1966 in television

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For the American TV schedule, see: 1966-67 American network television schedule.

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The year 1966 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in that year.

Events[edit]

Also in 1966
  • The 1951–53 CBS sitcom Amos & Andy is pulled from syndication broadcast due to complaints from civil rights organizations.
  • Macdonald Carey starts reciting the epigram "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives" at the beginning of his soap opera, Days of our Lives, a tradition that continues today, over a decade after his death.

Programs/Programmes[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 4 Rawhide 1959
January 8 Shindig! 1964
February 6 Mister Ed 1961
March 19 The Donna Reed Show 1958
March 21 Ben Casey 1961
April 1 The Flintstones 1960
April 7 Danger Man (UK) 1964
April 8 The Addams Family
April 12 McHale's Navy 1962
May 4 The Patty Duke Show 1963
May 12 The Munsters 1964
May 22 Perry Mason 1957
June 1 The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961
July 3 Ultra Q (Japan) 1966
August 29 Hullabaloo 1965
September 3 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1952
September 4 My Favorite Martian 1963
October 14 Showdown & Chain Letter
December 16 WJW-TV's Shock Theater
Ready Steady Go!
This Hour Has Seven Days 1964

Births[edit]

Date Name Notability
January 2 Rosie Millard UK news reporter
January 9 Giselle Blondet Puerto Rican actress, show host
February 19 Justine Bateman Actress (Family Ties)
May 20 Mindy Cohn Actress (The Facts of Life)
June 26 Sara Stewart Actress (Sugar Rush)
June 30 Mike Tyson Boxer
July 3 Sandra Lee Author, chef/host
July 11 Debbe Dunning Actress (Home Improvement)
August 14 Halle Berry Actress (Living Dolls)
September 9 Adam Sandler Actor (Saturday Night Live)
November 2 David Schwimmer Actor (Friends)
December 21 Kiefer Sutherland Canadian actor (24)
December 27 Bill Goldberg WCW wrestler

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
March 3 William Frawley 81 Actor who co-starred in I Love Lucy and My Three Sons
Alice Pearce 49 Actress (Gladys Kravitz #1 on Bewitched)
June 19 Ed Wynn 80 Comedian (The Ed Wynn Show)
September 14 Gertrude Berg 67 Actress (The Goldbergs)
September 28 Eric Fleming 41 Actor (Rawhide)
December 15 Walt Disney 65 American animated film producer and founder of The Walt Disney Company (Disneyland [TV show])