Classic Rock Throwback Thursday – 1966 [VIDEO]
A gallon of gas cost just 32 cents, the average yearly income was $6900, and Star Trek debuted on Television.
I was in 6th grade, and the girls were all sporting the fashion of the day – mini-skirts!
Maybe that’s the reason my studies were less than stellar in 1966.
Too much staring, not enough studying.
‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ aired for the first time in 1966, Dr. Zhivago and Thunderball were hits in the movie theater, and Fiber Optics was invented.
In 1966, almost a half million troops were stationed in Vietnam, the U.S. population was just over 195 million, 14 people were killed and 31 injured when Charles Whitman went on a killing spree at the University of Texas (in 1972, Harry Chapin wrote a chilling song based in the massacre – ‘Sniper.’)
In sports, Alabama beat Nebraska 39 to 28 at the Rose Bowl, Kansas City won the AFL Championship over Buffalo, and Green Bay defeated Dallas in the NFL Championship game.
Boston won 4 games to 3 over Los Angeles for the NBA title, Montreal secured the Stanley Cup over Detroit in 6 games, Baltimore became the World Series Champs by blanking L.A. in a 4 game sweep and for the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball championship, Texas Western defeated Kentucky 72 to 65.
On the music scene, The Beatles, Monkees, Beach Boys and Rolling Stone were among the most popular groups of the year.
Check out this video of ’19th Nervous Breakdown’ by The Rolling Stones in 1966!