What Happened in February 1966

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pak ministerial talks after 1965 war.
  • Feb 3 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US
  • Feb 3 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
  • Feb 4 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
  • Feb 5 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • Feb 7 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
  • Feb 9 The Government announces construction of a nuclear reactor on the North coast of Scotland
  • Feb 10 Harmel government in Belgium resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Feb 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 14 Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 14 Writers Andrei Sinjavski & Joeij Daniel found guilty
  • Feb 15 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Feb 16 Bob Cowper makes 307 v England at the MCG, 727 mins, 20 fours
  • Feb 16 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Aust WK
  • Feb 16 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Feb 17 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
  • Feb 20 Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Indonesian president Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Feb 22 Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
  • Feb 23 Premier Milton Obote siezes power in Uganda

BattleCoup d'état

Feb 24 Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad
  • Feb 26 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB
  • Feb 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova & Protopopov of URS
  • Feb 27 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
  • Feb 27 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT
  • Feb 27 8th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (160.927 MPH)
  • Feb 28 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
  • Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • Feb 28 23rd Golden Globes: Doctor Zhivago, Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Donna Edmondson, playmate of year (Nov, 1986), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 1 Eddie Zambrano, Venezuelan/US baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • Feb 1 Michelle Akers, Santa Clara California, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 1 Rob Lee, English footballer
  • Feb 2 Andrei Chesnokov, Russia, tennis star
  • Feb 2 Bob Alan Estes, Graham TX, PGA golfer (1994 Texas Open)
  • Feb 2 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 2 Victor Muhammad, WLAF running back (London Monarchs)
  • Feb 2 D. C. Douglas, American actor and director
  • Feb 3 Danny Morrison, cricket pace bowler (NZ since 1987)
  • Feb 3 Gillian Bonner, Athens GA, playmate (Apr, 1996)
  • Feb 3 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 3 Frank Coraci, American film director
  • Feb 4 Barry Klein, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Feb 4 Marissa Laakso, Miss Mass-America (1991), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 4 Spike, rocker [or Sep 18]
  • Feb 4 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • Feb 5 Jose Maria Olazabal, golfer
  • Feb 5 Apostolos Nanos, Greek archer
  • Feb 5 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)
  • Feb 6 Alex Antonitsch, Austria, tennis star
  • Feb 6 Rick Astley, rock vocalist (Never Gonna Give You Up)
  • Feb 6 Tom Tupa, NFL punter/quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots)
  • Feb 7 Chris Rock, comedian (SNL, CB4, Boomerang)
  • Feb 8 Kirk Muller, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Feb 8 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Feb 9 Amanda Roocroft, opera singer
  • Feb 9 James "Rachel" Bolan, Pt Pleasant NJ, rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love)
  • Feb 9 Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
  • Feb 9 Harald Eia, Norwegian TV - comedian
  • Feb 10 Daryl Johnston, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 11 Alexander Semak, Ufa Russia, NHL center (NY Islanders)
  • Feb 11 Anthony Parker, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs)
  • Feb 11 Patrick Kuhnen, West Germany, tennis star
  • Feb 11 Stephen Gregory, American actor (Chase-Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 12 Boty Goodwin, British artist (d. 1995)
  • Feb 13 Freedom Williams, rock vocalist (C&C Music Factory-Everbody Dance Now)
  • Feb 13 Tally Chanel, Tel Aviv Israel, actress (Warrior Queen)
  • Feb 14 Clark Sherwood Dennis, PGA golfer (1990 Hawaiian Open-3rd), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 14 Petr Svoboda, Most Cze, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Oly-gold-1998)
  • Feb 15 Melido Perez, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 15 Petra Huber, Austrian professional tennis player
  • Feb 16 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics-1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Feb 17 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 17 Melissa Brooke-Belland, rocker (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee)
  • Feb 17 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 17 Quorthon, Swedish musician (Bathory) (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Michael Lepond, American musician
  • Feb 18 Kris King, Bracebridge, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Feb 18 Phillip De Freitas, cricket pace bowler (in Dominica England 1986-95)
  • Feb 18 Guy Ferland, American television director
  • Feb 19 Justine Bateman, Rye NY, actress (Mallory-Family Ties, Satisfaction)
  • Feb 19 Matthew Ryan, Port Jefferson NY, team handball circle (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 19 Paul Haarhuis, Eindhoven Neth, tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles)
  • Feb 19 Peter Douris, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 19 Prince Markie D, [Mark Morale], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
  • Feb 19 William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 19 Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • Feb 20 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • Feb 20 Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Feb 20 Derek Lilliquist, US baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • Feb 21 Bronwen Booth, actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil), born in London, England
  • Feb 21 Chris Donnels, US baseball infielder (Houston Astros)
  • Feb 21 Edie Boyer, discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 21 Tommy Hendricks, rocker
  • Feb 21 Wendy James, vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Brent Severyn, Vegreville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • Feb 22 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • Feb 22 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 22 Thorsten Kaye, soap actor (Patrick-One Life to Live, Silencers)
  • Feb 22 Rachel Dratch, American actress and comedienne
  • Feb 22 Brian Greig, Australian politician
  • Feb 23 John Druce, Peterborough, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings)
  • Feb 23 Marc Price, actor/comedian (Skippy-Family Ties)
  • Feb 23 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 24 Billy Zane, actor (Titanic, Dead Calm), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Rene Arocha, Cubans/US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • Feb 25 Samantha Phillips, Ft Meade MD, Penthouse Pet
  • Feb 25 Stacey Cortez, actress (Sheila Cantillan-General Hospital)
  • Feb 25 Tea Leoni, American actress (Flying Blind, Naked Truth), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 25 Alexis Denisof, American actor
  • Feb 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • Feb 25 Nancy O'Dell, American reporter and television personality
  • Feb 26 Jennifer Grant, actress (Celeste-Beverly Hills 90210)
  • Feb 26 Wesley Walls, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, SF 49ers, NO Saints)
  • Feb 26 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • Feb 27 Chris Howard, US baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Feb 27 Gregg Rainwater, actor (Buck Cross-Young Riders)
  • Feb 27 Pete Smith, US baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets)
  • Feb 27 Donal Logue, Canadian actor
  • Feb 28 Erik van Kessel, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 28 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Feb 28 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 28 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • Feb 28 Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Buster Keaton, [Joseph Francis], US comic (General), dies at 69
  • Feb 1 Hedda Hopper, [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
  • Feb 1 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • Feb 3 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Gilbert H Grosvenor, president National Geographic Society, dies at 90
  • Feb 6 Johan Algot Haquinius, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • Feb 10 Billy Rose, US theater producer (Diamond Horse Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 13 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • Feb 15 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • Feb 15 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (b. 1909)
  • Feb 16 Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Frank Pettingell, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • Feb 18 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • Feb 18 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31
  • Feb 18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 20 Chester W Nimitz, US admiral (WW II), dies at 80

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Feb 21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (b. 1895)
  • Feb 22 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist/folklorist, dies at 74
  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (b. 1906)
  • Feb 26 Minerva Urecal, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
  • Feb 27 Minerva Urecal, actress (Apache Rose, Ghost Crazy), dies at 81
  • Feb 28 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • Feb 28 Elliot McKay See Jr, astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash