1960s Pop History – 1966

President: Lyndon B Johnson, Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
The population of the United States is 195,576,000
National Debt is 328.5 Billion (+6.2 billion)
Unemployment is 4.5%
Life Expectancy: 70.2 years
Family median income = $7,400 (up $500. from 1965)
Academy Award : The Sound of Music (click to buy) (Best Picture)
Grammy Award : Shadow of Your Smile (click to buy) (Best Song); A Taste of Honey (click to buy) (Best Album)
Pulitzer Prize : The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter (click to buy) (Fiction)
Cost of a first-class stamp is $0.05
Pakistan and India reach a Peace Agreement thus ending their 17-day war
Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India after the death of Prime Minister Shastri
The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon
20,000 Buddhists march in demonstrations against the policies of the military government in South Vietnam
The Uniform Time Act is enacted setting daylight savings time standards for the whole country
President Johnson increases troop strength in Vietnam throughout the year, first to 190,000 and eventually up to 389,000 by years end
President Johnson orders the bombing of targets in and around Hanoi in North Vietnam
The Communist Party of China issues the “May 16 Notice”, marking the beginning of the Cultural Revolution
The Supreme Court rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them called Miranda rights (Miranda v. Arizona)
The Freedom of Information Act, is passed by Congress
Caesars Palace hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas
The Beatles give their last public performance in the U.S. at Candlestick Park in San Francisco (click for more Beatles)
Grace Slick performs live with Jefferson Airplane for the first time
Tokyo officially becomes the largest city in the world, taking the lead from New York City
The Cuban Adjustment Act allows 123,000 Cuban exiles to apply for permanent residency
Actor Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California
Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) in a single cell is developed paving the way for more powerful computers
The complete decipherment of the genetic code (DNA) is achieved by Har Gobind Khorana
Human Sexual Response by Masters and Johnson is the first comprehensive scientific study of human sexual activity
The Supreme Court rules that material which, taken as a whole, appeals to a prurient interest to be obscene
Nestle introduces Taster’s Choice freeze-dried instant coffee
Left foot to red, right hand to yellow, everybody was all tied up over the game called Twister
Star Trek (the original series) created by Gene Roddenberry debuts on NBC     (click show title for more info)
Also new on the little screen : the Monkees, Batman and Mission Impossible    (click show title for more info)

See also Celebrity Birthdays 1966

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