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March 1966 issue of Birmingham magazine

1966 was the 95th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.


Doug Layton and Tommy Charles at WAQY-AM


Southern Living debuted February 1966







Craig Witherspoon, born in 1966



Virginia Hill, died in 1966
See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1966


  • A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine, The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill, and But Charlie, I Never Played Volleyball! films produced by David F. Friedman



Heritage House Motor Inn, constructed in 1966



In 1966 Indira Gandhi became prime minister of India. Military coups were carried out in the Central African Republic, Upper Volta, Nigeria, Syria, Ghana, Argentina, and Togo. John Lennon speculated that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." Former members of the IRA destroyed the Nelson Pillar in Dublin. Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari) visited Jamaica. Surveyor 1 landed safely on the moon. The Freedom of Information Act was signed by President Johnson. A U2 spy plane disappeared over Cuba. England won the FIFA World Cup at Wembley Stadium. Race riots erupted in Chicago, Illinois and Lansing, Michigan. Mao Tse-Tung launched China's "Cultural Revolution." Turkish earthquakes killed thousands. The Black Panther Party was founded. Ronald Reagan became governor of California. Barbados, Botswana, Guyana, and Lesotho joined the United Nations. Truman Capote threw his famous "Black and White Ball" in New York City. The animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas premiered on CBS. Maulana Karenga celebrated the first Kwanzaa. St Louis' Gateway Arch was completed.

Top grossing films of 1966 included Thunderball, Dr Zhivago, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. A Man for All Seasons won the Oscar for Best Picture. Katherine Anne Porter won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for her Collected Stories. Pop music hits included "The Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel. "Ballad of the Green Berets" by Sgt Barry Sadler, "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge, and "These Boots are Made for Walkin" by Nancy Sinatra. Tom Jones was awarded the Grammy for "Best New Artist". No Peace prize was awarded by the Nobel committee in 1966.

Notable 1966 births include model Cindy Crawford, baseball player Greg Maddux, golfer John Daly, singer Janet Jackson, actress Helena Bonham Carter, basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, actor John Cusack, boxer Mike Tyson, actress Halle Berry, actress Salma Hayek, actor Adam Sandler, football player Troy Aikman, singer Sinéad O'Connor and actor Kiefer Sutherland. Notable eaths included those of artist Alberto Giacometti, actor Buster Keaton, painter Maxfield Parrish, writer Evelyn Waugh, blues artist Mississippi John Hurt, and businessman Walt Disney.

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