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A Brief Guide to Pop Culture in 1966

Take heart — the long-awaited Season 5 premiere of Mad Men is finally upon us. Tonight we will all be plunged into 1966, the year of Bonanza, Capote’s In Cold Blood, and the Beatles being “bigger than Jesus.” To prepare ourselves (and you) for tonight’s epic event, we’ve put together a brief primer on a few of the year’s important pop culture touchstones, so we all know what we’d be watching, reading, listening to, and flouncing around in if we could magically transport ourselves to Don Draper land. We don’t know about you, but we just might dig out that old miniskirt and spend the day twisting to “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” and watching old Star Trek episodes in preparation. You know, just in case.

Film

The top grossing films in the US in 1966 were:

1. Hawaii
2. The Bible: In the Beginning
3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
4. The Sand Pebbles
5. A Man For All Seasons

A Man For All Seasons also won Academy Awards that year for best picture, best director (Fred Zinnemann), and best actor (Paul Scofield). Elizabeth Taylor won best actress for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

This was also, sadly the year Walt Disney died, while working on The Jungle Book.

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