”These ancient goals we define in the metaphor of the present… turn on, tune in, drop out”
- Timothy Leary, at a press conference announcing the formation of The League for Spiritual Discovery, 9/19/1966
Time to tear open a new capsule, as we look back on the world as it was 50 years ago… Jerry Lewis, fresh off of his first Labor Day Telethon, bumped into Batman… Jimi Hendrix brought his act to London, while Barry & Iris exchanged their vows in Central City… “The Monkees” and “Star Trek” made their TV debuts, while the Catwoman, fresh off her appearance on the big screen, returned to the comics after a 12-year hiatus!
News of the Month:
5th - Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon concludes, raising over $1 million
6th - Margaret Sanger, U.S. feminist/birth control pioneer, dies at 86
8th - "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV
9th - The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
12th - "The Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
15th - Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth
24th – On an airplane flight across the Atlantic to London, 23 year old guitarist James Marshall Hendrix, who had played under the stage name Jimmy James (and had launched his own group, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames), agreed with his manager Chas Chandler that he should launch his solo recording career with a new stage name, as Jimi Hendrix.
29th - The Chevy Camaro, one of the most popular sports cars in the United States, went on sale at Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.
Newsreel of the Month: Gemini XI (September 15, 1966)
Magazine Cover of the Month: Sophia Loren (Life Magazine, September 16, 1966)
Music of the Month: The Supremes scored their seventh #1 hit with a tune reworked from a 50s gospel song (“You Can’t Hurry God”), Donovan reached the top of the American charts for his first and only time with a psychedelic classic, the Hollies had their first big hit in the States, while the Beatles’ first single off of Revolver charted on both sides of the Atlantic
US Top Singles:
1. You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
2. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
3. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
4. See You In September – The Happenings
5. Bus Stop - The Hollies
UK Top Singles:
1. All or Nothing – The Small Faces
2. Yellow Submarine/ Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
3. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
4. Too Soon To Know - Roy Orbison
5. Distant Drums - Jim Reeves
Further Down the Charts: Tommy James and the Shondells oohed and aahed their way through “Say I Am”, an infectious tune that made its way up to #21, while a Chicago group called the Vontastics issued a soulful rendition of “Day Tripper” that just nudged its way into the Billboard Charts at #100
Movie of the Month: “The Bible: In the Beginning”, starring Richard Harris, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, and Peter O’Toole (premiered September 28, 1966)
TV Clips of the Month: Here are the openings for all 35 shows that debuted in the fall of ’66 including [i]That Girl, The Monkees, Family Affair, Mission: Impossible, The Green Hornet, and Star Trek
Sports Moment of the Month: In Frankfurt, West Germany, Muhammad Ali TKOs German champion Karl Mildenberger in the 12th round to retain his heavyweight boxing title (September 10, 1966)
Top 10 DC Comics of the Month (as selected by Osgood Peabody, listed in order of their publication):
Doom Patrol #107: Mento matches wits with Gar’s evil guardian Galtry in “The War Over Beast Boy”, while Larry Trainor battles Dr. Death in the second installment of “The Private World of Negative Man”! (Cover by Bob Brown)
The Flash #165: The Reverse-Flash puts a damper on Barry’s wedding plans in “One Bridegroom Too Many”! (Cover by Murphy Anderson)
Aquaman #30: Has the Sea King really met his demise? Find out in “The Death of Aquaman”! (Cover by Nick Cardy)
Justice League of America #49: Felix Faust returns to bedevil the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes in “Threat of the True-or-False Sorcerer”! (Cover by Mike Sekowsky & Murphy Anderson)
Jerry Lewis #97: Worlds collide and hilarity ensues when “Batman Meets Jerry”! (Cover by Bob Oksner)
Teen Titans #6: Beast Boy tries out for the Teen Titans in “The Fifth Titan”! (Cover by Nick Cardy)
Showcase #65: DC spoofs a marvelous band of mutants in “Agony at the Academy”, the third and final try-out issue for the Inferior Five! (Cover by Mike Sekowsky & Mike Esposito)
Lois Lane #70: After a 12 year hiatus, DC’s premier villainess returns in “The Catwoman’s Black Magic”! (Cover by Kurt Schaffenberger)
Adventure Comics #350: Superboy and Supergirl become “The Outcast Super-Heroes” in the latest saga of the Legion! (Cover by Curt Swan & George Klein)
Detective Comics #357: Disc jockey William B. Williams guest stars in the puzzler entitled “Bruce Wayne Unmasks Batman”, then the Stretchable Sleuth finds mystery at the racetrack in “Tragedy of the Too-Lucky Thief”! (Cover by Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella)
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And if you want to see what Marvel was up to this month, click right here to find the matching installment of the Marvel Masterworks Marathon!