On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1966

Historical Events

  • French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer, born in Eleusis, Greece
  • Luc Robitaille, NHL left wing (NY Rangers, Pitts Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Melissa Brooke-Belland, American musician (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Michael Lepond, American musician (Symphony X), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2004)

Famous Deaths

  • Frank Pettingell, English actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Gail Kane, American actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • Hans Hofmann, German American painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
1966 Highlights

About February 17, 1966

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 9 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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