August 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas
  • Aug 2 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • Aug 4 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica

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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 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 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 13 8th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Aug 14 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon
  • Aug 15 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission
  • Aug 17 NASA satellite Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit
  • Aug 19 Earthquake strikes Varko Turkey: 2,400 killed
  • Aug 23 Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon
  • Aug 24 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
  • 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 Race riot in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Aug 29 Dutch Internal minister Smallenbroek resigns after driving drunk

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 James St. James, American author and nightlife personality
  • Aug 7 Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur
  • Aug 18 Gustavo Charif, Argentine artist
  • Aug 19 Lilian Garcia, wrestling announcer
  • Aug 27 Juhan Parts, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Aug 28 Teresa Zarzeczny Bell, Washington Crossing NJ, rower (Oly-silver-1996)
  • Aug 28 Priya Dutt, Indian social worker and politician
  • Aug 31 Jan Einar Thorsen, Norwegian Alpine skier

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Charles Whitman, former marine, kills 16 at U of Texas, shot by cops
  • Aug 6 Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, sci-fi author (Space Lords), dies at 53
  • Aug 6 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 10 Felix A Vening Meinesz, geophysicist (black force), dies at 79
  • Aug 10 Jacobus C Bloem, poet (Cinders), dies
  • Aug 15 Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • Aug 17 Michael Garrison, producer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
  • Aug 18 Isaac Keesing, Dutch founder (System Keesing), dies at 80
  • Aug 18 Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Struggle & Blessing), dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian theoretician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 31 Kasimir Edschmid, [Karl E Schmidt], German writer, dies at 75