On This Day

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

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
  • Greg Clark, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Michael Irvin, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)

Famous Deaths

  • Anna Achmatova, Ukrainian poet, dies at 76
  • Enrique E Ecker, Curacaos/US bacteriologist, dies at 79
1966 Highlights

About March 5, 1966

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 9 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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