Pulitzer Prizes Fiction:Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, Katherine Anne Porter Music:Variations for Orchestra, Leslie Bassett
Oscars awarded in 1966 Academy Award, Best Picture:The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Israel) and Nelly Sachs (Sweden)
Grammys awarded in 1966 Record of the Year: "A Taste of Honey," Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Album of the Year:September of My Years, Frank Sinatra (Reprise) Song of the Year: "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Love Theme From The Sandpiper), Paul Francis Webster and Johnny Mandel, songwriters
Miss America: Deborah Irene Bryant (KS)
The first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," is broadcast on September 8. The plot concerns a creature that sucks salt from human bodies.
CBS backs out of plans to broadcast Psycho, deeming the movie too violent for at-home viewing.
The old Metropolitan Opera House is abandoned as the company moves to Lincoln Center. The new Metropolitan Opera opens with Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra.