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", and "God Only Knows"
1966 History

Famous Birthdays

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson (56 years old)

American pop singer (Control, "Nasty"), 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, American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Oklahoma State Uni; NFL MVP, NFL Offensive Player of the Year 1991; First-team All-Pro 1990, 91; 5 x Pro Bowl; Buffalo Bills), born in Houston, Texas
Born in 1966

Famous Deaths

  • Randy Turpin, British middleweight boxer, shot dead in his home at 37

About May 16, 1966

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 56 years, 10 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Monday, Monday - The Mamas & The Papas
  • UK #1 Song: Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann