On This Day

What Happened in September 1966

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 KIFW (now KTNL) TV channel 13 in Sitka, AK (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Sep 2 Joe Auer returns the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins' first ever NFL regular-season game; Oakland Raiders go on to win 23-14 at the Orange Bowl before 26,776 fans

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Sep 3 24th World SF Convention honors Gene Roddenberry
  • Sep 3 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"
  • Sep 3 Houston Oilers hold Denver Broncos to no 1st downs in their NFL season opening 45-7 win at Rice Stadium

AgreementContract of Interest

Sep 3 Future Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr signs his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins; 2 year deal paying a then record $70,000 plus signing bonus

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Sep 4 Australian Jack Brabham clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

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Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon raises $1 million

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 5 WRLK TV channel 35 in Columbia, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 7 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 8 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV

  • Sep 8 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 8 The Severn Bridge is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

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Sep 9 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson

  • Sep 10 Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks in the UK

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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Sep 10 Neil Diamond has his first Billboard chart success with single "Cherry Cherry"

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
  • Sep 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 11 Johnny Miller becomes 1st Yank to hit a HR on his 1st at bat

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Sep 11 Rolling Stones perform on Ed Sullivan Show

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • Sep 12 "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 Gemini XI with Charles "Pete" Conrad and Richard F. Gordon aboard launched for 71-hour flight
  • Sep 12 KPNE TV channel 9 in North Platte, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WCES TV channel 20 in Wrens, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 12 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich begins teaching
  • Sep 12 US National Championships Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4; his second and final major singles title

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 7th and final Grand Slam singles crown

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Sep 13 Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa
  • Sep 15 First British nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution launched
  • Sep 15 Dutch political party (D'66) forms
  • Sep 15 Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth
  • Sep 15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

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Sep 16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

  • Sep 17 Cleve pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings
  • Sep 17 "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV

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Sep 18 Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas throws 4 touchdown passes in 38-23 win at Minnesota to surpass Y.A. Tittle as NFL's career leader with 212; finishes career with 290 TD passes

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Sep 19 Mike Burke named Yankees pres
  • Sep 20 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
  • Sep 21 Five inches of rain falls on NYC

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Sep 21 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to Jimi

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

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Sep 22 Edward Albee's "Delicate Balance" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Sep 22 KMEB TV channel 10 in Wailuku, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 22 Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium game
  • Sep 22 Orioles beat A's 6-1 to clinch their 1st AL pennant
  • Sep 22 Surveyor 2 crashes on Moon
  • Sep 24 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • Sep 24 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Sep 25 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC, LV: Gloria Ehret wins her only major title by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow

  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1
  • Sep 26 "Staten Island" 1st icebreaker to enter San Francisco Bay
  • Sep 29 Bechuanaland gains independence from England, becomes Botswana
  • Sep 29 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season
  • Sep 29 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • Sep 30 Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Katja Bienert, actress (Praxis Bulowbogen), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Sep 1 Tim Hardaway, NBA guard (Miami Heat)

Person of interestSalma Hayek

Sep 2 Salma Hayek, Mexican American actress (Desperado, Frida), born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Actress Salma Hayek
Actress
Salma Hayek
  • Sep 2 Dino Cazares, American musician
  • Sep 2 Olivier Panis, French race car driver
  • Sep 2 Tuc Watkins, American actor
  • Sep 3 Bennie Blades, American NFL safety (Detroit Lions; Pro Bowl 1991), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Sep 3 Vladimir Ryzhkov, Russian politician
  • Sep 4 Jearl A. Miles, American 400m/long jumper (Olympic gold 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Sep 4 Bireli Lagrene, French jazz guitarist, born in Alsace, France
  • Sep 5 Simone Jacobs, British 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • Sep 5 Achero Mañas, Spanish actor and film director, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 5 Milinko Pantić, Serbian footballer, born in Loznica, Serbia
  • Sep 6 Joan Guetschow, American biathelete (Olympics 1994), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Christopher Acland, English musician (Lush), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 8 Mike Dyer, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Upland, California
  • Sep 8 Raymond Atteveld, Dutch soccer player (Waregem, Roda JC), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sep 8 Carola Häggkvist, Swedish singer and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 8 Peter Furler, Australian musician (Newsboys), born in McLaren Vale, Australia

Person of interestAdam Sandler

Sep 9 Adam Sandler, American actor and comedian (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Saturday Night Live), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Sep 9 Alison Sydor, Canadian cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Sep 9 David Bennent, Swiss actor (Tin Drum, Legend), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Sep 9 Kevin Hatcher, American NHL defenseman (Team USA, Dallas, Pitts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 9 Georg Hackl, German luger, born in West Germany
  • Sep 10 Joe Nieuwendyk, NHL forward (Dallas Stars, Team Canada 1998)
  • Sep 10 Kimble Anders, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • Sep 10 Ted Popson, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • Sep 11 Richard Harvey, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Sep 11 Stewart Carr, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 11 Princess Akishino, Japanese Imperial Family, born in Suruga-ku, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Sep 12 Darren E. Burrows, American actor (Ed Chigliak-Northern Exposure), born in Winfield, Kansas
  • Sep 12 Ben Folds, American singer and songwriter (Ben Folds Five), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Sep 13 Igor Kravchuk, Russian NHL defenseman (Team Russia, St Louis), born in Ufa, Russia
  • Sep 13 Maria Furtwängler, German physician and TV actress, born in Munich, Germany
  • Sep 13 Louis Mandylor, Australian actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 14 Mike Cooley, American guitarist (Drive-By Truckers), born in Tuscumbia, Alabama
  • Sep 15 Sherman Douglas, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • Sep 16 Kevin Curtis Young, American 400m hurdler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 17 Fred Childress, CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Sep 18 Isabelle Demongeot, French tennis star, born in Gassin, France
  • Sep 18 Ian "Spike" Spice, English guitarist (IBreathe, Flash Cadillac) (d. 2000)
  • Sep 19 Michael Campbell, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in North York, Ontario
  • Sep 19 Soledad O'Brien, American journalist (Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien), born in St. James, New York
  • Sep 19 Eric Robert Rudolph, American criminal (domestic terrorist convicted with series of bombings), born in Merritt Island, Florida
  • Sep 19 Yoshihiro Takayama, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Sumida, Tokyo
  • Sep 20 Nuno Bettencourt, Portuguese-American rock guitarist (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Azores, Portugal
  • Sep 21 Ronna Reeves, Big Spring TX
  • Sep 22 Mike Richter, Abington PA, NHL goalie (NY Rangers, Team USA 1998)
  • Sep 22 Moustafa Amar, Egyptian singer
  • Sep 22 Stefan Rehn, Swedish footballer
  • Sep 22 David Adjaye, Ghanaian British architect, born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Sep 23 Doug Widell, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 23 Pete Harnisch, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Commack, New York
  • Sep 24 Atul Bedade, Indian cricketer (ODI batsman), born in Bombay, India
  • Sep 24 Bernard Gilkey, outfielder (NY Mets), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 24 Kevin Koslofski, American MLB outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers), bon in Decatur, Illinois
  • Sep 24 Paul Michael Valley, American actor (Ryan Harrison-Another World), born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
  • Sep 24 Michael J. Varhola, American author
  • Sep 25 Elizabeth "Liz" Tchou, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Medford, New Jersey
  • Sep 25 Todd Philcox, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Sep 26 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • Sep 26 Francisco Andreu, American road cyclist (Olympic 4th 1988, 96), born in Dearborn, Michigan,
  • Sep 26 Christos Dantis, Greek composer and singer, born in Kaisariani, Greece
  • Sep 27 Stephanie D Wilson, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 27 Lorenzo Cherubini, Italian singer (Jovanotti)
  • Sep 28 Erno Das, lighting tech/gaffer (Spiegels, Lovely Liza)
  • Sep 28 Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 28 Puri Jagannadh, Indian film director
  • Sep 29 Hersey Hawkins, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • Sep 29 Jill Whelan, actress (Vicki-Love Boat, Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • Sep 29 Ken Norton Jr, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • Sep 29 Rudy Poeschek, Kamloops, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Sep 30 Kerry G. Johnson, African American graphic designer and caricaturist

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 10 Actor John Lithgow (20) weds Jean Taynton

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 5 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • Sep 6 Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister (1958-66), assassinated at 64 by Dimitri Tsafendas
  • Sep 6 Luigi Perrachio, Italian composer, dies at 83

Person of interestMargaret Sanger

Sep 6 Margaret Sanger, US feminist and birth control pioneer, dies at 86

  • Sep 7 Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Antonio Massana, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Leon de Smet, Flemish painter, dies at 85
  • Sep 9 Nestor Paiva, American-Portuguese actor (Zorro, The Creature from the Black Lagoon), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies
  • Sep 10 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • Sep 11 Charlie Cantor, actor (Artie-Ray Bolger Show), dies at 68
  • Sep 11 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), dies at 76
  • Sep 14 Gertrude Berg, American actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • Sep 14 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, dies at 84
  • Sep 17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • Sep 18 Fernand Lamy, French composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 18 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 21 Paul Reynaud, Premier of France (May-June 1940), dies at 87
  • Sep 26 Helen Kane, actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), dies of cancer at 62
  • Sep 28 Eric Fleming, American actor (Gil-Rawhide), drowns at 41
  • Sep 28 Lucky Millinder, American R&B bandleader and singer, dies at 56

Person of interestAndré Breton

Sep 28 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, dies at 70

Writer and Surrealist André Breton
Writer and Surrealist
André Breton
  • Sep 29 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Motion), dies at 75