|<< - 1965|
|World Series Champions:
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
|Stanley Cup Champs:
|U.S. Open Golf:
|U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Fred Stolle/Maria Bueno
Manuel Santana/Billie Jean King
|NCAA Football Champions:
Michigan State & Notre Dame
|NCAA Basketball Champions:
|World Cup (Soccer):
|The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Raquel Welch, Diana Ross, Barbara Eden, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Diana Rigg, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda
"Beam me up, Scotty"
"Have it your way"
"Fly the friendly skies"
|Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
The Generation Twenty-Five and Under (Baby Boomers)
Deborah Bryant (Overland Park, KS)
Maria Remenyi (California)
Until 1966 the Catholic Church had a list of forbidden books which aimed to protect the faith of followers by preventing the reading of "immoral" books of authors such as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Immanuel Kant, Descartes, Galilei and Pascal. Darwin's works were never included in the list.
When the game of Twister was introduced in 1966,it was denounced by critics as"sex in a box". A PR firm got Johnny Carson to play the party game with one of his guests, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, popularizing the game.
1966 Pop Culture News:
From 1936-1966, black Americans going on a road trip often used a "Negro Motorist Green Book" that would list businesses that sold to black people. The book helped travelers avoid one of 10,000 "sundown towns", places it was the law that all non-whites had to leave the town by sundown.
In the 1966 film adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451" the credits are spoken, not read, in keeping with the film's theme of destruction of reading material.
The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde were both released on May 16, 1966
Two men climbed up a hill in Brazil, placed lead masks over their faces, and apparently killed themselves for unexplained reasons. The only clue left behind was a note that read, "16:30 be at agreed place, 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask signal."
Stephanie Kwolek invented Kevlar, pound-for-pound, five times stronger than steel.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the USA has not endorsed the accuracy of figures in the federal budget since 1966.
In 1966, the U.S. Postal Service switched from using passenger trains to transport the majority of mail to using trucks and airplanes. The loss in revenue caused passenger rail to become unprofitable in the United States..
During the 1966 World Cup final, the Daily Mail newspaper wrote that "West Germany may beat us [England] at our national sport today, but that would be only fair. We beat them twice at theirs." England won 4-2, its only World Cup victory.
On August 13, 1966, in response to John Lennon's "More popular than Jesus" comment, a radio station in Texas held a burning of Beatles merchandise. The next day, the broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging much of their equipment and sending the news director to the hospital.
James D. French was an American murderer who was put to death in 1966 by the electric chair. His last words were: "How's this for your headline? 'French Fries'".
According to the TV show Married with Children, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, "Spare Tire" Dixon.
The Jungle Book marked the last animated film from the company to have Disney's personal touches, before his death on December 15, 1966
On August 29, 1966, The Beatles played what would become their last official concert as a band at Candlestick Park, San Francisco. The Park's capacity was 42,500, but only 25,000 tickets were sold, leaving large sections of unsold seats.
Allen Astles tiddlywinked 10,000 tiddlywinks in just 3 hours, 51 minites and 41 seconds at the University of Wales.
Jeremiah Denton, a POW during the Vietnam war for 8 years, gave a televised interview in 1966 in which he blinked his eyes in morse code to spell out the word "T-O-R-T-U-R-E" to communicate that his captors were torturing him and his fellow POWs.
The 8-track was a new-fangeled option on many Ford cars.
After losing the record for highest grossing film to The Sound of Music in 1966, Gone With The Wind regained the record with a re-release in 1971
|1st appearances & 1966's Most Popular Christmas
gifts, toys and presents:
Spirograph, Twister, Barrel Of Monkeys, Crazy Maze, View-Master* with TV themed reels
|1966 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Bonanza (NBC)
2. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
3. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
4. The Lucy Show (CBS)
5. The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS)
6. Green Acres (CBS)
7. Daktari (CBS)
8. Bewitched (ABC)
9. The Beverly Hillbillies (CBS)
10. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (CBS)
The biggest Pop Artists of 1966 include:
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
The Number One Hits Of 1966:
|The Top 40 Songs of 1966, according to Billboard Magazine
1. I'm a Believer - The Monkees
2. The Ballad of the Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler
3. Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band
4. (You're My) Soul and Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
5. Monday, Monday - Mamas & Papas
6. We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
7. Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful
8. Cherish - The Association
9. You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
10. Wild Thing - The Troggs
11. Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops
12. Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
13. When a Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
14. You Keep Me Hangin' On - The Supremes
15. Hanky Panky - Tommy James and The Shondells
16. My Love - Petula Clark
17. The Sounds of Silence - Simon and Garfunkle
18. Paperback Writer - The Beatles
19. 96 Tears - ? & The Mysterians
20. Last Train to Clarkesville - The Monkees
21. Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers
22. These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
23. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
24. Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals
25. Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
26. Sunshine Superman - Donovan
27. Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie
28. Snoopy vs. The Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen
29. Mellow Yellow - Donovan
30. 19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones
31. Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
32. Daydream - The Lovin' Spoonful
33. Sunny - Bobby Hebb
34. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? - The Lovin' Spoonful
35. A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
36. Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
37. Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle
38. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Cher
39. Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
40. Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35 - Bob Dylan
|Popular Music in 1966 - # 1 Hits of 1966|