On This Day

What Happened in February 1966

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pak ministerial talks after 1965 war.
  • Feb 3 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US
  • Feb 3 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
  • Feb 4 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
  • Feb 5 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • Feb 7 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
  • Feb 9 UK Government announces construction of a nuclear reactor on the North coast of Scotland
  • Feb 10 Harmel government in Belgium resigns

Historic Publication

Feb 10 "Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann is published by Bernard Geis Associates in the US - sold over 31 million copies

Contract of Interest

Feb 11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

  • Feb 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 14 Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced

NBA Record

Feb 14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

  • Feb 14 Russian writers Andrei Sinyavsky & Joey Daniel found guilty under the offense of anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda for publishing their satirical writings abroad
  • Feb 15 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Feb 16 Australian cricket batsman Bob Cowper makes a patient 307 (727 mins, 20 x 4s) in drawn 5th Test v England in Melbourne
  • Feb 16 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
  • Feb 16 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Feb 17 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
  • Feb 20 Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR

Historic Event

Feb 21 Indonesian President Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

  • Feb 22 Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
  • Feb 23 Premier Milton Obote seizes power in Uganda

Coup d'état

Feb 24 Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 Syrian military coup under General Hafiz al-Assad
  • Feb 26 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • Feb 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Feb 27 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
  • Feb 27 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria

Daytona 500

Feb 27 8th Daytona 500: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain

  • Feb 28 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool, England closes

Sports History

Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers

Golden Globes

Feb 28 23rd Golden Globes: "Doctor Zhivago", Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Donna Edmondson, American Playboy playmate (Nov, 1986, Playmate of the Year 1987), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 1 Michelle Akers, American soccer forward (Olympics gold 1996, World Cup 1991, 99), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Feb 1 Rob Lee, English soccer midfielder (21 caps; Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star
  • Feb 2 Bob Estes, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Graham, Texas
  • Feb 2 Tony Plourde, Chibougamau Quebec, sabre (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 2 Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter and backing vocalist (Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone, Hollywood Vampires), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Feb 2 D. C. Douglas, American actor and director
  • Feb 3 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2020)
  • Feb 3 Danny Morrison, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (48 Tests, 160 wickets; 96 ODIs, 126 wickets) and broadcaster (TVNZ, Sky Sports, Radio Sport), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 3 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 3 Frank Coraci, American film director
  • Feb 4 Barry Klein, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Feb 4 Viatcheslav Ekimov, Russian cyclist
  • Feb 5 José María Olazábal, Spanish golfer (US Masters 1994, 99), born in Hondarribia, Spain
  • Feb 5 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1993)
  • Feb 6 Rick Astley, British pop singer-songwriter ("Never Gonna Give You Up"), born in Newton-le-Willows, England
  • Feb 6 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Chris Rock

Feb 7 Chris Rock, American comedian (SNL, CB4, Everybody Hates Chris), born in Andrews, South Carolina

  • Feb 7 Kristin Otto, German swimmer (6 Olympic gold 1988), born in Leipzig, Germany
  • Feb 8 Alex Antonitsch, Austrian tennis player, born in Villach, Austria
  • Feb 8 Kirk Muller, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kingston
  • Feb 8 Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Feb 9 Amanda Roocroft, British operatic soprano, born in Coppull, Lancashire, England
  • Feb 9 Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
  • Feb 9 Harald Eia, Norwegian TV - comedian
  • Feb 10 Daryl Johnston, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Youngstown, New York
  • Feb 11 Alexander Semak, Russian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ufa, Russia
  • Feb 11 Patrick Kuhnen, German tennis player, born in Püttlingen, Germany
  • Feb 11 Stephen Gregory, American actor (Chase-Young & Restless), born in New York City, New York
  • Feb 12 Boty Goodwin, British artist (d. 1995)
  • Feb 13 Frederick "Freedom" Williams, American hip hop and dance music performer (C&C Music Factory - "Everybody Dance Now"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 13 Tally Chanel, Israeli actress (Warrior Queen), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Feb 13 Neal McDonough, American actor (Band of Brothers; Desperate Housewives; Suits), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 14 Petr Svoboda, Czech NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Olympic gold 1998), born in Most, Czechia
  • Feb 14 Gary Halpin, Irish rugby union prop (11 caps; Wanderers F.C, Leinster, London Irish, Harlequins), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2021)
  • Feb 15 Melido Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 15 Petra Huber, Austrian professional tennis player
  • Feb 16 Eric Uptagrafft, prone rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Feb 17 Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 17 Melissa Brooke-Belland, American musician (Voice of the Beehive - "Let it Bee)", born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 17 Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer, born in Eleusis, Greece
  • Feb 17 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Michael Lepond, American musician (Symphony X), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 18 Kris King, Canadian NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hornepayne, Canada
  • Feb 18 Phillip De Freitas, English cricket fast bowler (44 Tests, 140 wickets, 4 x 50; 103 ODIs, 115 wickets; Derbyshire, Leicestershire), born in Scotts Head, Dominica
  • Feb 18 Guy Ferland, American television director, born in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Feb 19 Justine Bateman, America actress (Family Ties, Satisfaction), born in Rye, New York
  • Feb 19 Matthew Ryan, American team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • Feb 19 Paul Haarhuis, Dutch tennis star (1994 US/Austral doubles), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Feb 19 Peter Douris, Canadian NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 19 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"), and actor (Disorderlies), born in (d. 2021) [1]
  • Feb 19 William White, American NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons), born in Lima, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
  • Feb 20 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams), born in Odessa, Texas
  • Feb 20 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20

Cindy Crawford

Feb 20 Cindy Crawford, American supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit), born in DeKalb, Illinois

  • Feb 20 Dennis Allen Mitchell, Cherry Point NC, 100m/200m (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Feb 20 Derek Lilliquist, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians, Atl Braves)
  • Feb 21 Bronwen Booth, English actress (Andy-One Life to Live, Eternal Evil), born in London, England
  • Feb 21 Chris Donnels, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Angeles, California
  • Feb 21 Edie Boyer, American discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Feb 21 Wendy James, English vocalist (Transvision Vamp - "Velveteen"), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Brent Severyn, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Islanders), born in Vegreville, Canada
  • Feb 22 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • Feb 22 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 22 Thorsten Kaye, German-British soap actor (Patrick-One Life to Live, Silencers), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Feb 22 Brad Edwards, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Feb 22 Rachel Dratch, American actress & comedienne, born in Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 22 Brian Greig, Australian politician, born in Fremantle, Australia
  • Feb 23 John Druce, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • Feb 23 Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 23 Didier Queloz, Swiss astronomer (discovered 1st exoplanet), 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, born in Switzerland
  • Feb 24 Billy Zane, actor (Titanic, Dead Calm), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Rene Arocha, Cubans-American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 24 Ben Miller, English comedian and actor (Armstrong and Miller), born in London, England
  • Feb 25 Don Anurasiri, cricketer (Sri Lankan slow left-armer)
  • Feb 25 Samantha Phillips, Ft Meade MD, Penthouse Pet
  • Feb 25 Stacey Cortez, actress (Sheila Cantillan-General Hospital)
  • Feb 25 Tea Leoni, American actress (Flying Blind, Madam Secretary), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 25 Alexis Denisof, American actor
  • Feb 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • Feb 25 Nancy O'Dell, American reporter and television personality
  • Feb 26 Jennifer Grant, American actress (Celeste-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Burbank, California
  • Feb 26 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer-songwriter ("Ma Bassmahlak"), born in Zahlé, Lebanon
  • Feb 27 Chris Howard, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Kenner, Louisiana
  • Feb 27 Gregg Rainwater, American actor (Buck Cross-Young Riders), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 27 Pete Smith, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves, NY Mets), born in Abington, Massachusetts
  • Feb 27 Donal Logue, Canadian actor, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Feb 28 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Feb 28 Tim Goad, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 28 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • Feb 28 Paulo Futre, Portuguese footballer
  • Feb 28 Edward Shearmur, British film score composer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Charlie's Angels), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

Bob Marley

Feb 10 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71

Buster Keaton

Feb 1 Buster Keaton, American actor & comedian (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70

  • Feb 3 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Gilbert H. Grosvenor, American geographer and 1st full-time editor of National Geographic Society (1899-1954), dies at 90
  • Feb 6 Algot Haquinius, Swedish pianist, and composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, dies at 88
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", dies at 79
  • Feb 10 Billy Rose [William Samuel Rosenberg], American theatrical producer (Diamond Horse Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 13 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • Feb 13 Marguerite Long, French concert pianist (Ravel) and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1906-40), dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • Feb 15 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect, dies at 56
  • Feb 16 Hendrik Tilanus, Dutch artillery officer and political leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Frank Pettingell, English actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Gail Kane, American actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Hans Hofmann, German American painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • Feb 18 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • Feb 18 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31
  • Feb 18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)

Chester Nimitz

Feb 20 Chester Nimitz, American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, dies at 80

  • Feb 21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, dies at 70
  • Feb 22 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist and folklorist, dies at 74
  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • Feb 26 Minerva Urecal [Dunnock], American stage, radio, and screen character actress (Accent on Love; The Adventures of Tugboat Annie; Peter Gunn; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Feb 26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • Feb 28 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-American, actor (Blondie films; The Saint films), shoots himself at 74
  • Feb 28 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • Feb 28 Elliot McKay See Jr., American engineer and NASA astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash