What Happened in 1966

Significant Events

  • Jan 19 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister
  • Feb 3 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
  • Mar 11 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out
  • Mar 26 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago
  • Jun 29 Vietnam War: US planes bomb the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong for the first time
  • Jul 13 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City
  • Nov 2 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
  • Dec 8 US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
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1966 in Film & TV

  • Jan 12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC
  • Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts
  • Jun 21 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1962 play of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1967)
  • Nov 8 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California
  • Dec 12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

1966 in Music

1966 in Sport

  • Jun 14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball

Did You Know?

"Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV

On September 8, 1966


World Leaders in 1966

Famous People in 1966

Would You Believe?

400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in city's history

On November 24, 1966

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
  • Feb 10 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)
  • Mar 10 Dutch Crown Princess Beatrix (Queen Beatrix) marries German aristocrat Claus von Amsberg in Amsterdam
  • Mar 17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office
  • Apr 9 Sophia Loren marries married Carlo Ponti in Paris
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