On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1966

Historical Events

  • NASA satellite Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Famous Birthdays

  • Cedric Figaro, American football linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Don Sweeney, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick
  • Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Rodney Mullen, American professional skateboarder, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Zefross Moss, American NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Famous Deaths

  • Archibald Palm, South African cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies at 65
  • Ken Miles, British-American auto racer and engineer (USAC Road Racing C'ship 1961; 24 Hours of Daytona 1966), dies in practice accident at 47
  • Michael Garrison, American TVproducer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
1966 Highlights

About August 17, 1966

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 5 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo