December 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor
  • Dec 1 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Md to Boulder, Colo
  • Dec 2 Love, Moby Grape & Lee Michaels perform at Fillmore East
  • Dec 3 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Miss
  • Dec 6 Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium
  • Dec 7 A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
  • Dec 8 US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
  • Dec 10 Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • Dec 10 Nobel for chemistry awarded to Robert S. Mulliken
  • Dec 13 1st US bombing of Hanoi part of Operation Rolling Thunder during the Vietnam War
  • Dec 13 1st battle for Bijlmer flats Amsterdam
  • Dec 13 Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78
  • Dec 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 15 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
  • Dec 15 John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 18 Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
  • Dec 20 Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
  • Dec 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 21 USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
  • Dec 24 Soviet spacecraft Luna 13 lands on Moon
  • Dec 24 USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
  • Dec 26 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
  • Dec 28 13 die in a train crash in Everett Mass
  • Dec 28 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)
  • Dec 31 Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting
  • Dec 31 Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 4 Suzanne Malveaux, American television news reporter
  • Dec 9 Kirsten Gillibrand, American politician
  • Dec 12 Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
  • Dec 13 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef
  • Dec 17 Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
  • Dec 20 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord)
  • Dec 27 Fabian Núñez, American politician
  • Dec 27 Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American writer

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 15 Walt [Walter] Disney, animator, producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co, dies at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Dec 18 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • Dec 19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • Dec 23 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71
  • Dec 31 Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of Dutch Race), dies