*National Debt 286.3 Billion
*Average Salary $4,743
*Teacher’s Salary $5,174
*Minimum Wage $1.00
*Life Expectancy: Males 66.6 years, Females 73.1 years
*Auto deaths 21.3 per 100,000
*An estimated 850,000 “war baby” freshmen enter college; emergency living quarters are set up in dorm lounges, hotels and trailer camps.
*President John F. Kennedy ushers in a new generation, but is assassinated in 1963.
*Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and others lead the Civil Rights Movements.
*Tensions rise and the U.S. enters the war in Vietnam.
*The space race lands Neil Armstrong on the moon in July 1969.
*The Cuban Missile Crisis frightens Americans.
Pop Culture, Fashion & Fads
*The counterculture breeds a new generation of free-thinking, free-loving, independent and rebeliious youth.
*The British invasion brings across the pond the likes of The Beatles, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, The Who, The Zombies, The Rolling Stones and Herman’s Hermits.
*Woodstock brings together a generation dedicated to love, peace and change
*Peace signs, bell-bottoms and color television become societal staples.