May 1966 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 Radio RSA, South Africa begins shortwave transmitting
  • May 1 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
  • May 2 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
  • May 4 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
  • May 6 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
  • May 6 Most runs scored in 11th inning (9) Phils score 5 to beat Pirates 8-7
  • May 6 Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors Murders in England.
  • May 7 Yankees fire manager Johnny Keene
  • May 8 Last game at old Busch stadium, St Louis Card lose 10-5 to SF
  • May 8 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park (Frank Robinson)
  • May 9 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
  • May 9 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • May 10 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
  • May 13 US Federal education funding is denied to 12 school districts in the South because of violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • May 14 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
  • May 15 South Vietnamese army battle Buddhists, about 80 die
  • May 16 Beach Boys' "Pets Sounds" is released
  • May 16 National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • May 16 Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • May 16 "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's offical justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • May 21 A "loyalist" group calling itself the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) issued a statement declaring war on the Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • May 26 Buddhist sets himself on fire at US consulate in Hué, South Vietnam
  • May 26 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • May 27 55th German F-104 Starfighter crashes
  • May 27 6 French fighters crash above Spain
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 11th String quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • May 30 300 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • May 30 US launches Surveyor 1 to Moon

Birthdays in History

  • May 2 Belinda Stronach, Canadian politician
  • May 3 Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player
  • May 4 Jane McGrath, co-founder of the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer (d. 2008)
  • May 12 Rafael Bournigal, Azua Dom Rep, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • May 13 Kamen Vodenicharov, Bulgarian entertainer
  • May 13 Nikos Aliagas, Greek TV show host
  • May 20 Dan Abrams, American TV reporter (Nightline)
  • May 25 Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
  • May 26 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Oly-1988)

Deaths in History

  • May 3 Wylie Watson, dies at 77
  • May 9 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Dukeenbosch, dies
  • May 12 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (b. 1896)
  • May 13 Henk [Hendrik M] of Randwijk, poet/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • May 14 Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • May 14 Megan Lloyd George, English politician, dies at 64
  • May 18 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • May 19 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain James Cook in 1773, dies at around 193
  • May 23 Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)