What Happened on July 2, 1966

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll
  • 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
  • Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno

Famous Birthdays

  • Blaise Rhodes, Berwyn Heights MD, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Tim Spehr, Excelsior Springs MO, catcher (Montreal Expos)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), dies at 67