On This Day

Historical Events in February 1966

  • Feb 2 Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pak ministerial talks after 1965 war.
  • Feb 3 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US
  • Feb 3 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
  • Feb 4 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
  • Feb 5 BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
  • Feb 7 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
  • Feb 9 UK Government announces construction of a nuclear reactor on the North coast of Scotland
  • Feb 10 Harmel government in Belgium resigns

Historic Publication

Feb 10 "Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann is published by Bernard Geis Associates in the US - sold over 31 million copies

Contract of Interest

Feb 11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

  • Feb 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 14 Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced

NBA Record

Feb 14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

  • Feb 14 Russian writers Andrei Sinyavsky & Joey Daniel found guilty under the offense of anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda for publishing their satirical writings abroad
  • Feb 15 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Feb 16 Australian cricket batsman Bob Cowper makes a patient 307 (727 mins, 20 x 4s) in drawn 5th Test v England in Melbourne
  • Feb 16 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
  • Feb 16 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Feb 17 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
  • Feb 20 Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR

Historic Event

Feb 21 Indonesian President Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

  • Feb 22 Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
  • Feb 23 Premier Milton Obote seizes power in Uganda

Coup d'├ętat

Feb 24 Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 Syrian military coup under General Hafiz al-Assad
  • Feb 26 KBIM TV channel 10 in Roswell, NM (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • Feb 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Feb 27 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
  • Feb 27 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria

Daytona 500

Feb 27 8th Daytona 500: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain

  • Feb 28 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool, England closes

Sports History

Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers

Golden Globes

Feb 28 23rd Golden Globes: "Doctor Zhivago", Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win