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January 31, 1966

January 31, 1966, was a Monday. It was 58 years, 2 months, and 14 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on January 31, 1966:

  • The Soviet Union launches the spacecraft "Luna 9".
Birthdays

Born on January 31, 1966

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On January 31, 1966, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles
  • United Kingdom: "Michelle" by The Overlanders

The music charts on January 31, 1966

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
  • Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
  • She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis And The Playboys
  • No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) - The T-Bones
  • Five O'Clock World - The Vogues
Play the top singles from 1966
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1966. Take a trip back to the days of The Beatles, Nancy Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Supremes.
Thunderball

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Thunderball".

Facts

This date occurred 21,259 days ago. Approximately 709 months have passed. It was the 31st day of 1966, in week 05. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on January 31, 1966, are now 58 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 236 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to January 31, 1966

Let's go back to the swinging sixties.

The date is January 31, 1966, and it's a Monday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aquarius. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

In America, the song "We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles is at the top of the singles charts, while "Michelle" by The Overlanders is the number-one song in the UK. Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie Thunderball is at the top of the box office. Harold Wilson is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Bonanza", "My Favorite Martian", "Gilligan's Island", and "I Dream of Jeannie". 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-bottom jeans, Jesus sandals, crushed velvet suits, and bright tie-dye t-shirts are all popular items of clothing at the moment.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Walt Disney, Jayne Mansfield, Che Guevara, and Otis Redding would all still be alive. Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Lassie", "The Bugs Bunny Show", and "JOT the Dot". Children are playing with toys such as Barbie, Army men, Barrel of Monkeys, and Operation.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 31, 1966.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone

    Push-button telephones were beginning to replace the older rotary-style landlines.
  • The miniskirt has taken over.

    The miniskirt has taken over

    In the mid-to-late 1960s, the miniskirt became a favored clothing item among women. The skirt countered the conservatism of the 1950s and early 1960s. As a result, many people at the time saw it as a rebellious fashion statement.
  • The Suzy Homemaker.

    The Suzy Homemaker

    A miniature oven called the "Suzy Homemaker" was a sought-after toy around this time.
  • The Vietnam War is ongoing.

    The Vietnam War is ongoing

    During 1966, the USA doubled its presence in Vietnam. By the end of the year, troop numbers had increased from 184,300 to 385,300.
  • Who were the best NBA players in 1966?

    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?

    Who were the best football players?

    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

    "A Man for All Seasons" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1966.
  • The Beatles - "Michelle"

    The Beatles - "Michelle"

    "Michelle" by The Beatles won a Grammy for 1966's Song of the Year.
  • 1966 in music.

    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.

    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

    "The Inheritor" was named Time Person of the Year in 1966. The term represented the "baby boomer" demographic cohort, which was born after World War II.
  • Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins.

    Fast food is replacing diners and drive-ins

    The fast food industry was steadily growing, much to the detriment of local diners and drive-in restaurants. Consequently, things such as jukeboxes and carhops also started to decline.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 31, 1966.

  • January 1, 1966:
    • The New York City subway system is shut down due to a transit worker strike.
    • Cigarette companies in the USA are forced to display new health cautions on their packs.
  • January 2, 1966:
    • NFL: The Green Bay Packers defeat the Cleveland Browns by 23-12 to win the 1965 NFL Championship Game.
    • The 1966 New York City transit strike begins.
  • January 4, 1966: 18 people are killed by a gas leak fire at the Feyzin oil refinery near Lyon, France.
  • January 10, 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 12, 1966: The first episode of Batman, starring Adam West, is aired on television.
  • January 13, 1966: Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American Cabinet member in the United States.
  • January 15, 1966: The civilian government in Nigeria is disposed during a military coup.
  • January 24, 1966: 117 people are killed when Air India Flight 101 crashes into Mont Blanc in the Alps.
  • January 26, 1966:
    • Liberal Party leader Harold Holt becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
    • Beaumont children: Jane Nartare Beaumont (9), Arnna Kathleen Beaumont (7) and Grant Ellis Beaumont (4) disappear from Glenelg Beach in South Australia.
  • January 30, 1966: Actor Milos Milos shoots Barbara Ann Thomason (Carolyn Mitchell) dead before committing suicide.
  • This date: January 31, 1966
  • February 3, 1966: Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 becomes the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the Moon.
  • February 4, 1966: 133 people are killed when All Nippon Airways Flight 60 crashes into Tokyo Bay.
  • February 6, 1966: The final episode of Mister Ed is aired.
  • February 12, 1966: Vietnam War: The Tay Vinh massacre occurs.
  • February 14, 1966: The Australian dollar is introduced.
  • February 26, 1966: Vietnam War: The Binh An massacre occurs.
  • February 28, 1966: US astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliot See are killed in a plane crash in St. Louis, Missouri.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 31, 1966, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • 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 31, 1966 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in January 1966

In January 1966, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from January 1966.

Batman
Batman
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Where the Action Is
Where the Action Is
Hullabaloo
Hullabaloo
Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
My Favorite Martian
My Favorite Martian
The Farmer's Daughter
The Farmer's Daughter
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
Hazel
Hazel
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Danger Man
Danger Man
Bonanza
Bonanza

Cars in 1966

1966 saw the introduction of cars such as the Audi 80, the Ford P7, the Nissan Sunny, the 1966 Dodge Charger, the Volvo 140 Series, and the BMW 02 Series.

Cars in 1966.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1966

If you were a kid on January 31, 1966, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot
Milton the Monster
Milton the Monster
Atom Ant
Atom Ant

Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds
Underdog
Underdog
Hoppity Hooper
Hoppity Hooper
Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long
Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long
The Patty Duke Show
The Patty Duke Show
The Mighty Hercules
The Mighty Hercules
Top Cat
Top Cat
Mister Ed
Mister Ed
Toys

Toys in 1966

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

Twister mat
Twister mat
Suzy Homemaker
Suzy Homemaker
Major Matt Mason (action figure)
Major Matt Mason (action figure)
Captain Action (action figure)
Captain Action (action figure)
Operation
Operation
Scalextric
Scalextric
Barrel of Monkeys
Barrel of Monkeys
Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
Army men
Army men
G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man
The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Were you born on January 31, 1966?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1966.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 31, 1972, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 31.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Baseball player Deceased
Born on January 31, 1919
He turned 47 on this day in 1966.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Singer
Born on January 31, 1981
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

English media personality
Born on January 31, 1981
She was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Josh Richards

Josh Richards

TikTok user
Born on January 31, 2002
He was born exactly 36 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on January 31, 1966.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 31, 1966 was most likely conceived around May 10, 1965.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 31, 1966 is close to October 24, 1966.

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Stats for January 31, 1966

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about January 31, 1966:

  • 21,259 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,037 weeks have passed.
  • 1,836,774,000 seconds have passed since January 31, 1966.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,142,903,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 947,775,384,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 306,129,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 157,962,564 steps. That's roughly 70,206 miles.
  • 22,041,288 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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