The world has changed a lot, mostly for the better.
Although Barclays introduced the world's first automated teller machine in London in 1967, ATMs didn't make their way across the big pond .
Or any other rated films, in fact. The voluntary replaced the all-or-nothing Motion Picture Production Code on Nov. 1, 1968 with G, M, R, and X designations.
The group released their White Album and their movie, Yellow Submarine, in November 1968.
In 1968, the Apollo program's second manned spacecraft and safely returned on Dec. 28—seven months before Apollo 11's actual moon landing.
Congressman John Conyers Jr. introduced legislation to create the holiday shortly after Dr. King's assassination on April 4, 1968, but it took signed by more than 3 million people to make it a reality. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law in 1983 and it was first observed on Jan. 15, 1986.
Pictured: Dr. King's widow Coretta Scott King, son Dexter, and sister Christine Farris with President Reagan.
President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also called the , on April 11, 1968, just seven days after King's assassination. The law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or national origin when renting or selling a home.
In 1968, the median age of first marriage was 20 for women and 23 for men. Back then, close to 70 percent of American adults were married; today only 51 percent are, according to a from 2011. The modern bride is 26.5 years old on average and the groom 28.7.
Pictured: Julie Nixon, daughter of President Richard Nixon, and David Eisenhower, grandson of former President Dwight Eisenhower, on their wedding day, Dec. 22, 1968.
After presidential hopeful Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on the campaign trail on June 5, 1968, Congress passed legislation calling for Secret Service protection for major presidential candidates.
It became 21 when Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act on July 17, 1984.
William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols broke that barrier with a kiss on Nov. 2, 1968 in the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren." Before it aired, that Southern TV affiliates would refuse to run it.
The first federal seatbelt law, requiring all new cars to have a belt for each seat, took effect in1968, but it would be decades before the first state law that required wearing one—that happened in New York on December 1, 1984.
That's the equivalent of $2.31 today when adjusted for inflation—very comparable to today's a gallon.
The 1969 , which could hold double the number of passengers as its predecessor, the 707, led to a dramatic drop in flight prices.
A single, nationwide phone number for emergency assistance was following a meeting between the FCC and AT&T. The digits 9-1-1 were chosen because they had never before been used as an area code or other service code.
Pictured: 911 call center workers in Los Angeles circa 1996.
Widely used in homes and schools, the hazardous substance wasn't banned until 1978, which is why the that children and pregnant women stay away from any homes built before then that are undergoing renovation.
The automated safety devices were invented in 1968 and developed to deploy on impact, inflating with nitrogen gas.
Although South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard completed the first successful heart transplant in 1967, the first adult heart transplant in the U.S. took place at the Stanford University Hospital in 1968. Of the roughly 100 heart transplants worldwide that year, only a third were successful beyond three months.
Pictured: A mock operating theatre at the Heart of Cape Town museum at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
Push-button phones became available commercially in1963, but rotary phones remained popular for household use until well into the '70s.
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Unless you had a really long cord. A cordless phone prototype was invented in 1965, but it didn't become popular for residential use until the . The first cell phone came along in 1979, followed by the digital cell phone 1988.
Calling someone in the same town didn't require an area code until the early 2000s, when, the reported, telecomm regulators began facing "number exhaustion" due to an expanding population.
In fact, many were opened by credit card companies on behalf of the recipient without their consent. Consumers that they hadn't even applied for. The Unsolicited Credit Card Act of 1970 put a stop to that practice.
Before a vaccine came along in 1995, rest and calamine lotion were the best treatments for the itchy disease.
Pope Paul VI hadn't yet released his July 1968 report, Humanae Vitae ("on human life"), doubling down on the church's anti-contraceptive stance, which to roll back.
Although that would soon change: President Richard Nixon was elected in1968.
Beaches used to be littered with the (hence the Jimmy Buffett lyrics "I blew out my flip flop/Stepped on a pop top") prior to the invention of the push-through tab in 1975.
Prior to a ban that became , tobacco companies advertised on TV and radio for the general U.S. population to see and hear—including little eyes and ears.
When the , it outlawed discrimination against applicants based on gender, race, marital status, national origin, or religion.
Although the first effective sunscreens were , they generally had SPFs below 10. The FDA proposed its in 1978, simply stating, "In the long run, suntanning is not good for the skin."
Hot metal slides, see-saws that required way too much trust in your fellow kid, and tire swings that harbored spiders and other insects were just the beginning.
The -laden fireproofing and other installation didn't happen until 1973.
Pictured: A technician removes asbestos from a New York City apartment building in 1995.