What Happened on March 5, 1966

Historical Events

  • 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66
  • 75 MPH air currents causes BOAC 707 crash into Mount Fuji, 124 die
  • Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Player reps elect Marvin Miller as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1966 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Aasif Mandvi [Mandviwala], British-American comedian, actor, and writer (The Mystic Masseur; The Daily Show, 2006-15; Today's Special), born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India
  • Bob Halkidis, Canadian hockey player
  • Feng Congde, Chinese dissident (A Tiananmen Journal: Republic on the Square) and one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, born in Sichuan province, China
  • Michael Irvin, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1992, 93, 95; Dallas Cowboys; 5 × Pro Bowl) and broadcaster (ESPN, NFL Network), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Born in 1966

Famous Deaths

  • Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet (Poem Without a Hero), dies at 76
  • Enrique Ecker, Curacaos-American bacteriologist (Rees-Ecker method for platelet counting), dies at 79

About March 5, 1966

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 57 years, 6 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Ballad Of The Green Berets - SSgt Barry Sadler
  • UK #1 Song: These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra