On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1966

Historical Events

  • Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title
  • Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission

Famous Birthdays

  • Fred Strickland, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Leo Goeas, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Shirley Kwan [Kwan Suk Yee] Chinese Canto-pop singer ("Happy Are Those In Love"), born in Hong Kong

Famous Deaths

  • Gerhard Pohl, German writer (Crazy Ferdinand), dies at 64
  • Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Seena Owen, actress/writer (Queen Kelly), dies at 71
1966 Highlights

About August 15, 1966

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 3 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

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