Historical Events in 1966

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  • Jan 1st 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway
  • Jan 1st Milt coup by Col Jean-Bédell Bokassa in Central African Republic
  • Jan 1st Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Jan 1st All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
  • Jan 1st 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • Jan 1st 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • Jan 1st 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • Jan 2nd 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
  • Jan 2nd Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • Jan 3rd Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE
  • Jan 4th Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test
  • Jan 4th WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4th Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution
  • Jan 7th Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • Jan 7th Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA champion
  • Jan 8th Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • Jan 8th Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8th Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Jan 8th Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • Jan 9th Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski revisionism
  • Jan 10th India & Pakistan sign Tashkent Declaration peace accord
  • Jan 10th Julian Bond denied seat in Gorgia legislature for opposing Vietnam War
  • Jan 11th "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 11th 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • Jan 11th 16th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 137-94 at Cincinnati
  • Jan 12th 12 day NYC transit strike ends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12th LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12th Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 12th "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • Jan 12th 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Jan 13th 1st black selected for presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
  • Jan 13th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 14th David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • Jan 15th AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
  • Jan 15th NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
  • Jan 15th The First Nigerian Republic is overthrown in a military coup d'etat
  • Jan 16th Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
  • Jan 17th B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die

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Jan 17th Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 18th Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 19th Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 19th Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity," premieres

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Jan 19th Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
  • Jan 24th WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 24th 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • Jan 25th WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 26th Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:06.2)
  • Jan 26th The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Jan 27th Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisc an expansion team for 1966
  • Jan 29th "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • Jan 29th Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • Jan 29th Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • Jan 29th US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 29th US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Jan 30th -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • Jan 30th -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
  • Jan 30th Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)
  • Jan 30th Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 11th string quartet
  • Jan 31st Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • Jan 31st USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31st 54th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31st 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3)

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21st Indonesian president Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

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

BattleCoup d'état

Feb 24th Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Feb 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25th Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad
  • Feb 26th KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27th Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB
  • Feb 27th Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova & Protopopov of URS
  • Feb 27th Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
  • Feb 27th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT
  • Feb 27th 8th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (160.927 MPH)
  • Feb 28th Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
  • Feb 28th Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • Feb 28th 23rd Golden Globes: Doctor Zhivago, Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win
  • Mar 1st Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria
  • Mar 1st Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
  • Mar 2nd 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam

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Mar 3rd Buffalo Springfield form (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • Mar 3rd James Goldman's "Lion in Winter" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 3rd Kwame Nkrumah flees Ghana to Guinee
  • Mar 3rd Rock group Buffalo Springfield forms
  • Mar 3rd Twister hits Jackson Miss; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die
  • Mar 3rd WRFT (now WVFT) TV channel 27 in Roanoke, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 4th Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4th John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 4th North Sea Gas 1st pumped ashore by BP
  • Mar 5th 75 MPH air currents causes BOAC 707 crash into Mount Fuji, 124 die
  • Mar 5th Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Mar 5th Player reps elect Marvin Miller, as exec dir of Players' Association
  • Mar 5th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 5th 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 5th 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66
  • Mar 6th Barry Sadlers' "Ballad of the Green Berets" becomes #1 (13 weeks)
  • Mar 7th "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
  • Mar 7th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 8th "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • Mar 8th An IRA bomb destroyed Nelson's Column in Dublin
  • Mar 8th Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 9th Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board
  • Mar 10th 5 time Horse of the Year, Kelso, retires
  • Mar 10th North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at Ashau Valley

BattleCoup d'état

Mar 11th Military coup led by Indonesian Gen Suharto breaks out

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
  • Mar 11th A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 12th Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 15th 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Striesand

Singer Tom Jones
Tom Jones
  • Mar 15th Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles
  • Mar 16th Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
  • Mar 16th Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
  • Mar 17th South Africa's government bans Defense & Aid Fund
  • Mar 17th US sub locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
  • Mar 18th "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Mar 18th General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
  • Mar 18th Scott Paper begins selling paper dresses for $1
  • Mar 19th "Pousse Cafe" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 19th 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Ky 72-65
  • Mar 19th Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants begins
  • Mar 20th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
  • Mar 21st US preme Court reverses Mass ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene
  • Mar 23rd 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic & Anglican Church
  • Mar 24th Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
  • Mar 25th US Supreme court rules "poll tax" unconstitutional
  • Mar 25th Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album, It is later pulled
  • Mar 26th 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard Anglo wins
  • Mar 27th Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia
  • Mar 27th Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Louise Suggs Delray Beach Golf Invitational
  • Mar 29th "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 29th Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30th Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 31st 25,000 anti war demonstrators march in NYC
  • Mar 31st Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election
  • Mar 31st USSR launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter
  • Apr 1st 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • Apr 1st Loyalist led by Ian Paisley, a Protestant fundamentalist preacher, founded the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee to challenge the civil rights movement; it set up a paramilitary-style wing called the Ulster Protestant Volunteers
  • Apr 2nd Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • Apr 2nd WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 3rd Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
  • Apr 3rd Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open
  • Apr 3rd Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus
  • Apr 4th Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • Apr 4th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 5th WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 6th Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • Apr 7th US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8th AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Apr 8th OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
  • Apr 8th Time publishes its "Is God Dead" issue - its first issue without an image
  • Apr 9th Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11th 30th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

  • Apr 11th Emmett Ashford becomes 1st black major league umpire

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 11th Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
  • Apr 12th 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
  • Apr 12th Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • Apr 12th Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck
  • Apr 13th Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
  • Apr 15th KHET TV channel 11 in Honolulu, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15th Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • Apr 16th Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • Apr 17th 100th international soccer match between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
  • Apr 17th Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18th Bill Russell became 1st black coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Apr 19th In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic
  • Apr 19th 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan 1st man in 2:17:11 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:21:40
  • Apr 19th Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • Apr 20th WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 21st Emperor Haile Selassie (Ethiopia) visits Kingston Jamaica
  • Apr 22nd Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4
  • Apr 22nd USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 24th Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)
  • Apr 24th Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
  • Apr 25th Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse, Belgium
  • Apr 26th Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach