April 1966 in History

Events in History

  • 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 3 Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
  • 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 6 Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • Apr 7 US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)
  • 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 12 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
  • Apr 13 Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
  • Apr 16 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • Apr 19 In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic

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Apr 21 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Kingston, Jamaica

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Apr 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 25 Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse, Belgium
  • Apr 26 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 1 Chris Evans, English disc jockey
  • Apr 7 Gary Wilkinson, English snooker player
  • Apr 14 André Boisclair, Quebec politician (Parti Québécois)
  • Apr 20 David Chalmers, Australian philosopher
  • Apr 23 Jim Stynes [James], Hall of Fame Australian rules footballer (only foreigner to win Brownlow medal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • Apr 26 Yoshihiro Togashi, Mangaka who created YuYu Hakusho

Deaths in History

  • Apr 1 Karl B Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
  • Apr 2 Cecil Scott Forester, English author (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Russel Crouse, US stagewriter (Life with Father), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, dies at 91
  • Apr 8 George Creten, Belgian sculptor/painter, dies at 79
  • Apr 9 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47), dies at 57
  • Apr 10 Christian J Modeste, Dutch king of gypsies, dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
  • Apr 12 Sumokil, president of Republic South Moluccas, executed
  • Apr 13 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 13 Georges Duhamel, French writer (b. 1884)
  • Apr 15 Joseph Crehan, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 25 Maurice Roelants, Belgian author (Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70