Life & Times 1966


Average annual income$6,004
New House$40,000
New Car$2,410
Minimum Wage$1.25
Gallon of Gas$.26
Gallon of Milk$1.11
Dozen Eggs$.91
Loaf of Bread$.22
Postage Stamp (ground)$.04


A B-52 bomber, KC-135 tanker collide over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and one into the sea
Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India
The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the Moon
John Lennon says, "We are more popular than Jesus" later sparking controversy in the United States
The People's Republic of China detonates its first hydrogen bomb
President Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into law
In Chicago, Illinois, Richard Speck murders eight student nurses in their dormitory
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate
Black Panther Party founded by Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, and Eldridge Cleaver (from Wabbaseka, Arkansas)
Betty Friedan and others found NOW (National Organization of Women)
Cultural Revolution begins in China
Walt Disney dies
Mabelvale High School student body migrates to McClellan High School at mid-semester
Winthrop Rockefeller defeats far-right segregationist Jim Johnson, becomes first Republican Governor since 1874
"Twister" game introduced
"Twiggy" (Lesley Hornby) named the "face of 1966"
Seamless pantyhose


The Adventurers - Harold Robbins
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein
Octopussy and The Living Daylights - Ian Fleming
Tai-Pan - James Clavell
A Thousand Days - Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
Unsafe at Any Speed Ralph Nader


A Man for All Seasons (Best Picture, Best actor, Paul Scofield)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Best actress, Elizabeth Taylor)
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Sand Pebbles
Torn Curtain
Fantastic Voyage
Endless Summer
Ten Little Indians
Georgy Girl
A Man and a Woman
The Blue Max
The Fortune Cookie


1 The Green Berets - Sgt. Barry Sadler
2 Cherish - Assocation
3 Soul and Inspiration - Righteous Brothers
4 Reach Out - Four Tops
5 96 Tears - ? & the Mysterians
6 Georgy Girl - The Seekers
7 Monday, Monday - Mamas & Papas
8 You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes
9 Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers
10 California Dreaming - Mamas & Papas
11 Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful
12 Born Free - Roger Williams
13 These Boots Are Made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra
14 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin
15 Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra
16 We Can Work It Out - Beatles
17 Good Lovin' - Young Rascals
18 Winchester Cathedral - New Vaudeville Band
19 Hanky Panky - Tommy James & the Shondells
20 Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
21 Last Train to Clarksville - Monkees
22 My Love - Petula Clark
23 Lighting Strikes - Lou Christie
24 Wild Thing - Troggs
25 Kicks - Paul Revere & the Raiders
26 Sunshine Superman - Donovan
27 Sunny - Bobby Hebb
28 Paperback Writer - Beatles
29 See You in September - Happenings
30 You Keep Me Hanging On - Supremes
31 Little Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
32 Devil with a Blue Dress On - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
33 Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
34 A Groovy Kind of Love - Mindbenders
35 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
36 Cool Jerk - Capitals
37 Born a Woman - Sandy Posey
38 Red Rubber Ball - Cyrkle
39 B-A-B-Y, Baby - Carla Thomas
40 Just Walk Away Renee - Left Banke