Historical Events in 1966

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

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music releaseMusic Single

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

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

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Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 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 31 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 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
  • Mar 1 Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria
  • Mar 1 Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
  • Mar 2 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

BattleCoup d'état

Mar 11 Military coup led by Indonesian Gen Suharto breaks out

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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • Mar 12 Love's 1st album released "Love"
  • Mar 12 Pioneer Plaza dedicated
  • Mar 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 13 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lagunita Golf Invitational

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 29 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 30 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 31 25,000 anti war demonstrators march in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter
  • Apr 1 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • Apr 1 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 2 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • Apr 2 WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 3 Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
  • Apr 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open
  • Apr 3 Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus
  • Apr 4 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • Apr 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 5 WTVX TV channel 34 in Ft Pierce-Vero Beach, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 6 Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • Apr 7 US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 8 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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