On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1966

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Evans, English disc jockey
  • Dave Vankoughnett, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Odie Harris, NFL safety/defensive back (Houston Oilers)

Famous Deaths

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