1966 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 375

  • Mar 26 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago
  • Mar 31 25,000 anti war demonstrators march in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Luna 10, 1st lunar orbiter
  • Apr 1 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • Apr 1 Loyalist led by Ian Paisley, a Protestant fundamentalist preacher, founded the Ulster Constitution Defence Committee to challenge the civil rights movement; it set up a paramilitary-style wing called the Ulster Protestant Volunteers
  • Apr 1 "Hold On, I'm Comin'" single released by Sam & Dave
  • Apr 2 Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • Apr 3 Soviet Luna 10 completes its first orbit of the Moon
  • Apr 3 Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus
  • Apr 4 Pirate Radio Scotland changes name to Radio Ireland
  • Apr 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6 Mihir Sen swims Palk Strait between Sri Lanka & India
  • Apr 7 US recovers lost H-bomb from Mediterranean floor (whoops!)
  • Apr 8 OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
  • Apr 8 Time publishes its "Is God Dead" issue - its first issue without an image
  • Apr 12 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
  • Apr 13 Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
  • Apr 16 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • Apr 19 In 1st regular season game at Anaheim Stadium, Angels lose 3-1 to Chic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Kingston, Jamaica

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Apr 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 25 Drunk driver kills 10 children in Asse, Belgium
  • Apr 26 An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 destroys Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd cello concert
  • Apr 28 Cleve ties record with 10th straight win since Opening Day
  • Apr 28 OCAM, Common Afro-Mauritian Organization forms
  • Apr 30 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California
  • 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
  • Jun 1 2,400 people attend White House Conference on Civil Rights
  • Jun 1 Joaquin Balaguer elected president of Dominican Republic
  • Jun 1 Shortwave station Radio NY Worldwide changes calls from WRUL to WNYW
  • Jun 2 US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
  • Jun 3 European DX Council forms in Copenhagen (shortwave listeners)
  • Jun 3 Gemini 9 launched; 7th US 2-man flight (Stafford & Cernan)
  • Jun 4 -10] Hurricane Alma, kills 51 in Honduras
  • Jun 6 Civil rights activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi
  • Jun 6 Gemini 9 completes 45 orbits after rendezvous with "angry alligator"
  • Jun 6 Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement
  • Jun 8 Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
  • Jun 10 Cleve Indian Sonny Siebert no-hits Washington Senator, 2-0
  • Jun 10 Mamas & Papas win gold record for "Monday, Monday"
  • Jun 11 "(I'm A) Road Runner" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaks at #20
  • Jun 11 "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 French & German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry
  • Jun 12 Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan Show
  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court's Miranda decision; suspects must be informed of rights
  • Jun 14 Dutch police beat construction workers, 60 injured
  • Jun 16 20th Tony Awards: Marat/Sade & Man of La Mancha win
  • Jun 17 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers
  • Jun 20 Sheila Scott completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman
  • Jun 21 Queen Juliana opens Coen tunnel in Amsterdam
  • Jun 22 South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government
  • Jun 24 Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
  • Jun 24 16th Berlin International Film Festival: "Cul-de-Sac" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 25 Kosmos 122, 1st Soviet weather satellite, launched
  • Jun 26 Kanton Bazel leads female suffrage in Switzerland
  • Jun 27 4th Mayor's Trophy Game; Yanks beat Mets 5-2
  • Jun 29 Vietnam War: US planes bomb the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong for the first time
  • Jun 30 Leopoldville Congo is renamed Kinshasa
  • Jun 30 Richard Helms promoted from deputy director to 8th director of US Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jun 30 Vice Adm William F Raborn Jr, USN, ends term as 7th director of CIA
  • Jul 1 Construction crews begin tearing up Market St to build BART
  • Jul 1 NASA launches spacecraft Explorer 33
  • Jul 1 Medicare goes into effect
  • Jul 2 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 3 Race riots in Omaha Nebraska

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jul 5 NYC transit fare rises from 15 cents to 20 cents
  • Jul 5 National Guard mobilizes in Omaha after 3rd night of rioting
  • Jul 5 Saturn I rocket launched at Cape Kennedy
  • Jul 6 Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president
  • Jul 8 US airline strike (until Aug 19th)

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 111 of 111

  • Nov 30 Ed Kemper, American serial killer
  • Nov 30 Wil Mara, American author
  • Dec 4 Suzanne Malveaux, American television news reporter
  • Dec 9 Kirsten Gillibrand, American politician
  • Dec 12 Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist
  • Dec 13 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef
  • Dec 17 Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
  • Dec 17 Christopher A. Wray, American lawyer, F.B.I. Director (2017-), born in New York City
  • Dec 20 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord)
  • Dec 27 Fabian Núñez, American politician
  • Dec 27 Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American writer

Weddings in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 125 of 125

  • 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 and philanthropist (Kmart), dies at 99
  • Oct 19 Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, dies
  • Oct 22 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • Oct 30 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (b. 1906)
  • Nov 2 Sadao Araki, Japanese General, Minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • Nov 2 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • Nov 8 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist, dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 16 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87

  • Nov 18 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer, dies
  • Nov 22 Moises F da Costa Gomez, premier Dutch Antilles, dies
  • Nov 23 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Siegfried Kracauer, writer, dies at 77
  • Dec 2 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 15 Walt Disney, animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Dec 18 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • Dec 19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • Dec 23 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71
  • Dec 31 Pieter C A Geyl, historian (History of Dutch Race), dies