[Photos] A Look Back 50 Years Ago: The World In 1968

Submitted by: fancylad 11 months ago in Entertainment Lifestyle Science Tech
If you think 2107 was horrible, you obviously didn't in 1968. Also, Flat Earthers are gonna hate the last photo.


U.S. National Guard troops block off Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, as Civil Rights marchers wearing placards reading, "I AM A MAN" pass by on March 29, 1968. It was the third consecutive march held by the group in as many days.


The Supremes, with Diana Ross, front, Cindy Birdsong, and Mary Wilson dance with their arms in the air as they perform at the annual "Bal pare" party in Munich, West Germany, on January 21, 1968. The American trio was backed by the West German Rolf Hans Mueller big band and was celebrated with thundering applause.


The Vietnam flag flies atop a tower of the main fortified structure in the old citadel as a jeep crosses a bridge over a moat in Hue during the Tet Offensive in February of 1968.


A U.S Marine sits in a helicopter on July 18, 1968, after being picked up from a landing zone near Con Thein on the southern edge of the demilitarized zone in South Vietnam. His unit had just been relieved of duty after patrolling the region around the DMZ.


A speaker addresses a mass rally in support of democracy organized by the youth of Prague at the Old Town Square in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on May 18, 1968. During a period called the "Prague Spring," Alexander Dubček, the newly-elected leader of the Warsaw Pact nation, enacted numerous reforms loosening state control and expanding individual rights, which both encouraged citizens and angered the Soviet Union.


By late summer, talks between the Soviets and Czech leaders were not going the way the Kremlin wanted, so more than 2,000 tanks and thousands more Warsaw Pact troops invaded and occupied the country in August. This column of Soviet tanks was lined up in a street in Prague, Czechoslovakia, near the Old Town Square, on August 28, 1968, after Czech leaders had returned from negotiations with the Russians.


Prague residents surround Soviet tanks in front of the Czechoslovak Radio station building in central Prague during the first day of a Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 21, 1968. Within a year, Dubček was removed from office, his reforms were undone, and a more Soviet-controlled government was installed.


American figure skater Peggy Fleming practices on an outside rink on February 1968 in Grenoble, in the French Alps, during the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. Fleming took the gold medal in women's figure skating.


Fashion in 1968. Left: A male model wears a silk jersey print pajama leisure suit, sandals, and a necklace at a fashion show in New York on January 9. The show was entitled "Clothing for the Emancipated Man." Center: A sculpted silver necklace designed by Pierre Cardin features a diamond worth $60,000. The necklace is built into the halter that is part of a long black crepe evening gown presented in his spring collection in Paris, France, in February. Right: A cocktail dress of printed pure silk with a full skirt, a creation by the Fontana Sisters fashion house of Rome, to be presented at the upcoming Italian spring-summer ready-to-wear fashion show that opened in Florence on November 6, 1968.


One of the last pictures to be taken of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as he spoke to a mass rally in Memphis on April 3rd, saying he would not halt his plans for a massive demonstration scheduled for April 8 in spite of a federal injunction.
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Male 326
I asked my father-in-law how the riots and social upheaval of today compared to the 1960's. He thought about it for a second, but he said it was definitely worse in the 60's. I found that slightly comforting. Compared to the Vietnam era, the citizenry is all but detached from the USA's military action around the world. Great post fancylad!
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Male 5,280
I was eleven and it was a pretty scary time but we dealt with it, learned and moved on. I don't think many of the whiny babies from the butthurt bubble (you know who you are) would have survived without all sorts of new mental disorders. 
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Male 2,357
What an incredible collage of an incredibly turbulent year.  Even by today's standards it was unthinkable.  5 years before, the President was assassinated and in '68 both MLK and RFK were assassinated.  As bad as things are today I don't think they compare to that.
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Male 4,069
I was eating in the Ashkenaz in Rogers Park when the news of MLK Jr's murder was broadcast. I forget where i was when i heard about Kennedy - though my folks had much to say about the not-so-distant criminal beginnings of that family.

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Male 580
  I remember the Martin Luther King assassination, my mother told me about it. I asked who he was, and she was appalled that I didn't know. She probably just assumed everyone knew. She plunked me down in front of the TV and made me sit and watch the broadcasts about MLK and his life. I was not going to make it the age of nine without knowing what had been going on here in the U.S. He was her hero.  
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Male 580
I remember those days, so many things in the news that I thought were normal. I was eight.
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Male 6,502
I liked '68. That was the year I was born.
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Male 580
markust123 Big birthday for you this year.
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Male 6,502
DerryNH Yep. It's frightening how fast time goes by.
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Male 10,141
If any group were to release a White Album today they'd be labeled 'racist'.

2001, a great movie.

The last picture, taken by hand, encompasses the entirety of the entire human race...minute three.
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