September 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 3 24th World SF Convention honors Gene Roddenberry
  • Sep 6 Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 8 The Severn Bridge is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 9 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Sep 10 Neal Diamond's 1st chart song (Cherry Cherry)
  • Sep 11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Sep 11 Johnny Miller becomes 1st Yank to hit a HR on his 1st at bat
  • Sep 12 Gemini XI (Charles Conrad & R Gordon) launched for 71-hour flight
  • Sep 12 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich begins teaching
  • Sep 13 Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa
  • Sep 15 First British nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution launched
  • Sep 15 Dutch political party (D'66) forms
  • Sep 15 Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth
  • Sep 15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
  • Sep 19 Mike Burke named Yankees pres
  • Sep 20 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
  • Sep 21 Five inches of rain falls on NYC
  • Sep 21 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to Jimi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Edward Albee's "Delicate Balance" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • Sep 22 Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium game
  • Sep 22 Surveyor 2 crashes on Moon
  • Sep 24 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • Sep 24 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • Sep 25 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 26 "Staten Island" 1st icebreaker to enter SF bay
  • Sep 29 Bechuanaland gains independence from England, becomes Botswana
  • Sep 29 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season
  • Sep 29 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • Sep 30 Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 3 Vladimir Ryzhkov, Russian politician
  • Sep 4 Debra Lewin, South Burlington Vermont, Miss Vermont-America (1991)
  • Sep 11 Princess Akishino, Japanese Imperial Family
  • Sep 13 Maria Furtw√§ngler, German physician
  • Sep 19 Soledad O'Brien, American journalist
  • Sep 19 Eric Robert Rudolph, American criminal
  • Sep 21 Ronna Reeves, Big Spring TX
  • Sep 24 Michael J. Varhola, American author
  • Sep 27 Stephanie D Wilson, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 28 Erno Das, lighting tech/gaffer (Spiegels, Lovely Liza)
  • Sep 30 Kerry G. Johnson, African American graphic designer and caricaturist

Deaths in History

  • Sep 6 Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister (1958-66), assassinated at 64 by Dimitri Tsafendas

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 6 Margaret Sanger, US feminist/birth control pioneer, dies at 86

  • Sep 9 Leon de Smet, Flemish painter, dies at 85
  • Sep 10 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • Sep 11 C. E. Woolman, American airline magnate (b. 1889)
  • Sep 21 Paul Reynaud, premier France (1940), dies
  • Sep 29 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Motion), dies at 75