Historical Events in April 1966

  • 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!)

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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/Actor Frank Sinatra
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

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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

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Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Apr 26 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert
  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 28 38th Academy Awards: "The Sound of Music", Julie Christie & Lee Marvin win

Actor Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
  • Apr 28 Cleve ties record with 10th straight win since Opening Day
  • Apr 28 OCAM, Common Afro-Mauritian Organization forms
  • Apr 30 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California