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HEADLINES DURING 1966:

 

The first artificial heart pump was implanted in a human patient.

 

Race loomed large as a national concern.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and 208 others were tear gassed while marching in Mississippi.  Race riots occurred in Chicago, New York, and Cleveland.

 

Opposition to the Vietnam War grew.  Parades and protests grew in size, variety, frequency and intensity.  On March 31 more than 20,000 demonstrated in NY. Monthly draft calls grew to ten times the 1965 average.

 

The Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, CA.

 

The National Organization for Women was founded.

 

It was a good year in space.  The first Apollo test flight was a success.

 

Chairman Mao Tse-tung launched the Cultural Revolution in China.

 

Leonid Brezhnev became the top Soviet leader.

 

"You have the right to remain silent . . ."   The Supreme Court ruled a confession was invalid if the suspect was not  informed of his rights in advance.

 

At Shea Stadium in New York 40,000 fans saw The Beatles perform.

 

Truman Capote had a spectacular year.  His nonfication novel, "In Cold Blood" was released.

 

Muhammad Ali was reclassified 1-A by his draft board.

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