What Happened on June 8, 1966

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC & AFC in 1970
  • Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Williams, NFL center (NY Giants)
  • Doris Pearson, Essex, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Julianna Margulies, American actress (ER, The Good Wife), born in Spring Valley NY

Famous Deaths

  • Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an aircraft collison at 45