On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1966

Day of the Week: Wednesday

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
  • Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer
  • Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
  • Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)

Famous Deaths

  • Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • 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, producer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43