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August 11, 1966

August 11, 1966, was a Thursday. It was 57 years, 11 months, and 1 day ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on August 11, 1966?

  • John Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on August 11, 1966:

  • United States: "Wild Thing" by The Troggs
  • United Kingdom: "With A Girl Like You" by The Troggs

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1966

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Wild Thing - The Troggs
  • Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs
  • Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful
  • The Pied Piper - Crispian St. Peters
  • They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV
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.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 21,155 days ago. Approximately 705 months have passed. It was the 223rd day of 1966, in week 32. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on August 11, 1966, are now 57 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 235 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to August 11, 1966

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

The date is August 11, 1966, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. The summer of 1966 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September.

In America, the song "Wild Thing" by The Troggs is at the top of the singles charts, while "With A Girl Like You" by The Troggs is the number-one song in the UK. Lyndon Baines Johnson is the President of the United States, and the movie Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 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 "Hullabaloo", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Batman", and "Dark Shadows". 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 "Lassie", "Captain Kangaroo", "The Gumby Show", and "Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long". Children are playing with toys such as Barbie, Ken (doll), G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, and Scalextric.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 11, 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 August 11, 1966.

  • July 12, 1966: The 1966 Chicago West Side riots begin after two police officers attempt to arrest a man that was wanted for armed robbery.
  • July 14, 1966:
    • NFL legend Jim Brown announces his retirement.
    • Richard Speck murders 8 student nurses in Chicago.
  • July 18, 1966: The Hough Riots: A race riot breaks out in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • July 19, 1966:
    • Singer Frank Sinatra and actress Mia Farrow are married.
    • Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes declares a state of emergency in response to race riots in the African-American community of Hough, Cleveland.
  • July 25, 1966: The Supremes release their single "You Can't Hurry Love".
  • July 29, 1966: Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident in New York.
  • July 30, 1966: England win the 1966 FIFA World Cup after beating West Germany 4-2.
  • August 1, 1966: University of Texas massacre: Charles Whitman shoots 16 people dead.
  • August 5, 1966: The Beatles release their song "Yellow Submarine".
  • August 6, 1966: 42 people are killed when Braniff Flight 250 crashes in Falls City, Nebraska.
  • August 7, 1966: Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
  • This date: August 11, 1966
  • August 12, 1966: Massacre of Braybrook Street: Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Witney kill 3 policemen in London, England.
  • August 13, 1966: 2,394 are killed by an earthquake in Varto town, Turkey.
  • August 19, 1966: The Beatles are pelted with fruit during a show in Memphis following John Lennon's remarks about them being "more popular than Jesus".
  • August 29, 1966: The Beatles last live performance takes place at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • September 6, 1966:
    • South Africa Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is assassinated.
    • A race riot occurs in Atlanta, Georgia, after police shoot and kill an African American man they suspect of being a car thief.
  • September 8, 1966: The first episode of the original Star Trek TV series is aired.
  • September 9, 1966: The United States implements its first mandatory federal safety standards for motor vehicles.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 11, 1966, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1966 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 11, 1966 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV series on August 11, 1966

TV audiences were watching the following shows on August 11, 1966:

TV shows from August 1966.

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
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
Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Danger Man
Danger Man
Bonanza
Bonanza
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
What's My Line?
What's My Line?

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 August 1966

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
Toys

Toys in 1966

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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 August 11, 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 August 11, 1972, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 11.

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan

Wrestler
Born on August 11, 1953
He turned 13 on this day in 1966.

Embeth Davidtz

Embeth Davidtz

Actress
Born on August 11, 1965
She turned 1 on this day in 1966.

Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan

Podcast host
Born on August 11, 1967
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

Australian actor
Born on August 11, 1983
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on August 11, 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 August 11, 1966 was most likely conceived around November 18, 1965.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 11, 1966 is close to May 4, 1967.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about August 11, 1966:

  • 21,155 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,022 weeks have passed.
  • 1,827,792,000 seconds have passed since August 11, 1966.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,132,424,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 943,140,672,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 304,632,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 157,190,112 steps. That's roughly 69,862 miles.
  • 21,933,504 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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