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So this being Sunday, a time for rest and reflection, let’s take a minute to look at what else was happening in the world at this time.

The Wikipedia lists the following events as having happened on April 10, 1966:

  • The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party approved a directive that disapproved of almost all of the literary and artistic works that had been created since the 1949 founding of the People’s Republic, on the ground that they reflected an “anti-party and anti-socialist black line… that combines bourgeois literary theory and modern revisionist literary theory” that was contrary to the thought of Chairman Mao. The ruling, sent out nationwide, made criminal suspects of China’s artists and writers during the Cultural Revolution.
  • New Jersey became the first U.S. state to create a Public Defender’s Office to pay for free criminal defense for anyone charged with a crime and unable to afford a private attorney.
  • The march of grape farm workers from Delano, California came to a conclusion after 250 miles and 25 days as the original group of 65 was joined by thousands of supporters at the State Capitol building at Sacramento, where union leader Cesar Chavez announced the successful negotiation of a favorable contract between the National Farm Workers Association and Schenley Industries.
  • Died: Evelyn Waugh (Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh), 62, British writer of novels, biographies and travel books

These were the top 10 songs in the USA that day:

  1. Barry Sadler – The Ballad Of The Green Berets
  2. The Righteous Brothers – (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration
  3. The Rolling Stones – 19th Nervous Breakdown
  4. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream
  5. Cher – Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
  6. Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Man
  7. The Beatles – Nowhere Man
  8. The Mamas and The Papas – California Dreamin’
  9. B.J. Thomas – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  10. Gary Lewis and the Playboys – Sure Gonna Miss Her

And finally, unlike this year, in 1966 April 10 was Easter. You know Easter – the day that guy the Beatles were bigger than was supposedly resurrected.

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