On This Day

What Happened on October 26, 1966

Historical Events

  • First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2
  • US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Alex Pastoor, Dutch soccer midfielder (FC Volendam, Heerenveen) and manager (Slavia Prague, Sparta Rotterdam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jeanne Zelasko, American journalist and sportcaster, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Masaharu Iwata, Japanese video game composer, born in Tokyo
  • Olga Bicherova, Soviet gymnast (won title at 15 yrs 33 days), born in Moscow, Russian SFSR
  • Steve Valentine, Scottish actor (Crossing Jordan), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • Alma Cogan, British pop singer ("Dreamboat"; "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango"), dies of ovarian cancer at 34
1966 Highlights

About October 26, 1966

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 55 years, 1 month and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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