Historical Events for Year 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
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 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
French President Georges PompidouFrench President Georges Pompidou Jan 8th - Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government
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 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
Jan 12th - LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends
Jan 12th - Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics
Actor Cesar RomeroActor Cesar Romero 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 pres cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
Jan 13th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Jan 14th - David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can't Help Thinking About Me)
Jan 15th - AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
Jan 15th - NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
Jan 16th - Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
Jan 16th - Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center
Jan 17th - B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago
Jan 18th - Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)
Jan 19th - Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister
Jan 19th - Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity," premieres
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 - Over 100 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashed into Mont Blanc
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
Playwright and screenwriter Neil SimonPlaywright and screenwriter Neil Simon 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
Jan 31st - 54th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey
Jan 31st - 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3)
Tennis Player Roy EmersonTennis Player Roy Emerson 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
Feb 11th - SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
Feb 13th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
MLB Legend Willie MaysMLB Legend Willie Mays Feb 14th - Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced
Feb 14th - Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
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
Feb 21st - Indonesian president Sukarno dismisses General Nasution
Feb 22nd - Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
Feb 23rd - Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
1st President of Indonesia Sukarno1st President of Indonesia Sukarno Feb 23rd - Premier Milton Obote siezes power in Uganda
Feb 24th - Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
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
First President of Ghana Kwame NkrumahFirst President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah 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
Mar 3rd - Buffalo Springfield form (Steven Stills, Neil Young, et al)
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
Mar 4th - John Lennon, says "We (Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"
Musician and Beatle John LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon Mar 4th - North Sea Gas was 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 - 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66
Mar 5th - 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
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
2nd President of Indonesia Suharto2nd President of Indonesia Suharto Mar 11th - Military coup led by Indonesian Gen Suharto breaks out
Mar 11th - A fire at two ski resorts in Numata, Japan kills 31 people.
Mar 12th - Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record
Mar 12th - Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
Mar 12th - Love's 1st album released "Love"
Mar 12th - Pioneer Plaza dedicated
Mar 12th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Mar 13th - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lagunita Golf Invitational
Mar 15th - 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Striesand
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 government bans Defense & Aid Fund
Mar 17th - US sub locates missing H-bomb in Mediterranean
Singer Tom JonesSinger Tom Jones 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

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