1966 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1966 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

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)

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

Nerd News:
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.

Viewmaster1st 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)

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

Sports:
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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