1968 – Year Preview

1968. In both Europe and America, imports of Japanese cars and other goods continue to rise, troubling the governments of the U.K. and U.S.A. as they worry about industries in their own countries being effected and jobs lost. In Vietnam, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops launch the Tet offensive.

In the spring of 1968 the Reverand Martin Luther King is assassinated and Robert Kennedy mortally wounded when he is shot. The peace movement continues to grow. The music scene is once again dominated by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and fashion flirts with see-through blouses, and midi and maxi skirts join the miniskirt as a fashion trend. The British Post office introduces First Class Post. Enoch Powell’s delivers his infamous “Rivers of Blood” anti immigration speech, the Boeing 747 makes its maiden flight, N.A.S.A. launches Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 8 orbits the Moon becoming the first manned space mission to achieve the feat, and the U.S. Explodes an experimental hydrogen Bomb. The first Big Mac goes on sale in McDonalds.

British Prime Minister: Harold Wilson

UK Annual Inflation Rate (RPI): 4.7%

UK Average House Price (UK average): £4,089 / £74,829 adjusted for inflation (2020)

UK Litre of Petrol: 6.8 New Pence / £1.24 adjusted for inflation (2020)

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