On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1966

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events


Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Al Jaworsky [Alan Doughty], English musician & bassist (Jesus Jones), born in Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Charles Dimry, American football cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Diego, California
  • Jamie Taras, Canadian football player (BC Lions), born in Acton, Ontario

Famous Deaths

  • Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90