Historical Events in February 1966

  • 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

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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

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Feb 21 Indonesian president Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 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

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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