Historical Events in January 1966

  • Jan 1 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Jan 1 Military coup by Col. Jean-Bédel Bokassa in Central African Republic leads to his dictatorship
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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
  • Jan 1 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Jan 1 All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
  • Jan 1 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • Jan 1 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • Jan 1 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • Jan 2 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
  • Jan 2 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era
  • Jan 3 Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE
  • Jan 4 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test
  • Jan 4 WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 4 Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution
  • Jan 7 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • Jan 7 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks

  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • Jan 8 The Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
  • Jan 9 Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski revisionism
  • Jan 10 India & Pakistan sign Tashkent Declaration peace accord
  • Jan 10 The Georgia House of Representatives votes 184-12 to deny Julian Bond his seat as a result of his opposition to the Vietnam War
  • Jan 11 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 11 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH: East beats West, 137-94; MVP: Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals, PG
  • Jan 12 12 day NYC transit strike ends

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • Jan 12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • Jan 13 1st black selected for presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD)
  • Jan 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 14 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jan 15 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Frank Buncom, LA Chargers, LB
  • Jan 15 The First Nigerian Republic is overthrown in a military coup d'etat
  • Jan 15 Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna lead a coup d'état in Nigeria, the Prime Minister of Nigeria and other senior political and military figures are killed

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 16 16th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 36-7; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals, LB

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Jan 16 Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
  • Jan 16 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi seizes power in the chaos caused by a military coup and becomes the Nigerian Head of State
  • Jan 16 Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 16 Chicago Black Hawks' right wing Bobby Hull scores 4 goals (his 17th career hat trick) in a 6-5 loss to NY Rangers; becomes the first player in team history to score 300 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

  • Jan 17 B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 18 Robert C Weaver, confirmed as 1st black cabinet member (HUD)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 19 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Jan 19 Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
  • Jan 24 WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 24 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • Jan 25 WCMC (now WMGM) TV channel 40 in Wildwood, NJ (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 26 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:06.2)
  • Jan 26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Jan 27 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 29 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Jan 29 "Sweet Charity" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 608 performances
  • Jan 29 Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • Jan 29 Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • Jan 29 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • Jan 29 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Jan 30 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • Jan 30 -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
  • Jan 30 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 11th string quartet

  • Jan 31 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • Jan 31 USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith wins her 7th consecutive Australian singles title; beats American Nancy Richey in a walkover, Richey injured

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson makes it 4 straight Australian titles; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe