What Happened In 1966?
66 Trivia Questions and Answers for 1966 History
1. Who was President of the United States in 1966?
Lyndon B. Johnson (November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969)
2. What was the Biggest Number One Song of 1966?
I’m a Believer by The Monkees
3. To the nearest quarter, what was the average movie theater ticket price in 1966?
4. When television’s Batman premiered on ABC, it was shown two nights a week? On what days did they air Batman?
Wednesdays and Thursdays
5. 1966 Catchphrase: Who said “Live long and prosper”?
Spock on Star Trek
6. What was the highest-grossing film of 1966?
Hawaii ( 2nd place: The Bible: In the Beginning… 3rd place: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
7. The 1966 film Hawaii was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by what author?
James A. Michener
8. How much did a Gallon of Milk cost in 1966?
9. How much did a Loaf of Bread cost in 1966?
10. How many people lived in the United States in 1966?
The population was an estimated 196,560,338 people.
11. How many people lived in the World in 1966?
The estimated world population in 1966 was 3,397,475,247 people.
12. Writer Daniel O’Keefe invented this holiday, which was later made famous on Seinfeld.
13. Who won the Stanley Cup in 1966?
In 1966, The Montreal Canadiens won over the Detroit Red Wings (4 games to 2)
14. In 1966, what was the average life expectancy in the United States?
Men – 66.7 years, Women – 73.8 years.
15. On ABC’s Bewitched, Samantha and Darrin Stephens had a baby girl. What was her name?
16. Where did the first official sporting event ever played on AstroTurf take place?
Houston Astrodome in Texas
17. What was the Bestselling Fiction Book in 1966?
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
18. Who became the lead singer of the San Francisco band, Big Brother and the Holding Company in 1996?
19. This record from 1966 was the 11th album from The Beach Boys and considered by many critics as their best. Name the album.
20. The record from 1966 was the 7th album by Bob Dylan. It was a double album and considered by many as his best. Name that album.
Blonde on Blonde
21. How many times did The Beatles perform on the very popular BBC music television program Top of the Pops?
22. What was the Top-Rated TV Show in the 1965/1966 season?
23. Name the discount American consumer electronics retailer, that opened with the name Sound of Music, but rebranded in 1983 to its current name.
24. Who was the first African American to be appointed to a cabinet-level position, when he became United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.?
Robert C. Weaver
25. Name the counter-culture icon who said “Turn on, tune in, drop out”.
26. Later the titles of two James Bond films, what was the last published James Bond story written by Ian Fleming?
Octopussy and The Living Daylights
27. An open audition print advertisement included: “Madness!! Auditions. Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running Parts for 4 insane boys, age 17–21.”
What television show was looking for 4 insane boys?
28. In 1996, a West Virginia supernatural creature supposedly made its first appearance. There was a 1975 book and a 2002 film about the flying monster. Name that monster.
29. Airing on ABC from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, can you name the first animated series to air primetime on television?
30. Name the last state to repeal prohibition on alcoholic beverages after the national prohibition ended in 1933.
31. 1966 Catchphrase: Who said “Space, the final frontier …”?
Captain Kirk on Star Trek: The Original Series
32. This Milton Bradley game involved a large white mat with red, yellow, green, and blue circles on it. Name the game.
33. Which celebrity was NOT born in 1966: Patrick Dempsey, Cindy Crawford, Halle Berry, or Keanu Reeves?
Keanu Reeves (born September 2, 1964)
34. In Star Trek, what was the USS Enterprise’s registry number?
35. Name one of the teams to join Professional Football for the 1966 season.
Miami Dolphins (AFL/AFC) OR Atlanta Falcons (NFL/NFC)
36. What team won the FIFA World Cup in 1966?
37. This comic-strip friend of Charlie Brown has freckles and “mousy-blah” hair. She calls Charlie Brown “Chuck”. Who is she?
Peppermint Patty (aka Patty Reichardt)
38. In what century did the original Star Trek television series take place?
The 23rd century
39. The Beatles received some public backlash in America over something John Lennon said. What did he say?
“We’re more popular than Jesus now”
40. Who were the Time Magazine Men of the Year in 1966?
41. This ABC soap opera told the story of the Collins family of Collinsport, Maine.
42. Peter Marshall hosted this gameshow, with featured celebrities, for 15 years, starting in 1966. Name that show.
The Hollywood Squares
43. Name the 1960s cartoon character who later has a talk show on Cartoon Network.
Space Ghost (later Space Ghost Coast to Coast)
44. This Major League Pitcher started his career as the youngest player in 1966 (age 19) and retired in 1993 as the oldest player. Name this Hall of Famer?
45. How much did a dozen eggs cost in 1966?
46. The United States two-dollar bill was in production from 1862 – 1966 and 1976 – present. Whose face appears on the front of the bill?
47. During its 3 season run, which actress did NOT play the role of Catwoman: Julie Newmar, Yvonne Craig, Lee Meriwether, or Eartha Kitt?
Yvonne Craig (May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015)
48. Many live albums were recorded in Japan’s Budokan arena, but can you name the first rock band to perform there?
The Beatles, on July 2, 1966.
49. Produced by Walt Disney, can you name the first Winnie the Pooh animated cartoon?
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
50. Can you name the songwriting duo best known for writing songs for, and later performing with, members of The Monkees?
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
51. Who won the 1966 World Series?
In 1966, The Baltimore Orioles won, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers (4 games to 0)
52. This 1966 Supreme Court of the United States ruling stated that the police must inform suspects of their constitutional rights before questioning them. What do we call it?
Miranda Rights (or Miranda Warning)
53. Starring Marlo Thomas, this show was one of the first sitcoms to focus on a single woman who was not a domestic or living with her parents. Name that show.
54. Who was the first African-American head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA)?
Bill Russell (Boston Celtics)
55. How much did a gallon of gas cost in 1966?
$0.32 per gallon
56. This brand of automobile started as a manufacturing company in 1852 and began making cars in 1902. Their last car was produced in 1966. Name that car company.
57. Introduced in 1966, this car has become the best selling nameplate in the world. Name that car.
58. What company used the slogan: “Fly the Friendly Skies”?
59. Can you name the spacecraft that made the first controlled ‘soft’ landing on the Moon?
Luna 9 (USSR spacecraft, America’s Surveyor 1 soft-landed a few months later)
60. This stunt performer and entertainer started his career on January 3, 1966, at the National Date Festival in Indio, California.
Evel Knievel (The Guinness Book of World Records states he suffered 433 bone fractures by the end of 1975.)
61. What company used the slogan: “You’re Soaking In It”?
62. Who voiced the Grinch and the narrator in How the Grinch Stole Christmas?.
Boris Karloff (Thurl Ravenscroft was the vocalist on You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch)
63. Who was the Pope in 1966?
Pope Paul VI, from June 21, 1963 – August 6, 1978
64. Opened in 1966, this water-based Disneyland ride also includes what has been called the “most publicly performed song of all time”. Name that ride (and song).
It’s a Small World
65. What long-running telethon debuted on September 4, 1966?
Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (final broadcast was on August 31, 2014.
66. This popular children’s program ran CBS for 29 years, from 1955 to 1984, and was in black and white until 1966. Name that show.
Trivia Team Bonus Questions:
1. Captain Kangaroo’s theme actually had an name (not “The Captain Kangaroo Theme“) what was the name of the tune?
2. Who were the 1966 NBA Champions?
For the 1965-66 Season, Champion Boston Celtics, who won 4 games to 3 over the Los Angeles Lakers
3. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was the third Charlie Brown TV Special. The second aired on CBS earlier in 1966. Name that TV Special.
Charlie Brown’s All Stars!
4. What Horse won the Kentucky Derby in 1966?
5. In Ultraman, Hayata, transforms into a giant alien called Ultraman, often to protect Earth from gant monsters. Who did Hayata work for?
6. Who were the 1966 NFL Champions?
Green Bay Packers
7. Played by Van Williams, the Green Hornet was the alter ego of Britt Reid, who was also the grand-nephew of an earlier masked adventurer. Name that masked man.
The Lone Ranger (John Reid)
8. Who was the American Vice-President in 1966?
Hubert Humphrey (January 20, 1965 – January 20, 1969)
9. Uncle “Martin O’Hara’s” real name was actually Exigius 12½. On what TV sci-fi comedy did he appear?
My Favorite Martian (Ray Walston as Uncle Martin)
10. A Man for All Seasons is a biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt’s 1960 play of the same name. Who was the film about?
Sir Thomas More (February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535)