1960s Pop History – 1968

Sixties Pop HistoryPresident: Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
The 1960sThe population of the United States is 199,399,000
60sNational Debt is 368.7 Billion (+28.3 billion, mostly due to the war)
sixtiesUnemployment is 3.8% (unchanged)
pop history 1960sLife Expectancy: 70.2 years
information 60sFamily median income = $7,743 (up $600. from 1967)
events 1963Academy Award :  In the Heat of the Night (click to buy) (Best Picture)
facts 1963Grammy Award :Up-Up and Away (click to buy) (Best Song); Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (click to buy) (Best Album)
pop culture 60'sPulitzer Prize : The Confessions of Nat Turner (click to buy) (Fiction)
important sixties stuffInflation rate = 4.72%
60s factsSen. Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy is shot and critically wounded by Sirhan Sirhan in a Los Angeles hotel after a campaign speech, five other people were wounded
1960's quick factsPresident Johnson announces he will not seek or accept the nomination of his party for the Presidency
pop historyMartin Luther King, Jr. is shot dead by James Earl Ray as he stepped out on the balcony of his Memphis motel room
60s historyMartin Luther King’s death sparks race riots in most major U.S. cities causing 50 million in damage with over 22,000 arrests and 46 deaths
1960s pop historyNorth Korea seizes the USS Pueblo, claiming the ship violated its territorial waters while spying and held the crew captive for 11 months
1963 pop cultureThe Tet Offensive sees N. Vietnamese troops attacking targets all over S. Vietnam signalling a worsening of the war for the U.S.
the year 1963The Democratic National Convention nominates Hubert Humphrey while outside thousands of anti-war protesters are met with a violent response from Chicago police
1960s historyThe musical “Hair” (click for soundtrack) officially opens on Broadway
imporant events in 1963The Supreme Court rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them called Miranda rights (Miranda v. Arizona)
1963 pop cultureSaddam Hussein comes into power in Iraq after a coup d’état
year 1963The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach nominates Richard Nixon, protests are held to a minimum because of the location
1960s historyThe Consumer Credit Protection Act is passed which included the “Truth in Lending” provisions
events in 1963Several planes are hijacked from Florida and forced to land in Cuba prompting future baggage and passenger searches on all flights
1960s historyIntegrated Electronics Corporation (Intel) is founded by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore
facts about 1963Mattel produces the first Hot Wheels toy cars
1960s historyBoeing introduces it’s newest plane the 747
1960s historyFormer U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis
events in 1963Virginia Slims cigarettes are marketed to women, the “Slims” to remind them that smoking is not fattening
1960s historyMarriott Corp. creates Roy Rogers Family Restaurants in cooperation with the cowboy singer
popular events of 1963The Jacuzzi Whirlpool bath is introduced at California’s Orange County Fair
1960s historyRalph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Anne Klein (no relation) all debut their fashions
popular events of 1963The 911 emergency telephone number is instituted in around 600 cities
1960s historyA first class stamp climbs to $0.06
sixties pop historyNot nominated for anything nor very popular at the box office, 2001: A Space Odyssey, proved to be out of this world
1960s historyOther memorable movies were: Bullitt, Rosemary’s Baby, The Green Berets, and The Planet of the Apes
sixties pop historyThe following TV shows debuted: Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Dad’s Army, Adam-12, The Doris Day Show, Mod Squad, 60 Minutes and Hawaii Five-O    (click show title for more info)

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