While surfing the internet, I read a few articles about the 60s and 70s and glanced through lists of items, etc. I decided to collect a couple, in hopes that you may enjoy reading them. You may or may not know all of these facts, but either way, I hope you find some of them interesting.
Prices In 1962
pack of chewing gum .05
candy bar .05
ice cream bar .15 .
Buster Brown shoes 3
tennis shoes 5
movie ticket .50
popcorn at the movie .20
soft drink .10
fast food hamburger .20
45 rpm (single) record 1
music album 3.00
gallon of gas .31
1st class postage .04
pay phone - local call .10
color TV set 400
transistor radio 40
daily newspaper .10
doctor's office visit 5
new home 15,000
new car 2,500
medium family income 6,000 per yr
minimum hourly wage 1.25
Federal/State/Local taxes 20%
1960: The soviets shoot down a U.S. spy plane; John Kennedy is elected president; and Chubby Checker introduces the Twist..
1961: The Russians and then the U.S. put a man into space; the Berlin wall goes up.
1962: K-Mart and Wal-Mart open; Russian warheads in Cuba bring the world to the edge of war.
1963: President Kennedy is assassinated; Dr. Martin Luther King declares, "I have a dream."
1964: President Johnson declares a "war on poverty," ushering in the "Great Society." But he also plans the huge escalation of a much larger war to be fought half-way around the world.
1965: Civil disturbances over race and the Vietnam war play in increasingly larger roles in American society.
1966: The Supreme Court issues it's "Miranda" ruling; U.S. troops strength in southeast Asia reaches 400,000.
1967: The first heart transplant operation is performed: race riots kill dozens in Detroit.
1968: Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy are assassinated; President Johnson declines to run for re-elecion; Richard Nixon wins the presidency.
1969: Th U.S. lands a man on the moon; teens celebrate at Woodstock, then demonstrate in Washington.
1970: Campus demonstrations close down several colleges: four die at Kent State University.
1971: The "Pentagon Papers" are published; President Nixon freezes wages and prices.
1972: President Nixon wins re-election in a landslide; but the break-in at the Watergate seals his fate.
1973: The military draft ends; the Supreme Court legalizes abortion; the noose around the president's neck tightens.
1974: Richard Nixon resigns; President Ford declares, "One long,
national nigtmare is over." The youngest of the boomers are nearly teenagers; the oldest are nearly middle aged.
1975: "The Greatest" retains his title in "The Thrilla'in Manila"; Saigon falls and the U.S. bails out of Vietnam; but "Jaws scares the living daylights out of us.