The 14th year of the reign of second Queen Elizabeth, a look back at the films of 1966

In 1966,

Ken Kesey hosted the first Acid Test;

The Georgia House of Representatives refused to seat Julian Bond;

Vernon Dahmer was murdered in Mississippi;

Robert C. Weaver became the first Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the first African-American member of the Cabinet of the United States;

Indira Gandhi was elected Prime Minister of India;

Mr. Ed aired its final episode;

NASA astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliot See were killed in an aircraft accident;

John Lennon told a reporter for the London Evening Standard the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus;”

Ronnie Kray murdered George Cornell;

Bobby Hull scored 51 goals for the Chicago Blackhawks;

With five African-American starters, the Texas Western Miners basketball team defeated the University of Kentucky Wildcats to win the NCAA Championship;

The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in England;

The Soviet space probe Luna 10 became the first manmade object to orbit the moon;

Leonid Brezhnev became General Secretary of the Soviet Union;

Time asked “Is God Dead?

The Sound of Music was named the best film of 1965;

Haile Selassie visited Jamaica for the first time;

Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon;

The Church of Satan was formed;

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup;

The Rolling Stones released their song “Paint it Black;”

The Busch Memorial Stadium opened in St. Louis;

The Cultural Revolution began in China;

The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds;

Bob Dylan released Blonde on Blonde;

Gertrude Baniszewski was convicted of the murder of Sylvia Likens;

Guyana was granted independence from Great Britain;

It’s a Small World opened in Disneyland;

The final episode of The Dick van Dyke Show aired;

In Miranda v. Arizona, the US Supreme Court ruled suspects must be informed of their rights before they can be questioned;

Pope Paul VI abolished the Index Librorum Prohibitorum;

Dark Shadows premiered on ABC;

The  National Organization for Women was founded;

US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act;

England won the FIFA World Cup;

Richard Speck murdered eight nurses in Chicago;

The Australian children’s program Play School premiered;

Bob Dylan was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in New York;

Charles Whitman murdered fourteen people from a tower at the University of Texas;

Caesars Palace opened in Las Vegas;

The Beatles released Revolver;

A  performance in Candlestick Park is the last scheduled performance for the Beatles;

Star Trek debuted;

The Monkees premiered on NBC;

The The Metropolitan Opera House opened;

Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton founded the Black Panther Party;

The Toyota Corolla was introduced;

The Montreal Metro opened;

The AFL and NFL announce plans to merge into one league;

John Lennon met Yoko Ono;

The second Doctor debuted;

Edward Brooke became the first African-American elected to the US Senate since Reconstruction;

In a long awaited second trial, Sam Sheppard was acquitted for the murder of his wife;

Truman Capote hosted the Black and White Ball in honor of Katharine Graham;

Barbados became an independent nation;

Patrick Dempsey, Rainn Wilson, Neal McDonough, Cindy Crawford, Rachel Dratch, Billy Zane, Téa Leoni, Zack Snyder, Michael Irvin, Rodney Peete, Tom Glavine, Robin Wright, Michael Imperioli, Greg Maddux, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John Daly, Stephen Baldwin, Darius Rucker, Janet Jackson, Thurman Thomas, Mindy Cohn, Lisa Edelstein, H. Jon Benjamin, Helena Bonham Carter, Julianna Margulies, Dikembe Mutombo, J.J. Abrams, John Cusack, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mike Tyson, Matthew Fox, Tim Brown, Dean Cain, Tim Wakefield, Jimmy Wales, Halle Berry, Rik Smits, Tim Hardaway, Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Adam Sandler, Soledad O’Brien, Sherman Alexie, David Cameron, Luke Perry, Jon Favreau, Matt Drudge, Andy Richter, Adam Horowitz, David Schwimmer, Gordon Ramsay, Curt Shilling, Daisy Fuentes, Sophie Marceau, Troy Aikman, Vincent Cassel, Larry Walker, Fred Armisen, C. Thomas Howell, Sinéad O’Connor, Kirsten Gillibrand, Anthony Mason, and Kiefer Sutherland were born;

While  Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton, Sophie Tucker, Chester Nimitz, William Frawley, Alice Pearce, Flann O’Brien, Evelyn Waugh, Bob Elliott, Montgomery Clift, Lenny Bruce, Francis X. Bushman, Margaret Sanger, Clifton Webb, and Walt Disney died.

These are my ten favorite film released in 1966:

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When America was still a young 200, a look back at the films of 1976

In 1976,

The first commercially developed supercomputer was released;

The Philadelphia Flyers played a hockey game against the Red Army team of the Soviet Union;

The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl X;

The first commercial Concorde flight took off;

The Winter Olympics took place in Innsbruck, Austria;

Clifford Alexander, Jr. became the first African-American Secretary of the US Army;

Harold Wilson resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and James Callaghan replaced him;

The Washington Metro opened;

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Karen Ann Quinlan could be disconnected from her ventilator;

Apple Computer Company was formed;

Frampton Comes Alive! was the best-selling album of the year;

The Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship;

The ABA and NBA merged;

The CN Tower opened in Toronto;

The Seychelles were granted independence from the United Kingdom;

In Gregg v. Georgia, the Supreme Court of the United States reinstated the death penalty as a constitutional acceptable form of punishment;

The United States celebrated its bicentennial;

The Summer Olympics took place in Montreal;

The “Son of Sam” terrorized New York City;

NASA released photographs of the “Face on Mars;”

The Seattle Seahawks played their first football game;

Frank Sinatra brought Dean Martin onstage at the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, reuniting the former comedy team;

Mao Zedong died;

The Muppet Show premiered;

U2 formed;

Stevie Wonder released Songs in the Key of Life;

Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the US Presidential election;

The Band held a farewell concert (later known as The Last Waltz);

The Eagles released Hotel California;

Eric Gagne, Alfonso Soriano, Paul Scheer, Isla Fisher, Charlie Day, Lance Berkman, Rashida Jones, Ali Larter, Ja Rule, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Corey Stoll, Reese Witherspoon, Keri Russell, Aaron Brooks, Peyton Manning, Candace Cameron, Glenn Howerton, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Maguire, Joey Lawrence, Tim Duncan, Ryan Leaf, Kevin Garnett, Miguel Tejada, Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Blake Shelton, Chad Pennington, Fred Savage, Diane Kruger, Luke Bryan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Hertzfeldt, Sam Worthington, Soleil Moon Frye, Drew Lacey, JC Chasez, Audrey Tautou, Antoine Walker, Sarah Chalke, Alison Sweeney, Ronaldo, Stephanie McMahon, Alicia Silverstone, Taylor Hicks, Nick Swardson, Emily Deschanel, Ryan Reynolds, Pat Tillman, Jaleel White, Ana Faris, Matthew Shepherd, Mark Duplass, Dominic Monaghan, Takeo Spikes, Joe Manganiello, and Danny McBride were born;

While Agatha Christie, Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Robeson, Ernesto Miranda, Werner Heisenberg, Percy Faith, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, Florence Ballard, Busby Berkeley, Luchino Visconti, Bernard Montgomery, E.H. Shepard, Howard Hughes, Carol Reed, Martin Heidegger, J. Paul Getty, Bobby Hackett, Adolph Zukor, James Wong Howe, Mickey Cohen, Fritz Lang, Dalton Trumbo, Jean Gabin, Rosalind Russell, Benjamin Britten, and Richard Daley died.

The following is a list of my ten favorite films released in 1976:

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