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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $6,450
  • Gas cost $.31.
  • Average US house was $13,600.
  • Average UK house was £3,660.
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  • Australia joins in the fighting in Vietnam.
  • India makes Hindi the official language.
  • Rhodesia declares its independence from the UK and changes its name to Zimbabwe. Only South Africa recognizes it.
  • India and Pakistan see fighting escalating.
  • Indonesia sees a failed coup leading to over half a million people killed in reprisal. Suharto assumes total control.
  • US escalates fighting in Vietnam with Operation Rolling Thunder.
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  • The mini skirt makes its first appearance.
  • The Grateful Dead plays its first concert.
  • The St. Louis Arch is completed.
  • The Super Ball bounces really, really high and the skateboard glides for the first time.
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  • The hills were alive with The Sound of Music.
  • Russia is really cold in Dr. Zhivago.
  • Petting a pretty cat never looked evil before Thunderball.
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