• U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
• Police battled protesters at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
• North Vietnam tried to grip the South with an offensive named Tet.
• We saw the first live broadcast from the moon as Apollo 8 circled above.
• North Korea grabbed one of our warships.
• Black Panthers, the S.D.S. and the Weathermen were our homegrown terror groups.
• Gas was 25 cents a gallon.
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• MOVIE: “2001 Space Odyssey” “Planet of the Apes” & Jane Fonda in “Barbarella” were up on the big screen.
• T.V.: “Laugh-In”, “Hawaii 5-O” and “60 Minutes”.
• “Batman” “The Lucy Show” & “The Monkeys” TV shows ended.
• Led Zeppelin would play live for the first time at Surrey University in England.
• Cream played for the last time at Royal Albert hall.
• Martin Luther Kingshot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
• Robert Kennedy shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies from his injuries the next day.
• Frankie Lymon, Ex-Teenagers singer, is found dead from a heroin overdose in Harlem.
• An early version of the song appeared in the motion picture The Graduate (1967) and its subsequent soundtrack.
• The song earned the duo a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1969.
• References in the last verse to Joe DiMaggio are perhaps the most discussed. Paul Simon, a fan of Mickey Mantle, was asked during an intermission on The Dick Cavett Show why Mantle wasn’t mentioned in the song instead of DiMaggio. Simon replied, “It’s about syllables, and how many beats there are.”
• Once called themselves Tom & Jerry.
• Simon and Garfunkel and “Mrs. Robinson” your # 1 @ 1 from June1968.