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Tempe High Class of 1968 - 1968 in Review


U.S. Statistics
President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
Population: 200,706,052
Life expectancy: 70.2 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 33.7
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 30.7
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 7.3
US GDP (1998 dollars):   $910.6 billion
Federal spending:   $178.13 billion
Federal debt:   $368.7 billion
Median Household Income (current dollars):  $7,743
Consumer Price Index:   34.8
Unemployment:   3.8%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.05 ($0.06 as of 1/7/68)

World Population: 3.556 billion


President Johnson announces he will not seek or accept presidential renomination (March 31).

Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, is slain in Memphis (April 4).

James Earl Ray, indicted in King murder, is sentenced to 99 years.

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is shot and critically wounded in Los Angeles hotel after winning California primary (June 5)—dies June 6.

North Korea seizes US Navy ship Pueblo; holds 83 on board as spies (Jan. 23).

North Vietnamese launch the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War (Jan.-Feb.).

American soldiers massacre 347 civilians at My Lai (March 16). Background: Vietnam War

Czechoslovakia is invaded by Russians and Warsaw Pact forces to crush liberal regime (Aug. 20).

Super Bowl
Green Bay d. Oakland (33-14)

World Series
Detroit d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)

NBA Championship
Boston d. LA Lakers (4-2)

Stanley Cup
Montreal d. St. Louis (4-0)

Wimbledon
Women: Billie Jean King d. J. Tegart (9-7 7-5)
Men: Rod Laver d. T. Roche (6-3 6-4 6-2)

Kentucky Derby Champion
Forward Pass

NCAA Basketball Championship
UCLA d. North Carolina (78-55)

NCAA Football Champions
Ohio St. (10-0-0)

Record of the Year: 'Up, Up and Away,' 5th Dimension

Album of the Year: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (Capitol)

Song of the Year: 'Up, Up and Away,' Jimmy L. Webb, songwriter

Miss America: Debra Dene Barnes (KS)

60 Minutes airs on CBS, beginning its reign as the longest-running prime-time newsmagazine.

The motion picture rating system debuts with G, PG, R and X.

The rock musical Hair opens on Broadway.

Movies
2001: A Space Odyssey
Romeo and Juliet
Funny Girl
The Lion in Winter
Oliver!

Prototype of world's first supersonic airliner. The Soviet-designed Tupolev Tu-144 made its first flight, Dec. 31. It first achieved supersonic speed on June 5, 1969.

The largest reservoir of American petroleum north of Mexico is discovered in Alaska.

The successful flight of Apollo 8 makes Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders the first people to orbit the moon.

Deaths:
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marcel Duchamp
Helen Keller
Upton Sinclair
John Steinbeck


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