Happy 50th Birthday

Today is the day… I’m 50 years old!

There have been many family, friends and aquitances that I’ve met and things that I’ve gone through to get to 50. Would I change anything? Do I have regrets? 

I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I didn’t take the path that I did. So for good or bad, this is my life and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future will be like. 

One thing I’m going to do is to create my 50 Things To Do in 2017. These will be 50 new things I’ve never done. I’m working on the list and looking for suggestions. 

But for today, Here are some things that we’re going on in 1966: 

Who was in Charge … 

President: Lyndon B. Johnson 

Vice President: Hubert H. Humphrey

Population: 196,560,338

Life Expectancy: 70.2 years

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 26.7

Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 24.5

Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 5.9

Hot Topics …

• Medicare begins (July 1). 

• Supreme Court decides Miranda v. Arizona, 

protecting rights of the accused. 

• Stokeley Carmichael elected president of

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Medical Discoveries ..
• Insulin is first synthesized in China. 

• MIT biochemist Har Khorana finishes deciphering the DNA code. 

• The Food and Drug Administration declares

“the Pill” safe for human use.

Great Quotes … 

“Beam me up, Scotty.”

– William Shatner, as Cat. James Kirk, in ‘Star Trek’

“Have it your way.”

– Burger King

“Fly the friendly skies.”
– United Airlines

Nerd News … 

James Faria and Robert Wright of Monsanto Industries invented

AstroTurf in 1965. In 1966, it was first used in Houston’s Astro Dome.

Stephanie Kwolek invented Kevlar, pound-for-pound, five times stronger than steel.
Allen Astles tiddlywinked 10,000 tiddlywinks in just 3 hours,
51 minutes and 41 seconds at the University of Wales.

The 8-track was a newfangled option on many Ford cars.
1966 Introductions … 

• Oldsmobile introduced the Tornado, – Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.

• Coke introduced ‘Fresca’.

• Milton Bradley introduced the great party game ‘Twister’. 

• Barbie’s twin sister “Tuffi” was introduced.

Shopping … 

How do you like these prices from 1966? A large jar of peanut butter, 79¢, Tomato Soup – 6 tins for 69¢, a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes was stamped 39¢ and a carton of cigarettes cost $3.45.

Entertainment …
Academy Award, Best Picture: “The Sound of Music”, 

Robert Wise, Producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)

Record of the Year: “A Taste of Honey,” 

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Album of the Year: “September of My Years”, Frank Sinatra (Reprise)

Song of the Year: “The Shadow of Your Smile” 

(Love Theme From “The Sandpiper”), 

Paul Francis Webster and Johnny Mandel, songwriters.

Television … 
The first Star Trek episode, “The Man Trap”, 

is broadcast on September 8. The plot concerns a creature that sucks salt from human bodies.

CBS backs out of plans to broadcast 
“Psycho” deeming the movie too violent for at-home viewing.

TV shows that made their debut in 1966 included “The Monkees”,
“Star Trek”, “Batman”, 

“Mission: Impossible”, “That Girl”, 

“Family Affair” and “The Avengers”.

Shopping … 
How do you like these prices from 1966? A large jar of peanut butter,

79¢, Tomato Soup – 6 tins for 69¢, a box of Kellogg’s Corn

Flakes was stamped 39¢ and a carton of cigarettes cost $3.45.

Television … 

The first Star Trek episode, “The Man Trap”, is broadcast on September 8. The plot concerns a creature that sucks salt from human bodies.

CBS backs out of plans to broadcast “Psycho” deeming the movie too violent for at-home viewing.
TV shows that made their debut in 1966 included “The Monkees”, “Star Trek”, “Batman”, “Mission: Impossible”, “That Girl”, “Family Affair” and “The Avengers”.

Theater … 
The old Metropolitan Opera House is abandoned as the company moves to Lincoln Center. The new Metropolitan Opera opens with Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra.

Movies … 
“A Man for All Seasons”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”,

“Alfie”, and “A Man and a Woman”.

Music … 
“Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” by The Beatles, 

“Aftermath” by The Rolling Stones, 

Dr. Zhivago Soundtrack and

“What Now My Love” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

The Beatles went on tour for the last time. Their last public concert was on August 29th, at San Francisco ’s Candlestick Park .
Music Artists who had their first hit in 1966 included The Monkees, The Association, Neil Diamond, the Mamas and Papas, Tommy James and the Shondells, and B.J. Thomas.

Rest In Peace … 
Notable names we lost in 1966 included Walt Disney, Lenny Bruce, Bobby Fuller, Sophie Tucker, Buster Keaton, Ed Wynn, Clifton Webband S.S. Kresge.

Famous Births … 
Entertainers who were born in 1966 include Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, John Cusack and Janet Jackson.

Sports … 
The Montreal Canadians beat the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 2 to win the Stanley Cup.

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