Barbara's Beat: Happy 40th Birthday Derrick; What happened in 1971 when you were born?
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy 40th Birthday Derrick; What happened in 1971 when you were born?


Today my son-in-law turns the big 40. I know how much he hates it, but we are having a little fun at his expense.

My daughter had his office redecorated last night with a wheelchair and 40 signs. She even had crime scene tape put up.

Do you remember what was going on when you were born? Can you believe how much things have changed?

How much things cost in 1971 in America

•Average Cost of new house $25,250

•Average Yearly Wages $10,600

•Average Monthly Rent $150

•Cost of a gallon of Gas 40 cents

•Cost of a United States postage stamp 8 cents

•Cost of a Ladies 2 piece knit suit (height of fashion) $9.98

Interesting facts from 1971

•Disney World opens

•Apollo 14 and 15 land on the moon, and astronauts take the first ever moon buggy ride

•The United Kingdom and Ireland switch to decimal currency

•Evel Knieval sets a world record and jumps 19 cars

•Boxer Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden

•Women are granted the right to vote in Switzerland

•The first computer floppy disk is created

•Greenpeace is founded

•Jim Morrison (from The Doors) dies

•Popular films include Dirty Harry and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

•Popular music includes Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven" and Santana "Black Magic Woman"

We love you Derrick. Happy Birthday, even if you are getting old.



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