What Happened in April 1966

Historical Events

  • 1st 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • 1st 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
  • 2nd Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • 2nd WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 3rd Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
  • 3rd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open
  • 3rd Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus
  • 4th Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • 4th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 5th WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 6th Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • 7th US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)

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8th AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

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

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

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

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26th Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

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

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

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

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

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

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

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

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

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28th 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
  • 29th John VanderWal, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 29th Phil Tufnell, cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman)
  • 30th Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 30th David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
  • 30th Jeff Brown, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Famous Weddings

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9th Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris

Actress Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren

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

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Famous Deaths

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