On This Day

What Happened on May 24, 1966

Historical Events

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jerry Herman's musical "Mame", starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 1508 performances, wins 3 Tony Awards

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Cantona, French footballer and actor (Looking for Eric), born in Marseille, France
  • Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver, born in Newburgh, Maine
  • Tony Jones, American NFL tackle (Super Bowl 1997, 98; Second-team All-Pro 1994; Pro Bowl 1998; Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos), born in Royston, Georgia (d. 2021)

Famous Deaths

  • Emil Fahrenkamp, German architect (Shell-Haus in Berlin), dies at 80

Person of interestJim Barnes

Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes

1966 Highlights

About May 24, 1966

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 4 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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