What Happened in December 1966

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor
  • Dec 1 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland to Boulder, Colorado
  • Dec 1 Ecuadorian national baseball team defends its title with a 4-3 win over Brazil in the South American Championship; last win for next 50 years; Eloy Guerrero drives in Ramón Sotomayor with the winning run
  • Dec 3 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Dec 3 31st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 4 Military Working Dog "Nemo" saves the life of his handler Airman Robert A. Throneburg during the Vietnam War, surviving a gunshot wound to the nose
  • Dec 5 "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances
  • Dec 6 Polio vaccination becomes obligatory in Belgium
  • Dec 7 A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 8 US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
  • Dec 10 Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • Dec 10 Nobel for chemistry awarded to Robert S. Mulliken
  • Dec 11 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • Dec 12 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

  • Dec 13 1st battle for Bijlmer flats, Amsterdam
  • Dec 13 Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78
  • Dec 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 15 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Dec 15 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
  • Dec 15 John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
  • Dec 16 The Beatles release "Everywhere it's Christmas" in UK

Music releaseMusic Single

Dec 16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 18 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 18 Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
  • Dec 20 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
  • Dec 20 Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
  • Dec 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 21 USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
  • Dec 22 WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • Dec 24 "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Dec 24 Soviet spacecraft Luna 13 lands on Moon
  • Dec 24 USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
  • Dec 26 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
  • Dec 26 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London
  • Dec 27 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins award for best European football player; claims award by a single point ahead of Benfica striker Eusébio
  • Dec 28 13 die in a train crash in Everett, Massachusetts
  • Dec 28 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 28 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
  • Dec 29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • Dec 31 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
  • Dec 31 Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92
  • Dec 31 Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Craig David Parry, Sunshine Victoria, PGA golfer (1994 Honda-2nd)
  • Dec 1 Greg McMichael, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Dec 1 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Killing Stone, Deadly Friend)
  • Dec 1 Mike Flores, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • Dec 1 Steve Walsh, St. Paul Minnesota, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Dec 1 Katherine LaNasa, American actress
  • Dec 2 Anita Jokiel, Polish gymnast (Olympic-1980)
  • Dec 2 Clive Eksteen, cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)
  • Dec 2 Kelly Buchberger, Langenburg, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Dec 2 Rob Sullivan, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Tri-City Pro-Am), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 2 Jinsei Shinzaki, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Dec 3 Lisa Lightfoot, Australian middle distance runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 3 Flemming Povlsen, Danish footballer
  • Dec 4 Fred Armisen, American actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Dec 4 Masta Ace, American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 4 Suzanne Malveaux, American television news journalist, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Dec 5 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 5 Joseph Barbara, American actor (Joe Carlino-Another World), born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • Dec 5 Niege Dias, Brazilian tennis star, born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
  • Dec 5 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant), born in Forbach, Lorraine, France
  • Dec 6 Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete
  • Dec 7 C Thomas Howell, actor (Red Dawn, Tank, Soul Man), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 7 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
  • Dec 8 Douglas Allan Martin, Bluffton OH, PGA golfer (1995 Buick-2nd)
  • Dec 8 Joe Staysniak, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 8 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Albert-Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestSinead O'Connor

Dec 8 Sinéad O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter (Nothing Compares 2 U), born in Glenageary, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • Dec 8 Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
  • Dec 9 Dana Murzyn, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 9 Kirsten Gillibrand, American politician
  • Dec 9 Toby Huss, American actor
  • Dec 10 Mel Rojas, MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Haina, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 10 Eric Naposki, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Dec 10 Norberto Martin, infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 11 Terry Sharpe, rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets)
  • Dec 11 Gary Dourdan, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 11 Leon Lai, Chinese-born Hong Kong actor and singer, born in Beijing, China
  • Dec 12 Cheryl Dickey, American 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 12 Jim Sandlak, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Dec 12 Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Dec 12 Kouichi Nagano, Japanese voice actor, born in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 13 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef, born in Napier, New Zealand (d. 2014)
  • Dec 13 Don Roff, American writer and filmmaker, born in Walla Walla, Washington
  • Dec 14 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Dec 14 Bill Ranford, Canadian NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • Dec 14 Carl Herrera, Trinidadian-born Venezuelan NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dec 14 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver, born in Sassuolo, Italy
  • Dec 14 Tim Sköld, Swedish-American musician, born in Skövde, Sweden
  • Dec 15 Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)
  • Dec 15 Manos Papayiannis, Greek fashion model and actor
  • Dec 16 Clifford Robinson, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Dec 16 Dennis Wise, English footballer
  • Dec 17 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
  • Dec 17 Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
  • Dec 17 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • Dec 17 Christopher A. Wray, American lawyer, F.B.I. Director (2017-), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 18 Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 18 Gianluca Pagliuca, Italian actress (Ugly Dirty & Bad)
  • Dec 18 Patricia Neder, American team handball right wing (Olympics 1992 & 1996), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Dec 18 Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • Dec 18 Terry Phelps, American tennis player, born in Larchmont, New York
  • Dec 18 Tracy Byrd, country singer
  • Dec 18 Makiko Esumi, Japanese actress
  • Dec 18 Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
  • Dec 19 Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, Italian skier (Olympic gold 1988, 92)
  • Dec 19 Courtney Griffin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 19 Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Dec 19 Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
  • Dec 19 Rajesh Chauhan, cricketer (Indian off-spinner since 1993)
  • Dec 19 Robert MacNaughton, American actor (ET), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 19 Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
  • Dec 20 Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 20 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord)
  • Dec 20 Tim Hauck, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 20 Matt Neal, British Race Driver
  • Dec 20 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer
  • Dec 21 Kiefer Sutherland, American actor (Lost Boys, 24), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Karri Turner, American actress
  • Dec 22 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet/Russian gymnast, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 22 Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction)
  • Dec 23 Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II)
  • Dec 24 Deidrich Bader, American actor (Drew Carey Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 25 Craig Veasey, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Dec 25 Javier Frana, Rafaela Argentina, tennis star
  • Dec 25 Sandy Corn, model/Penthouse Pet (March, 1991)
  • Dec 26 Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets)
  • Dec 27 Fabian Núñez, American politician
  • Dec 27 Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American writer
  • Dec 27 Eva LaRue, American actress
  • Dec 27 Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
  • Dec 28 Joe Wolf, US NFL player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 29 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Dec 29 Drew Hartt, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 29 Jason Gould, Son of actor Elliott Gould and singer and actress Barbra Streisand, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 29 Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer
  • Dec 31 Paula Barbieri, model/girlfriend of O.J. Simpson/actress (Dangerous)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Actor Strother Martin (47) weds Helen Meisels


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • Dec 6 Hermann Heiss, German composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 8 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 9 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Boris Koutzen, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 13 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • Dec 14 Emma Dunn, actress (You Can't Fool Your Wife), dies at 91
  • Dec 14 Richard Whorf, American actor and director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Dec 14 Verna Felton, actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76

Person of interestWalt Disney

Dec 15 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Dec 17 Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • Dec 19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82
  • Dec 23 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • Dec 26 Noel Gallon, French composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • Dec 30 Christian A Herter, US Min of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71
  • Dec 30 Christian Herter, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (1953-57), dies at 71
  • Dec 31 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
  • Dec 31 Pieter Geyl, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch Race), dies at 79