What Happened in October 1966

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
  • Oct 1 WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins
  • Oct 1 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with eighteen fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9.
  • Oct 2 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • Oct 2 LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax clinches 3rd LA pennant in 4 years
  • Oct 3 Marshal Arturo da Costa e Silva elected president
  • Oct 4 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
  • Oct 4 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 4 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Oct 6 Oriole Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout
  • Oct 6 Partial meltdown at Detroits's Fermi 1 nuclear reactor
  • Oct 6 LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is first declared illegal in state of California, other states follow.
  • Oct 8 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)
  • Oct 9 Balt Orioles sweep LA Dodgers, in 63rd World Series
  • Oct 9 Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded "Got Live if you Want It"

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Oct 12 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Oct 13 173 US aircraft bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 13 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Oct 14 175 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 14 Dutch government of Cals falls by motion of Schmelzer
  • Oct 15 Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene"

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Oct 15 LBJ signs a bill creating US Department of Transportation

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Oct 15 Black Panther Party created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale
  • Oct 16 Joean Baez & 123 other anti-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
  • Oct 18 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances

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Oct 18 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • Oct 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Oct 19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Oct 21 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales
  • Oct 22 USSR launches Luna 12 for orbit around Moon
  • Oct 22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 23 Sandra Spuzich and Jack Rule wins Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome Golf
  • Oct 23 17th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by 14 points
  • Oct 25 6 youths sentenced in "Johnson murderer!" in Amsterdam
  • Oct 25 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London
  • Oct 26 First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2
  • Oct 26 US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
  • Oct 27 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 27 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 28 Belgium's Gaston Roelants runs 12-4/5 miles in 1 hour
  • Oct 29 Lunar Orbiter 1 crashes on moon: 6.7°N 162°E
  • Oct 29 National Organization of Women founded
  • Oct 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Las Cruces Ladies Golf Open
  • Oct 30 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Christopher Titus, American actor/comedian
  • Oct 1 George Weah, Liberian politician and footballer
  • Oct 1 Cuco Ziganda, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 2 Yokozuna, [Rodney Anoia], wrestler (WWF/NJPW/AWA, Wild Samoan Kokina)
  • Oct 3 Darrin Fletcher, Elmhurst IL, catcher (Montreal Expos)
  • Oct 3 Frank Hannon, rock guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
  • Oct 4 John van de Brom, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Oct 4 Mike Walker, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • Oct 5 Fredrik Olausson, Vaxsjo Swe, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Oct 5 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • Oct 5 Peter Fonseca, Lisbon Portugal, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 5 Therese Brisson, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Oct 5 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • Oct 6 Archi Cianfrocco, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Rome, New York
  • Oct 6 Jimmie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Oct 6 Julianne McNamara, gymnist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Flushing, New York
  • Oct 6 Oscar Caballos, jockey
  • Oct 6 Niall Quinn, Irish footballer
  • Oct 6 Jacqueline Obradors, American actress
  • Oct 7 Trent Brown, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 7 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer
  • Oct 8 Art Barr, American wrestler (d. 1994)
  • Oct 9 Mike Williams, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 9 Christopher Östlund, Swedish publisher and entrepreneur

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Oct 9 David Cameron, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2010-16), born in London

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • Oct 10 Darren Carrington, NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Oct 10 Derrick McKey, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • Oct 10 Elana Meyer, [van Zyl], South Africa, runner (Olympic silver 1992)
  • Oct 10 Kevin Paige, vocalist (Don't Shut Me Out)
  • Oct 10 Tony Adams, English footballer
  • Oct 10 Bai Ling, Chinese-born American actress (The Crow, Red Corner)
  • Oct 11 Gregg Olson, pitcher (Balt Orioles, Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska

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Oct 11 Luke Perry, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210), born in Mansfield, Ohio

Actor Luke Perry
Luke Perry
  • Oct 11 Shawn Chambers, Royal Oaks MI, NHL defenseman (Team USA, NJ Devils)
  • Oct 11 Solofa Fatu, aka Rikishi, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 12 Mel Rojas, MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Haina, Dominican Republic
  • Oct 12 Wim Jonk, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • Oct 12 Brian Kennedy, Northern Irish musician and author
  • Oct 12 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • Oct 15 Douglas Vipond, Scottish pop drummer (Deacon Blue) and broadcaster, born in Elderslie, Scotland
  • Oct 15 Jeffrey Jacquet, Bay City Texas, actor (Mork & Mindy, Whiz Kids)
  • Oct 15 Jorge Campos, Mexican footballer
  • Oct 16 Donovan Right, CFL linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Oct 16 Gerhard Puschnik, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Oct 17 Danny Ferry, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Oct 17 Mark Gatiss, English actor and writer
  • Oct 17 Tommy Kendall, American race car driver and television personality

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Oct 17 Doug McMillon, American CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (2014-), born in Memphis, Tennessee

CEO of Wal-Mart Doug McMillon
CEO of Wal-Mart
Doug McMillon
  • Oct 18 Alan Mills, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Oct 18 Angela Visser, Neth, Miss Universe (1989)
  • Oct 18 Denise Philbrick, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 18 Jerod Swallow, American ice skater (1997 Nationals), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Oct 18 Kristine Middeler, Felicity Oh, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994)
  • Oct 19 Amy Linker, American actress (Lewis & Clark, Lauren-Square Pegs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 19 Anna Clark, playmate (Apr, 1987), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 19 Dave Veres, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Oct 19 Jon Favreau, actor/writer (Swingers)
  • Oct 19 Roger R. Cross, Jamaican-born actor
  • Oct 20 Allan Donald, cricketer (great South African fast bowler)
  • Oct 20 Erin Deiters, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Oct 20 Fred Coury, Johnston NY, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • Oct 20 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda leader (d. 2006)
  • Oct 20 Stefan Raab, German entertainer
  • Oct 20 Patrick J. Volkerding, Founder and maintainer of the Slackware Linux distribution
  • Oct 21 Jonas B, Svensson Sweden, tennis star
  • Oct 21 Thomas Louis Tolles Jr, Ft Myers FL, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-3rd)
  • Oct 22 Blair Hartland, cricketer (NZ opener)
  • Oct 22 Valeria Golino, actress (Rain Man, Little Flames), born in Naples, Italy
  • Oct 23 Alex Zanardi, Italian race car driver
  • Oct 24 F P Santangelo, outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Livonia, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Shawn Lee, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Oct 24 Roman Abramovich, Russian oil magnate
  • Oct 25 Wendel Clark, Kelvington, NHL left wing (NY Islanders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 25 Perry Satullo, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 26 Alex Pastoor, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Oct 26 Olga Bicherova, gymnastics (won title at 15 yrs 33 days)
  • Oct 26 Jeanne Zelasko, American sportcaster
  • Oct 26 Steve Valentine, Scottish actor (Crossing Jordan), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland
  • Oct 26 Masaharu Iwata, Japanese composer
  • Oct 27 Brad Lauer, NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Humboldt, Canada
  • Oct 27 Grant Kenny, Norfolk Island NSW, Australian golfer
  • Oct 27 Timm Rosenbach, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Everett, Washington
  • Oct 27 Matt Drudge, American political commentator and blogger (Drudge Report), born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Oct 28 Andy Richter, Yorkville IL, writer/sidekick (Conan O'Brien)
  • Oct 28 Benoit Hogue, Repentigny, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • Oct 28 Juan Guzman, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Oct 28 Kaylynn Hick, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 28 Steve Atwater, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Oct 28 Tim Bogar,infielder (NY Mets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Oct 28 Aris Spiliotopoulos, Greek politician
  • Oct 30 Scott Innes, American voice actor
  • Oct 31 Annabella Lwin [Myant Aye], singer (Bow Wow Wow), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • Oct 31 Ad-Rock [Adam Horovitz], American rocker (Beastie Boys), born in New York City
  • Oct 31 Brian Keyser, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Castro Valley, California
  • Oct 31 Koji Kanemoto, Japanese wrestler (NJPW/AAA/UWA, Tiger Mask, King Lee), born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 31 Joseph Boyden, Canadian novelist (Three Day Road), born in Willowdale, North York, Ontario
  • Oct 31 Mike O'Malley, American actor (The Mike O'Malley Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Albert P A A Besnard, poet/journalist (Doom & Thirst), dies
  • Oct 4 Sherman Billingsley, talk show host (Stork Club), dies at 66
  • Oct 6 Sydney Chatton, dies of heart attack at 48
  • Oct 7 Johnny Kidd, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Oct 7 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], rocker, dies at 46

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Oct 10 Charlotte Cooper, English tennis champion and the 1st female Olympic champion in 1900, dies at 96

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Oct 12 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], American actor (Razor's Edge, Laura), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 13 Father Marriott, cricketer (one Test for England, 11 wickets), dies
  • Oct 14 Arcady Dubensky, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), dies at 67
  • Oct 17 Soledad Jiménez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), dies at 92
  • Oct 17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • Oct 18 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Oct 18 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), dies at 99
  • Oct 19 Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, dies
  • Oct 21 Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95
  • Oct 22 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, dies at 92
  • Oct 23 Claire McDowell, actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • Oct 24 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • Oct 26 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Oct 27 Nigel Haig, cricketer (England pace bowler in 5 Tests 1921-30), dies
  • Oct 29 [Louis C] Marcel Berckmans, painter/actor (Manner Kater), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (b. 1906)