Newsreels 1966 pt. 1

1966/01/03 - New York Transit Strike - "The strike is a monumental headache to New York's new Mayor, John Lindsay, who assumed office in the midst of the strike." (2) College football bowl games - LSU defeats Arkansas in Cotton Bowl; "UCLA pulls the biggest upset in Rose Bowl history as they down Michigan State 14 to 12." (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-2 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/06 - Transit Strike Costly - New York: "Mayor John Lindsay sets an example for most New Yorkers when he leaves reporters dropping behind as he walks from his mid town hotel to City Hall. Not in decades has the Brooklyn Bridge across the East River been so crowded with pedestrians." (2) Sports - Green Bay Packers defeat Cleveland Browns for NFL championship in football. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-3 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/10 - Peace Mission To World Capitals - LBJ's " mighty peace offensive goes into high gear in capitals all over the world. Top diplomats from Washington, led by such notables as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Arthur Goldberg, Averill Harriman and G. Mennen Williams, are shown on both sides of the Iron and Bamboo curtains explaining America's stand in the war with North Vietnam." (2) Sports - John Fennel set pole vault record at Examiner International track meet in San Francisco Cow palace. (3) Arnold Palmer won Los Angeles Open golf tournament. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-4 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/13 - State of the Union - LBJ speech to Congress asks for record budget of $112 billion, promises to wage war in Vietnam to victory and push forward his Great Society. (2) New York: Mayor John Lindsay announced end of transit strike after 13 days. LBJ denounced the wage raise and settlement of $50-70 million as "against the national interest." (3) Sports - "The first major ski jump of the season gets off to a slippery start at Oberstdorf in the German-Austrian meet." Best of all is Veikko Kankkonen of Finland, noted Olympic Gold Medal winner. (4) Alan Young, with Ann Mecklen, selected Mrs. U. S. Savings Bonds from state contestants of the Mrs. America beauty contest in San Diego. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-5 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/17 - World In Tribute To Shastri - "A million people line the streets of New Delhi to pay last tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister of India. Mr. Shastri died in Tashkent, Soviet Central Asia, just hours after signing an agreement with Pakistan to withdraw troops from disputed Kashmir. In keeping with Hindu custom, the Prime Minister's body is cremated on the banks of the river Jumna. Madame Indira Gandhi is the almost unanimous choice to succeed Mr. Shastri as Prime Minister." News In Brief - attempted coup in Nigeria. Only days after he presides at a Commonwealth Ministers' Conference, Nigerian Prime Minister Balewa was kidnapped by the rebels." (3) Spanish Traffic Lesson - "An imaginative cameraman roams the streets of Madrid to show you how a little thought can solve your parking problems. He uses miniatures in a way that will have you blinking." (4) Texas: Victoria is the 9th gorilla to be born in captivity (5) Sports - Pro Bowl won by East all stars over the West in football. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-6 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/20 - New York annual boat show (2) News In Brief - Robert Weaver worn in as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. "Mr. Weaver is the first Negro to attain Cabinet rank and his installation marks a new milestone for the Negro." (3) German liner Europa sails into New York harbor on maiden voyage, was the former ship Kungsholm (4) Whale watching the Grey Whale migration off Pacific coast (5) "Europe's bitter winter has its lighter moments. Our paris correspondent illustrates a song that's on the French hit-parade, a ballad about the falling snow." (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-7 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/24 - Medicare Cards Prepared - LBJ gives Truman his Medicare credentials; mailing begins in Baltimore (2) Sports - "The Riverside California 500 has added starters in TV stars who parade before the race. Almost everyone's here, Joe Flynn from McHale's Navy, Denver Pile of Tammy, Edy Williams who's in The Pad. Also Vickie Fee, Robert Pine and Caren Jensen from Out of Sight. And let's not forget Al Lewis of the Munsters. As for the race, Dan Gurney becomes the first man ever to win a 500 mile race 4 times in a row as he sets a new speed record to win by more than a minute." scenes of race cars (3) Kenyan Stars in Track Meet - Los Angeles Invitational Meet features Kipchige Keino, Jim Grelle, and pole vault winner John Pennel. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-8 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/27 - Defense Complex - The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) moves into new complex under Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado (2) Fashions from Paris designer Jacques Esterel (3) Sports - famed Hahnenkamm men's ski competition in Kitzbuhel Austria, with Billy Kidd who sprains and ankle, and downhill winner Karl Schranz of Austria. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-9 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/01/31 - Resume North Vietnam Bombings - LBJ speech announces failure of peace efforts and resumption of air riads on supply depots and rail lines for first time in 37 days. (2) Fatal Boston Hotel Fire (3) Atlantic coast winter blizzard drops snow from Maine to Florida. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-10 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/02/07 - Johnson in Hawaii - LBJ greeted by crowds at Honolul airport, to meet with South Vietnam leaders (2) Soviet Moon Landing - Lunar IX sends back pictures after successful landing that follwed 4 previous failures; no U.S. Surveyor landing until next summer. (3) Worst Air Crash - Japanese airplane crashed into Tokyo Bay with 133 killed (4) Historical western film The Rare Breed premiers in Fort Worth with Maureen O'Hara and James Stewart (5) Sports - 700 kids play tiny tyke hockey in Canada. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-12 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/02/10 - Vietnam's Furture - LBJ held 3-day summit meeting in Hawaii with Vietnam leaders and issued the declaration of Honolulu. Later, he returned to Los Angeles to meet with VP Humphrey (2) Final Curtain for Sophie Tucker, the "Last of the Red Hot Mamas" whose career covered 60 years (last part silent). (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-13 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/02/17 - Vietnam Report (2) "Madame X" film premier (3) dog show (4) Willie Mays (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-15 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/02/21 - Water from the Hudson River (2) UN studio tour (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-16 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/02/24 - Vietnam Report - VP Humphrey returns from 14-day Asian trip, greeted on White House lawn by LBJ who later flies to New York to receive Freedom Award, a bronze sculpture of himself, promises there will be no "blind escalation of the war" but sees no early end. (2) France in Space - Daimant rocket launched from Algeria desert. (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-17 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/02/28 - Apollo Moon Spaceship - U.S. launches giant Saturn rocket 5500 miles down range (2) Ghana Revolt - "Prime Minister Nkrumah is overthrown in a military coup after he leaves Ghana for a visit to Peiping 'to achieve peace in Vietnam.' Nkrumah took over in a one-man rule after Ghana won its independence, jailed his foes and began a despotic rule. Now, however, he's just another unemployed exile." (3) Snow Blizzard in Eastern Seaboard (4) Sports - bicycle race in Spain (5) Track Meet - "Don Clarke, the greatest distance runner of all time, sets a new indoor mark in the two-mile indoor meet at San Francisco, clipping 2 seconds from the 3-year-old record. The fleet-footed Australian leads all the way as he winds up his season in a blistering blaze of glory." (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-18 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/03/03 - High Flying Camera from Saturn rocket Apollo test (2) Love Thaws Cold War - "One of two Giant Pandas outside of Red China, Chi-Chi is leaving Briatain for Moscow to meet An-An there." (3) Fashion Parade - "Skirts are on a rising market in Paris Fashion marts for Spring and Summer, and the severe straight lines have a deceptive softness. Nina Ricci and Gerard Pippart have made news by not offering anything too radical." (4) Sports - Peggy Fleming wins Women's World Figure ice skating championship, turns in a perfect score in the free-skating competition. (5) Texas Rodeo at Houston Astrodome. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-19 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/03/17 - Drama In Space - "The most dramatic space probe in history is the flight of the Gemini 8. Under Command Pilot Neil Armstrong, the first civilian astronaut, the Gemini has David Scott aboard for a planned space walk of more than 2 hours." Craft makes rendezvous with Agena rocket launched 101 minutes before Gemini was launched. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-23 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/03/21 - Historic Gemini 8 Pictures - "The most dramatic adventure in space history ends southeast of Okinawa as Astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott bring their Gemini 8 capsule down safely. There were 3 bad hours after their near disaster 185 miles above the earth. Motion pictures made from the capsule show the sighting and linkup with the Agena rocket, the movies showing dramatically how space travel will be accomplished in the future. (2) Sports - Texas Western wins the national college basketball championship by defeating Kentucky 72-65. (complete sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-24 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/03/28 - Vietnam Front Line Action - "A dramatic description from the scene of a recent U. S. Marine search and clear mission by Marine Lt. Dick Nicklin. Under murderous Vietcong fire the young Marine never pauses as he describes the action of flushing a Vietcong regiment from its jungle caves and fastnesses. Truly heroic!" (2) Mrs. Gandhi of India visits LBJ (3) Jet River Boats - "Leaving their basin at Mare Island, California, some of the Navy's new jet propelled river boats put on a show for the newsreel cameras. At their public debut before beginning an intensive 4-week training period before going into service along the Mekong River against the Vietcong, trim craft with great speed in shallow draft and amazing fire power." (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-26 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/11/24 - Kennedy Memorial - "Some 11,000 persons visit President Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery on the 3rd anniversary of his assassination. Members of the Kennedy family leave floral tributes along with a squad of Green Berets." (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-95 National Archives, College Park MD

1966/12/01 - Pearl Harbor Remembered - scenes of the Japan attack on Pearl Harbor recalled for the 25th anniversary, scenes of the Arizona Memorial (2) (silent story) Spain dictator Franco introduces new national Constitution. (partial sound newsreel) SOURCE: 200 Universal 39-97 National Archives, College Park MD

1966 continued on DVD23

This DVD22 includes 2 hours of Universal Newsreels reproduced from reference cassettes at the National Archives, College Park MD, and is available from the University of San Diego Bookstore.
revised 11/1/07 by Steven Schoenherr | Universal Newsreels on DVD