These disquieting times have an eerie resemblance to a time 50 years ago when the country staggered, punch-drunk, from one trauma to the next. Read the full story here.
Here are a few more things that the year 1968 brought us:
Hey Jude – Beatles (first recording on Apple Records) Hello I Love You – The Doors I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations Beggars Banquet, w/Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin Ride My See-Saw – Moody Blues Honey – Bobby Goldsboro I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette White Album – Beatles White Room – Cream Mony Mony – Tommy James and the Shondells Suzi Q – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Mattel‘s Hot Wheels toy cars Barbie‘s Dream House Easy-Bake Oven Wham-O Super Ball
AT THE MOVIES
The Graduate The Odd Couple Planet of the Apes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Rosemary‘s Baby 2001: A Space Odyssey Night of the Living Dead Oliver! Hang ‘em High
DEBUTING ON TV
Rowan & Martin‘s Laugh-In, NBC One Life to Live, ABC Hawaii Five-O, CBS The Mod Squad, ABC Here‘s Lucy, CBS Mayberry R.F.D, CBS Adam 12, NBC The Dick Cavett Show, ABC
COST OF LIVING
Inflation rate – 4.27% Unemployment – 3.4% End-of-year Dow Jones Industrial Average – 943 Average annual income – $7,850 Median price of new house – $26,500 Average monthly rent – $130 Regular gasoline per gallon – 34 cents Average cost of new car – $2,822 Movie Ticket – $1.50 Federal hourly minimum wage – $1.60 First-class stamp – 6 cents Gallon of milk – $1.07 Dozen eggs – 53 cents
Jan 14 – LL Cool J Feb 1 – Lisa Marie Presley March 26 – Kenny Chesney, Celine Dion Aug 25 – Rachael Ray Sept 25 – Will Smith Sept 28 – Naomi Watts Oct 12 – Hugh Jackman Oct 17 – Ziggy Marley Nov 18 – Owen Wilson
Jan 15 – Bill Masterson, first NHL player fatally injured during a game Feb 27 – Frankie Lymon, ex-Teenagers singer dies from a heroin overdose in Harlem March 27 – Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and first human in space April 18 – London Bridge sold for $1 million, and later re-built in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. April 19 – Jim Clark, driver killed in a Formula 2 race in Germany June 1 – Helen Keller, blind and deaf icon June 29 – Kitty Kelly, actress Sept 12 – Tommy Armour, Scottish golfer Nov 25 – Upton Sinclair, author Dec 10 – Karl Barth, Swiss theologian
A YEAR OF VIOLENCE
Feb. 1 – The execution of Viet Cong guerrilla Nguyen Van Lem by Nguyen Ngọc Loan, South Vietnamese national police chief, is captured by photographer Eddie Adams, causing worldwide outrage and winning Adams a Pulitzer April 4 – Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated, followed by riots across the nation April 6 – Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot and killed April 8 – Avondale riot in Cincinnati results in 2 people killed, at least 220 injured and 260 arrested during two nights of violence causing $3 million in damage June 6 – Robert F. Kennedy assassinated July 23 – Glenville shootout in Cleveland ends up with seven dead including three police officers killed, 15 wounded, followed by 48 hours of rioting causing $2.6 million in damage Aug. 20 – USSR invades Czechoslovakia, tanks end the Prague Spring, killing at least 82 Aug 20 - Five inmates die in a riot at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, while five other prisoners and seven officers are injured. Authorities blow a hole in the roof to rescue hostages. During an earlier riot June 24, inmates set fires that destroyed nine buildings but no one was seriously hurt. Aug. 26-29 – Democratic National Convention in Chicago, mostly remembered for chaos inside and a “police riot” against demonstrators outside Oct. 2 – Police and soldiers fire into an unarmed crowd of student demonstrators in Mexico City 10 days before the start of the Summer Olympics. Government reports four killed.
Jan. 23 - North Korea captures the USS Pueblo Jan. 30 – Tet offensive in Vietnam March 31 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he won‘t seek re-election April 11 – Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968 April 23 – The United Methodist Church is created by the union of the former Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches April 29 – The musical “Hair” opens on Broadway May 25 – The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is dedicated June 19 – 50,000 participate in The Poor Peoples March in Washington, D.C. July 25 – Pope Paul VI bans Catholics from using “the pill” for birth control Sept 14 – Detroit Tiger Denny McLain becomes the first pitcher to win 30 games in a season since 1934; no one has done it since Sept 30 – Boeing introduces the first 747 “Jumbo Jet” Oct 3 – George Wallace names a controversial Ohioan, Air Force General Curtis LeMay, as his running mate in his independent campaign for the presidency Oct 12 – Two black U.S. athletes give the “black power” salute from the medal stand in Mexico City as the National Anthem is played Oct 20 – Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis Nov 5 – Richard Nixon beats Hubert Humphrey to become president; Shirley Chisholm becomes first black woman elected to U.S. House; Louis Stokes of Cleveland becomes first black elected to Congress from Ohio Nov 14 – Yale University announces it will admit women Dec 22 – The Zodiac serial killer, never captured, strikes in California Dec 24 – Apollo 8 circles the moon Dec 26 – Led Zeppelin makes their American debut in Denver
Feb 14 – Eastland Mall opens March 3 – Jimi Hendrix Experience plays Vets Memorial March 23 – Columbus East wins the first of two consecutive state boys basketball championships after finishing runner-up in 1967. All five starters from the state championship teams attended Division I colleges. And Ohio State men‘s hoops team beats Houston to finish No. 3 in the nation. April 1 – The Glass Bowl Restaurant on Main Street in Bexley, which drew tourists because of its building looked like an upside-down champagne goblet, closes after 30 years as a forerunner hamburger stand May 13-14 – Less than a month before his assassination, Robert F. Kennedy makes Columbus appearances attended by thousands, including a motorcade on the “Negro” East Side and a speech at the Neil House April 28 – First Gold Circle store opens in Columbus at Karl and Morse roads May 29 – Clarence Edward Elwell appointed bishop of Columbus Aug 4 – JAX – the forerunner to Rax roast beef eateries – has its grand opening. Aug 15 – Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes and Columbus Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner officially open the gates of a new $40 million Anheuser-Busch Brewery along with company president August A. Busch Jr. Oct 13 – The Main Post Office is dedicated on Twin Rivers Drive. Oct 22 – Crowd estimated at 8,000 shows up to see Richard Nixon and Woody Hayes on the Statehouse steps Nov 2 – The Doors play Vets Memorial. Police stop the show during the Light My Fire finale, but the audience refuses to leave, setting fires inside the auditorium. Finally, power is restored to the stage and the Doors finish the song. Nov 22 – The Grateful Dead plays Vets. Autumn – Ohio State wins national football championship (in Jan 1, 1969 Rose Bowl) after “super sophs” lead the way to a perfect season. Dec 13 – The second stage of the Columbus outerbelt, Interstate 270, is completed between U.S. Route 23 and Route 3 near Westerville.
DIDN‘T SEEM BIG AT THE TIME
Feb 6 – ‘68 winter games marks the first time for gender and drug testing for Olympics. Feb 16 – Emergency 911 telephone service begins in U.S. March 16 – U.S. soldiers massacre 500 men, women and children in My Lai (not revealed to public until late 1969). May 29 – Manchester United becomes first English team to win the European Cup Final. Sept 12 – Big Macs go on sale nationwide at McDonalds, costing 49 cents. July 17 – Saddam Hussein becomes vice chairman of the Revolutionary Council in Iraq after a coup. July 18 – Semiconductor maker Intel Corp founded in Santa Clara, Calif., by engineers Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce. Sept 24 – 60 Minutes debuts on CBS. Nov 22 – Star Trek airs US television‘s first interracial kiss. (Date uncertain) – Allen K Breed invents the world‘s first electromechanical automotive airbag system. (Date uncertain) – Standing in line at the bank, Docutel‘s Donald C. Wetzel comes up with the idea for the first ATM.
Dispatch researcher Linda Deitch contributed to these lists.