February 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pak ministerial talks after 1965 war.
  • Feb 3 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US
  • Feb 3 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
  • Feb 4 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
  • Feb 9 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
  • Feb 9 The Government announces construction of a nuclear reactor on the North coast of Scotland
  • Feb 10 Harmel government in Belgium resigns
  • Feb 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 14 Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced
  • Feb 14 Writers Andrei Sinjavski & Joeij Daniel found guilty
  • Feb 16 Bob Cowper makes 307 v England at the MCG, 727 mins, 20 fours
  • Feb 16 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Feb 17 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
  • Feb 20 Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Indonesian president Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Feb 22 Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
  • Feb 23 Premier Milton Obote siezes power in Uganda

BattleCoup d'état

Feb 24 Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 Syrian military coup under General Hafiz al-Assad
  • Feb 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova & Protopopov of URS
  • Feb 27 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
  • Feb 27 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT
  • Feb 27 8th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (160.927 MPH)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Marissa Laakso, Miss Mass-America (1991), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 5 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)
  • Feb 12 Boty Goodwin, British artist (d. 1995)
  • Feb 18 Guy Ferland, American television director
  • Feb 20 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 22 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • Feb 22 Brian Greig, Australian politician
  • Feb 25 Samantha Phillips, Ft Meade MD, Penthouse Pet
  • Feb 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Buster Keaton, [Joseph Francis], US comic (General), dies at 69
  • Feb 1 Hedda Hopper, [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
  • Feb 4 Gilbert H Grosvenor, president National Geographic Society, dies at 90
  • Feb 10 Billy Rose, US theater producer (Diamond Horse Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 13 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • Feb 15 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • Feb 15 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (b. 1909)
  • Feb 16 Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • Feb 18 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • Feb 18 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 20 Chester Nimitz, American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, dies at 80

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Feb 21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (b. 1895)
  • Feb 22 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist/folklorist, dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
  • Feb 28 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • Feb 28 Elliot McKay See Jr, astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash