Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The News of 1966

*Jan. 8 – The Grateful Dead play the Fillmore Acid Test in San Francisco.

*Jan. 13 – Tabitha Stevens is born on Bewitched.

*Jan. 18 – 8,000 US soldiers land in South Vietnam; US troops now total 190,000.

*Mar. 4 – John Lennon comments that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus in an interview, sparking much controversy.

*Mar. 12 – Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks sets the NHL single season scoring record against the New York Rangers, with his 51st goal.

*Mar. 26 – Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations are held in cities across the US.

*Apr. 29 – US troops in Vietnam total 250,000.

*Apr. 30 – The Church of Satan is formed by Anton LaVey in San Francisco.

*May 16 – Two classic albums are released on the same day: Pet Sounds from The Beach Boys and Blonde on Blonde from Bob Dylan.

*Jun. 13 – Miranda v. Arizona: The Supreme Court rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

*Jun. 29 – US planes begin bombing Hanoi and Haiphong.

*Jul. 14 – Richard Speck murders 8 student nurses in their Chicago dormitory.

*Jul. 29 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near Woodstock, New York.

*Aug. 1 – Sniper Charles Whitman kills 13 from the tower at the University of Texas at Austin.

*Aug. 5 – Caesar’s Palace hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.

*Aug. 5 – The Beatles release Revolver in the UK.

*Aug. 22 – Peppermint Patty makes her first appearance in the Peanuts comic strip.

*Aug. 29 – The Beatles play their last concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

*Sep. 8 – Star Trek debuts on NBC with its first episode, “The Man Trap”.

*Sep. 19 – Timothy Leary founds the League for Spiritual Discovery, a religion with LSD as its holy sacrament, hoping to legalize LSD with a “freedom of religion” argument.

*Oct. 16 – Grace Slick performs live for the first time with Jefferson Airplane.

*Oct. 27 – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs on CBS for the first time.

*Dec. 18 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas is shown on CBS for the first time.

More to come.

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