Historical Events in August 1966

  • Aug 1 Charles Whitman wounds 31 and kills 16 at University of Texas

Coup d'état

Aug 1 Yakubu Gowon becomes Nigerian Head of State after a military coup d'état

  • Aug 2 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • Aug 3 South African government bans records by The Beatles
  • Aug 4 8th British Empire Games & Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica; first Games held outside 'White Dominions'
  • Aug 5 33rd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0; 72,000 at Soldier Field

Historic Event

Aug 5 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

  • Aug 5 The Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in the UK
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK
  • Aug 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 5 West Indies cricket captain Gary Sobers scores 174 including a century between lunch & tea to set up a 4th Test win v England at Headingley

Boxing Title Fight

Aug 6 Muhammad Ali knocks out English boxer Brian London in round 3 at Earl's Court in London to retain his undisputed world heavyweight title

  • Aug 6 Salazarbrug over Tag opens (longest suspension bridge in Europe)
  • Aug 6 US citizens demonstrate against war in Vietnam
  • Aug 7 Race riot in Lansing Michigan

Music History

Aug 8 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles due to John Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" remark

  • Aug 9 The Beatles release their "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
  • Aug 10 NASA launches Lunar Orbiter 1 to the Moon to photograph the lunar surface
  • Aug 11 The Beatles arrive in Chicago, Illinois for their third (and final) US tour
  • Aug 12 Last Beatle concert tour of North America begins with two shows at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 12 Longview, Texas radio station KLUE holds a "Beatles Bonfire" to burn Beatles records and memorabilia; station is struck by lightning the following day
  • Aug 12 The Beatles hold press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois; John Lennon apologizes for his "more popular than Jesus" remark
  • Aug 13 Longview, Texas radio station KLUE is struck by lightning the day after holding a "Beatles Bonfire", knocking an engineer unconscious and causing extensive damage to equipment
  • Aug 14 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert: The Beatles headline; fans break through barriers and rush stage causing a 30-minute delay while order is restored
  • Aug 15 Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats American Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 15 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission
  • Aug 16 The Beatles in concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 17 NASA satellite Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit

Sports History

Aug 17 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list

  • Aug 19 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit and firecrackers during concert at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee; Ku Klux Klan demonstrated outside the show and burned records
  • Aug 19 Earthquake strikes Varto region in eastern Turkey with 6.8 magnitude killing around 2,400
  • Aug 21 1st concert at Busch Memorial Stadium: (St. Louis, Missouri): The Beatles headline; it is their second show of the day, having played in the afternoon 341 miles away in Cincinnati, Ohio after getting rained out on the night before
  • Aug 21 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Rainbow Springs CC; Mickey Wright wins her 13th and final major title by 1 from Margie Masters & Jo Ann Prentice
  • Aug 22 The Beatles arrive in New York City and hold two press conferences, one for the press and one for their fans
  • Aug 23 Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon
  • Aug 23 The Beatles' last concert in Queens, New York City at Shea Stadium before a crowd of 45,000, and 11,000 unsold seats
  • Aug 24 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
  • Aug 26 Baltimore Orioles Roznovsky & B.Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 26 KLOC (now KCSO) channel 42 in Charlotte, North Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 27 Francis Chichester begins 1st solo sail around world
  • Aug 27 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • Aug 27 Race riot in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Aug 28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 29 Dutch Internal minister Smallenbroek resigns after driving drunk
  • Aug 29 The Beatles' last public concert before a crowd of 25,000, and 7,000 unsold seats, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 30 American medical drama series "Dr. Kildare", starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, ends a five season run on NBC-TV
  • Aug 31 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival
  • Aug 31 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)