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•   Robert Barbour  7/28
•   Kenneth Rhynd '68 (Single)  7/28
•   Arline B. Freilich (Tepper)  7/31
•   Paul D. Rich  8/2
•   Leslie G. Lafaver  8/4
•   Barbara Corssino (Rudnick)  8/5
•   Mary Ellen Hasenfuss  8/9
•   Nelson (Buddy) Swain '68  8/9
•   Wendy J. Bray '68 (Ftorek)  8/11
•   David Leffers '68  8/14
•   Robert T. Curtin '68  8/16
•   Donna Manning '68 (Jovin)  8/16
•   Constance "Connie" Gaines (Stottrup)  8/17
•   Janet Lavache '68 (Thompson)  8/18
•   Julie A. Barker (Cantelli)  8/20
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•   Cheryl Stover '68 (Claney)  7/27
•   Marjorie Shufro '68 (Altmayer)  7/25
•   Paul Fontek  7/22
•   Laurie Merriam (Savage)  7/20
•   Yurgen Kenneth Geist '68  7/17
•   Pamela G. Griffin (Predmore)  7/11
•   Martha J. Adrean (Dayton)  7/10
•   Richard A. Weich  6/29
•   Arthur Badavas  6/22
•   Robert Leal '68  6/21
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY


Needham High School
Class Of 1967 & 1968

Sunita Williams, 1983 NHS graduate, will be participating in NASA's commercial space flight program, which was formed to facilitate the development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit, according to NASA's website.

 

 

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Some History

1967 the continued presence of American troops increased further and a total of 475,000 were serving in Vietnam and the peace rallies were multiplying as the number of protesters against the war increased. The Boxer Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing world championship for refusing to be inducted into the US Army. In the middle east Israel also went to war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan in the six day war and when it was over Israel controlled and occupied a lot more territory than before the war. Once again in the summer cities throughout America exploded in rioting and looting the worst being in Detroit on July 23rd where 7000 national Guard were bought in to restore law and order on the streets. In England a new type of model became a fashion sensation by the name of Twiggy and mini skirts continued to get shorter and even more popular with a short lived fashion being paper clothing. Also during this year new Discotheques and singles bars appeared across cities around the world and the Beatles continued to reign supreme with the release of "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band" album, and this year was also coined the summer of love when young teenagers got friendly and smoked pot and grooved to the music of "The Grateful Dead. Jefferson Airplane and The Byrds". The movie industry moved with the times and produced movies that would appeal to this younger audience including "The Graduate" Bonnie and Clyde" and "Cool Hand Luke" . TV shows included "The Fugitive" and "The Monkees" and color television sets become popular as the price comes down and more programmes are made in color.
 

Cost of Living 1967

How Much things cost in 1967
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 2.78%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 2.7%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 905 Average Cost of new house $14,250.00 Average Income per year $7,300.00 Average Monthly Rent $125.00 Gas per Gallon 33 cents Average Cost of a new car $2,750.00 Movie Ticket$1.25 Polaroid Camera History$50.00 Parker Pen Set $11.95 The Federal Minimum Wage is increased to $1.40 an hour
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 3,840 Gallon of Petrol 5 shillings 2 pence or 27 new pence MK II Ford Cortina 749

From Our 1967 Toys Page
Price: $4.88
Build A Transistor Radio Kit From The 1960s

What Events Happened

U.S.

  • The first Rolling Stone Magazine is published

Israel --- Six Day War

  • Six Day War Arab Forces attack Israel beginning the Yom Kippur War when Arab forces were defeated and Israel took possession of additional territory

More Information and Timeline For The Six Day War
1. 1967
2. May 22nd and 23rd Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser closes the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping
3. Israel declares any closure of the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping considered an act of war
4. Six Day Starts on June 5th and ends on June 10th
5. June 5th Israel launches Operation Focus an opening air strike on airfields around the Sinai Peninsula at the start of the Six-Day War
6. June 5th Israeli aircraft destroy 338 Egyptian aircraft over 3/4 of the Egyptian Air Force on the ground
7. June 5th Attacks by Israeli aircraft on Syrian, and Iraqi fields result in similar results
8. June 6th Further attacks by Israeli aircraft on Jordanian airfields leave Israel guaranteed air superiority
9. June 6th to June 10th Using it's air superiority Israel troops take control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt,
10. June 6th to June 10th Using it's air superiority Israel troops take control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan,
11. June 6th Oil embargo is placed by Arab Countries involved in war on countries supporting Israel
12. June 9th to June 10th Using it's air superiority Israel troops take control of the Golan Heights from Syria.
13. June 11th Following success with the objectives Israel agrees to a cease fire.
14. Following Six Day War Egypt enforces an Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal which lasted till June 5th 1975 making the Suez Canal closed to all shipping and trapping fourteen cargo ships known as "The Yellow Fleet" which remained trapped in the canal for over eight years
15. September 1st The Khartoum Resolution issued which effectively ends the oil embargo when Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Libya begin exporting oil to the west
Like many wars the rights and wrongs depend on those recording the details and The Six Day War is no different with two distinct views "Preemptive strike by Israel" or an "unprovoked attack" . But the one thing history can not dispute is the military success of the operation for the Third Arab-Israeli War.

United Kingdom and Ireland apply officially for EEC membership

United States --- Improved Car Safety Design

  • Following the publication of Ralph Nader's book "unsafe at any speed" puts pressure on the government and the automobile industry to improve safety in cars.

More Information and Timeline For Improved Safety In US Cars
1. 1965 Ralph Nader publishes his book "unsafe at any speed" detailing major safety design issues with American Cars
2. 1966 National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is passed
3. 1966 U.S. established the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) with automobile safety one of its purposes
4. 1966 GM President James Roche forced to appear before a United States Senate subcommittee of the Department of Transportation (DOT)
5. 1967 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) created
Due to the publication of Ralph Nader's book "unsafe at any speed" and a significant rise in the number of deaths caused by road traffic accidents the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act gave the federal government rights to set and administer new safety standards for motor vehicles and road traffic safety, over the next few years these standards included head rests, energy-absorbing steering wheels, shatter-resistant windshields, and safety belts

U.S.

  • Race Riots break out in a number of Cities in the United States Cleveland, Newark and Detroit
  • Interracial Marriage is declared constitutional by The Supreme Court in the "Loving v. Virginia" case and barred Virginia and by implication other states from making interracial marriage a crime
  • The first Super Bowl played between Green Bay Packers ( win 35-10 ) and the Kansas City Chiefs.
More Information and Timeline for the first Super Bowl.
The very first NFL versus AFL championship football game, also known as the Super Bowl, takes place on January 15, 1967. The game is played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Green Bay Packers win the game with a score of 35 to 10. Bart Starr, who was the Packers’ quarterback, is chosen as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the game. An estimated 60 million people watched the game on TV.
Jimmy Hoffa begins an 8 year prison term for defrauding the union and jury tampering
  • Series of tornadoes strike the Chicago area killing more than 60 and creating millions of dollars worth of damage.
  • The 25th Amendment to the constitution is ratified which deals with succession to the Presidency Available as a downloadable image on our US Constitution Public Domain Images Page
  • Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black justice on the Supreme Court.
  • Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing induction into US army
  • President Johnson asks for a 6 percent increase on taxes to support the Vietnam War
  • Presidential hopeful US Navy pilot John McCain is shot down in his A-4 over North Vietnam and spent 5 1/2 years in prison.
Featured From Other 1967 Pages
Portable Eight Track Player From 67 Toys
Portable Eight Track Player Hipster 8 Track Portable Cartridge Player, 8 Track Cartridge Players were popular in cars but as the number of artists increased so did the popularity of the players and teens and kids wanted to play their favorite music at home, the format had a fairly short lifespan as much technology does when the standard cassette players which followed were smaller, cheaper and more reliable.
 
Mens Matching Tie tack and cuff links from 67 Accessories
Mens Matching Tie tack and cuff links Mens Matching Tie tack and cuff links set, back in the 60s nearly every mans shirt was designed for cuff links and matching sets of Tie Pins / Tack and Cuff Links were common fashion accessories worn by men.
 
Mini Skirt From 67 Fashion Clothing
Mini Skirt This is just one of the mini skirts that are featured for the year "Shirt sizzles with stripes in shock orange, switched-on pink, flash yellow and live-wire green. Has a button-down collar, button cuffs, and a straight-cut bottom. The mini skirt explodes with peppy pleats. It has an elasticized waistband and a metal chain belt, comes in shock orange or switched-on pink"
 
Popular Culture 1967
  • Monterey International Pop Music Festival in California features some of the 60's Icons including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, The Steve Miller Band, Simon & Garfunkel and the Grateful Dead
  • Evel Knievel jumps his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row.
  • Evel Knievel fails in his attempt to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
  • The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of rock's most acclaimed albums.
  • The Beatles release "Magical Mystery Tour" LP
  • The Beatles release the double A-sided single with Penny Lane on one side and "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the other side.
  • John Lennon's gets his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce delivered
  • Elvis Presley Marries Priscilla on May 1st
  • Premiere of the musical Hair
  • Barbara Streisand performs in Central Park before 135,000
  • Otis Reading dies in a plane crash aged 26
  • Carrol Shelby Mustang GT-500 Fastback was released
  • The Musical "Hair" opens off-Broadway.

Popular Films

  • The Dirty Dozen
  • You Only Live Twice
  • Casino Royale
  • A Man for All Seasons
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Barefoot in the Park
  • To Sir, with Love
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Check out our Television Programmes From The 60s whenever possible we have included a trailer to jog your memory. Series trailers and more information are found on the decade they started.

Popular Musicians

  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Supremes
  • The Beatles
  • The Doors
  • Bob Dylan
  • Aretha Franklin
  • The Grateful Dead
  • The Monkees
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Bee Gees
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Cream
  • Pink Floyd
  • Moody Blues
  • David Bowie

Popular TV Programmes

  • The Prisoner
  • The Forsyte Saga
  • Coronation Street
  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • The Lucy Show
  • The Saint
  • Z-Cars
  • Doctor Who
  • General Hospital
  • Bewitched
  • Crossroads
  • Jeopardy!
  • Peyton Place
  • Top of the Pops
  • Hogan's Heroes
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Star Trek
  • The Monkees

Born This Year 1967

Faith Hill September 21st
Keith Urban October 26th
Vanilla Ice October 31st
Kurt Cobain February 20th

Technology

  • Worlds First Heart Transplant operation in South Africa by Dr. Christiaan N Barnard
  • The first North Sea gas is pumped ashore at Easington Co Durham.
  • The first ATM ( Automatic Teller Machine ) is put into service in Barclays Bank in London
  • The first Boeing 737 takes its maiden flight
  • The Concorde is seen for the first time in public.
  • Apollo 1 destroyed in a fire on the launch pad.
  • The US Has 74 Nuclear Powered Submarines in operation
  • Pulsars are discovered


Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
Pocket Calculator USA Texas Instruments

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1968 In both Europe and America Japanese imported cars and other goods were continuing to rise and trouble the governments of UK and USA as they worried about industries in their own countries being effected and jobs lost. In the spring of 1968 on 4th April The Rev Martin Luther King was assassinated and Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded when he is shot by Sirhan Sirhan. The peace movement had continued to grow and more and more Americans were against the war in Vietnam, and once again more riots occurred throughout cities in America. The music scene was once again set by the "Beatles" and the "Rolling Stones" , and fashion flirted with see through blouses and midis and maxis skirts joined the Mini Skirt as part of the fashion trends. There is a Flu Pandemic in Hong Kong and the first Black power salute is seen on Television worldwide during an Olympics medal ceremony
 

Cost of Living 1968

How Much things cost in 1968
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 4.27%
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 4.7%
Year End Dow Jones Industrial Average 943 Average Cost of new house $14,950.00 Average Income per year $7,850.00 Average Monthly Rent $130.00 Gas per Gallon 34 cents Average Cost of a new car $2,822.00 Movie Ticket$1.50 The Federal Hourly Minimum Wage is $1.60 an hour
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 4,344 Gallon of Petrol 5 shillings 5 pence or 28 new pence
From Our 1968 Toys Page
Price: $2.97
Barbie Doll Sports Car From The 1960s

Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Leader of Negro Civil Rights Movement is killed by James Earl Ray which leads to Violence and Race Riots in US Cities
  • The Beatles release the "White Album" to mixed reviews.
More Information and Timeline for The Beatles White Album
On November 22nd of 1968 the popular rock band the Beatles released the “White Album,” an untitled double album that featured some of the legendary band’s most experimental music. Many of the songs were written when the band was in Rishikesh, India while they were attending a meditation camp. While the album received mixed reviews at the time, it still reached the number one spot on the music charts in both the United Kingdom and United States. Modern critics mark the album as on of the best albums ever created and it remains popular today.


U.S.

  • Black power salute is seen on Television worldwide after the gold and bronze medalists in Olympics show salute during medal ceremony in Mexico City, Mexico

Technology

  • Boeing 747 made its maiden flight.
  • NASA launches Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission
  • Air Bags , Allen K Breed invents an air bag that deploys and inflates automatically on violent impact using nitrogen gas.
  • Apollo 8 orbits the Moon, becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat.
  • Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant.
  • US Explodes experimental hydrogen Bomb.
  • The Emergency 911 Telephone service is started in the USA which provides a single number for reporting emergencies and is manned 24 hrs per day 365 days per year
  • ATM First Philadelphia Bank installs the first automated teller machine in the U.S.
 
Featured From Other 1968 Pages
Matchbox Car Set From 68 toys
Matchnox Car Set One of the most popular boys toys of the era, Matchbox Cars Sets those included here include transporter set, farm set and race and rally set


 
Patent Sling Pump From 68 Accessories
Patent Sling Pump Patent Sling Pump, this is one of many ladies shoes ( Pumps ) from the year that featured multi colors, Description "Bare sling with patent vinyl upper. Has a composition sole and two and a quarter inch heel"



 
Empire Dress From 68 Fashion Clothing
Empire DressAs a fella sometimes I can do little more than give a description on ladies clothes, through out the 50s and 60s many ladies dresses were called Empire Style, I am sure for all you ladies out there you know what it means but to me it seems to be a long dress with a tight waist -- Steve
 
TV Dinner Trays From 60s Furniture
TV Dinner Trays These were popular in the 60s and 70s, a Color TV was a big investment so most homes only had one ( They were also very large and Heavy ) in the lounge, because of this people would arrive home from work and not want to miss thier favorite TV shows and these offered a way to eat dinner and watch TV at the same time. I am sure most of those old enough to remember those times remember these as well
 

Popular Culture 1968

The first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds costing 49 cents
The Beatles create Apple Records and record "Hey Jude" as the first single on the label
The CBS television news magazine program "60 Minutes" shown for the first time
Musical Hair opens at Shaftesbury Theatre in London featuring nudity and drug-taking

Popular Films

  • The Graduate
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Valley of the Dolls
  • The Odd Couple
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Rosemary's Baby

Check out our Television Programmes From The 60s whenever possible we have included a trailer to jog your memory. Series trailers and more information are found on the decade they started.

Popular Musicians

  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Supremes
  • The Beatles with " Hey Jude "
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
  • The Grateful Dead
  • The Monkees
  • Simon and Garfunkel " Mrs Robinson "
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Bee Gees
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Cream
  • The Doors " Hello I Love You "
  • Pink Floyd
  • Moody Blues
  • Bobby Goldsboro " Honey "
  • Marvin Gaye " I heard it through the Grapevine "
  • David Bowie
 

Born This Year 1968

Will Smith September 25th
Naomi Watts September 28th
Jerry Yang November 6th
Celine Dion March 30th

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Hi, all, I'm finally joining the website!
A huge thank you to Toni; you've been after me for years, and meeting you for lunch did the trick!! Hi
I wanted to let everyone know WUMB 91.9 is having a special today celebrating Bob Dylan's 50th Anniversary going electric at the Newport Folk Festival at 11:00 am.
Actually, the show is on every Saturday morning called Highway 61 Revisited, named after his album.
I'm a huge folkie, and listen every day or stream it on my phone in Tune In app.
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