What Happened in 1966 inc. (2023)

  1. Anti Vietnam War Protests from 1963 to 1966
  2. Miranda Rights come into being after the Supreme Court overturns the conviction on June 13th of a confessed rapist
  3. Aberfan disaster in South Wales a slag heap from the local coal mine slid down Merthyr Mountain
  4. The U.S. Department of Transportation is created.
  5. The name Mini-Skirt is attributed to Mary Quant who also went on to popularize hot pants in the later years
  6. The "Batman" television series starring Adam West debuts on ABC.
  7. The popular television show Star Trek debuts in September.
  8. NASA launches Lunar Orbiter 1, the first U.S. spacecraft to orbit the Moon.
  9. Soviet Union Lands Luna 9 on the Moon in February and the US follows on June 2nd with the Surveyor 1 soft moon landing.
  10. Ronald Reagan enters politics on June 7th becoming governor of California

More Detailed Information on each Event and those not included can be found below

What happened in 1966 Major News Stories include Miranda Rights / Miranda warning becomes law, Worlds first vertical Jump Jet the Harrier is introduced, English Channel Hovercraft service begins, China's Cultural Revolution Begins, Subway Strike in New York brings the City to a stop, Miniskirts are in fashion, Charles Whitman kills 14 and injures 31 on a killing spree at the University Of Texas, US has nearly 500,000 troops in Vietnam, Aberfan disaster in South Wales, Vietnam War international days of protest,

1966 inflation grew as part of the effect to fund the war in Vietnam continued. Both the US and USSR continued in their space race to see who would be the first to land a man on the moon. Race riots continued to increase across cities in America and National Guards were needed to bring back law and order. The fashions in both America and UK came from a small well known street in London ( Carnaby Street ) part of the swinging London scene , both women and men wore patterned pants and flowered shirts and boots, shoes and even caps utilized the plastic and vinyl for a wet shiny look. The most popular groups included The "Beach Boys" with Pet Sounds, The "Rolling Stones" with Under my Thumb and The "Beatles" with Revolver, and Yesterday and Today.

Vietnam Protests

March 26th Vietnam War international days of protest

More Information and Timeline For Anti Vietnam War Protests from 1963 to 1966

1. 1963 May First Coordinated Protests against War In Vietnam held in London and Denmark

2. 1964 May 2nd First American student led protests held in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Madison

3. 1964 May 12 twelve young men in New York publicly burn their draft cards to protest the war.

4. 1964 August 10 Tonkin Gulf Resolution (officially, Asia Resolution, Public Law 88-408) passed by United States Congress giving U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson authorization, without a formal declaration of war by Congress, for the use of "conventional' military force in Southeast Asia.

5. 1964 December Joan Baez acts as the spokesman for 600 people in an antiwar demonstration in San Francisco

6. 1965 January 29th Students for a Democratic Society organize the first teach-in on the Vietnam war attracting 2,500 at the University of Michigan

7. 1965 April 17th 25,000 protesters including Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Phil Ochs attend March Against the Vietnam War in Washington DC organized by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) .

8. 1965 May anti-Vietnam War demonstration in London outside the U.S. embassy

9. 1965 May 5 Several hundred UC Berkeley students march on the Berkeley Draft Board and present the staff with a black coffin. Forty students burn their draft cards.

10. 1965 May 21-23 Vietnam Day Committee organizes the largest Vietnam teach-in to date at UC Berkeley

11. 1965 August 5 CBS Evening News shows film of Marines lighting the thatched roofs of the village of Cam Ne, Vietnam with Zippo lighters including critical commentary on the treatment of the villagers

12. 1965 October 15th Anti-Vietnam war rallies are held in four U.S. cities, police make the 1st arrest under a new Federal draft card-burning law

13. 1965 November 27th Between 15,000 and 25,000 anti-war demonstrators rally at the White House during an SDS-organized March on Washington for Peace in Vietnam

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14. 1965 Gallup Polls show the American Public Support Changes from over 52% support for war to 49%

15. 1966 March 26th Up to 200,000 protestors attend anti Vietnam war protests around the world

15. July 3rd 4,000 demonstrated against the U.S. war in London outside the U.S. Embassy a number are arrested

15. November 30th Fifty to 100 students stage a sit-down protest around a Navy recruiter table in the UC Berkeley Student Union. Six protestors are arrested

16. Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali - formerly known as Cassius Clay - declared himself a conscientious objector and refused to go to war

17. 1966 Gallup Polls show the American Public Support Changes from over 52% support for war to 37%

The Anti-Vietnam War Protests continue until for 5 more years and American Support continues to erode, America Formally ends the war on January 23rd 1973 following the signing of the Paris agreement, I will cover the period from 1966 to the end of the war in a later year.

Miranda Rights / Miranda warning

Miranda Rights come into being after the Supreme Court overturns the conviction on June 13th of a confessed rapist ruling he had not been properly informed of his right to council and to not testify against himself

More Information and Timeline For Miranda Rights / Miranda warning

1. 1963 March 2nd Patty McGee while waiting for a bus in Phoenix, Arizona is abducted and raped then returned home

2. 1963 March 13th Ernesto Arturo Miranda was arrested based on circumstantial evidence linking him to the kidnapping and rape of Patty McGee 10 days earlier

3. 1963 March 13th Ernesto Arturo Miranda was not informed of his right to remain silent part of The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution (part of the Bill of Rights) codifies the right to silence

4. 1963 March 13th While in Police custody Ernesto Arturo Miranda admitted to having committed the crime and signed his confession.

5. 1963 June Judge Yale McFate sentenced Ernesto Arturo Miranda to 20 to 30 years on each charge, to be served concurrently.

6. 1966 February 28 through March 2 Miranda v. Arizona case is heard in the Supreme Court of the United States which disputed the verdict based on the issue on the Sixth Amendment issue of the right to counsel before interrogation.

7. 1966 June 13th Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the opinion in Miranda v. Arizona The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he has the right to remain silent, and that anything he says will be used against him in court; he must be clearly informed that he has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation, and that, if he is indigent, a lawyer will be appointed to represent him.

8. 1967 February After the Supreme Court decision set aside Miranda's initial conviction, the state of Arizona retried him. At the second trial, with his confession excluded from evidence, he was again convicted, and he spent 11 years in prison.

9. 1972 December Ernesto Arturo Miranda after serving only a third of his sentence was released .

The Miranda warning / Miranda Rights is the name of the formal warning that is required to be given by police in the United States to criminal suspects in police custody (or in a custodial situation) before they are interrogated, in accordance with the Miranda ruling. Its purpose is to ensure the accused is aware of, and reminded of, these rights under the U.S. Constitution, and that they know they can invoke them at any time during the interview.

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Aberfan Disaster

Aberfan disaster in South Wales on October 21 News Events in United Kingdom, a slag heap containing unwanted rock from the local coal mine slid down Merthyr Mountain. As it collapsed it destroyed twenty houses and a farm before going on to demolish virtually all of Pantglas Junior School 144 people were killed, 116 of whom were children mostly between the ages of 7 and 10.

More Information and Timeline For The Aberfan Disaster

1. 1916 to 1966 Merthyr Vale Colliery dumps millions of cubic metres of excavated mining debris on Mynydd Merthyr directly above the village of Aberfan

2. 1963 - 1966 Many fears about the safety of the Aberfan tip complex are raised due to the unstable nature of the slurry being dumped on the mountain and it's possible instability due to heavy rains and the heavy gradient

3. October 16th to October 21st heavy rains are seen in the area

4. October 16th 9:15 a.m. more than 150,000 cubic metres of water-saturated debris broke away and flowed downhill towards the village at high speed

5. October 16th 9:15 a.m. Due to the fog Nobody in the village was able to see the slurry but everyone could hear the roar of the approaching landslide

6. October 16th 40,000 cubic metres of debris smashed into the village in a slurry 39 ft deep

7. October 16th The slurry destroyed a farm and twenty terraced houses along Moy Road and slammed into the northern side of the Pantglas Junior School and part of the separate senior school, demolishing most of the structures and filling the classrooms with thick mud and rubble up to 10 metres (33 ft) deep.

7. Hundreds of miners from local collieries rushed to Aberfan, especially from the nearby Merthyr Vale Colliery, as well as miners from Deep Navigation Colliery and Taff Merthyr Colliery in the neighbouring Taff Bargoed Valley, and also from pits across the South Wales coalfield to help in rescue efforts which continued throughout the night.

8. The disaster took the lives of 116 children and 28 adults

The Tribunal of Inquiry into the Aberfan Disaster Stated That: "Blame for the disaster rests upon the National Coal Board. This is shared, though in varying degrees, among the NCB headquarters, the South Western Divisional Board, and certain individuals. The legal liability of the NCB to pay compensation of the personal injuries, fatal or otherwise, and damage to property, is incontestable and uncontested."

Cost of Living 1966 - How Much things cost

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.01%

Year End Close Dow Jones 785

Average Cost of new house $14,200.00

Average Income per year $6,900.00 -

Average Cost of a new car $2,650.00 -

Average Monthly Rent $120.00

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Cost of a gallon of Gas 32 cents

Dishwasher $119.95

Parker Pen Set $11.95

Toothpaste Crest 50 cents

Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling

Average House Price 3,840

Gallon of Petrol 5 shillings or 26 new pence

Few Examples of Houses For Sale

1966 New Brick Homes

Frederick Maryland

3 bedrooms large living room carport and full basement


Burlington North Carolina

2 bedroom with carport


Oakland California

Secluded 3 bedroom , double garage , hardwood floors , full electric appliances in Kitchen

Popular Culture 1966

Star Trek first episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek

Author Jacqueline Susann has her first novel, Valley of the Dolls published

Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" the animated television special adapted from the book is shown for first time on CBS

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Simon and Garfunkel release Sounds of Silence,

Popular Films


Dr. Zhivago

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A Man for All Seasons

Popular Musicians

The Mamas and the Papas

The Beatles

The Monkees

The Beach Boys

The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel

Popular Songs

I'm a Believer The Monkees

Good Vibrations The beach Boys

Monday Monday The Mamas and the Papas

Wild Thing The Troggs


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