1966 facts for kids

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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 19th century20th century21st century
Decades: 1930s  1940s  1950s  – 1960s –  1970s  1980s  1990s
Years: 1963 1964 196519661967 1968 1969

1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar.


  • January 3Hullabaloo shows promotional videos of The Beatles songs "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out".
  • January 8Shindig! airs for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who.
  • January 12Batman debuts on ABC (1966-1968).
  • February 23 – Television is first broadcast in Greece when ERT went on the air.
  • April 5The Money Programme debuts on BBC2 (1966-present).
  • June 5 – A taped appearance by The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. The band debuts their music videos for "Rain" and "Paperback Writer".
  • June 27 – The first episode of the supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows airs on ABC, introducing Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) to the viewing audience as she applies for a job at the Collinwood Manor.
  • July 1 – First Canadian color television broadcast.
  • September – ABC switches to the color standard, meaning that all three US networks are now broadcasting in color regularly.
  • September 3 – The last new episode of the television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet airs.
  • September 7 – The final episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show airs (the first episode aired on October 3, 1961).
  • September 8 – The first episode of Star Trek airs (1966-1969).
  • September 12The Monkees premieres (1966-1968).
  • October 2 – The four-part serial Talking to a Stranger, acclaimed as one of the finest British television dramas of the 1960s, begins transmission in the Theatre 625 strand on BBC2.
  • October 27It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs for the first time on CBS.
  • November 16Cathy Come Home, possibly the best-known play ever to be broadcast on British television, is transmitted in BBC1's The Wednesday Play anthology strand.



Movies released

  • A Man for All Seasons
  • Alfie
  • Batman
  • The Battle of Algiers Golden Lion winner
  • The Birds, the Bees and the Italians Palme d'Or winner
  • Blowup
  • Chappaqua
  • Cul-de-Sac Golden Bear winner
  • Follow Me, Boys!
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Hawaii
  • It Happened Here
  • A Man and a Woman Palme d'Or winner
  • Morgan!
  • Our Man Flint
  • Paradise, Hawaiian Style
  • The Sand Pebbles
  • The Singing Nun
  • Spinout
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (short subject)
  • The Wild Angels

Hit Songs

New Books

  • The AdventurersHarold Robbins
  • The Anti-Death LeagueKingsley Amis
  • Capable of Honor – Allen Drury
  • The Circle GameMargaret Atwood
  • The Dartmoor Worker anthology of William Crossing
  • Der MeteorFriedrich Dürrenmatt
  • The Devil's Brigade – Robert H. Adleman
  • The Double Image – Helen McInnes
  • The Embezzler – Louis Auchincloss
  • ExpeditionsMargaret Atwood
  • Fantastic VoyageIsaac Asimov
  • The Fixer – Bernard Malamud
  • In Cold BloodTruman Capote
  • Jean de Florette – Marcel Pagnol
  • Last Picture Show – Larry McMurtry
  • The Magic FingerRoald Dahl
  • Manon des sources – Marcel Pagnol
  • The Master and Margarita – Mihail Bulgakov
  • The Moon is a Harsh MistressRobert A. Heinlein
  • Octopussy and The Living DaylightsIan Fleming
  • The Soldier's ArtAnthony Powell
  • The Solid MandalaPatrick White
  • Speeches for Doctor FrankensteinMargaret Atwood
  • The Sun King – Nancy Mitford
  • Tai-Pan – James Clavell
  • Tell No Man – Adela Rogers St. Johns
  • A Thousand Days – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
  • Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  • Wide Sargasso SeaJean Rhys

Nobel Prizes 1966

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