On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1966

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway
  • 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

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
  • Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Famous Birthdays

  • Mika Nieminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Rawley Valberde, Oceanside California, actor (Amado-Santa Barbara)

Famous Deaths

  • Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), dies at 82