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The Baby Boom Years: 1966

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The definitive collection of 1960s American music, news, fashion, fads and kitsch that continues to influence the world.

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  • Mike Tyson
  • John Cusack
  • Halle Berry
  • Adam Sandler


  • Arguably pop’s greatest year with indispensable albums from the Mamas and Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank & Nancy Sinatra, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and The Byrds.


  • The Mod look is in with wild paisleys, bold colors and monochromes, pantsuits and the mini.


  • Bill Russell becomes first black coach in pro sports.
  • Blackhawk Bobby Hull scores a record 51 goals.
  • Peggy Fleming skates to World title
  • Ted Williams is inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.


  • Mao Zedong establishes the Red Guard, student shock troops, to stamp out the last remnants of bureaucracy.
  • Charles De Gaulle quits NATO defying US dominance.
  • Indira Ghandi becomes India’s prime minister.


  • Which two animated, holiday TV specials debuted in ‘66 and became instant classics?
  • Beach Boy Brian Wilson holes up in recording studios experimenting and fine-tuning every layer of this artistic masterpiece. While curiously it’s his response to “Rubber Soul”, this concept LP inspires the Beatles to create their magnum opus, “Sgt. Peppers.” Name what critics laud as “The Greatest Album Ever Made.”
  • It portrayed the lives of three women who share a bond of ambition, drugs and sex. What is the title of Jacqueline Susann’s risqué and heavily promoted 1966 bestselling novel?
  • Name the Pan-African festival celebrated for the first time this year.


  • Buster Keaton
  • Walt Disney
  • Hedda Hopper
  • Lenny Bruce

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits

  1. I’m A Believer— The Monkees
  2. Summer In The City —The Lovin’ Spoonful
  3. Wild Thing — The Troggs
  4. Hanky Panky —Tommy James & The Shondells
  5. When A Man Loves A Woman —Percy Sledge
  6. (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration —The Righteous Brothers
  7. Monday, Monday —The Mamas & The Papas
  8. Good Vibrations — The Beach Boys
  9. Devil With A Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly — Mitch Ryder &The Detroit Wheels
  10. Good Lovin’ — The Young Rascals