On This Day

What Happened in July 1966

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4
  • Jul 1 Construction crews begin tearing up Market St in San Francisco to build the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART)
  • Jul 1 NASA launches spacecraft Explorer 33
  • Jul 1 US national health insurance program Medicare goes into effect
  • Jul 1 1st color television transmission in Canada is broadcast from Toronto
  • Jul 2 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles

  • Jul 2 West Indian cricket batsman Basil Butcher scores career best 209 not out to guide tourists to a 139-run 3rd Test win over England at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: American Sandra Spuzich wins by 1 from Carol Mann for her only LPGA major title
  • Jul 3 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants)
  • Jul 3 Race riots in Omaha, Nebraska

Music History

Jul 4 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

Historic Event

Jul 4 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

  • Jul 5 NYC transit fare rises from 15 cents to 20 cents
  • Jul 5 National Guard mobilizes in Omaha after 3rd night of rioting
  • Jul 5 Saturn I rocket launched at Cape Kennedy
  • Jul 6 Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president

Historic Event

Jul 7 Obscenity ban for "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court after testimony by Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer

  • Jul 8 US airline strike (until Aug 19th)
  • Jul 8 King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi

British Golf Open

Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors

  • Jul 12 10.51" (26.70 cm) of rainfall, Sandusky Ohio (state record)
  • Jul 12 37th All-Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 inninngs, at Busch Memorial Stadium, St Louis

Sports History

Jul 12 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson voted MLB All Star game MVP

  • Jul 12 Start of 3 day race riot in Chicago, looting brings out National Guardsmen
  • Jul 12 US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver bullion price at Philadelphia and Denver mints
  • Jul 13 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City
  • Jul 14 Richard Speck rapes and kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory
  • Jul 14 53rd Tour de France won by Lucien Aimar of France
  • Jul 16 "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 performances
  • Jul 16 Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts
  • Jul 16 Nigeria becomes the first Anglophone independent state in Africa to become an associate member of European Economic Community
  • Jul 17 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 performances
  • Jul 17 Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit
  • Jul 17 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)
  • Jul 18 Carl Sagan turns 1 billion seconds old
  • Jul 18 Gemini 10 launches John Young & Michael Collins
  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear Test at Fangataufa Island
  • Jul 19 Governor James Rhodes declares state of emergency in Cleveland (race riot)
  • Jul 21 Gemini X returns to Earth
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens
  • Jul 23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • Jul 23 Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"

#1 in the Charts

Jul 23 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" hits #1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)

  • Jul 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: American Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong
  • Jul 25 Brian Jones' final performance as a Rolling Stone

Music Single

Jul 25 The Supremes release single "You Can't Hurry Love"

Hall of Fame

Jul 25 Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame

  • Jul 26 WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous precedent

Music History

Jul 29 Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock, New York

  • Jul 29 In Nigerian counter-coup, Head of State General Aguiyi Ironsi murdered, Yakubu Gowon appointed his successor
  • Jul 30 Beatles' "Yesterday... & Today" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time
  • Jul 30 US airplanes bombs demilitarized zone in Vietnam

Music History

Jul 31 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark


Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Larisa Savchenko-Neiland, Latvian tennis player (6 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Jul 1 Patrick McEnroe, American tennis player, coach and broadcaster (coach US Davis Cup win 2007), born in Manhasset, New York

Moises Alou

Jul 3 Moises Alou, american MLB outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

  • Jul 3 Neil O'Donnell, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Jul 4 Adrian Caldwell, American NBA forward/center (Indiana Pacers), born in Falls County, Texas
  • Jul 4 Lee Reherman, American actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)
  • Jul 5 Susannah Doyle, British actress (Drop the Dead Donkey), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
  • Jul 5 Gianfranco Zola, Italian footballer and coach (Chelsea), born in Oliena, Italy
  • Jul 6 Brian Posehn, American actor (Jim Kuback-Mission Hill), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jul 7 Hector Burba, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jul 7 Jeff Shaw, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Washington Court House, Ohio
  • Jul 7 Jim Gaffigan, American comedian (Mr Universe), born in Elgin, Illinois
  • Jul 7 Gundula Krause, German folk violinist, born in Göttingen, Germany
  • Jul 7 Neil Tobin, American magician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 9 Pamela Adlon, American voice actress
  • Jul 10 Alvoid Mays, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jul 10 Johnny Grunge, wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jul 11 Debbe Dunning, actress (Tool Time Girl-Home Improvement), born in Burbank, California
  • Jul 11 Mel Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim - "Coming to America")
  • Jul 11 Rod Strickland, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Wash Wizards)
  • Jul 11 Greg Grunberg, American actor
  • Jul 11 Mick Molloy, Australian comedian
  • Jul 11 Kentaro Miura, Japanese manga author (Berserk), born in Chiba, Japan (d. 2021)
  • Jul 12 Allegra Curtis, model and daughter of Christine Kaufmann and Tony Curtis, born in London, England
  • Jul 12 Annabel Croft, English tennis player, broadcaster (Eurosport, Sky Sport, BBC), born in Farnborough, Kent
  • Jul 12 Peter Shorts, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 13 Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnast (Olympic-1980)
  • Jul 13 Gerald Levert, American R&B singer ("Casanova"; "In My Songs"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Jul 14 D. J. Johnson, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 14 Matthew Fox, American actor (Party of 5, Lost), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 14 Tayna Donelly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Throwing Muses; Belly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Jul 14 Ellen Reid, Canadian keyboard and accordion player (Crash Test Dummies - "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"), born in Selkirk, Manitoba
  • Jul 14 Brian Selznick, American author and illustrator (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), born in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey
  • Jul 15 Irene Jacob, actress (Red, Othello)
  • Jul 15 Kristoff St John, American actor (Adam-Generations, Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 15 Rickey Foggie, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 15 Stephen Dodd, Welsh golfer (British Senior Open 2021), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Jul 16 Chip Lohmiller, NFL kicker (New Orleans Saints), born in Woodbury, Minnesota
  • Jul 16 Jyrki Lumme, Finnish NHL defenseman (Canucks, Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jul 16 Warren Sallenback, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in South Surrey, British Columbia
  • Jul 16 Johnny Vaughan, English writer and broadcaster (Capital Breakfast), born in Barnet, London
  • Jul 16 Mike Horn, South African explorer, 1st to reach North Pole without dog or motorized transport, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jul 17 Michael Bradley, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Largo, Florida
  • Jul 17 Sten Tolgfors, Swedish politician, born in Forshaga, Sweden
  • Jul 17 Nemesio Cervantes [El Mencho], Mexican drug lord, most-wanted man in Mexico, responsible for 1/3 all drugs into US, born in Aguililla, Mexico
  • Jul 18 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 19 David Segui, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 19 Nancy Carell [Walls], American actress (Saturday Night Live), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts
  • Jul 20 Beth Coats, biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jul 20 Carlo L'Ami, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Jul 20 Tracey Mcfarlane, US breaststroke swimmer (US record 100m)

Enrique Peña Nieto

Jul 20 Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico (2012-18), born in Atlacomulco, State of Mexico, Mexico

  • Jul 21 Larisa Neiland, Lvov Ukraine, tennis star (1996 Essen winner)
  • Jul 21 Arija Bareikis, American actress
  • Jul 22 Anna Wood, Roeumond Neth, Dutch/Australian canoeist (Olympics 1988, 96)
  • Jul 22 Tim Brown, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1987, Notre Dame; 9 x Pro Bowl, LA/Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 23 Micheal Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA record consecutive free throws during regular season [97] 1993), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 24 Martin Keown, English soccer defender (43 caps; Arsenal, Aston Villa), born in Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • Jul 25 Maureen Herman, American bassist (Babes in Toyland) and writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 25 Lynda Lemay, French Canadian chanson singer, born in Portneuf, Quebec
  • Jul 25 Christine C. Quinn, American Democratic Party politician and Speaker of the New York City Council, born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Jul 27 Al Charron, Canadian rugby union forward, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Shikao Suga, Japanese singer-songwriter, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 28 Liz Cheney, American politician (Rep-R-WY 2017-), daughter of Dick Cheney, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jul 29 Jeff Herrod, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)

Martina McBride

Jul 29 Martina McBride, American country singer and songwriter ("Independence Day"; "This One's For The Girls"; virtual duet with Dean Martin -"Baby It's Cold Outside"), born in Sharon, Kansas

  • Jul 29 Sally Gunnell, 400m hurdler, (Olympic gold 1992)
  • Jul 29 Richard Steven Horvitz, American comic voiceactor
  • Jul 30 Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 31 Dean Cain, actor (Clark-Lois & Clark), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jul 31 Marina V A Mowatt [Ogilvy], daughter of English princess Alexandra

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 6 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 4th wife Nancy Hackett

Tom Seaver

Jul 9 Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Seaver (21) weds Nancy Lynn McIntyre

Brigitte Bardot

Jul 14 Sex symbol of the 1960s Brigitte Bardot (31) weds German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs (33) in Las Vegas

Frank Sinatra

Jul 19 American saloon singer Frank Sinatra (50) marries American actress Mia Farrow (21) at the Las Vegas, Nevada home of casino executive Jack Entratter; divorce in 1968


Famous Divorces

Jayne Mansfield

Jul 20 American actress Jayne Mansfield and American film producer and director Matt Cimber file for divorce, after less than 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Pauline Boty, English artist, dies of cancer at 29
  • Jul 2 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), dies at 67
  • Jul 3 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Kees Boeke, Dutch reformist educator (Cosmic View), dies at 81
  • Jul 3 (Joseph) Deems Taylor, American music critic (New York World), composer (Through The Looking Glass; Peter Ibbetson), and promoter of classical music (Fantasia), dies at 80
  • Jul 4 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 5 George de Hevesy, Hungarian radiochemist (Nobel 1943), dies at 80
  • Jul 6 "Sad" Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1923; World Series 1918, 23; Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees), dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Ann Nagel [Anna Marie Dolan], American actress (Don Winslow of the Navy, The Green Hornet), dies of cancer at 50
  • Jul 7 Carmelita Geraghty, dies of heart attack at 65
  • Jul 9 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jul 11 Delmore Schwartz, American poet, short story writer and critic (Shenandoah), dies at 52
  • Jul 12 D T Suzuki, Zen Buddhism scholar, dies in Tokyo Japan at 96
  • Jul 13 Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 82
  • Jul 14 Julie Manet, French painter (b. 1878)
  • Jul 17 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi Suite), dies at 71
  • Jul 18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist ("I Fought The Law"), found dead in his car at 23
  • Jul 18 German Germanovich Galinin, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 20 Julien Carette, French actor (Sylvia & the Phantom), dies of burns at 68
  • Jul 21 Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • Jul 23 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo; The Singing Plumber), dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Douglass Montgomery, American actor (Forbidden, Harmony Lane), dies from spinal cancer at 56
  • Jul 23 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Jul 24 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • Jul 25 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, dies after being hit by a car at 40
  • Jul 26 Howard Kinsey, American tennis player (French Open doubles 1924, US Open doubles 1926; Wimbledon singles 1926 runner-up), dies at 66
  • Jul 29 Pal Jardanyi, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 30 Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), dies at 94
  • Jul 31 Alex von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), dies at 87