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Major News Events in 1966

Needless to say 1966 was a big year, not only for Volkswagen Beetles, but also for the world in general.  Below are just a few of the events that transpired during the year.  There were so many news worthy events in 1966 it was hard to decide what to include in this monthly list so I tried to select the events that I thought were significant.

January 29th - The Road Safety Act is passed which leads to the use of the Breathalyzer.

February 3rd - Soviet probe Luna 9 is the first artificial satellite to 'land' on the moon.

March 31st - The USSR launches Luna 10, which will become the first space probe to orbit the moon.

April 21st - An artificial heart is installed in the chest of Marcel DeRudder in a Houston hospital.

May 28th - Fidel Castro announces martial law in Cuba because of possible US attack.

June 13th - The US Supreme Court rules in the Miranda case that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.


July 28th - At 70, Florence Nagle becomes the first licensed female racehorse trainer.

August 5th - Groundbreaking on the World Trade Center takes place.

September 16th - The Metropolitan Opera house opens in New York City .

October 7th - The 'hippie' drug LSD is made illegal in California.

November 25th - J. Edgar Hoover announces all evidence suggests that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting alone.

December 15th - Cartoon genius Walt Disney dies at age 65.


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