1966 Flashback

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Economy and Prices in 1966

President:                  Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice President:         Hubert H. Humphrey
Population:               196,560,338
Life expectancy:       70.2 years
Dow-Jones                High:  950 Low: 744

Federal spending:   $134.53 billion
Federal debt:            $328.5 billion
Inflation:                     2.7%
Unemployment:        4.5%

Average Salary:                     $6,900
Cost of New Home:               $23,200
Cost of first class stamp:      $0.05
Cost of gallon of gas:            $0.32
Cost of dozen eggs:              $0.60
Cost of gallon of Milk:            $0.99

Top Movies of 1966


The Wild Angels                                 $6,500,000  (anybody remember this?)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly       $6,100,000
Paradise, Hawaiian Style                 $2,100,000


A Man for All Seasons (Best Picture Oscar)
Closely Watched Trains
Fahrenheit 451
Georgy Girl
Madame X Morgan!
The Professionals
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Top TV Shows

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1 ) Bonanza
2 ) The Red Skelton Hour
3 ) The Andy Griffith Show
4 ) The Lucy Show
5 ) The Jackie Gleason Show
6 ) Green Acres
7 ) The Monkees (Best Comedy Emmy)
8 ) Bewitched
9 ) The Beverly Hillbillies
10 ) Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
11 ) Mission Impossible (Best Drama Emmy)
12 ) I Spy
13 ) The Ed Sullivan Show
14 ) The Dean Martin Show
15 ) Peyton Place
16 ) Smothers Brothers
17 ) The Dick Van Dyke Show
18 ) Hogan's Heroes
19 ) Walt Disney's World of Color
20 ) Saturday Night at the Movies

The first episode of Star Trek was shown

Music We Listened To -- Billboard Top 10

1. I'm A Believer - Monkees
2. Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful
3. Wild Thing - Troggs
4. Hanky Panky - Tommy James And The Shondells
5. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
6. Soul And Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
7. Monday, Monday - Mamas And Papas
8. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
9. Devil With A Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
10. Good Lovin' - Young Rascals

Bestselling Books


Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
The Adventurers - Harold Robbins
The Secret of Santa Vittoria - Robert Crichton
Capable of Honor - Allen Drury
The Double Image - Helen McInnes
The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
Tell No Man - Adela Rogers St. Johns
Tai-Pan - James Clavell
The Embezzler - Louis Auchincloss
All in the Family - Edwin O'Connor


How to Avoid Probate - Norman F. Dacey
Human Sexual Response - William Masters and Virgina Johnson
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Games People Play - Erice Berne, M.D.
A Thousand Days - Arthur Schlesing, Jr

Sports Highlights


Superbowl I : Green Bay 35 - Kansas City 10
Pro MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB & Don Meredith, Dallas, QB
College Football: Notre Dame
Heisman Trophy: Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB
Rose Bowl: Purdue 14, USC 13
Orange Bowl: Florida 27, Georgia Tech 12


NBA Championship Winner: BOSTON 4-3 (LWWWLLW) - Coach: Red Auerbach Opposing Team: LA Lakers - Coach: Fred Schaus
NBA MVP: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia, C Ave Score: 33.5
NCAA National Champions: Texas Western 28-1 - Coach: Don Haskins


World Series Winner: Baltimore 4-0 - Coach: Hank Bauer Opposing Team: LA DODGERS - Coach: Walter Alston
National League MVP: Roberto Clemente, Pit - OF
Rookie of the Year: Tommy Helms, Cin - 3B
American League MVP: Frank Robinson, Bal - OF
Rookie of the Year: Tommie Agee, Chi - OF

 In the News in 1966

Some pretty amazing things started back in 1966!

Race Riots in Atlanta and Black Power becomes a significant factor in American Politics

US has nearly 500,000 troops in Vietnam

Miranda Rights come into being after the Supreme Court overturns the conviction on June 13th of a confessed rapist ruling he had not been properly informed of his right to council and to not testify against himself

The Draft Deferment Test is started in the US as a way for students to convince the Draft Board that they would serve the nation better in the quiet of the Classrooms than in the Jungles of Vietnam

The Houston Astrodome is built with the dome measuring 710 ft diameter

The Black Panthers are formed in US

Richard Speck Murders 8 Nurses in Chicago Illinois

Ronald Reagan enters politics becoming governor of California

All cigarette packets in the United States must carry the health warning "Caution! Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health."

Pampers created the first disposal diaper