On This Day

What Happened on April 2, 1966

Historical Events

  • Soviet Union's Luna 10 becomes 1st spacecraft to orbit Moon
  • WJET TV channel 24 in Erie, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey right wing (NHL All-Star Game 2001, 03, 09 [MVP]; Stanley Cup 1994, New York Rangers; Olympic gold 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Bill Romanowski, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1988, 89 SF 49ers; 97, 98 Denver Broncos; Pro Bowl 1996, 98), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • Garnett Silk [Garnet Smith], Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter (Hey Mama Africa; Greenline), born in Manchester, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • Teddy Sheringham, English soccer striker (51 caps; Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • C. S. Forester, English historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
1966 Highlights

About April 2, 1966

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 56 years, 2 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Ballad Of The Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler
  • UK #1 Song: The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore - Walker Brothers