21 Defining Moments Of 1966

    A look back at an epic year that gave us Twister, Star Trek, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and an escalating war in Vietnam.

    1. Star Trek debuts on NBC, the show recieves mixed reviews with Variety saying it "won't work," and calling it "an incredible and dreary mess of confusion and complexities."

    2. Milton Bradley releases Twister.

    3. New York Times bestsellers:

    4. 38th Academy Awards winners:

    5. Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Hits 1966:

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    Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles:

    1. "Ballad of the Green Berets" - SSgt. Barry Sadler

    2. "Cherish" - The Association

    3. "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" - The Righteous Brothers

    4. "Reach Out I'll Be There" - The Four Tops

    5. "96 Tears" - ? & the Mysterians

    6. "Last Train to Clarksville" - The Monkees

    7. "Monday, Monday" - The Mamas & the Papas

    8. "You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes

    9. "Poor Side of Town" - Johnny Rivers

    10. "California Dreamin'" - The Mamas & the Papas

    11. "Summer in the City" - The Lovin' Spoonful

    6. Seminal albums released that year:

    7. Top ten movies of the year:

    8. John Lennon makes his controversial "More popular than Jesus," remark.

    9. The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its ruling in the case Miranda v. Arizona and establishes the rule that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

    10. Top 10 TV Shows:

    11. TV shows that ended their run:

    12. The Beatles play their last live commercial concert at Candlestick Park on August 29.

    13. In the UK Twiggy is named "The Face of 1966."

    14. The Chevy Camaro makes it's debut:

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    The 1967 model first went on sale on September 29.

    15. Sniper Charles Whitman kills 13 people and wounds 31 from atop the University of Texas at Austin Main Building tower.

    16. The New York City transit strike brings the city to a stop.

    17. LSD is officially made illegal in the U.S., with restrictions that even forbid scientific research.

    18. Walt Disney dies on December 15, from lung cancer.

    19. President Lyndon Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended.

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    20. On March 26, demonstrations are held across the United States against the Vietnam War.

    21. Time Magazine's Man of the Year: The Generation Twenty-Five and Under