On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1966

Historical Events

  • Charles Whitman wounds 31 and kills 16 at University of Texas
  • Yakubu Gowon becomes Nigerian Head of State after a military coup d'état

Famous Birthdays

  • Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • Horacio de la Peña, Argentinian tennis star and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • James St. James, American author and nightlife personality, born in Saginaw, Michigan

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Whitman, former marine, kills 16 at U of Texas, shot by cops
  • Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
1966 Highlights

About August 1, 1966

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 4 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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