Historical Events in August 1966

  • Aug 1 Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas
  • Aug 2 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • Aug 3 South African government bans Beatle records
  • Aug 4 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 5 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
  • Aug 5 Jose Torres beats Eddie Cotton to retain light-heavyweight boxing title

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Aug 5 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Aug 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 5 Beatles release "Revolver" album in US
  • Aug 5 Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in UK

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Aug 6 Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Aug 6 Salazarbrug over Tag opens (longest suspension bridge in Europe)
  • Aug 6 US citizens demonstrate against war in Vietnam
  • Aug 7 Race riot in Lansing Michigan
  • Aug 8 South Arican Broadcasting bans Beatles (Lennon's anti-Jesus remark)
  • Aug 10 1st lunar orbiter launched by US
  • Aug 10 Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere & leaving it again
  • Aug 11 Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
  • Aug 13 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 14 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
  • Aug 14 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Aug 15 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission
  • Aug 17 NASA satellite Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit

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Aug 17 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 19 Earthquake strikes Varko Turkey: 2,400 killed
  • Aug 20 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
  • Aug 21 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • Aug 22 The Beatles arrive in New York
  • Aug 23 Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon
  • Aug 24 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
  • Aug 26 Balt Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 26 KLOC (now KCSO) channel 42 in Charlotte, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 27 Francis Chichester begins 1st solo sail around world
  • Aug 27 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • Aug 27 Race riot in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Aug 28 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Glass City Golf Classic
  • Aug 28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 29 The Beatles' last public concert (Candlestick Park, SF)
  • Aug 29 Dutch Internal minister Smallenbroek resigns after driving drunk
  • Aug 31 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)