October 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
  • Oct 1 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with eighteen fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9.
  • Oct 3 Marshal Arturo da Costa e Silva elected president
  • Oct 4 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
  • Oct 4 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Oct 4 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 6 Partial meltdown at Detroits's Fermi 1 nuclear reactor
  • Oct 6 LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is first declared illegal in state of California, other states follow.
  • Oct 8 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)
  • Oct 13 173 US aircraft bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 13 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Oct 14 175 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 14 Dutch government of Cals falls by motion of Schmelzer
  • Oct 15 Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 15 LBJ signs a bill creating US Department of Transportation

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Oct 15 Black Panther Party created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale
  • Oct 16 Joean Baez & 123 other anti-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
  • Oct 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 19 Yardbird 1st US tour (NYC)
  • Oct 21 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales
  • Oct 22 USSR launches Luna 12 for orbit around Moon
  • Oct 25 6 youths sentenced in "Johnson murderer!" in Amsterdam
  • Oct 26 First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2
  • Oct 26 US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
  • Oct 27 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 27 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 28 Belgium's Gaston Roelants runs 12-4/5 miles in 1 hour
  • Oct 29 Lunar Orbiter 1 crashes on moon: 6.7°N 162°E
  • Oct 29 National Organization of Women founded

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 5 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • Oct 9 Christopher Östlund, Swedish publisher and entrepreneur

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 9 David Cameron, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2010-16), born in London

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • Oct 20 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader (d. 2006)
  • Oct 20 Stefan Raab, German entertainer
  • Oct 20 Patrick J. Volkerding, Founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution
  • Oct 24 Roman Abramovich, Russian oil magnate
  • Oct 27 Matt Drudge, American blogger
  • Oct 28 Andy Richter, Yorkville IL, writer/sidekick (Conan O'Brien)
  • Oct 28 Aris Spiliotopoulos, Greek politician
  • Oct 31 Joseph Boyden, Canadian novelist

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Albert P A A Besnard, poet/journalist (Doom & Thirst), dies
  • Oct 4 Sherman Billingsley, talk show host (Stork Club), dies at 66
  • Oct 6 Sydney Chatton, dies of heart attack at 48
  • Oct 18 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant (Kmart) (b. 1867)
  • Oct 19 Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, dies
  • Oct 22 Hewlett Johnson, Red Deacon of Canterbury, dies
  • Oct 24 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • Oct 30 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (b. 1906)