On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1966

Historical Events

  • "May 16 Notification" released, Mao's official justification for the Cultural Revolution
  • National Welfare Rights Organization organizes
  • Stokely Carmichael named chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • The Beach Boys release their groundbreaking album "Pet Sounds", containing hit singles "Sloop John B" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice"

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJanet Jackson

Janet Jackson, American singer (Control), sister of Michael, born in Gary, Indiana

  • Scott Reeves, American actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • Thurman Thomas, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)

Famous Deaths

  • Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
1966 Highlights

About May 16, 1966

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 54 years, 4 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Taurus