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Funny Girl, Ice Station Zebra, The Odd Couple.  Find your other favorites at the Internet Movie Database.

Academy Award Winners -
Best Picture - Oliver!,  Best Actor - Cliff Robertson (Charly), Best Actress - Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) co-winner with Barbara Streisand (Funny Girl), Supporting Actor - Jack Albertson (The Subject Was Roses), Best Supporting Actress - Ruth Gordon (Rosemary's Baby).

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Television -
Land Of The Giants, Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour, Mission Impossible, Bonanza, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, It Takes A Thief, Green Acres, The Flying Nun, Bewitched, That Girl, Gomer Pyle USMC, My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes, Adam 12, Get Smart, Star Trek, Hawaii Five-O, Petticoat Junction, The Dating Game, Wild, Wild West

Here's a link for more 1968 TV  and the 68 Fall Lineup

Most Popular Books -

1."Airport" Arthur Hailey. Doubleday
2."Couples"...John Updike. Knopf
3."The Salzburg Connection"... Helen MacInnes. Harcourt, Brace
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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
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
10. "Better Homes and Gardens Eat and Stay Slim"... Meredith Press


TIME Magazine Men of the year

Astronauts Anders, Borman, and Lovell


Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year - Boston Celtics Player-Coach Bill Russell

Music - Billboard's #1 Singles for 1968

Week Weeks at #1 Song Artist
1/6 2 Crimson and Clover Tommy James and the Shondels
1/20 2 Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred and his Playboy Band
2/3 1 Green Tambourine The Lemon Pipers
2/10 5 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
3/16 4 (Sitting on the) Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
4/13 5 Honey Bobby Goldsboro
5/18 2 Tighten Up Archie Bell & The Drells
6/1 3 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
6/22 4 This Guy's In Love With You Herb Alpert
7/20 2 Grazin' In The Grass Hugh Masekela
8/3 2 Hello, I Love You The Doors
8/17 5 People Got To Be Free The Rascals
9/21 1 Harper Valley PTA Jeannie C. Riley
9/28 9 Hey Jude The Beatles
11/30 2 Love Child Diana Ross
12/14 7 I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye

Just in case you can't remember the lyrics you're in luck because you can find them here


LIFE magazine covers for 1968

Rolling Stone's covers for 1968 included:

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Eric Clapton Bob Dylan Janis Joplin Mick Jagger Frank Zappa Jimi Hendrix

The Grammys -
Record of the Year -“Mrs. Robinson,” Simon and Garfunkel
Album of the Year - By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Glen Campbell (Capitol)
Song of the Year - “Little Green Apples,” Bobby Russell, songwriter
Best New Artist of 1968 - José Feliciano

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Consumer Info -
New 3-Bedroom Home: $24,700, Gallon milk: $1.22, Pound loaf of bread: 22¢, Potatoes (10 lbs): 76¢, Average Annual Salary: $8,633, First Class Postage Stamp 6¢, Price of New Ford: $3,201

Time Line -

Jan 1, 1968Rose Bowl - OJ Simpson leads USC Trojans to a 14-3 victory over Indiana

Jan 6, 1968: Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks Magical Mystery Tour

Jan 7, 19681st class postage raised from 5¢ to 6¢

January 13, 1968:  Johnny Cash records "Live at Folsom Prison"

January 14, 1968:  Super Bowl II was the second AFL-NFL World Championship Game, later to be known as the Super Bowl.  Super Bowl II once again featured Vince Lombardi's Packers (9-4-1), but this time they faced off against the Oakland Raiders (13-1) who were coached by John Rauch.  The game was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami where the Packers won their second-consecutive Super Bowl Championship, 33-14.

Jan 22, 1968: "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiers on NBC

Jan 23, 1968:
The Pueblo, a US Navy intelligence ship on a surveillance patrol of the North Korean coast, was seized by North Korea. The Pueblo was commanded by Commander Lloyd M. Bucher and manned by 82 crew members.

Jan 27, 1968: 1968 - Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay" was released on this date, seven weeks after the singer's death. He was killed in a plane crash at Lake Monona near Madison, WI. Four members of the Bar-Kays were also killed in the crash. "Dock of the Bay", his only number one song, was recorded just three days before his death.

Jan 31, 1968: Tet Offensive.  Shots rang out across Vietnam today shattering the lunar New Year truce. A broad offensive, aimed at more than 100 cities from the Mekong Delta and Saigon to north of the highlands, was launched by the Viet Cong against the South Vietnamese and the United States forces. huey

February 1, 1968: A Viet Cong officer is executed by Nguyen Ngoc Loan, a South Vietnamese National Police Chief. The event is photographed by Eddie Adams. The photo makes headlines around the world, eventually winning the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, and sways U.S. public opinion against the war.

Feb 6-17, 1968: 10th Winter Olympic Games opens in Grenoble, France.  Peggy Fleming wins figure skating gold medal and Jean-Claude Killy wins 3 skiing gold medals. Peggy Fleming

February 8, 1968 - The Boeing 747 makes its maiden flight.

Feb 29, 1998:  Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy splhcb

March 16, 1968 -  My Lai massacre -A massacre of Vietnamese civilians by U.S. soldiers. A unit of the U.S. army Americal division, led by Lt. William L. Calley, invaded the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai an alleged Viet Cong stronghold. In the course of combat operations, unarmed civilians, including women and children, were shot to death (the final army estimate for the number killed was 347). The incident remained unknown to the American public until the autumn of 1969, when a series of letters by a former soldier to government officials forced the army to take action.

Mar 23, 1968: UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 78-55 victory in the final game over North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith. Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Mar 28, 1968: The US lost its first aircraft in Vietnam when an F-111 vanished during a combat mission.

Mar 31, 1968:A surprise announcement from President Johnson today. "I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party as your president," the President said earlier. Acknowledging a division in the White House, President Johnson said he was leaving in the spirit of national unity.

Apr 4, 1968:  The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed while standing on the second floor balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee



Apr 11, 1968: Only days after civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The law makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race in the renting and sale of houses and apartments. LBJ proposed the Fair Housing Act during a 1966 meeting with Dr. King

April 27, 1968:  Hubert Humphrey announced his candidacy for President.


April 28, 1968: Marijuana Survey Taken - A survey taken by the Washington Square Journal finds that 75% of NYU students have tried marijuana at least once. The average marijuana user at NYU is described as "a WSC [Washington Square College] student, usually male, 20 or 21 years old, living off-campus and majoring in the social sciences."

April 29, 1968:  The musical Hair officially opens on Broadway.

April 30, 1968: New York City police swarmed onto the Columbia University campus early in the morning to evict students who had occupied five buildings.

May 23, 1968: A record 1100 GIs were reported killed in Vietnam during the previous two week period.

May 25, 1968:  Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash" stones

May 28, 1968: Senator Eugene McCarthy won a stunning upset victory over Senator Robert Kennedy in the Oregon presidential primary, setting the stage for a crucial battle in California.

May 30: Bobby Unser won the Indianapolis 500, averaging 152.9 MPH.

June 1, 1968: Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs Robinson" hits #1 bookends

Jun 1, 1968: The only recollection of sight that Helen Keller ever had was of shifting shadows of leaves on a bedroom wall.  Deaf and blind since 18 months old, Helen Keller's life was one of amazing accomplishments. She died in her sleep this afternoon in Westport, Connecticut at the age of 87.

Jun 8, 1968: Just minutes after claiming victory in the California primary in a back room of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot twice in the head, once in the forehead and once near the right ear. He died at 1:44 a.m., Jun 6, 1968, 20 hours after the attack and 4 and a half years after his brother, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


June 14, 1968 Life magazine cover of Robert Kennedy

June 13, 1968: The 1968 Senior Class of Santa Ana Valley High School Class graduates.

Aug 4, 1968:  100,000 attend First Annual Newport Pop Festival at Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.  Artists that played included Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Byrds, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Grateful Dead, Sonny & Cher, Electric Flag, Canned Heat, QMS Iron Butterfly; Country Joe and the Fish.

Aug 20, 1968: Soviets invade Czechoslovakia

August 22-August 30 - Police clash with antiwar protesters in Chicago, Illinois outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which nominates Hubert Humphrey for U.S. President, and Edmund Muskie for Vice President.

Sept 28, 1968: Beatles' "Hey Jude," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

Sept 30, 1968:  First Boeing 747 rolls out

Oct 10, 1968:  The 1968 World Series was a match-up between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers. A highlight of the series came in the first game when Cardinal pitcher, Bob Gibson, struck out 17 batters, breaking Sandy Koufax's World Series record. The Tigers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win three in a row, largely on the arm of MVP Mickey Lolich, who amazingly won three complete games in a single World Series, a feat that has not been duplicated since.

Oct 12, 1968: 19th modern Olympic games opens in Mexico City.   Six days later Bob Beamon sets world record in long jump.  All it took was six seconds for the slender 22-year-old long jumper to speed 19 strides down the runway, ascend to a height of six feet, stay up in the air like a bird and finally land an incomprehensible 29 feet, 2½ inches later. Beamon didn't just set a record; he shattered one. He had leaped where no one had gone before. Not only did he become the first 29-foot long jumper that evening; he became the first to pass 28 feet, too. beamon1.jpg (14339 bytes)
Nov 6, 1968:  Richard Nixon elected 37th President defeating Hubert Humphrey


November 14 - Yale University announces it is going co-educational.

Dec 27, 1968: On Christmas Eve, staticy voices from a quarter million miles away read Bible verses from their vantage point orbiting the moon to their home on Earth far away. Apollo 8 was launched from Cape Kennedy on December 21 for first manned mission to orbit the moon with astronauts James A. Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman on board.

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