World Events of 1966
- France withdraws from NATO. President DeGaulle visits the Soviet Union.
- Guyana, Lesotho, Barbados, and Botswana gain independence.
- Sukarno leaves office in Indonesia; Suharto takes over.
- The first Acid Test (LSD) is conducted at the Fillmore, San Francisco.
- The first SR-71 Blackbird spy plane goes into service at Beale AFB.
- War in Vietnam escalates with increased bombing, US troop levels reach 250,000. Anti-war protests across the US and the rest of the world also escalate.
- The Beatles release their "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band
- Three Hydrogen bombs are lost at sea off coast of Spain due to an aircraft accident.
- The pirate radio stations "Swinging Radio England" and "Britain Radio" commence broadcasting from a ship anchored off the south coast of England in international waters.
Pirate Radio Ship
- International sanctions continue against Rhodesia.
- The Vatican abolishes the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of banned books).
- In China, Mao Zedong (a.k.a. Mao Tse-Tung) begins the Cultural Revolution. There is the first publication of his "Little Red book"
China begins its Cultural Revolution
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