News and Events of 1968
US GDP (1998 dollars):
$910.6 billionFederal spending:
$178.13 billionFederal debt:
$368.7 billionMedian Household Income
$7,743 Consumer Price Index:
3.8%Cost of a first-class stamp:
$0.05 ($0.06 as of 1/7/68)
Green Bay d. Oakland (33-14)
Detroit d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)
Boston d. LA Lakers (4-2)
Montreal d. St. Louis (4-0)
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
NCAA Basketball Championship
UCLA d. North Carolina (78-55)
NCAA Football Champions
Ohio St. (10-0-0)
Fiction: The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron
Music: Echoes of Time and the River, George Crumb
Oscars awarded in 1968
Academy Award, Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night, Walter Mirisch, producer (United Artists)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Yasunari Kawabata (Japan)
1968 Emmy Awards
1968 Tony Awards
Grammys awarded in 1968
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)More Entertainment Awards...
- 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.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, Funny Girl, The Lion in Winter, Oliver!
Nobel Prizes in Science
Chemistry: Lars Onsager (US), for development of system of equations in thermodynamics
Physics: Luis Walter Alvarez (US), for study of subatomic particles
Physiology or Medicine: Robert W. Holley, Har Gobind Khorana, and Marshall W. Nirenberg (all US), for studies of genetic code
- 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. Background: Famous Firsts in Aviation
- The largest reservoir of American petroleum north of Mexico is discovered in Alaska.
- Amniocentesis is developed. Background: reproduction
- 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.