Historical Events in October 1966

  • Oct 1 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
  • Oct 1 WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins
  • Oct 1 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with eighteen fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9.
  • Oct 2 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • Oct 2 LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax clinches 3rd LA pennant in 4 years
  • Oct 3 Marshal Arturo da Costa e Silva elected president
  • Oct 4 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
  • Oct 4 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Oct 4 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 6 Oriole Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout
  • Oct 6 Partial meltdown at Detroits's Fermi 1 nuclear reactor
  • Oct 6 LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is first declared illegal in state of California, other states follow.
  • Oct 8 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)
  • Oct 9 Balt Orioles sweep LA Dodgers, in 63rd World Series
  • Oct 9 Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded "Got Live if you Want It"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Oct 13 173 US aircraft bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 13 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Oct 14 175 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 14 Dutch government of Cals falls by motion of Schmelzer
  • Oct 15 Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 15 LBJ signs a bill creating US Department of Transportation

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Oct 15 Black Panther Party created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale
  • Oct 16 Joean Baez & 123 other anti-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
  • Oct 18 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances
  • Oct 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 19 Yardbird 1st US tour (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Oct 21 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales
  • Oct 22 USSR launches Luna 12 for orbit around Moon
  • Oct 22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 23 Sandra Spuzich/Jack Rule wins Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome Golf
  • Oct 23 17th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by 14 points
  • Oct 25 6 youths sentenced in "Johnson murderer!" in Amsterdam
  • Oct 26 First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2
  • Oct 26 US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
  • Oct 27 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 27 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 28 Belgium's Gaston Roelants runs 12-4/5 miles in 1 hour
  • Oct 29 Lunar Orbiter 1 crashes on moon: 6.7°N 162°E
  • Oct 29 National Organization of Women founded
  • Oct 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Las Cruces Ladies Golf Open
  • Oct 30 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins