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Trivia
Sixties Academy Awards 1966 Academy Awards - The 'Oscars'
Best Actor: Paul Schofield (A Man For All Seasons)
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor (Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?)
Best Film: A Man For All Seasons
Sixties City Eurovision
Winner: Austria
Udo Jurgens:  'Merci Cheri'
Sixties average weekly wage
Average Weekly Wage
£20.6s.1d
UK Population
54,643,000
World Population
3,415,545,874
Sixties Prices
1969 Prices
Sixties Births
1966 Births
Sixties Deaths
1966 Deaths

UK Involvement in Military Actions:
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation (1962-1966) Victory: Indonesia recognises Malaysian rule over former North Borneo
Dhofar Rebellion (1962-1975)
Aden Emergency (1963-1967)

General
Retail Price Index (RPI) 3.7% Index 15.6 Interest Rate (gross) on Savings Accounts 4.00%
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Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California UK average house price £3,840
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Mrs Ghandi becomes prime minister of India

UK unemployment quoted at 328,000
French car manufacturers Peugeot and Renault merge Two American Gemini capsules dock in orbit
Miss World is Reita Faria (Miss India) The Beatles play their last live concert
The thermal printer is invented by Texas Instruments Frank Sinatra marries Mia Farrow
Pierre Cardin's 'Space Age' collection is launched Miss Universe is Margareta Arvidsson (Miss Sweden)
  The Playboy 'Bunny' Club opens at 45 Park Lane Mary Quant is awarded the O.B.E.
  The MacLaren Formula 1 racing team is formed Hayley Mills marries John Boulting
  In Vietnam American dead outnumber Vietnamese for the first time The Rootes Group is taken over by Chrysler
  Timothy 'turn on, tune in and drop out' Leary is arrested on drug charges Grand Prix drivers Walter Hansgen and John Taylor are killed in crashes
Lulu becomes the first British female pop singer to perform behind the 'Iron Curtain' The opening of Parliament is shown live on television for the first time
  Evangelist Billy Graham begins a major campaign at Earl's Court Statistics in the 19th February Ministry of Labour Gazette stated the weekly average income for a British household as £24 2s 11d.

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1966 Prices

UK inflation rate 3.8%
A top league footballer earned £5,200
A GP earned £2,964
Average annual pay for men was £1,220

Average house price £3,840
Gallon of petrol 5 shillings (25p)
Pint of beer 2s (10p)

Off-the-peg Burtons suit £15


1966 Births


January 12 Rob Zombie, musician, artist, writer
January 13 Patrick Dempsey, actor
January 17 Shabba Ranks, singer
February 9 Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
February 11 Patrick Kuhnen, West German tennis player
February 11 Stephen Gregory, actor
February 20 Cindy Crawford, model
February 22 Brian Andrew Greig, statesman
February 24 Billy Zane, actor
February 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete
March 10 Edie Brickell, singer
March 25 Tom Glavine, baseball pitcher
March 31 Roger Black, British athlete
April 14 Greg Maddux, baseball pitcher
April 18 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower
April 28 John Daly, American golfer
April 29 Phil Tufnell, cricketer
May 10 Jonathan Edwards, British triple jumper
May 12 Stephen Baldwin, actor
May 16 Janet Jackson, singer
May 16 Thurman Thomas, American football player
May 24 Eric Cantona, French footballer
May 26 Helena Bonham Carter, actress
June 8 Julianna Margulies, actress
June 18 Kurt Browning, figure skater
June 21 Rudi Bakhtiar, journalist
June 27 J. J. Abrams, television writer and producer
June 28 John Cusack, actor
June 30 Mike Tyson, boxer
July 3 Moises Alou, Major League Baseball player
July 14 Matthew Fox, actor
August 7 Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
August 11 Juan Maria Solare, classical music composer
August 14 Halle Berry, actress
August 19 Lee Ann Womack, country music musician
September 4 Yanka Dyagileva, Russian punk-rock singer
September 21 Kiefer Sutherland, actor
October 24 Roman Abramovich, Russian oligarch and oil magnate
October 27 Matt Drudge, Internet journalist
October 28 Steve Atwater, American football player
November 12 David Schwimmer, American actor
November 14 Curt Schilling, baseball pitcher
November 17 Sophie Marceau, actress
November 17 Jeff Buckley, singer
December 7 C. Thomas Howell, actor
December 7 Linn Ullmann, Norwegian journalist and author



1966 Deaths

January 1 Vincent Auriol, French president
January 11 Alberto Giacometti, Italian sculptor
January 11 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian prime minister
January 11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner
January 14 Barry Fitzgerald, actor
January 14 Bill Carr, American athlete
January 15 Sergei Korolev, space scientist
January 18 Kathleen Norris, writer
February 1 Buster Keaton, American actor and film director
February 1 Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist
February 10 Billy Rose, composer, band leader
February 20 Chester Nimitz, American admiral
February 28 Charles Bassett and Elliott See, astronauts
March 1 Fritz Houtermans, physicist
March 3 Maxfield Parrish, artist
March 3 William Frawley, actor
March 5 Anna Ahmatova, poetess
March 8 William Waldorf Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor, British parliamentarian
March 8 George Cornell, gangster
April 2 C.S. Forester, English author
April 3 Battista Pininfarina, car designer
April 10 Evelyn Waugh, author
April 13 Georges Duhamel, author
April 13 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi president
May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer
May 22 Tom Goddard, Gloucestershire cricketer
June 1 Papa Jack Laine, jazz musician
June 6 James Meredith, civil rights campaigner
June 7 Claudette Orbison, wife of Roy
June 7 Jean Arp, Alsatian sculptor, painter, and poet
June 8 Anton Melik, Slovene geographer
June 12 Hermann Scherchen, Austrian conductor
June 21 Reg Calvert, pirate radio station owner
June 29 Ronald Shiner, actor
June 30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian F1 driver
July 2 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet
July 6 Sad Sam Jones, Major League Baseball player
July 7 George de Hevesy, chemist; Nobel-laureate
July 18th Bobby Fuller, singer
July 24 Montgomery Clift, actor
August 3 Lenny Bruce, American comedian
August 6 Cordwainer Smith, science fiction author
September 5 Dezso Lauber, Hungarian sportsman
September 6 Margaret Sanger, birth control advocate
September 6 Hendrik Verwoerd, prime minister of South Africa
September 11 C. E. Woolman, founder of Delta Air Lines
September 17 Fritz Wunderlich, tenor
September 28 Andre Breton, founder of surrealism
September 28 Eric Fleming, actor
October 7 Johnny Kidd, singer
October 18 Elizabeth Arden, beautician, and cosmetics entrepreneur
October 26 Alma Cogan, singer
November 2 Mississippi John Hurt
November 19 Arthur Haynes, actor
November 23 Sean T. O'Kelly, second President of Ireland
December 15 Walt Disney

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The Psychedelic Shop opens at Haight Street, San Francisco
4,000 people attend a memorial service for Richard Dimbleby at Westminster Abbey
Pakistani-Indian peace negotiations end successfully in Moscow
Conference about the situation in Rhodesia begins in Lagos
Indian prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri dies
Barclays announce plans for the Barclaycard credit card
Three visiting Labour M.P.s are expelled from Rhodesia
The TRIPS festival, considered to be the start of the Hippie movement is held in San Francisco
Moscow announces that Sergei Korolev is dead
A B-52 bomber collides with a jet tanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs
Robert Menzies resigns as Australian Prime Minister after a record 16 years in office
Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India
Hungary sees demonstrations against high food prices
Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro resigns as a result of a power struggle within his party
Harold Holt becomes Prime Minister of Australia
Film actress Hedy Lamarr is arrested for shoplifting in Los Angeles
The Road Safety Act is passed which leads to the use of the breathalyser
The United Kingdom ceases all trade with Rhodesia

George Harrison and Patti Boyd

 


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The first £25,000 Premium Bond winner was Norman Jepson
Silent comedy star Buster Keaton dies aged 70
Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper dies
Soviet probe Luna 9 is the first artificial satellite to 'land' on the moon
A Japanese passenger jet crashes into Tokyo Bay killing 133
The Who and The Kinks perform on the last 'Shindig' show on ABC television
Freddie Laker sets up an airline to cater for the package holiday market
The government announces plans to build a fast-breeder reactor at Dounreay, Scotland
Soviet writers Yuli Daniel and Andrei Sinjavski are imprisoned for anti-Soviet writings
The Belgian government resigns
The Australian Dollar is introduced at an exchange rate of two dollars per £A
The UK Naval minister, Christopher Mayhew, resigns
The British musicians' union proposes that miming be banned from television shows
The Merseybeats disband
A military coup in Syria replaces the government with a Ba'athist regime
A military coup occurs in Ghana while president Kwame Nkrumah is abroad
US astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliott See are killed in aircraft crash
Liverpool's 'Cavern Club' closes

Freddie Laker

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The Russian craft Venera (Venus) III is the first to land (crash) on another planet
The government announces plans for decimalisation
Actor William Frawley who played Fred Mertz in 'I Love Lucy' dies
John Lennon says, "We (The Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"
Ronnie Kray shoots rival gangster George Cornell
Australia announces that it will substantially increase its number of troops in Vietnam
An IRA bomb destroys Nelson's Pillar in Dublin, Eire
Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands marries German Claus von Amsberg
Charles De Gaulle states that French troops will be taken out of NATO and French bases closed
Gemini 8 docks with the Agena target satellite
The Alvin submarine finds one of the missing American hydrogen bombs lost near Spain
Arkle wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the third year in succession
The Jules Rimet World Cup trophy is stolen from Central Hall, Westminster
The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, meet in Rome - the first official meeting for 400 years
The World Cup trophy is found in a garden in South London by 'Pickles' the dog
Indira Gandhi visits Washington DC
P.J.Proby leaves Britian after his visa expires
Labour, under Harold Wilson, are re-elected in a General Election
The USSR launches Luna 10 which will become the first space probe to orbit the moon

Nelson's pillar, Dublin

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'Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti marry for the second time, the first being declared void
The British Airports Authority is formed
The Indonesian army demands that the country rejoin the United Nations
Author C.S. Forester dies
The Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes the first spacecraft to orbit the Moon
'Pirate' Radio Scotland changes its name to Radio Ireland after a relocation of the ship
The USA recovers a 'lost' H-bomb from the Mediterranean sea floor
Leonid Brezhnev is elected secretary-general of the USSR communist party
Evelyn Waugh dies
Surf rocker Jan Berry crashes his Corvette into a parked truck
The first B-52 bombing on North Vietnam commences
The Lovin' Spoonful make their British debut at the Marquee Club
Johnny Kidd disbands his group 'The Pirates'
Roberta Bignay becomes the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon
An artificial heart is installed in the chest of Marcel DeRudder in a Houston hospital
The opening of the Parliament of the United Kingdom is televised for the first time
The city of Tashkent is destroyed by a huge earthquake
L.K. O'Brien is appointed Governor of The Bank of England
Pope Paul VI and Soviet premier Gromyko meet in the Vatican - the first meeting between the Catholic Church and Soviet Union
The number of US troops in Vietnam totals 250.000
A regular hovercraft service begins across the English Channel from Dover to Calais

Sophia Loren

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The Beatles play their last British concert, at the Empire Pool in Wembley
Pirate station Britain Radio starts test broadcasts
Brady and Hindley are found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 'Moors Murders'
The Rolling Stones release 'Paint it Black'
The 44 day seamens' strike causes the government to declare a state of emergency
The South Vietnamese army besieges Da Nang
Essex play Somerset on the first day of Sunday play in County Cricket
Ex-World Champion boxer Randolph Turpin is found shot dead at his flat in Leamington Spa
The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' album is released
The revolving restaurant at the top of the Post Office tower opens
The Who's Keith Moon is injured when accidentally struck by Pete Townshend during a 'wild' routine
Henry Cooper loses his world boxing title rematch with Muhammad Ali in the 6th round due to cuts
248 die when soccer fans from Peru and Argentina clash in Lima
Guyana achieves independence
Six French fighter planes crash above Spain
Fidel Castro announces martial law in Cuba because of possible US attack
The Indonesian and Malayan governments declare that the Indonesian Confrontation is over
300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
Graham Hill wins the Indianapolis 500 car race
The US launches Surveyor 1 to the Moon

PO Tower restaurant
PO Tower restaurant
 

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Philips Petroleum announce the finding of a huge gas field in the North Sea off the Humber estuary
The US space probe Surveyor 1 lands on the Moon - the first soft landing on another world
Joacim Balaguer is elected president of the Dominican Republic
Eugene Cernan completes his second U.S. spacewalk during the Gemini 9 mission
James Meredith, the first black student at Mississippi University and civil rights activist, is shot by a sniper on a lone Civil Rights march across Mississippi
Roy Orbison's wife Claudette dies following a motorcycle accident
The US Supreme Court rules in the Miranda case that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them
The Beatles appear 'live' on 'Top of the Pops' for the first and only time
CIA director William F. Raborn resigns, to be succeeded by Richard Helms
Butlins open their last, and smallest, holiday camp at Barry Island
Charles De Gaulle visits the Soviet Union
Sheila Scott lands her Piper Comanche at Heathrow, completing her 33 day round the world solo flight - the first woman to achieve it
Reg Calvert, owner of pirate radio station Radio City, is shot dead at Major Oliver Smedley's home
Anthony Wedgewood Benn introduces legislation to outlaw pirate radio stations
In Argentina, a coup deposes president Arturo Umberto Illia and appoints general Juan Carlos Ongania
The Barclaycard is launched, the first British-based credit card
Comedy actor Ronald Shiner dies
US planes bomb Hanoi and Haiphong
The seamens' strike, organised by the National Union of Seamen, ends
France formally withdraws from NATO
Sheila Scott
 

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Brighton is the first English town to get 'yellow pages'
Mike D'Abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of pop group Manfred Mann
The first colour television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto
North Vietnam declares general mobilization
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into US law
A Saturn 1 rocket is launched from Cape Kennedy
Malawi becomes a republic
BMC and Jaguar announce that they are to merge as British Motor Holdings
Indira Gandhi visits Moscow
Brigitte Bardot marries Gunther Sachs
Israeli and Syrian jet fighters fight over the Jordan River
American Jim Ryun sets a new mile record (3m 51s)
Prime Minister Harold Wilson imposes a pay freeze in the UK
The Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens
UN Secretary General U Thant visits Moscow
Brian Jones makes his final appearance as a Rolling Stone
At 70, Florence Nagle becomes the first licensed female racehorse trainer
The USA announces that a U-2 reconnaissance plane has disappeared over Cuba
Bob Dylan breaks his neck in a motorcycle accident, taking 18 months to recover
England win football's World Cup at Wembley, beating West Germany 4-2 in extra time
Princess Alexandra gives birth to Marina Victoria Alexandra
Beatles products are burned in Alabama, USA, to protest John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark

Mike D'Abo and Paul Jones

Brian Jones
 

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Sniper Charles Whitman kills 16 people at the University of Texas
The Spanish government forbids any flight of British military places through Spanish airspace
Comedian Lenny Bruce dies of a drugs overdose
Prince Philip opens the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a civil rights march in Chicago
Ground-breaking takes place on the World Trade Center construction
The Ministry of Social Security is formed from the Ministries of Pensions and National Insurance
The bridge over the Tajo River in Lisbon, Portugal, is opened
George Brown succeeds Michael Stewart as Foreign Secretary
Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Whitney shoot dead three plain clothes policemen
An earthquake in Turkey kills 2394 and injures a further 10000
U.S. spacecraft Orbiter 1 is reported to have achieved Lunar orbit
John Whitney is charged with the murder of three policemen
The New York Herald Tribune stops publication
Saudi Arabia and the UAR begin negotiations in Kuwait to end the war in Yemen
The Tay road bridge is opened
Further earthquakes in eastern Turkey destroy whole cities
Seven men are sentenced to death in Egypt for anti-Nasser agitation
Francis Chichester begins his solo round the world voyage in Gypsy Moth IV
France offers independence to French Somaliland after heavy rioting
The World Trade Center
God bless all the victims of the events of 9-11

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BMC announce plans for 11,000 redundancies, causing a strike until 11th November
UN Secretary-General U Thant declares that he is not going to seek re-election
John Ridgeway and Chay Blyth complete their 92-day row across the Atlantic
The South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated in Cape Town
The Severn road bridge is officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll
'Star Trek' premieres on NBC-TV
NATO decides to move the SHAPE headquarters to Belgium
'The Monkees' premieres on NBC-TV
Gemini XI is launched for a 71-hour flight. Charles 'Pete' Conrad, Jr. and Richard F. Gordon, Jr. perform the first-ever direct-ascent (first orbit) rendezvous with an Agena Target Vehicle
Balthazar Johannes Vorster becomes the new South African prime minister
Britain's first polaris submarine, H.M.S. Resolution, is launched at Barrow-in-Furness
The New Metropolitan Opera house opens in New York City
Scotland Yard arrests Ronald Edwards suspected of being involved of the great train robbery
Jimmy Hendrix changes the spelling of his name to Jimi
Surveyor 2 crashes on the Moon
41 year-old actor Eric Fleming, who played trail boss Gil Favor in 'Rawhide', is drowned in Peru
Bechuanaland gains independence from England, becoming Botswana
The Chevrolet Camaro (originally named Panther) is introduced
Lord Thomson buys 'The Times' newspaper
Nazis Baldur von Schirach and Albert Speer are released from Spandau Prison at midnight

HMS Resolution

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Lead singer Denny Laine quits The Moody Blues
Georgie Fame splits from his backing group 'The Blue Flames'

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Israel applies for outer membership of the EEC
Basutoland becomes independent and takes the name Lesotho
Pop star, ex-Pirate Johnny Kidd, dies in a car crash on A58, Bury New Road, Lancashire
The 'hippie' drug LSD is made illegal in California
France and the Soviet Union sign a treaty about cooperation in nuclear research
The first edition of the 'International Times' underground paper is published
The city of Montreal inaugurates its metro system
Lesotho and Botswana are accepted to join United Nations
Timothy Evans is given a posthumous free pardon for the Christie murders
The Aberfan colliery slurry tip slide disaster claims the lives of 116 children and 28 adults
Spy George Blake escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison
Spain demands that Britain stops all military flights to Gibraltar
Britain refuses to stop flights
Negotiations about the Vietnam War begin in Manila, Philippines
Spain closes its Gibraltar border to non-pedestrian traffic
Singer Alma Cogan dies of cancer
NATO moves its HQ from Paris to Brussels

Johnny Kidd

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Art treasures are destroyed as the worst flooding of the Arno River in 1000 years engulfs Florence
Lunar Orbiter 2 is launched
Edward Brooke becomes the first black senator to be elected in the U.S.A.
Film actor Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California
Paul McCartney is involved in the moped accident which leads to rumours of his death
John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an art exposition in the Indica Gallery, in London
Jack Lynch becomes the new Irish premier
Spain declares a general amnesty on crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War
The last Gemini mission, Gemini 12 (James Lovell and 'Buzz' Aldrin), is launched on 4-day flight
James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin splash down in Gemini 12
Harry Roberts, police murderer, is caught near London
150,000 Leonid meteors an hour visible in the skies across the United States
UN General Assembly decides to found the UN Industrial Development Organization
British comedy actor Arthur Haynes dies
The army crushes an attempted coup in Togo
400 people die of respiratory failure and heart attack during a killer New York City smog
The Beatles begin recording sessions for the 'Sgt Pepper' album
Edgar J. Hoover announces all evidence suggests that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting alone
The Jimi Hendrix Experience make their London debut at the Bag O' Nails Club
'Pirate' station Radio 390 (Radio Invicta) closes down
The first major tidal power plant opens at Rance estuary, France
A coup in Burundi overthrows the monarchy and a republic is declared
Barbados achieves independence
The Courts declare 'pirate' station Radio Essex to be operating illegally

Aldrin and Lovell

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The B.B.C. announces plans for reorganisation of its radio stations
The first British Christmas postage stamp is issued
Harold Wilson and Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith negotiate on HMS Tiger
Georg Kiesinger is elected as West German chancellor
U Thant agrees to serve a second term as UN Secretary-General
The first geo-stationary satellite is placed in orbit over the Pacific
Barbados is accepted into the United Nations
The US and USSR sign a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
The first US bombing of Hanoi takes place
Clive Lloyd makes his test cricket debut v India, in Bombay, scoring 82 and 78
Cartoon genius Walt Disney dies, aged 65
Audouin Dollfus discovers Janus, the 10th satellite of Saturn
The UN Security council approves an oil embargo against Rhodesia
The Jimi Hendrix Experience release their first single in the UK, 'Hey Joe'
South Africa refuses to join the trade embargo against Rhodesia
Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker
Harold Wilson withdraws all his previous offers to Rhodesian government
The USSR launches Luna 13, which lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the 24th
Ian Smith declares that he considers that Rhodesia is already a republic
The last edition of 'Ready Steady Go!' is broadcast
'Pirate' radio station Radio Essex closes down
Jimi Hendrix writes 'Purple Haze' backstage at the Upper Cut Club
'Pirate' Radio 390 (Radio Invicta) resumes transmitting
Walter Ulbricht talks about negotiations regarding German unification
Thieves steal millions of pounds worth of paintings from Dulwich Art Gallery, London

Ian Smith and Harold Wilson

Walt Disney

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