On This Day

What Happened on June 8, 1966

Historical Events

  • NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Doris Pearson, British pop and disco singer (Five Star - "Can't Wait Another Minute"), born in London, England

Julianna Margulies

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


Famous Deaths

  • Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)

Joseph A. Walker

Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st space plane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an Aircraft collision at 45

Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker
Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot
Joseph A. Walker

1966 Highlights

About June 8, 1966

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 4 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Gemini