January 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway
  • Jan 1 Milt coup by Col Jean-Bédell Bokassa in Central African Republic
  • Jan 1 All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
  • Jan 2 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
  • Jan 3 Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE
  • Jan 4 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test
  • Jan 4 Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution
  • Jan 7 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA champion

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Jan 8 Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Jan 9 Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski revisionism
  • Jan 10 India & Pakistan sign Tashkent Declaration peace accord
  • Jan 10 Julian Bond denied seat in Gorgia legislature for opposing Vietnam War
  • Jan 11 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • Jan 12 12 day NYC transit strike ends

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Jan 12 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jan 12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Jan 13 1st black selected for presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
  • Jan 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 15 The First Nigerian Republic is overthrown in a military coup d'etat
  • Jan 16 Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
  • Jan 17 B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die

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Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 18 Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 19 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jan 19 Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
  • Jan 24 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • Jan 26 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:06.2)
  • Jan 26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Jan 29 Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • Jan 29 Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • Jan 29 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 29 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Jan 30 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • Jan 30 -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
  • Jan 30 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)
  • Jan 30 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 11th string quartet
  • Jan 31 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • Jan 31 USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 10 Steve Kramer, American politician
  • Jan 11 Kelley Law, Canadian curler
  • Jan 13 Tabitha Stevens, fictional character (Bewitched)
  • Jan 17 Karissa Rushing, Benton Arkansas, Miss Arkansas-America (1991)
  • Jan 18 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player
  • Jan 18 André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 21 Katrine Michaelsen, Gentokte Denmark, Miss Denmark (1984)
  • Jan 25 Chet Culver, American politician, governor of Iowa
  • Jan 31 Dr Umar Alisha, A Sufi Master was Born at Pithapuram.

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), dies at 82

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Jan 9 Albert Stevens, an American patient in secret medical trials who survived the highest known radiation dose in a human, dies of heart disease at 79

Human Medical Subject Albert Stevens
Human Medical Subject
Albert Stevens
  • Jan 10 Hermann Kasack, writer, dies at 69
  • Jan 11 Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/sculptor, dies at 64
  • Jan 11 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian premier (1964-66), dies at 61
  • Jan 14 Sergei Korolev, Russian space station constructor, dies
  • Jan 16 Margarete Susman, writer, dies at 91
  • Jan 17 Vincent J Donehue, director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
  • Jan 18 Kathleen Norris, US author, dies at 85
  • Jan 24 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (b. 1909)
  • Jan 29 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84