World Events

  • France withdraws its forces from NATO. President De Gaulle visits the USSR (June 20).
  • Sukarno leaves office in Indonesia; Suharto assumes power.
  • Botswana, Lesotho, and Guyana become independent states within the British Commonwealth.
  • India suffers the worst famine in 20 years; Lyndon Johnson asks for $1 billion in aid to the country.
    World Statistics

    Population: 3.415 billion
U.S. Events
  • Medicare begins (July 1).
  • Supreme Court decides Miranda v. Arizona, protecting rights of the accused.
  • Stokeley Carmichael elected president of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Background: Student movements
    U.S. Statistics

    President: Lyndon B. Johnson
    Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey
    Population: 196,560,338
    Life expectancy: 70.2 years
    Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 26.7
    Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 24.5
    Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.9

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $787.8 billion
Federal spending:   $134.53 billion
Federal debt:   $328.5 billion
Consumer Price Index:   32.4
Unemployment:   4.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.05


World Series
Baltimore d. LA Dodgers (4-0)

NBA Championship
Boston d. LA Lakers (4-3)

Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Detroit (4-2)

Women: Billie Jean King d. M. Bueno (6-3 3-6 6-1)
Men: Manuel Santana d. D. Ralston (6-4 11-9 6-4)

Kentucky Derby Champion
Kauai King

NCAA Basketball Championship
Texas Western d. Kentucky (72-65)

NCAA Football Champions
Notre Dame (AP, UPI, FW, NFF-tie) (9-0-1) & Michigan St. (NFF-tie) (9-0-1)

World Cup
England d. W. Germany (4-2)

  • The first Star Trek episode, “The Man Trap,” is broadcast on September 8. The plot concerns a creature that sucks salt from human bodies.
  • CBS backs out of plans to broadcast Psycho, deeming the movie too violent for at-home viewing.
  • The old Metropolitan Opera House is abandoned as the company moves to Lincoln Center. The new Metropolitan Opera opens with Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra.


  • A Man for All Seasons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Alfie, A Man and a Woman


  • John Barth, Giles Goat-Boy
  • Paul Bowles, Up Above the World
  • Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
  • Robert Coover, The Origin of the Brunists
  • Bernard Malamud, The Fixer
  • Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, Katherine Anne Porter
Music: Variations for Orchestra, Leslie Bassett

Oscars awarded in 1966
Academy Award, Best Picture: The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Israel) and Nelly Sachs (Sweden)

1966 Emmy Awards

1966 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1966
Record of the Year: “A Taste of Honey,” Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Album of the Year: September of My Years, Frank Sinatra (Reprise)
Song of the Year: “The Shadow of Your Smile” (Love Theme From The Sandpiper), Paul Francis Webster and Johnny Mandel, songwriters

Miss America: Deborah Irene Bryant (KS)

  • Insulin is first synthesized in China. Background: Health & Nutrition
  • MIT biochemist Har Khorana finishes deciphering the DNA code. Background: genetic engineering
  • The Food and Drug Administration declares “the Pill” safe for human use. Background: Birth & Contraception

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Robert Sanderson Mulliken (US), for research on bond holding atoms together in molecule

Physics: Alfred Kastler (France), for work on energy levels inside atom

Physiology or Medicine: Charles Brenton Huggins (US), for studies in hormone treatment of cancer of prostate; Francis Peyton Rous (US), for discovery of tumor-producing viruses

  • Montgomery Clift
  • Walt Disney