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.

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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 Single

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

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

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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, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 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

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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, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 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, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 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, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 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 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936 and 1939), 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

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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 [Thomas Trimm], German 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, French 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