On This Day

What Happened on April 8, 1966

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

American Football League votes in 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner after Joe Foss resigns; appointment lasts 3 months when AFL merges with NFL

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
  • Time publishes its "Is God Dead" issue - its first issue without an image

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
  • Mark Blundell, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1992), born in London, England
  • Mazinho, Brazilian footballer (1994 FIFA World Cup) and manager, born in Santa Rita, Brazil

Person of interestRobin Wright

Robin Wright, American actress (Princess Bride, House of Cards), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress Robin Wright
Robin Wright

Famous Deaths

  • George Creten, Belgian sculptor and painter, dies at 79
1966 Highlights

About April 8, 1966

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 5 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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