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August 12, 1966

August 12, 1966, was a Friday. It was 57 years and 11 months ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

What happened on this day?

What happened on August 12, 1966?

  • Massacre of Braybrook Street: Harry Roberts, John Duddy and Jack Witney kill 3 policemen in London, England.
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on August 12, 1966:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 12, 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 songs 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 was 21,154 days ago. Approximately 705 months have passed. It was the 224th day of 1966, in week 32. The decade was the swinging sixties. People born on this day are currently 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 12, 1966

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Friday, August 12, 1966. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

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. 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Steptoe and Son", "Hullabaloo", and "I Dream of Jeannie". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "The Gumby Show", and "Underdog".

Popular toys at the moment include Tonka trucks, Etch A Sketch, Ken (doll), and Captain Action (action figure).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 12, 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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 12, 1966.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to August 12, 1966.

  • 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.
  • August 11, 1966: John Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark.
  • This date: August 12, 1966
  • 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 12, 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 33.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 12, 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 12, 1966

TV audiences were watching the following shows on August 12, 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

Kids TV shows on August 12, 1966

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1966:

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

Popular toys and games in 1966

Toys and games that were popular in 1966:

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 12, 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 12, 1972, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 12.

Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown

Actress
Born on August 12, 1971
She was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

Boxer
Born on August 12, 1988
He was born exactly 22 years after this date.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

Italian soccer player
Born on August 12, 1990
He was born exactly 24 years after this date.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne

English model
Born on August 12, 1992
She was born exactly 26 years after this date.

Matthijs De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt

Soccer player
Born on August 12, 1999
He was born exactly 33 years after this date.

Dixie D'Amelio

Dixie D'Amelio

Social media personality
Born on August 12, 2001
She was born exactly 35 years after this date.

USA

US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on August 12, 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 12, 1966 was most likely conceived around November 19, 1965.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 12, 1966 is close to May 5, 1967.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about August 12, 1966:

  • 21,154 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,022 weeks have passed.
  • 1,827,705,600 seconds have passed since August 12, 1966.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,132,323,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 943,096,089,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 304,617,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 157,182,682 steps. That's roughly 69,859 miles.
  • 21,932,467 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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