What Happened on August 1, 1966

Day of the Week: Monday

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'├ętat

Famous Birthdays

  • Darryl Hall, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • Ganesh Mylvaganam, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • Horacia de la Pena, Argentina, tennis star
  • James St. James, American author and nightlife personality
  • Pat Carter, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)

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