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Significance of the number 40:

Billboard’s Top 40 hits

The number of years the ancient Israelites wandered in the wilderness

40 acres and a mule (the promise to freed slaves)

54-40 or fight (a familiar slogan from US history)

How long is the typical nap?  40 winks

The standard work-week:  40 hours

The Biblical flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights


The third point scored in a tennis game

The 1040 tax form

UB40: (a pop-reggae band)

A “40” is the biggest beer you can buy below the keg level



Notable Births in 1966                                                 Notable Deaths in 1966

Troy Aikman                Salma Hayak                                      Lenny Bruce

Stephen Baldwin            Janet Jackson                                    Clellan Card (“Axel”)

Halle Berry                   Paula Jones                                        Montgomery Clift

Edie Brickell                 Sinead O’Connor                               Walt Disney

Cindy Crawford            Adam Sandler                                    William Frawley (“Fred Mertz”)

John Cusack                 David Schwimmer                              Buster Keaton

John Daly                     Kiefer Sutherland                                Margaret Sanger

Patrick Dempsey            Alberto Tomba                                 Sophie Tucker

Tom Glavine                 Mike Tyson                                       Ed Wynn



Important Events of 1966

Pakistani/Indian peace negotiations completed successfully

US troops in Viet Nam increase to 250,000

John Lennon makes his famous statement: “We’re more popular than Jesus.”

Gateway Arch in St. Louis is opened

James Meredith shot on a civil rights march in Mississippi

China’s “cultural revolution” begins

Ronald Reagan elected governor of California

Medicare begins

Bobby Seale and Huey Newton found the Black Panther Party

1st episode of Star Trek airs

Supreme Court adopts the Miranda decision (arrestees must be read their rights)

In Cold Blood is published

The FDA declares the birth control pill safe for women

“The Sound of Music” wins best picture award

#1 Hits of 1966

96 Tears (? and the Mysterians)                                     Reach Out, I’ll Be There (The 4 Tops)

Ballad of the Green Berets (Barry Sadler)                        Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra)

Cherish (The Association)                                             Summer in the City (The Lovin’ Spoonful)

Good Lovin’ (The Young Rascals)                                 Sunshine Superman (Donovan)

Hanky Panky (Tommy James and the Shondells)            These Boots are Made for Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra)

I’m a Believer (The Monkees)                                       We Can Work it Out (The Beatles)

Last Train to Clarksville (The Monkees)                         When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge)

Lightnin’ Strikes (Lou Christie)                                      Wild Thing (The Troggs)

Monday, Monday (The Mamas and the Papas)                Winchester Cathedral (The New Vaudeville Band)

My Love (Petula Clark)                                                 You Can’t Hurry Love (The Supremes)

Paint it Black (The Rolling Stones)                                  You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes)

Paperback Writer (The Beatles)                                       You’re My Soul and Inspiration (The Righteous Brothers)

Poor Side of Town (Johnny Rivers)




Notable Births in 1948                                                Notable Deaths in 1948   

Mikhail Baryshnikov                                          Zelda Fitzgerald

Prince Charles                                                  D. W. Griffith

Peggy Fleming                                                  Carole Landis

Bryant Gumble                                                 General John Pershing

Richard Simmons                                              Alvah Curtis Roebuck

Sally Struthers                                                   George Herman “Babe” Ruth

James Taylor                                                     Orville Wright



Important Events of 1948

Honda Motor Company founded

Automatic transmission in cars becomes common

President Truman approves the Marshall Plan

Transistors are developed as substitutes for the radio vacuum tube

The largest known – 2,360 pounds – single-piece meteor falls to earth in Kansas

The Soviets set up a blockade of Berlin

The State of Israel is proclaimed

Captain Charles Yaeger breaks the sound barrier

Cake mixes are introduced

TV westerns begin with the broadcast of “The Lone Ranger” and “Hopalong Cassidy”

Ed Sullivan’s first TV show introduces two unknown comics:  Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

Movie openings include “Hamlet,” “Johnny Belinda,” “The Red Shoes” and “Key Largo”

33 1/3 rpm records are introduced

Satchel Paige signs his first major league contract as a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians

Citation, with jockey Eddie Arcaro, becomes the eighth horse in history to win the Triple Crown

British Amateur golf champ Frank Stranahan is awakened by a burglar, grabs a No. 3 iron and convinces the intruder not to move until the police come



What It Cost in 1948

A loaf of bread = 14¢                                         Coca-Cola = 5¢

New York subway fare = 10¢                             Women’s dress shoes = $10.95 - $12.95

One gallon of gasoline = 26¢                               Buick Roadmaster = $2,900.00

Tuition for one year at Harvard = $455.00            Ex-Lax = 10¢


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