Today in History for December 1966

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 50 of 50

1st - Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor
1st - Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Md to Boulder, Colo
2nd - Love, Moby Grape & Lee Michaels perform at Fillmore East
3rd - US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Miss
3rd - 31st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-0 in Birmingham
4th - KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
4th - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies Golf Invitational
5th - "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances
6th - Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium
7th - A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
8th - A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith
8th - US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
10th - Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
10th - Nobel for chemistry awarded to Robert S Mulliken
11th - Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
12th - US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 12th - "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)
13th - 1st US bombing of Hanoi
13th - 1st battle for Bijlmer flats Amsterdam
13th - Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78
13th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
15th - "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
15th - Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
15th - John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
16th - The Beatles release "Everywhere it's Christmas" in UK
16th - Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
18th - Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
18th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Children's Author Dr. SeussChildren's Author Dr. Seuss 18th - Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
20th - NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
20th - Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
20th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
21st - USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
22nd - WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
23rd - Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
24th - "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 perfs
24th - Luna 13 lands on Moon
24th - USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
26th - Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
26th - Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club
Rock Guitarist Jimi HendrixRock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix 27th - "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 perfs
28th - 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass
28th - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
28th - 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
29th - Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)
30th - The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released
31st - Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
31st - Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting
31st - Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92
31st - Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 95 of 95

1st - Craig David Parry, Sunshine Victoria, PGA golfer (1994 Honda-2nd)
1st - Greg McMichael, Knoxville TN, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
1st - Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Killing Stone, Deadly Friend)
1st - Mike Flores, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
1st - Steve Walsh, St. Paul Minnesota, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1st - Katherine LaNasa, American actress
2nd - Anita Jokiel, Poland, gymnist (Olympic-1980)
2nd - Clive Eksteen, cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)
2nd - Kelly Buchberger, Langenburg, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
2nd - Rob Sullivan, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Tri-City Pro-Am), born in Chicago, Illinois
2nd - Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese professional wrestler
3rd - Lisa Lightfoot, Australian middle distance runner (Olympics-96)
3rd - Flemming Povlsen, Danish footballer
4th - Fred Armisen, American actor and musician
4th - Masta Ace, American rapper
4th - Suzanne Malveaux, American television news reporter
4th - Chris Shepherd, English film director
5th - Bruce Deacon, marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
5th - Joseph Barbara, New Symrna Fla, actor (Joe Carlino-Another World)
5th - Linda Hunt, LPGA golfer
5th - Niege Dias, Brazil, tennis star
5th - Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant)
6th - Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete
7th - C Thomas Howell, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
7th - Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
8th - Douglas Allan Martin, Bluffton OH, PGA golfer (1995 Buick-2nd)
8th - Joe Staysniak, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
8th - Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Albert-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'ConnorSinger-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor (8th) 8th - Sinéad O'Connor, Irish musician
8th - Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
9th - Dana Murzyn, Calgary, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
9th - Kirsten Gillibrand, American politician
9th - Toby Huss, American actor
10th - Eric Naposki, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
10th - Norberto Martin, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, infielder (Chicago White Sox)
11th - Terry Sharpe, rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets)
11th - Gary Dourdan, American actor
11th - Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
12th - Cheryl Dickey, 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
12th - Jim Sandlak, Kitchener, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks)
12th - Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
12th - Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor
13th - Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef
13th - Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker
14th - Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
14th - Bill Ranford, Brandon Man, NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston)
14th - Carl Herrera, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
14th - Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver
14th - Tim Skold, Swedish/American musician
15th - Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)
15th - Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
16th - Clifford Robinson, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers)
16th - Dennis Wise, English footballer
17th - Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
17th - Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
17th - Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
18th - Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
18th - Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)
18th - Kiefer Sutherland, actor (Young Guns, Stand by Me, Lost Boys)
18th - Patricia Neder, Wauykesha WI, team handball right wing (Olymp-92, 96)
18th - Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
18th - Terry Phelps, Larchmont NY, tennis star
18th - Tracy Byrd, country singer
18th - Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
18th - Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
19th - Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, Italian skier (Olympic-gold-1988, 92)
19th - Courtney Griffin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
19th - Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
19th - Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
19th - Rajesh Chauhan, cricketer (Indian off-spinner since 1993)
19th - Robert MacNaughton, actor (ET), born in NYC, New York
19th - Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
20th - Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
20th - Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord)
20th - Tim Hauck, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
20th - Matt Neal, British Race Driver
20th - Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer
21st - Karri Turner, American actress
22nd - Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast
22nd - Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction)
23rd - Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II)
24th - Deidrich Bader, actor (Oswald-Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
25th - Craig Veasey, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
25th - Javier Frana, Rafaela Argentina, tennis star
25th - Sandy Corn, model/Penthouse Pet (March, 1991)
26th - Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets)
27th - Fabian Núñez, American politician
27th - Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American writer
27th - Eva LaRue, American actress
27th - Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
28th - Joe Wolf, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
29th - Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
29th - Drew Hartt, Calgary Alta, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour)
29th - Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer
31st - Paula Barbieri, model/girlfriend of OJ Simpson/actress (Dangerous)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

Actor Strother MartinActor Strother Martin (18th) 18th - Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 23 of 23

2nd - Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
5th - Sylveer Maes, Belgian bicylist, dies at 57
6th - Hermann Heiss, composer, dies at 68
8th - Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
9th - Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
10th - Boris Koutzen, composer, dies at 65
13th - Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
14th - Emma Dunn, actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
14th - Richard Whorf, actor (Chain Lightning), dies of heart attack at 60
14th - Verna Felton, actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76
Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney (15th) 15th - Walt [Walter] Disney, animator, producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co, dies at 65
17th - Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68
18th - Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
19th - Ehm Welk, writer, dies at 82
23rd - Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
23rd - Robert Keith, actor (Battle Circus, Men in War), dies at 68
24th - Gaspar Cassado Moreu, composer, dies at 69
26th - Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
26th - Noel Gallon, composer, dies at 75
27th - Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
30th - Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71
31st - Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
31st - Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of Dutch Race), dies

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