On This Day

What Happened in June 1966

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 2,400 people attend White House Conference on Civil Rights

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 1 George Harrison is impressed by Ravi Shankar's concert in London

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 1 Joaquin Balaguer elected president of Dominican Republic
  • Jun 1 Shortwave station Radio NY Worldwide changes calls from WRUL to WNYW
  • Jun 2 US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
  • Jun 3 European DX Council forms in Copenhagen (shortwave listeners)
  • Jun 3 Gemini 9 launched; 7th US 2-man flight (Stafford & Cernan)
  • Jun 4 Single "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • Jun 4 -10] Hurricane Alma, kills 51 in Honduras
  • Jun 4 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 5 Cincinnati Red Leo Cardenas hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Tony Roche wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats István Gulyás of Hungary 6-1, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 5 French Championships Women's Tennis: Ann Haydon-Jones of England beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 2nd French singles crown
  • Jun 6 Civil rights activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi
  • Jun 6 Gemini 9 completes 45 orbits after rendezvous with "angry alligator"
  • Jun 6 NFL & AFL announce their merger

  • Jun 6 Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 NY Mets pass up Reggie Jackson to draft Steve Chilcott #1

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 8 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970
  • Jun 8 Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
  • Jun 9 5 Minnesota Twins (Rich Rollins, Zolio Versailes, Tony Oliva, Don Michner, & Harmon Killebrew) all homer in 7th inning to beat A's 9-4
  • Jun 10 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in UK
  • Jun 10 Beatles record "Rain" 1st to use reverse tapes
  • Jun 10 Cleveland Indian Sonny Siebert no-hits Washington Senator, 2-0

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 10 Janis Joplin's 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jun 10 Mamas & Papas win gold record for "Monday, Monday"
  • Jun 11 "(I'm A) Road Runner" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaks at #20
  • Jun 11 "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "On A Clear Day You..." closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 280 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 11 "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1 in the US

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Jun 11 "Skyscraper" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 248 performances
  • Jun 11 "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 11 French and German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry
  • Jun 11 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco)

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 12 Dave Clark Five sets record as they appear for 12th time on Ed Sullivan Show

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court's Miranda decision; suspects must be informed of rights
  • Jun 14 Dutch police beat construction workers, 60 injured
  • Jun 14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball
  • Jun 16 Rowan & Martin host The Dean Martin Show, Summer Series, on NBC-TV
  • Jun 16 20th Tony Awards: Marat/Sade & Man of La Mancha win
  • Jun 17 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Billy Casper erases a 7-stroke deficit on the final 9 holes to tie Arnold Palmer; wins Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 Sheila Scott completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman

Aviator Sheila Scott
Aviator
Sheila Scott
  • Jun 21 Queen Juliana opens Coen tunnel in Amsterdam

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 21 "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", directed by Mike Nichols and based on the 1962 play of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1967)

  • Jun 22 South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government
  • Jun 24 Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
  • Jun 24 16th Berlin International Film Festival: "Cul-de-Sac" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad

  • Jun 25 Kosmos 122, 1st Soviet weather satellite, launched
  • Jun 26 "Time for Singing" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Jun 26 Kanton Bazel leads female suffrage in Switzerland
  • Jun 27 Dark Shadows, American Gothic soap opera, premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jun 27 4th Mayor's Trophy Game; Yanks beat Mets 5-2
  • Jun 28 Ernie Terrell beats Doug Jones in 15 wba for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 29 Vietnam War: US planes bomb the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong for the first time
  • Jun 29 KBSC (now KVEA) TV channel 52 in Corona-Los Angeles, CA begins
  • Jun 30 Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour
  • Jun 30 Leopoldville, Congo is renamed Kinshasa
  • Jun 30 Richard Helms promoted from deputy director to 8th director of US Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jun 30 Test cricket debut of Derek Underwood, v WI Trent Bridge, wicketless
  • Jun 30 Vice Adm William F Raborn Jr, USN, ends term as 7th director of CIA

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Greg Schiano, American football coach
  • Jun 2 Pedro Guerra, Spanish songwriter and singer
  • Jun 3 Wasim Akram, cricketer (brilliant Pakistani lefty fast bowler)
  • Jun 4 Nick Kypreos, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 4 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 4 Vladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematician
  • Jun 5 Bill Spiers, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Jun 6 Angela Cavagna, singer, born in Genoa, Italy
  • Jun 6 Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer
  • Jun 6 Sean Yseult, American musician (White Zombie)
  • Jun 7 Dan Payne, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jun 7 Heathcliff Slocumb, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 7 Stephane Richer, Ripon, NHL right wing (NJ Devils)
  • Jun 8 Brian Williams, NFL center (NY Giants)
  • Jun 8 Doris Pearson, Essex, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)

Person of interestJulianna Margulies

Jun 8 Julianna Margulies, American actress (ER, The Good Wife), born in Spring Valley NY

  • Jun 9 Anthony Martino, CFL punter (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 10 Doug McKeon, NJ, actor (Big Shamus Little Shamus, Centennial)
  • Jun 10 David Platt, English footballer
  • Jun 11 Scott Mellanby, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 11 Tiffany Cohen, American swimmer (2 Olympic golds 1984), born in Culver City, California
  • Jun 13 Thyme Lewis, American actor (Jonah-Days of our Lives), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 13 Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician (Proof of the Poincaré conjecture), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union
  • Jun 13 Naoki Hattori, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo
  • Jun 14 Ricky Siglar, American NFL tackle (KC Chiefs, New Orleans Saints), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jun 14 Rod Stephens, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 14 Traylor Howard, American actress (Joy Byrnes-Boston Common), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 15 Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer
  • Jun 16 Jan Zelezny, Czech, javelin thrower (Olympics 2 gold-92, 96)
  • Jun 16 [Eric] Randy Barnes, shot putter (Olympic silver/gold-88, 96), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Jun 17 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 17 Fred Barnett, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Gunnison, Mississippi
  • Jun 17 Jason Patric, American actor (Lost Boys, Solar Babies), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 17 Tory Burch, American fashion designer (Tory Burch LLC), born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 18 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 18 Doug Bodger, Chemainus BC, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose)
  • Jun 18 Kurt Browning, Alberta, figure skater (Olympic-5-1994)
  • Jun 18 Luke Jensen, Grayling Mich, tennis star (1993 French Open doubles)
  • Jun 18 Robert Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 18 Sandy Alomar, catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • Jun 19 Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter (The Verve Pipe), born in Holland, Michigan
  • Jun 19 Joichi Ito, Japanese entrepreneur
  • Jun 19 Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway
  • Jun 21 David Williams, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers, NY Jets)
  • Jun 21 Nan Woods, actress (1 More Saturday Night)
  • Jun 21 Rudi Bakhtiar, American journalist
  • Jun 21 Mancow Muller, American radio personality
  • Jun 21 Gretchen Carlson, American television commentator (Fox News) and 1989 Miss America, born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • Jun 22 Camille Benjamin, tennis star, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 22 Euan Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, English baron/multi-millionaire
  • Jun 22 Meyrick Pringle, cricket pace bowler (South African)
  • Jun 22 Paul Randolph, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jun 23 Barbara Jordan, US softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Jun 23 Chantal Daucourt, Swiss mountain cyclist (world-bronze-95), born in Bienne, Switzerland
  • Jun 23 Vladislav Neiman, Men's flyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Israel
  • Jun 23 Chico DeBarge, American musician (DeBarge)
  • Jun 23 Richie Ren, Taiwanese actor (Breaking News, Life Without Principle), born in Changhua, Taiwan
  • Jun 24 Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (The Unbelievable Truth), born in Queens, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jun 25 Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese-American NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets), born in Leopoldville, Congo
  • Jun 26 Kirk McLean, NHL goalie (Vancouver Canucks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jun 26 Paul Mokha, Erie Pa, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 27 Jeff Conine, American MLB outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jun 27 Mercedes Paz, Argentine tennis star (1990 Strasbourg), born in Tucumán, Argentina
  • Jun 27 Rob Harbison, American 3x40 rifle shooter (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Fallston, Maryland

Person of interestJ. J. Abrams

Jun 27 J. J. Abrams, American writer, producer and director (Lost, Star Wars: the Force Awakens), born in NYC, New York

Director, Producer and Writer J. J. Abrams
Director, Producer and Writer
J. J. Abrams
  • Jun 27 Giambattista Valli, Italian fashion designer, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 28 Andrew Lang, American NBA center (Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Jun 28 John Cusack, American actor (Stand By Me, Sure Thing, Better Off Dead), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 28 Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress (Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 29 John Part, Canadian professional darts player and commentator, born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestMike Tyson

Jun 30 Mike Tyson, American boxer (youngest ever heavyweight champion 1986-90, 20 years, 4 months, 22 days), born in Brooklyn, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Jun 30 Louie Aguiar, American NFL punter (KC Chiefs), born in Livermore, California
  • Jun 30 Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor (Guy de Lusignan-Kingdom of Heaven), born in Invercargill, New Zealand

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 6 Socialite Claus von Bulow marries heiress Martha [Sunny]Sharp Crawford

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Musician Louis Jordan (58) weds singer and dancer Martha Weaver

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • Jun 15 English writer of blockbuster novels, Jackie Collins weds 2nd husband Oscar Lerman

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Tennis champ Rod Laver (27) weds Mary Benson at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in San Rafael, California

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92
  • Jun 3 Alice Calhoun, actress (Flowing Gold, Between Friends), dies at 65
  • Jun 4 Blanche Knopf, American publisher, president of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and wife of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Sr., dies at 71
  • Jun 5 Natacha Rambova, costume designer, dies at 69
  • Jun 6 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash
  • Jun 7 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • Jun 8 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an aircraft collison at 45
  • Jun 11 Ethel Clayton, American actress (Warning Shadows), dies at 82
  • Jun 11 Wallace Ford [Samuel Jones Grundy], British actor (Freaks, Harvey, Spellbound, Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68
  • Jun 12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), dies at 74
  • Jun 12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Ed Wynn [Isaiah Edwin Leopold], American comedian (Ed Wynn Show), dies at 79
  • Jun 19 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 20 Georges Lemaître, Belgian Catholic Priest, astronomer and physics professor, who initially proposed the universe expansion and big-bang theories, dies at 71
  • Jun 21 Anthony Craxton, British TV producer, dies at 48
  • Jun 22 Roger Blunt, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 330 runs, 12 wickets), dies
  • Jun 27 Arthur D Waley, [Schloss], British sinology/poet (Monkey), dies
  • Jun 29 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 29 Isabel Dawn, American screenwriter, dies at 68
  • Jun 29 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), dies at 63
  • Jun 30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1950), dies in a domestic car accident at 59