What Happened in April 1966

Historical Events

  • Apr 1 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • Apr 1 Loyalist led by Ian Paisley, a Protestant fundamentalist preacher, founded the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee to challenge the civil rights movement; it set up a paramilitary-style wing called the Ulster Protestant Volunteers
  • Apr 2 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • Apr 2 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 3 Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
  • Apr 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open
  • Apr 3 Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus
  • Apr 4 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • Apr 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 5 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 6 Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • Apr 7 US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)

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Apr 8 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Apr 8 OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
  • Apr 8 Time publishes its "Is God Dead" issue - its first issue without an image
  • Apr 9 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 30th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

  • Apr 11 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Apr 12 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
  • Apr 12 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • Apr 12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
  • Apr 13 Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
  • Apr 15 KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • Apr 16 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • Apr 17 100th international soccer match between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
  • Apr 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

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Apr 18 Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Apr 19 In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic
  • Apr 19 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan 1st man in 2:17:11 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:21:40
  • Apr 19 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • Apr 20 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 21 Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4
  • Apr 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 24 Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)
  • Apr 24 Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
  • Apr 25 Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse, Belgium

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Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Apr 26 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert
  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 28 38th Academy Awards: "The Sound of Music", Julie Christie & Lee Marvin win

Actor Lee Marvin
Actor
Lee Marvin
  • Apr 28 Cleve ties record with 10th straight win since Opening Day
  • Apr 28 OCAM, Common Afro-Mauritian Organization forms
  • Apr 30 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Dave Vankoughnett, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Apr 1 Odie Harris, NFL safety/defensive back (Houston Oilers)
  • Apr 1 Chris Evans, English disc jockey
  • Apr 2 Andrei Kovalev, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics-98)
  • Apr 2 Bill Romanowski, NFL linebacker (Eagles, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 2 Willie Green, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 2 Teddy Sheringham, English footballer
  • Apr 2 Garnet Silk, Jamaican singer (d. 1994)
  • Apr 3 Bo Orlando, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Apr 3 Shelley Michelle, actress (Golden Eye), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 3 Mina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • Apr 3 John de Vries, Australian racing driver
  • Apr 4 Michal Clingman, Indio California, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-9th-1994)
  • Apr 4 Myriam Schropp, West Germany, tennis star
  • Apr 4 Nancy McKeon, Westbury NY, actress (Jo Polniazek-Facts of Life)
  • Apr 4 Stanislav Medrik, Nitra CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Apr 4 Mike Starr [Michael], musician (Alice in Chains bassist), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2011)
  • Apr 5 Brent Hughes, New Westminster Ca, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Apr 5 Larry Norman, canoeist (Olympics-19-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 5 Scott Dill, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Apr 6 Kymberly Paige, playmate (May, 1987), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 6 Young Man Kang, South Korean film director
  • Apr 7 Teri Ann Linn, actress (Kristen-Bold & Beautiful), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 7 Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player

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Apr 8 Robin Wright Penn, actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride), born in Dallas, Texas

  • Apr 8 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 8 Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality

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Apr 9 Cynthia Nixon, actress (Addams Family Values, Pelican Brief), born in NYC, New York

Actress Cynthia Nixon
Actress
Cynthia Nixon
  • Apr 9 Oliver Barnett, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Apr 10 Neil Smith, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Apr 11 Dave Richards, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Apr 11 Kara McGaw, softball rightfielder (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 11 Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)
  • Apr 11 Mark Higgs, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Apr 11 Steve Scarsone, Anaheim CA, infielder (SF Giants)
  • Apr 11 Mason Reese, American actor
  • Apr 11 Dustin Patrick Runnels, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 12 Jeffrey Hunter, WLAF DE (London Monarchs)
  • Apr 12 Lorenzo White, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • Apr 12 Theo Blanco, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 13 Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian football player
  • Apr 13 Marc Ford, American musician

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Apr 14 David Justice, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

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Apr 14 Greg Maddux, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in San Angelo, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Apr 14 Greg Myers, Riverside CA, catcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Apr 14 Ricky Andrews, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 14 André Boisclair, Quebec politician (Parti Québécois)
  • Apr 15 Andrei Olhovskiy, Moscow Russia, tennis pro
  • Apr 15 Graeme Clark, bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around)
  • Apr 15 Samantha Karen Fox, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • Apr 16 Lewis Tillman, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • Apr 17 Lela Rochon, actress (Waiting to Exhale)
  • Apr 17 Susie Redman, Salem OH, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd)
  • Apr 17 Vikram [Kennedy John Victor], Indian actor (I), born in Madras, Tamil Nadu
  • Apr 18 Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 18 Michelle Chryst, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-17th-1994)
  • Apr 18 Valeri Kamensky, Voskresensk Russia, NHL left wing (Avalanche, Oly-S-98)
  • Apr 18 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
  • Apr 19 Paul Reiffel, cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler)
  • Apr 19 Randolph Keys, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Apr 19 Véronique Gens, French soprano
  • Apr 20 David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
  • Apr 21 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Oly-98)
  • Apr 21 Michael Franti, American musician
  • Apr 22 Glenn Parker, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills, KC Chiefs)
  • Apr 22 Serge Poudrier, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • Apr 22 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress (d. 2005)
  • Apr 23 Jacques "Jacq" Koumans, soccer player (NAC)
  • Apr 23 Richard Greenwood, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Napa Valley), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 23 Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • Apr 23 Jim Stynes [James], Hall of Fame Australian rules footballer (only foreigner to win Brownlow medal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • Apr 24 Margashayam Venkataramana, cricketer (Indian off-spinner 1989)
  • Apr 24 Pascale Paradis-Mangon, France, tennis star
  • Apr 24 Theo Adams, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Apr 24 Pierre Brassard, Quebec humorist and actor
  • Apr 24 Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
  • Apr 25 Darren Holmes, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 25 Isabelle Pasco, France, actress (Ave Maria)/model (Elle, Vogue)
  • Apr 26 Andrea Temesvari, Budapest Hungary, tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts)
  • Apr 26 Yoshihiro Togashi, Mangaka who created YuYu Hakusho
  • Apr 27 Peter McIntyre, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995)
  • Apr 28 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York
  • Apr 28 John Patrick Daly, PGA golfer (1995 British Open), born in Sacramento, California
  • Apr 28 Too Short, American rapper

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Apr 28 John Daly, American golfer (1991 PGA Championship, 1995 Open Championship), born in Carmichael, California

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • Apr 29 John VanderWal, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Apr 29 Phil Tufnell, cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman)
  • Apr 30 Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • Apr 30 David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
  • Apr 30 Jeff Brown, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 16 Actor and comedian Michael Palin (22) weds Helen Gibbins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 Karl B Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
  • Apr 1 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
  • Apr 2 Cecil Scott Forester, English author (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Russel Crouse, US stagewriter (Life with Father), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, dies at 91
  • Apr 6 Julia Faye, actress (10 Commandments. Samson & Delilah), dies at 73
  • Apr 8 George Creten, Belgian sculptor/painter, dies at 79
  • Apr 9 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47), dies at 57
  • Apr 10 Christian J Modeste, Dutch king of gypsies, dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
  • Apr 12 Sumokil, president of Republic South Moluccas, executed
  • Apr 13 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 13 Georges Duhamel, French writer (b. 1884)
  • Apr 15 Joseph Crehan, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 25 Maurice Roelants, Belgian author (Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70
  • Apr 28 Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • Apr 29 Eugene O'Brien, actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • Apr 30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident