Historical Events in December 1966

  • Dec 1 Ecuadorian national baseball team defends its title with a 4-3 win over Brazil in the South American Championship; last win for next 50 years; Eloy Guerrero drives in Ramón Sotomayor with the winning run
  • Dec 1 Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor
  • Dec 1 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland to Boulder, Colorado
  • Dec 3 31st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Television pop group "The Monkees" make their live concert debut at the Honolulu International Centre Arena, in Hawaii
  • Dec 3 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Dec 4 KETS TV channel 2 in Little Rock, AR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 4 Military Working Dog "Nemo" saves the life of his handler Airman Robert A. Throneburg during the Vietnam War, surviving a gunshot wound to the nose
  • Dec 5 "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances
  • Dec 7 A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.

Sports History

Dec 8 A terrible New York Yankee trade, Roger Maris for St' Louis Card's Charlie Smith

  • Dec 8 US and USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
  • Dec 10 Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • Dec 10 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to Robert S. Mulliken
  • Dec 11 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards

Film Premiere

Dec 12 "A Man for All Seasons" based on the play by Robert Bolt, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Paul Scofield premieres in New York (Best Picture 1967)

  • Dec 12 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
  • Dec 13 1st battle for Bijlmer flats, Amsterdam
  • Dec 13 Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78
  • Dec 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 15 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Dec 15 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
  • Dec 15 John W. Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints

Music Single

Dec 16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK

  • Dec 16 The Beatles release "Everywhere it's Christmas" in UK

Television Debut

Dec 18 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

  • Dec 18 Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 20 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
  • Dec 20 Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
  • Dec 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Film Premiere

Dec 21 Cult film "King of Hearts" (Le Roi de cœur) premieres directed by Philippe de Broca starring Alan Bates

  • Dec 21 USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
  • Dec 22 WCVW TV channel 57 in Richmond, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • Dec 24 "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Dec 24 Soviet spacecraft Luna 13 lands on Moon
  • Dec 24 USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
  • Dec 26 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London
  • Dec 26 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
  • Dec 27 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs for 105 performances
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins award for best European football player; claims award by a single point ahead of Benfica striker Eusébio
  • Dec 28 13 die in a train crash in Everett, Massachusetts

Davis Cup

Dec 28 55th Davis Cup, Melbourne: Australian Roy Emerson beats Ramanathan Krishnan of India 6-0, 6-2, 10-8 for an unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 4-1

  • Dec 28 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • Dec 31 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
  • Dec 31 Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92
  • Dec 31 Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks