: “Riverside (CA) Press Enterprise”

Most Popular Books – Fiction:
1. Airport …Arthur Hailey. Doubleday
2. Couples …John Updike. Knopf
3. The Salzburg Connection … Helen MacInnes. Harcourt, Brace & World
4. A Small Town in Germany …John Le Carre. CowardMcCann
5. Testimony of Two Men …Taylor Caldwell. Doubleday
6. Preserve and Protect …Allen Drury. Doubleday
7. Myra Breckinridge …Gore Vidal. Little, Brown
8. Vanished …Fletcher Knebel. Doubleday
9. Christy …Catherine Marshall. McGraw-Hill
10. The Tower of Babel …Morris L. West. Morrow

Most Popular Books – Non-Fiction:
1. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book … Meredith Press
2. The Random House Dictionary of the English Language: College Edition … Editor-in-chief Laurence Urdang. Random House
3. Listen to the Warm …Rod McKuen. Random House
4. Between Parent and Child …Haim G. Ginott. Macmillan
5. Lonesome Cities …Rod McKuen. Random House
6. The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Diet … Erwin M. Stillman and Sarum Sinclair Baker. Prentice-Hall
7. The Money Game… Adam Smith. Random House
8. Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows…Rod McKuen. Random House
9. The Weight Watcher’s Cook Book … Jean Nidetch. Hearthside Press
10. Better Homes and Gardens Eat and Stay Slim … Meredith Press Doubleday

Most Popular Television Shows:
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 Affairs (CBS)
6. Gunsmoke (CBS)
7. Julia (NBC)
8. The Dean Martin Show (NBC)
9. Here’s Lucy (CBS)
10. The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)