1966 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1966 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

Quick Facts from 1966:

  • World Changing Event: Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution
  • The Top Song was I’m A Believer by The Monkees
  • The Movies to Watch include Alfie, The Sand Pebbles, The Professionals and Fantastic Voyage
  • The Most Famous Person in America was probably Walt Disney
  • Notable books include: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The Little Red Book, aka Quotations From Chairman Mao by Mao Tse-tung
  • Price of one Scott ‘Jumbo’ paper towels, 200 sheet in 1966: 30 cents
    Playing cards: 2 decks for 58 cents
    1 Wham-O Superball: 66 cents
  • US Life Expectancy: Males: 66.7 years, Females: 73.8 years
  • The Funny Lady was: Phyllis Diller
    The Funny Guy was: Don Rickles
    The Funny Late Night Host: Johnny Carson
  • Bird is the Word: In 1966, a survey found that 100% of New Yorkers over 60 pronounced “bird” like “boid.” Among 8-19 year olds it was 4%.

Top Ten Baby Names of 1966:
Lisa, Kimberly, Mary, Michelle, Karen, Michael, David, James, John, Robert

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ursula Andress, Sunny Bippus, Claudia Cardinale, Julie Christie, Yvonne Craig, Doris Day, Catherine Deneuve, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Eden, Barbara Feldon, Jane Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Virna Lisi, Tina Louise, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Montgomery, Caroline Munro, Julie Newmar, Ingrid Pitt, Diana Rigg, Tura Satana, Elke Sommer, Twiggy, Raquel Welch, Barbara Windsor

Sex Symbols, Leading Men and Hollywood Hunks:
Robert Goulet, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones

“The Quotes:”
“Beam me up, Scotty”
– William Shatner, as Cat. James Kirk, in ‘Star Trek’

“Have it your way”
– Burger King

“Fly the friendly skies”
– United Airlines

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
The Generation Twenty-Five and Under (Baby Boomers)

Miss America:
Deborah Bryant (Overland Park, KS)

Miss USA:
Maria Remenyi (California)

Pop Culture History:
James Faria and Robert Wright of Monsanto Industries invented AstroTurf in 1965. In 1966, it was first used in Houston’s Astro Dome.

Stephanie Kwolek invented Kevlar, pound-for-pound, five times stronger than steel.

Allen Astles tiddly-winked 10,000 tiddlywinks in just 3 hours, 51 minutes and 41 seconds at the University of Wales.

The 8-track was a new-fangled option on many Ford cars.

John Lennon commented that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.”

In 1966, there was a sharp decrease in the Japanese birthrate because it was considered unlucky for a woman to be born that year, so many families aborted their female babies.

1st appearances & 1966’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Spirograph, Twister, Barrel Of Monkeys, Crazy Maze, View-Master* with TV themed reels
*View-Master originally came out in 1939

Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Sound of Music (presented in 1966)

Broadway Show – Mame (Musical) Opened on May 24, 1966 and Closed: January 3, 1970

Broadway Show – Cabaret (Musical) Opened on November 20, 1966 and Closed: September 6, 1969

Popular and Notable Books From 1966:
The Adventurers by Harold Robbins
Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag
All in the Family by Edwin O’Connor
Capable of Honor by Allen Drury
Capitolism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
The Double Image by Helen MacInnes
The Embezzler by Louis Auchincloss
The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Little Red Book, aka Quotations From Chairman Mao by Mao Tse-tung
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming
Paradiso by Jose Lezama Lima
Tai-Pan by James Clavell
Tell No Man by Adela Rogers St. Johns
The Source – James Michner
The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

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)

1966 Billboard Number One Songs
January 1- January 7:
The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

January 8 – January 22:
We Can Work It Out – The Beatles

January 29 – February 4:
The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel

February 5 – February 18:
My Love – Petula Clark

February 19 – February 25:
Lightnin’ Strikes – Lou Christie

February 26 – March 4:
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra

March 5 – April 8:
The Ballad Of The Green Berets – Sgt Barry Sadler

April 9 – April 29:
(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration – The Righteous Brothers

April 30 – May 6:
Good Lovin’ – The Young Rascals

May 7 – May 27:
Monday, Monday – The Mamas & The Papas

May 28 – June 10:
When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge

June 11 – July 24:
Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones

June 25 – July 1:
Paperback Writer – The Beatles

July 2 – July 8:
Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra

July 9 – July 15:
Paperback Writer – The Beatles

July 16 – July 24:
Hanky Panky – Tommy James

July 30 – August 12:
Wild Thing – The Troggs

August 13 – September 2:
Summer In The City – The Lovin’ Spoonful

September 3 – September 9:
Sunshine Superman – Donovan

September 10 – September 23:
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes

September 24 – October 14:
Cherish – The Association

October 15 – October 28:
Reach Out I’ll Be There – Four Tops

October 29 – November 4:
96 Tears – ? & the Mysterians

November 5 – November 11:
Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees

November 12 – November 18:
Poor Side Of Town – Johnny Rivers

November 19 – December 2:
You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

December 3 – December 9:
Winchester Cathedral – The New Vaudeville Band

December 10 – December 16:
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

December 17 – December 30:
Winchester Cathedral – The New Vaudeville Band

December 31, 1966 – February 17, 1967:
I’m A Believer – The Monkees

World Series Champions: Baltimore Orioles
NFL Champions: Green Bay Packers
AFL Champions: Kansas City Chiefs
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadians
U.S. Open Golf Billy Casper
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Fred Stolle/Maria Bueno
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Manuel Santana/Billie Jean King
NCAA Football Champions: Michigan State & Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions: Texas Western
Kentucky Derby: Kauai King
World Cup (Soccer): England

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