On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1966

Historical Events

  • "Hold On, I'm Comin'" single released by Sam & Dave
  • 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Evans, English disc jockey
  • Harry Van Hofwegen, Canadian CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions), born in Nepean, Ontario
  • Mehmet Özdilek, Turkish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Beşiktaş) and manager (BB Erzurumspor), born in Samsun, Turkey

Famous Deaths

  • Brian O'Brien, Irish novelist (At Swim-Two-Birds), dies at 54
  • Karl Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
1966 Highlights

About April 1, 1966

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 8 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries