Historical Events in July 1966

  • 1st 80th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: M Santana beats D Ralston (64 11-9 64)
  • 1st Construction crews begin tearing up Market St to build BART
  • 1st Explorer 33 launched
  • 1st Medicare goes into effect
  • 1st VVV soccer team forms in Venlo
  • 1st The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.
  • 2nd 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll

Sport awardTennis Open

2nd 73rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis Singles: Billie Jean King (Miss Moffat) beats Maria Bueno (6-3 3-6 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • 3rd 21st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Spuzich
  • 3rd Brave pitcher Tony Cloninger, is 1st NL to hit 2 grand slams in a game
  • 3rd Race riots in Omaha Nebraska

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4th Beatles attacked in Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos

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4th LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 5th NYC transit fare rises from 15 cents to 20 cents
  • 5th National Guard mobilizes in Omaha after 3rd night of rioting
  • 5th Saturn I rocket launched at Cape Kennedy
  • 6th Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president
  • 8th US airline strike (until Aug 19th)
  • 8th King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi.

Sport awardGolf Major

9th 95th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots 282 at Muirfield Gullane to become only the 4th person in history to win 4th to win all 4 majors

  • 10th Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • 10th US launches Orbiter 1 to the Moon
  • 12th 10.51" (26.70 cm) of rainfall, Sandusky Ohio (state record)
  • 12th 37th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 at Busch Stad, St Louis
  • 12th All star MVP: Brooks Robinson (Balt Orioles)
  • 12th Start of 3 day race riot in Chicago, looting brings out National Guardsmen
  • 12th US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver bullion price at Philadelphia & Denver mints
  • 13th Richard Speck murders 8 nurses in Chicago
  • 14th Richard Speck rapes & kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory
  • 14th 53rd Tour de France won by Lucien Aimar of France
  • 16th "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 performances
  • 16th Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts
  • 16th Nigeria becomes the first Anglophone independent state in Africa to become an associate member of European Economic Community
  • 17th "It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 performances
  • 17th Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 17th Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit
  • 17th Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)
  • 18th Carl Sagan turns 1 billion seconds old
  • 18th Gemini 10 launched (John Young & Michael Collins)
  • 19th France performs nuclear Test at Fangataufa Island
  • 19th Gov James Rhodes declares state of emergency in Cleveland (race riot)
  • 21st Gemini X returns to Earth
  • 21st USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 23rd Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens
  • 23rd John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • 23rd Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"
  • 24th 48th PGA Championship: Al Geiberger shoots a 280 at Firestone CC Akron
  • 24th Gloria Ehret/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Yankee Women's Golf Open
  • 25th Brian Jones final perfomance as a Rolling Stone

Music releaseMusic Recording

25th Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar..."

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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25th Mao Zedong swims the Yangtze River

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • 25th Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love"
  • 25th Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame
  • 26th WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 26th Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous precedent

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29th Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock NY

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 29th Nigerians chief of staff Jakubu Gowon makes coup
  • 30th Beatles' "Yesterday... & Today" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • 30th FIFA World Cup: England beats West Germany 4-2 for football's 8th World Cup in London
  • 30th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Supertest Ladies Golf Open
  • 30th US airplanes bombs demilitarized zone in Vietnam

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31st Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon