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October 21st, 1966.

October 21st, 1966, was a Friday. It was day 294 of 1966. The decade was the 1960s.

54 years, 7 months and 22 days have passed since October 21st, 1966.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 21st, 1966?

  • The Aberfan disaster occurs in Wales when a colliery spoil tip collapses, killing 116 children and 28 adults.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 21st, 1966.

  • United States: Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops
  • United Kingdom: Distant Drums - Jim Reeves
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Take me back to October 21st, 1966!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 21st, 1966 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. Halloween of 1966 is quickly approaching.

In America, the song Reach Out I'll Be There by Four Tops is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Distant Drums by Jim Reeves 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.

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. American rock band The Beach Boys have just released their new single "Good Vibrations".

A film called "Hawaii", starring Julie Andrews, is currently being shown in movie theaters. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "Batman" and "Dark Shadows". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Tom and Jerry", "The Mighty Hercules" and "The King Kong Show".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of G.I. Joe: America's Movable Fighting Man, Barrel of Monkeys, Captain Action (action figure) 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 October 21st, 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?

    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?

    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.

    "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 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.

  • 54 years, 7 months and 22 days have passed since October 21st, 1966.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1966.
  • Leap Year: 1966 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 21st, 1966, will be 54 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1966 belong to the Generation X generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 21st, 1966.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 21st, 1966, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 21st, 1966 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • Dark Shadows - Gothic soap opera about the psychotic Collins family.
  • Batman - Live action television series starring Adam West.
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Fantasy sitcom starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie.
  • Where the Action Is - Music-based variety show.
  • Gilligan's Island - Sitcom about seven people who are shipwrecked on an island.
  • 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.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Kid's TV shows on October 21st, 1966.

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

  • The Monkees
  • The New Adventures of Superman
  • The King Kong Show
  • Space Ghost
  • Cool McCool
  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • JOT the Dot
  • Milton the Monster
  • Atom Ant
  • Thunderbirds
  • Underdog
  • Hoppity Hooper
  • Ricochet Rabbit & Droop-a-Long
  • The Mighty Hercules
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • 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

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out October 21st, 1972 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 21st of October.

  • October 21st, 1942: Judge Judy (Judge / TV personality) turned 24 on this day in 1966.
  • October 21st, 1949: Benjamin Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister) turned 17 on this day in 1966.
  • October 21st, 1980: Kim Kardashian (Television / Social personality) was born exactly 14 years after this date.

US President.

Lyndon Baines Johnson was the President of the United States on October 21st, 1966.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 21st, 1966.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 21st, 1966 was most likely conceived around the 11th of January, 1966.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 21st, 1966 is close to the 31st of July, 1967.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 21st, 1966.

  • A total of 19,958 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,851 weeks have passed.
  • 1,724,371,200 seconds have passed since the October 21st, 1966.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,011,766,400 times.
  • Since October 21st, 1966, the earth has travelled approximately 889,775,539,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 287,395,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 148,295,923 steps. That's about 65,909 miles!
  • Since this date, 20,692,454 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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