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1966: The Year That Was

September 08, 1996

Here's what else was happening in pop culture in 1966, the year that "Star Trek" premiered:

Top 10 TV Series

"Bonanza"; "The Red Skelton Hour"; "The Andy Griffith Show"; "The Lucy Show"; "The Jackie Gleason Show"; "Green Acres"; "Daktari"; "Bewitched"; "The Beverly Hillbillies"; "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."

Other Series Premieres

"The Monkees"; "Family Affair"; "That Girl"; "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E."; "The Green Hornet"; "Mission: Impossible"; "Dark Shadows."

Everybody's Talkin'

Acid (as in LSD); beach bunny; bowser bag; disco; dove, hawk; flashcube; glitch; go-go; in, out; mod; Third World.

Top Movies

"Alfie"; "A Man for All Seasons"; "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming"; "The Sand Pebbles"; "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; "Georgy Girl"; "The Fortune Cookie"; "Hawaii"; "Blowup"; "A Man and a Woman"; "The Professionals"; "Fantastic Voyage"; "Born Free"; "Endless Summer."

Hit Songs

"The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler; "Cherish" by the Association; "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and the Papas; "Wild Thing" by the Troggs; "Yellow Submarine" and "Paperback Writer" by the Beatles; "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys; "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra; "Winchester Cathedral" by New Vaudeville Band; "Downtown" by Mrs. Miller.

Tops on Broadway

"Cabaret"; "I Do! I Do!"; "Mame"; "Sweet Charity."

In the Groove

Day-Glo fluorescent paint, the Pillsbury Doughboy, Nazi iron crosses, Taster's Choice freeze-dried coffee, granny glasses, Bac-Os, hip-hugging miniskirts, Jean Shrimpton, wide leather belts, Yardley Slicker lipstick, Palmolive's Madge the manicurist.


"In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote; "Tai-Pan" by James Clavell; "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" by Robert Crichton; "The Magus" by John Fowles; "The Comedians" by Graham Greene; "The Fixer" by Bernard Malamud; "Weight Watchers Cookbook" by Jean Nidetch; "The Adventurers" by Harold Robbins; "Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann.

--Compiled by Susan King

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