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January 4th, 1966.

January 4th, 1966, was a Tuesday. It was day 4 of 1966. The decade was the 1960s.

55 years, 4 months and 14 days have passed since January 4th, 1966.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on January 4th, 1966?

  • 18 people are killed by a gas leak fire at the Feyzin oil refinery near Lyon, France.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 4th, 1966.

  • United States: The Sounds Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
  • United Kingdom: We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper - The Beatles
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Take me back to January 4th, 1966!

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The date is January 4th, 1966 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. People are starting to return back to work and school after the Christmas holidays.

In America, the song The Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper by The Beatles is the number one hit song. Lyndon Baines Johnson is currently the President of the United States and Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The films "Doctor Zhivago" and "Thunderball" are currently being shown in movie theaters. Because it is 1966, radio stations are playing hit songs from music artists such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, SSgt Barry Sadler, The Association and The Supremes. In fashion, a new "hippie subculture" has emerged, bringing with it laid back Bohemian styles. Frayed bell-bottomed jeans, Jesus sandals, crushed velvet suits and bright tie-dye t-shirts are all popular items of clothing at the moment.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Gunsmoke", "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hazel". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Lassie", "My Three Sons" and "Hoppity Hooper". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and Major Matt Mason (action figure).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 4th, 1966.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone.

    During this period, push-button telephones started to replace the older rotary style landlines.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1966?

    The best NBA players in 1966 were Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Jerry Lucas, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.

  • Who were the best football players in 1966?

    In 1966, the best soccer players were Pelé, Bobby Charlton, Eusébio, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Flórián Albert, Ferenc Bene, Lev Yashin, Alan Ball, János Farkas and José Torres.

  • A Man for All Seasons.

    "A Man for All Seasons" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1966.

  • The Beatles - "Michelle".

    "Michelle" by The Beatles would go on to win a Grammy for 1966's Song of the Year.

  • 1966 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1966 were dominated by SSgt Barry Sadler, The Beatles, The Supremes, The New Vaudeville Band, Simon & Garfunkel and The Monkees.

  • 1966 in movies.

    Movies released in 1966 included The Bible: In the Beginning, Hawaii, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Sand Pebbles, A Man for All Seasons, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", Batman, "Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.", "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming", Grand Prix, Dracula: Prince of Darkness and Blowup.

  • The Inheritor.

    "The Inheritor" was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1966. The term represents the "Baby boomer" demographic cohort, which was born after World War II.

  • Fast food begins to replace diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food begins to replace diners and drive-ins.

    During this period, the fast food industry was growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. As a result, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 55 years, 4 months and 14 days have passed since January 4th, 1966.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1966.
  • Leap Year: 1966 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 4th, 1966, will be 55 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1966 belong to the Generation X generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 4th, 1966.

  • January 1st, 1966: The New York City subway system is shut down due to a transit worker strike.
  • January 1st, 1966: Cigarette companies in the USA are forced to display new health cautions on their packs.
  • January 2nd, 1966: NFL: The Green Bay Packers defeat the Cleveland Browns by 23-12 to win the 1965 NFL Championship Game.
  • January 2nd, 1966: The 1966 New York City transit strike begins.
  • This date: January 4th, 1966
  • January 10th, 1966: The home of African American Civil Rights leader Vernon Dahmer is firebombed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dahmer passes away from his injuries the following day.
  • January 12th, 1966: The first episode of Batman, starring Adam West, is aired on television.
  • January 13th, 1966: Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member in the United States.
  • January 15th, 1966: The civilian government in Nigeria is disposed during a military coup.
  • January 24th, 1966: 117 people are killed when Air India Flight 101 crashes into Mont Blanc in the Alps.
  • January 26th, 1966: Liberal Party leader Harold Holt becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • January 26th, 1966: Beaumont children: Jane Nartare Beaumont (9), Arnna Kathleen Beaumont (7) and Grant Ellis Beaumont (4) disappear from Glenelg Beach in South Australia.
  • January 31st, 1966: The Soviet Union launches the spacecraft "Luna 9".
  • February 3rd, 1966: Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the Moon.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 4th, 1966, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1966 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 4th, 1966 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • I Dream of Jeannie - Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.
  • Where the Action Is - Music-based variety show.
  • Hullabaloo - Musical variety series.
  • Gilligan's Island - Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.
  • Shindig! - Musical variety series that was presented by Jimmy O'Neill.
  • My Favorite Martian - Sci-fi sitcom starring Ray Walston as Uncle Martin O'Hara.
  • The Farmer's Daughter - Sitcom starring Inger Stevens as Katy Holstrum.
  • Hazel - Sitcom about a live-in maid called Hazel Burke.
  • The Andy Griffith Show - Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.
  • Danger Man - British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.

Kid's TV shows on January 4th, 1966.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1966.

  • JOT the Dot
  • Milton the Monster
  • Atom Ant
  • Thunderbirds
  • Underdog
  • Hoppity Hooper
  • Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long
  • The Patty Duke Show
  • The Mighty Hercules
  • Mister Ed
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • The Flintstones
  • My Three Sons
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1966.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1966.

  • Suzy Homemaker
  • Twister mat
  • Major Matt Mason (action figure)
  • Captain Action (action figure)
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Motorific (slot car toys)
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Army men
  • G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Mouse Trap
  • Tammy (doll)
  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 4th of January.

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on January 4th, 1966.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 4th, 1966.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 4th, 1966 was most likely conceived around the 27th of March, 1965.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 4th, 1966 is close to the 14th of October, 1966.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 4th, 1966.

  • A total of 20,224 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,889 weeks have passed.
  • 1,747,350,000 seconds have passed since the January 4th, 1966.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,038,575,000 times.
  • Since January 4th, 1966, the earth has travelled approximately 901,632,600,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 291,225,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 150,272,100 steps. That's about 66,788 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,968,200 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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