What Happened in December 1966

Historical Events

  • 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.

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

8th A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 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
  • 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

Music-releaseMusic Release

16th Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

18th Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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 performances
  • 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
  • 27th "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 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)

Film-release-premierFilm Release

30th The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
  • 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

  • 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

8th Sinéad O'Connor, Irish musician

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

18th Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels

Famous Deaths

  • 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

15th Walt [Walter] Disney, animator, producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co, dies at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 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