What Happened in September 1966

Historical Events

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

Sports History

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

  • Sep 3 24th World Science Fiction Convention honors Gene Roddenberry

#1 in the Charts

Sep 3 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"

Contract 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

  • Sep 3 Houston Oilers hold Denver Broncos to no 1st downs in their NFL season opening 45-7 win at Rice Stadium
  • Sep 4 Australian Jack Brabham clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Telethon

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

  • 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

Television Premiere

Sep 8 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

  • Sep 8 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV

Historic Event

Sep 8 The Severn Bridge between England and Wales is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

Historic Event

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

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

Boxing Title Fight

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

Music History

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

  • Sep 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 11 Johnny Miller becomes 1st New York Yankee to hit a HR on his 1st MLB at bat; his 2nd HR came on his final MLB at bat in 1969

TV Show Appearance

Sep 11 Rolling Stones 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; perform 3 songs, including "Paint It Black"

  • 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

US Open Women's Tennis

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

  • 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
  • Sep 12 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich begins teaching
  • 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 13 Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa
  • Sep 15 Dutch political party (D'66) forms
  • Sep 15 First British nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution launched
  • 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.

Music History

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

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Music History

Sep 21 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to "Jimi"

Theater Premiere

Sep 22 Edward Albee's play "Delicate Balance" premieres in NYC (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1967)

  • 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 the Moon, and all contact with it is lost
  • Sep 24 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in the Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • Sep 24 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island

Music Concert

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

LPGA 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

  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1
  • Sep 26 "Staten Island" 1st icebreaker to enter San Francisco Bay

Baseball Record

Sep 29 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

  • Sep 29 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • Sep 30 Bechuanaland, in southern Africa, gains independence from Great Britain, becomes Republic of Botswana
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Katja Bienert, actress (Praxis Bulowbogen), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Sep 1 Tim Hardaway, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1991–93, 97, 98; All-NBA First Team 1997; Olympic gold 2000; Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 2 Dino Cazares, American heavy metal guitarist (FearFactor), born in El Centro, California
  • Sep 2 Massimo Cuttitta, Italian rugby union prop (69 caps [captain 16]; Milano, Harlequins, Bologna), born in Latina, Italy (d. 2021)
  • Sep 2 Olivier Panis, French race car driver

Salma HayekSalma Hayek (56 years old)

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

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

Adam SandlerAdam Sandler (56 years old)

Sep 9 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 Georg Hackl, German luger, born in West Germany
  • Sep 9 Kevin Hatcher, American NHL defenseman (Team USA, Dallas, Pitts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 10 Joe Nieuwendyk, Canadian NHL center (Stanley Cup 1989 Calgary, 1999 Dallas, 2003 New Jersey; Olympic gold 2002), born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • Sep 10 Robin Goodridge, British drummer (Bush, 1994-2019 -"Glycerine"), born in Crawley, England
  • Sep 11 Princess Akishino, Japanese Imperial Family, born in Suruga-ku, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Sep 11 Richard Harvey, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Sep 12 Ben Folds, American singer and songwriter (Ben Folds Five), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Sep 12 Darren E. Burrows, American actor (Northern Exposure - "Ed Chigliak"), born in Winfield, Kansas
  • Sep 13 Igor Kravchuk, Russian NHL defenseman (Team Russia, St Louis), born in Ufa, Russia
  • Sep 13 Louis Mandylor, Australian actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 13 Maria Furtwängler, German physician and TV actress, born in Munich, Germany
  • Sep 14 Mike Cooley, American guitarist (Drive-By Truckers), born in Tuscumbia, Alabama
  • Sep 15 Sherman Douglas 'the General', American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Washington D.C.
  • Sep 16 John Bel Edwards, American politician, Governor of Louisiana (2016-), born in Amite City, Louisiana
  • Sep 16 Kevin Curtis Young, American 400m hurdler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 17 Fred Childress, American CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sep 18 Ian "Spike" Spice, British drummer (Breathe - "Hands To Heaven", Flash Cadillac), born in Chiswick, West London, England (d. 2000)
  • Sep 18 Isabelle Demongeot, French tennis star, born in Gassin, France
  • Sep 19 Eric Robert Rudolph, American criminal (domestic terrorist convicted with series of bombings), born in Merritt Island, Florida
  • 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 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 David Adjaye, Ghanaian British architect (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture), born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Sep 22 Mike Richter, American NHL goalie (NY Rangers, Team USA 1998), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 22 Moustafa Amar, Egyptian singer, born in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Sep 22 Stefan Rehn, Swedish footballer and manager, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 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, American MLB 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 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 Christos Dantis, Greek composer and singer, born in Kaisariani, Greece
  • 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 27 Jovanotti [Lorenzo Cherubini], Italian singer-songwriter and rapper, born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 27 Stephanie D Wilson, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 28 Puri Jagannadh, Indian film director ( Pokiri), born in Pithapuram, Andhra Pradesh
  • Sep 28 Scott Adams, NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears), born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Sep 29 Hersey Hawkins, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Jill Whelan, American actress (Vicki-Love Boat, Young & Restless), born in Oakland, California
  • Sep 29 Ken Norton Jr, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers) and coach, born in Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Rudy Poeschek, Canadian NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Sep 30 Kerry G. Johnson, African American graphic designer and caricaturist

Famous Weddings

John Lithgow

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

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger (1879-1966)

Sep 6 American nurse, birth control proponent and feminist, dies at 86

  • Sep 7 Al Kelly, American double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Antonio Massana, Catalan composer, and Jesuit priest, 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 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, English cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies at 60
  • Sep 11 Charlie Cantor, American radio and television actor (The Fred Allen Show - "Socrates Mulligan"; The Jack Benny Program -"Logan Jerkfinkel"), 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 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, dies at 84
  • Sep 14 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • 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 (Lucius) "Lucky" Millinder, American swing and rhythm-and-blues bandleader (Rosetta Tharpe; Who Threw The Whiskey in the Well), dies of a liver ailment at 56

André BretonAndré Breton (1896-1966)

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

  • Sep 28 Eric Fleming, American actor (Gil-Rawhide), drowns at 41
  • Sep 29 Maurits Uyldert, Dutch poet and writer (Motion), dies at 75