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Time Capsule of High School Class of 1966

 

Key Facts of 1966:

  • President: Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Vice President:  Hubert Humphrey
  • Cost of a gallon of gas:  32 cents
  • Cost of a gallon of milk:  99 cents
  • Cost of a dozen of eggs: 60 cents
  • Cost of a new home:  $23,300
  • Cost of a first class postage stamp:  5 cents

Notable Inventions of 1966:

  • Electronic Fuel injection for cars
  • The Paper Dress

Time Capsule of 1966:

  • As the war in Vietnam continues and protests expand, monthly draft call rises ten times the average of 1965.
  • A sniper atop the tower of the University of Texas kills 12 and wounds 31. 
  • For the second time in two years, there is violent rioting in the Watts section of Los Angeles.
  • Increasing use of drugs, especially LSD, is a national concern.
  • The first artificial heart transplant in a human is a success.
  • Miniskirts are the fashion rage in both England and the U.S.
  • Colorful mod clothes for men become fashionable.
  • The Green Bay Packers edge the Dallas Cowboys in a classic NFL title game.
  • The Baltimore Orioles defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers ace pitcher, Sandy Koufax retires due to arthritis.
  • Bill Russell leads the Boston Celtics to its eighth consecutive NBA championship.
  • Jack Nicklaus establishes himself as the world's greatest golfer by winning the Masters and the British Open.
  • Movies:  Big at the boxoffice are Hawaii, The Bible, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Man For All Seasons and A Man And A Woman.  Raquel Welch becomes Hollywood's hottest sex symbol of the decade.
  • Television:  Star Trek debuts in the fall.  Batman is the television phenomenon of the year.  Another new fad series was The Monkees.  Also debuting is Mission: Impossible.  Most popular series include Bonanza, The Red Skelton Hour, The Andy Griffith Show, The Lucy Show and The Jackie Gleason Show.

Batman 1966LSD 1966Coco Cola Ad Print Ad 1966

     

Top Musical Artists of 1966 Were:

  • The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Lovin' Spoonful, Simon & Garfunkle, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Nancy Sinatra, The Mamas & The Papas, Johnny Rivers, Petula Clark, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Monkees

Simon & GarfunkleThe Rolling StonesPetula Clark

     

Top Artist Debuts of 1966:

  • The Mamas & The Papas,  Sam & Dave, B.J. Thomas, Percy Sledge, Neil Diamond, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Association, Joe Simon, The Grass Roots, The Intruders, The Monkees, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Peaches & Herb

The MonkeesTommy James & The ShondellsPercy Sledge

     

 

Other Musical Tidbits:

  • The Top Song of 1966 was I'm A Believer by the Monkees (written by Neil Diamond) which was number 1 for 7 weeks.
  • The Top Recording Artist of 1966 was The Beatles.

What songs were the high school class of 1966 listening to? Just sit back and listen to the songs from the graduation class of 1966.  Keep in mind these are the songs from your senior year which was normally from the months September 1965-June 1966.

 

Radio 1966

 

 

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