Historical Events in July 1966

  • Jul 1 1st color television transmission in Canada is broadcast from Toronto
  • Jul 1 Construction crews begin tearing up Market St in San Francisco to build the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART)
  • Jul 1 NASA launches spacecraft Explorer 33
  • Jul 1 US national health insurance program Medicare goes into effect
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4
  • Jul 2 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 2 West Indian cricket batsman Basil Butcher scores career best 209 not out to guide tourists to a 139-run 3rd Test win over England at Trent Bridge

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles

  • Jul 3 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants)
  • Jul 3 Race riots in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: American Sandra Spuzich wins by 1 from Carol Mann for her only LPGA major title

Music History

Jul 4 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

Event of Interest

Jul 4 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

  • Jul 5 NASA launches Saturn IB rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Jul 5 National Guard mobilizes in Omaha, Nebraska, after 3rd night of rioting
  • Jul 5 NYC Transit Authority raises basic bus and subway fare from 15 cents to 20 cents
  • Jul 6 Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president

Event of Interest

Jul 7 Obscenity ban for "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court after testimony by Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer

  • Jul 8 King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi
  • Jul 8 US airline strike (until Aug 19th)

British Golf Open

Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors

  • Jul 12 10.51" (26.70 cm) of rainfall in Sandusky,Ohio (state record, until broken in 1995)
  • Jul 12 37th All-Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 inninngs, at Busch Memorial Stadium, St Louis

Sports History

Jul 12 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson voted MLB All Star game MVP

  • Jul 12 Start of 3 day race riot in Chicago, looting brings out National Guardsmen
  • Jul 12 US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver bullion price at Philadelphia and Denver mints
  • Jul 13 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City
  • Jul 14 53rd Tour de France won by Lucien Aimar of France
  • Jul 14 Richard Speck rapes and kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory
  • Jul 16 David Heneker's musical "Half a Sixpence", starring Tommy Steels, and based on H.G. Well's 1905 novel "Kipps", closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, after 511 performances
  • Jul 16 Nigeria becomes the first Anglophone independent state in Africa to become an associate member of European Economic Community
  • Jul 16 Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts

Musical Finale

Jul 17 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "It's a Bird... It's A Plane...It's Superman" closes at Alvin Theatre, NYC. after 129 performances

  • Jul 17 Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit
  • Jul 17 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)

Event of Interest

Jul 18 Carl Sagan turns 1 billion seconds old

Event of Interest

Jul 18 Gemini 10 launches John Young & Michael Collins

  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear Test at Fangataufa Island
  • Jul 19 Governor James Rhodes declares state of emergency in Cleveland (race riot)
  • Jul 21 Gemini X returns to Earth
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens

#1 in the Charts

Jul 23 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" hits #1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)

  • Jul 23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • Jul 23 Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"
  • Jul 24 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: American Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong

Music Concert

Jul 25 Brian Jones' final performance as a Rolling Stone

You Can't Hurry Love

Jul 25 The Supremes release single "You Can't Hurry Love"

Hall of Fame

Jul 25 Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame

  • Jul 26 Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous precedent
  • Jul 26 WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting

Music History

Jul 29 Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock, New York

  • Jul 29 In Nigerian counter-coup, Head of State General Aguiyi Ironsi is assassinated by a group of Northern Nigerian officers and soldiers
  • Jul 30 Beatles' "Yesterday... & Today" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time
  • Jul 30 US airplanes bomb the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam

Ban the Beatles

Jul 31 Two Alabama radio hosts, Tommy Charles and Doug Layton of WAQY in Birmingham ask listeners to send in Beatles albums and merchandise to burn in response to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark that "Christianity will go" [1]