What Happened in January 1966

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway
  • Jan 1 Milt coup by Col Jean-Bédell Bokassa in Central African Republic
  • 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 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • 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: East beats West 137-94 at Cincinnati
  • 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 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

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
David Bowie
  • Jan 15 AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
  • 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
  • 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 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 19 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Jan 30 Dmitri Shostakovitch 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 54th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Jan 31 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3)

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, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • Jan 5 Renaldo Turnbull, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 6 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 6 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 6 Shahid Saeed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989)
  • Jan 6 Fernando Carrillo, Venezuelan actor
  • Jan 6 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer
  • Jan 6 Chris Antley, Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jan 7 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, model/wife of John Kennedy Jr
  • Jan 7 Jennifer Luff, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 7 Randy Burridge, Fort Erie, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jan 7 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer
  • Jan 7 Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Maria Pitillo, Mahwah, New Jersey, American actress (Ryan's Hope, Natural Born Killers)
  • Jan 8 Loretta Lee, [Lee Lai Chan], China, actress (Happy Ghost)
  • Jan 8 Andrew Wood, Columbus Mississippi, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)
  • Jan 9 Jimmie Jones, defensive end/defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 9 Candi Milo, American voice actress
  • Jan 10 Steve Kramer, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 11 Christian Pouget, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jan 11 Marc Acito, American novelist and humorist
  • Jan 11 Kelley Law, Canadian curler
  • Jan 12 Craig Parry, Sunshine VIC, Australian golfer
  • Jan 12 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star
  • Jan 12 Olivier Martinez, French actor (The Horseman on the Roof), born in Paris
  • 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, 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
  • Jan 18 André Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 19 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 19 Ronnie Williams, NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 19 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Sylvain Cote, Duberger, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 19 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer
  • Jan 20 Bert Weidner, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 20 Chris Morris, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • Jan 20 Rich Gannon, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 20 Tracii Guns, rock guitarist (LA Guns-It's Over Now)
  • 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, NFL guard (NY Jets)
  • Jan 22 Nishantha Ranatunga, cricket (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder)
  • Jan 23 Haywoode Workman, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers)
  • Jan 23 Mike Brim, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 23 Scott Fortune, volleyballer (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 [Vo] Velyvis, North Adams Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 25 Mark Schlereth, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 25 Paul Ranheim, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 25 Pavel Torgajev, Nizhnij Novgorod, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • Jan 25 Richie Lewis, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Muncie, Indiana
  • Jan 25 Chet Culver, American politician, governor of Iowa
  • Jan 27 Michael De Angelis, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • 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, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 30 Daphne Ashbrook, actress (Liz-Our Family Honor), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 31 Al Jaworsky, [Alan Doughty], pop bassist (Jesus Jones)
  • Jan 31 Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 31 Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • Jan 31 Dr Umar Alisha, A Sufi Master was Born at Pithapuram.

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
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 Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/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 runner (b. 1889)
  • Jan 14 Sergei Korolev, Russian space station constructor, dies
  • Jan 14 Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)
  • Jan 16 Margarete Susman, 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