What was it like 40 years ago today?

Monday, March 25, 1968

Top News Headlines This Week:
Mar 25 – KLVX TV channel 10 in Las Vegas NV (PBS) begins broadcasting Mar 25 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site Mar 27 – Japanese Trade & Cultural Center (Japan Center) dedicated in San Francisco Mar 27 – Suharto succeeds Sukarno as President of Indonesia Mar 28 – T M Smirnova discovers asteroids #3049 & #4136 Artmane Mar 29 – Students seize building at Bowie State College

Top Songs for 1968
The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
People Got to Be Free by Rascals Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel
Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat Hey Jude by Beatles
Love Child by Diana Ross & the Supremes Honey by Bobby Goldsboro
This Guy’s In Love with You by Herb Alpert Tighten Up by Archie Bell & the Drells

1968 Prices US President
Bread: $0.22/loaf Lyndon B. Johnson
Milk: $1.21/gal US Vice President
Eggs: $1.12/doz Hubert H. Humphrey
Car: $2,450 Academy Award Winners
Gas: $0.34/gal
Best Picture: Oliver!
Produced By John Wolf
Best Actor: Cliff Robertson
in Charly
Best Actress: Katherine Hepburn/barb Streisand
in Lion In Winter/funny Girl
House: $26,600
Stamp: $0.06/ea
Avg Income: $9,670/yr
Min Wage: $1.60/hr
DOW Avg: 944

People born on March 25
1947 – Elton John [Reginald Kenneth Dwight] Pinner Middlesex England, singer (Rocketman, Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)
1942 – Aretha Franklin Memphis TN, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect)
1942 – Paul Michael Glaser Cambridge MA, actor (Starsky-Starsky & Hutch)
1934 – Gloria Steinem Toledo OH, feminist/publisher (Ms Magazine)

On TV in 1968
Mission: Impossible The Avengers The Carol Burnett Show
Adam-12 Star Trek Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Dragnet Hawaii Five-0 The Monkees

Hot New Toys in 1968
Battling Tops The Outer Space Men Colorforms Pop Yer Top
Hoppity Hop Zeroids Zillion Bubble Blower
Billy Blastoff Star Trek Astro-Walkie Talkies Big Sneeze

Top Books in 1968
The Double Helix by James D. Watson From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

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4 thoughts on “What was it like 40 years ago today?

  1. Wendy, wow, what a trip down memory lane. I was 13. I loved the song Love is Blue….I will never forget buying Hey Jude on 45 that year. And, of course, who ever missed Laugh-IN….thanks…good memories.

  2. Very cool site! Thought I’d key in the date of my 16th birthday and give it to my up-and-coming sweet sixteen year old to let her know what was going on in the world when dear old Mom was the same age. I guess she could always ask you, but you may have a different light to shed, no?!!! 😉 Pretty mind-boggling to think that she’s now at the age when we became friends. Just think, Sarah could be her Wendy years down the road!!!

  3. Gas in 1968 $.34

    Gas in 2008 $3.25 9.5 times the amount

    Min Wage in 1968 $1.60/hr

    Min Wage in 2008 $6.55/hr 4 times the amount

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