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Where were you in 1968?

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1968. It was a time of great social change, unrest and hope.1968 surrounded by flowers on yellow background

Richard Nixon was elected as the 37th U.S. President. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. were assassinated. The 1968 riots rocked Chicago. Pres. Lyndon Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act and Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon.

1968 was also a time of creativity and culture, filled with memorable music, TV shows, books and classic movies.

Popular songs that year included the “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and “Think” by Aretha Franklin.

TV shows that premiered in 1968 include Hawaii Five-O, Here’s LucyRowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, The Banana Splits60 Minutes and Adam 12. Some of these can still be seen in reruns today.

Many of the books published in 1968 are still read and enjoyed today. Here are a few for adults and children, fiction and nonfiction:

How many of these 1968 movies have you seen?

Funny Girl
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
The Lion in Winter
Once Upon a Time in the West
Planet of the Apes
The Producers
Rosemary’s Baby
2001: A Space Odyssey
Yellow Submarine

 Vicky Ginther, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library

*This article originally appeared in the February 14 edition of Fauquier Times.



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