What Happened in January 1966

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Jan 1 Military coup by Col. Jean-Bédel Bokassa in Central African Republic leads to his dictatorship
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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
  • Jan 1 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Jan 1 All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
  • Jan 1 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • Jan 1 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • Jan 1 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • Jan 2 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
  • Jan 2 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour, and last one played before Super Bowl era
  • Jan 3 Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE
  • Jan 4 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test
  • Jan 4 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution
  • Jan 7 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • Jan 7 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks

  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Jan 8 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • Jan 9 Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski revisionism
  • Jan 10 India & Pakistan sign Tashkent Declaration peace accord
  • Jan 10 The Georgia House of Representatives votes 184-12 to deny Julian Bond his seat as a result of his opposition to the Vietnam War
  • Jan 11 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 11 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH: East beats West, 137-94; MVP: Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals, PG
  • Jan 12 12 day NYC transit strike ends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • Jan 12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Jan 13 1st black selected for presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
  • Jan 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 14 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jan 15 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Frank Buncom, LA Chargers, LB
  • Jan 15 The First Nigerian Republic is overthrown in a military coup d'etat
  • Jan 15 Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna lead a coup d'état in Nigeria, the Prime Minister of Nigeria and other senior political and military figures are killed

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 16 16th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 36-7; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals, LB

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Jan 16 Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
  • Jan 16 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi seizes power in the chaos caused by a military coup and becomes the Nigerian Head of State
  • Jan 16 Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Chicago Black Hawks' right wing Bobby Hull scores 4 goals (his 17th career hat trick) in a 6-5 loss to NY Rangers; becomes the first player in team history to score 300 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

  • Jan 17 B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 18 Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 19 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jan 19 Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
  • Jan 24 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 24 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • Jan 25 WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 26 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:06.2)
  • Jan 26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Jan 27 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 29 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Jan 29 "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • Jan 29 Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • Jan 29 Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • Jan 29 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 29 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Jan 30 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • Jan 30 -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
  • Jan 30 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 11th string quartet

  • Jan 31 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • Jan 31 USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith wins her 7th consecutive Australian singles title; beats American Nancy Richey in a walkover, Richey injured

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson makes it 4 straight Australian titles; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Mika Nieminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Jan 1 Rawley Valberde, Oceanside California, actor (Amado-Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 3 Chetan Sharma, cricketer (Ind Test bowler, World Cup hat-trick 1987)
  • Jan 3 John Kropke, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jan 3 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan-born MLB infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Petare, Edo Miranda
  • Jan 3 Wendell Davis, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 3 Martin Galway, Northern Ireland composer
  • Jan 4 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 5 Kate Schellenbach, American musician (Luscious Jackson), born in New York City, New York
  • Jan 5 Renaldo Turnbull, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
  • Jan 6 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 6 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 6 Shahid Saeed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Jan 6 Fernando Carrillo, Venezuelan actor, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jan 6 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • Jan 6 Chris Antley, American jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jan 7 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, American publicist & wife of John Kennedy Jr, born in White Plains, New York (d. 1999)
  • Jan 7 Jennifer Luff, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 7 Randy Burridge, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Fort Erie, Canada
  • Jan 7 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jan 7 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), born in Brits, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Maria Pitillo, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers), born in Elmira, New York
  • Jan 8 Loretta Lee [Lee Lai Chan], Chinese actress (Happy Ghost), born in British Hong Kong
  • Jan 8 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • Jan 9 Jimmie Jones, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Jan 9 Candi Milo, American voice actress, born in Palm Springs, California
  • Jan 10 Steve Kramer, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 11 Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist
  • Jan 11 Kelley Law, Canadian curler
  • Jan 12 Craig Parry, Australian golfer, born in Sunshine, Australia
  • Jan 12 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star, born in Genoa, Italy
  • Jan 12 Olivier Martinez, French actor (The Horseman on the Roof), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 13 Joseph Harper, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 13 Marcus Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)

Person of interestPatrick Dempsey

Jan 13 Patrick Dempsey, American actor (Grey's Anatomy),born in Lewiston Maine

  • Jan 13 Tabitha Stevens, fictional character (Bewitched)
  • Jan 13 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), born in Bethnal Green, London (d. 2018)
  • Jan 14 Daniel J Schneider, American actor (Dennis-Head of the Class), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 14 Matt Brock, NFL defensive end/tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 15 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 16 Anthony Washington, Glasgow Montana, discus thrower (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Jan 16 Jack McDowell, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (NY Yankees, White Sox, Indians)
  • Jan 17 Anna Ivan, La Joltennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Don Myrah, cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 17 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician and reggae deejay (X-tra Naked ), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • Jan 17 Trish Johnson, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas), born in Bristol, England
  • Jan 18 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 18 André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 19 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 19 Ronnie Williams, American NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom (d. 1997)
  • Jan 19 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Sylvain Cote, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Jan 19 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer, born in Vetlanda, Sweden
  • Jan 20 Bert Weidner, American NFL guard (Miami Dolphins), born in Eden, New York
  • Jan 20 Chris Morris, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 20 Rich Gannon, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 20 Tracii Guns, American musician (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 20 Rainn Wilson, American actor (The Office, Juno), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 21 Chris Hammond, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 21 Katrine Michaelsen, Gentokte Denmark, Miss Denmark (1984)
  • Jan 22 Carlton Haselrig, American wrestler & NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 22 Nishantha Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • Jan 23 Haywoode Workman, American NBA guard (Indiana Pacers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 23 Mike Brim, American NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2005)
  • Jan 23 Scott Fortune, American volleyball player (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jan 24 Kim Saiki, golfer (1994 Standard Register PING-13th), born in Inglewood, California
  • Jan 24 Mike Forgeron, Main-A-Dieu Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 24 Jimeoin, Northern Irish comedian
  • Jan 25 John Velyvis, American rower & surgeon (Olympics 1996), born in North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Jan 25 Mark Schlereth, American NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jan 25 Paul Ranheim, American NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 25 Pavel Torgajev, Russian ice hockey player (Calgary Flames), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • Jan 25 Richie Lewis, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Muncie, Indiana
  • Jan 25 Chet Culver, American politician (Governor of Iowa), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 27 Tamlyn Tomita, Okinawa, actress (Karate Kid 2, Ming Li-Santa Barbara)
  • Jan 28 Jeff Uhlenhake, NFL center (New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 28 Michal Pivonka, Kladno Cze, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 29 Romário, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 30 Danielle Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 30 Daphne Ashbrook, American actress (Liz-Our Family Honor), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 31 Al Jaworsky [Alan Doughty], English musician & bassist (Jesus Jones), born in Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Charles Dimry, American football cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 31 Jamie Taras, Canadian football player (BC Lions), born in Acton, Ontario

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Rex Lease, American actor (Fast Bullets, Sunny Skies, Custer's Last Stand), dies at 62
  • Jan 5 George Duckworth, cricketer (24 Tests for England, ct 45 stp 15), dies
  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, dies at 68

Person of interestAlbert Stevens

Jan 9 Albert Stevens, an American patient in secret medical trials who survived the highest known radiation dose in a human, dies of heart disease at 79

Human Medical Subject Albert Stevens
Human Medical Subject
Albert Stevens
  • Jan 10 George Cresswell, cricketer (Took 13 wkts in 3 Tests for NZ), suicide
  • Jan 10 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), dies at 69
  • Jan 11 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, dies at 64
  • Jan 11 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1964-66), dies under suspicious circumstances at 61
  • Jan 11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Sergei Korolev, Russian space station constructor, dies
  • Jan 14 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), dies at 56
  • Jan 16 Margarete Susman, German-Jewish writer, dies at 91
  • Jan 17 Vincent J Donehue, director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
  • Jan 18 Kathleen Norris, US author, dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Herbert Marshall, actor (Dark Angel, Duel in the Sun), dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (b. 1909)
  • Jan 29 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • Jan 31 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90