Historical Events in 1966 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 656

  • 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)
  • Sep 1 KIFW (now KTNL) TV channel 13 in Sitka, AK (CBS) begins broadcasting

Sports History

Sep 2 Joe Auer returns the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins' first ever NFL regular-season game; Oakland Raiders go on to win 23-14 at the Orange Bowl before 26,776 fans

  • Sep 3 24th World Science Fiction Convention honors Gene Roddenberry

#1 in the Charts

Sep 3 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"

Contract of Interest

Sep 3 Future Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr signs his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins; 2 year deal paying a then record $70,000 plus signing bonus

  • Sep 3 Houston Oilers hold Denver Broncos to no 1st downs in their NFL season opening 45-7 win at Rice Stadium
  • Sep 4 Australian Jack Brabham clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Telethon

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 1st Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day telethon raises $1 million

  • Sep 5 WRLK TV channel 35 in Columbia, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 7 KTNE TV channel 13 in Alliance, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Television Premiere

Sep 8 "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

  • Sep 8 "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premieres on ABC-TV

Historic Event

Sep 8 The Severn Bridge between England and Wales is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

Historic Event

Sep 9 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.

  • Sep 10 Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks in the UK

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Music History

Sep 10 Neil Diamond has his first Billboard chart success with single "Cherry Cherry"

  • Sep 11 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 11 Johnny Miller becomes 1st New York Yankee to hit a HR on his 1st MLB at bat; his 2nd HR came on his final MLB at bat in 1969

TV Show Appearance

Sep 11 Rolling Stones 4th appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; perform 3 songs, including "Paint It Black"

  • Sep 12 "Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 12 Gemini XI with Charles "Pete" Conrad and Richard F. Gordon aboard launched for 71-hour flight
  • Sep 12 KPNE TV channel 9 in North Platte, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 7th and final Grand Slam singles crown

  • Sep 12 US National Championships Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4; his second and final major singles title
  • Sep 12 Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Mich begins teaching
  • Sep 12 WCES TV channel 20 in Wrens, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WUSF TV channel 16 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 13 Johannes Balthazar Vorster sworn in as premier of South Africa
  • Sep 15 Dutch political party (D'66) forms
  • Sep 15 First British nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution launched
  • Sep 15 Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth
  • Sep 15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

Music History

Sep 16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber

  • Sep 17 "Mission Impossible" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Sep 17 Cleveland pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings

Sports History

Sep 18 Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas throws 4 touchdown passes in 38-23 win at Minnesota to surpass Y.A. Tittle as NFL's career leader with 212; finishes career with 290 TD passes

  • Sep 19 Mike Burke named Yankees pres
  • Sep 20 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
  • Sep 21 Five inches of rain falls on NYC

Music History

Sep 21 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to "Jimi"

Theater Premiere

Sep 22 Edward Albee's play "Delicate Balance" premieres in NYC (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1967)

  • Sep 22 KMEB TV channel 10 in Wailuku, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 22 Only 413 show up at a Yankee Stadium game
  • Sep 22 Orioles beat A's 6-1 to clinch their 1st AL pennant
  • Sep 22 Surveyor 2 crashes on the Moon, and all contact with it is lost
  • Sep 24 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in the Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • Sep 24 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island

Music Concert

Sep 25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow

LPGA Championship

Sep 25 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC, LV: Gloria Ehret wins her only major title by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright

  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1
  • Sep 26 "Staten Island" 1st icebreaker to enter San Francisco Bay

Baseball Record

Sep 29 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

  • Sep 29 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.
  • Sep 30 Bechuanaland, in southern Africa, gains independence from Great Britain, becomes Republic of Botswana
  • Sep 30 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 1 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
  • Oct 1 WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins
  • Oct 1 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with eighteen fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9.
  • Oct 2 Australian Robert 'Nat' Young puts on a dominating performance to win the World Surfing Championship at Ocean Beach, San Diego; Joyce Hoffman of Capistrano Beach, California takes women's title
  • Oct 2 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax wins his 27th game of the season, 6-3 v Philadelphia Phillies; clinches Dodgers 3rd National League pennant in 4 years
  • Oct 3 Marshal Arturo da Costa e Silva elected president
  • Oct 4 Dutch Cardinal Alfrink presents New Catechism
  • Oct 4 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Oct 4 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

Historic Event

Oct 5 Nigerian government presents a copy of Ben Enwonwu's sculpture "The Awakening" to the United Nations

  • Oct 6 LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is first declared illegal in state of California, other states follow

Sports History

Oct 6 Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer at 20, is youngest to record a World Series shutout as Baltimore beats LA Dodgers, 6-0 in Game 2 at Dodger Stadium

  • Oct 6 Partial meltdown at Detroits's Fermi 1 nuclear reactor
  • Oct 7 Rolling Stones record four songs for their 1st live LP "Got Live If You Want It!" at a concert at Colston Hall in Bristol
  • Oct 8 Wyoming's Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)

Sports History

Oct 9 Baseball World Series: Baltimore Orioles claim first championship in franchise history; edge LA Dodgers, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium for 4-0 sweep; MVP: Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson

  • Oct 10 The Beach Boys release their influential single "Good Vibrations"
  • Oct 13 173 US aircraft bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 13 Jimi Hendrix Experience rock trio debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France
  • Oct 13 Vice Admiral Rufus L Taylor (USN) becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Oct 14 175 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • Oct 14 Dutch government of Cals falls by motion of Schmelzer
  • Oct 15 Australia bans Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" as "terribly obscene"
  • Oct 15 Black Panther Party created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California
  • Oct 15 LBJ signs a bill creating US Department of Transportation
  • Oct 18 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances

Film Release

Oct 18 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released

  • Oct 19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings
  • Oct 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Nobel Prize

Oct 20 Nobel Prize for Literature awarded jointly to Jewish writers Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Nelly Sachs

The Tragedy of Aberfan

Oct 21 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales

  • Oct 22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 22 USSR launches Luna 12 for orbit around Moon
  • Oct 23 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win F1 World Drivers Championship and International Cup for Constructors Championship in the same year; 2nd in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • Oct 25 6 youths sentenced in "Johnson murderer!" in Amsterdam
  • Oct 25 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London
  • Oct 26 First Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2
  • Oct 26 US aircraft carrier Oriskany catches fire at Gulf on Tonken, 43 die
  • Oct 27 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 27 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 28 Belgium's Gaston Roelants runs 12-4/5 miles in 1 hour
  • Oct 29 Lunar Orbiter 1 crashes on moon: 6.7°N 162°E

Historic Event

Oct 29 National Organization of Women founded in Washington D.C. with Betty Friedan as President

  • Oct 30 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins
  • Nov 1 Indian Haryana state created from Punjab; Chandigarh terr created
  • Nov 1 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax becomes first 3-time winner of Cy Young Award; unanimous winner for 2nd straight year; final year only 1 award given for pitchers in both major leagues
  • Nov 1 NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name "Saints" alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith
  • Nov 1 William Dana in X-15 reaches 93 km
  • Nov 2 KHSD TV channel 11 in Lead, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 2 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
  • Nov 4 Flooding of Arno River (Florence, Italy) destroys countless art works, kills 113
  • Nov 5 BYU quarterback Virgil Carter sets new NCAA single-game records with 513 passing yards and 599 yards of total offence in 53-33 win against Texas Western in Provo, Utah
  • Nov 5 The Monkees score their 1st Billboard No. 1 - ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, written by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce
  • Nov 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 6 1st entire lineup televised in color (NBC)
  • Nov 6 Lunar Orbiter 2 launched
  • Nov 7 Jean-Claude van Itallie's "America Hurrah" premieres in NYC

Meeting of Interest

Nov 7 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London [1]

  • Nov 7 Lunar Orbiter 2 launched by US

Election of Interest

Nov 8 Edward W. Brooke (Rep-R-Mass) becomes 1st African American popularly elected to the US Senate

  • Nov 8 Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles outfielder, selected as AL MVP,first player to win MVP in both leagues

Election of Interest

Nov 8 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California

  • Nov 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger
  • Nov 9 "Let's Sing Yiddish" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 107 performances
  • Nov 9 Oakland Coliseum Arena opens

Historic Event

Nov 10 Jack Lynch becomes Irish premier (Taoiseach)

  • Nov 10 Lunar Orbiter 2 reaches 196-1871 km around Moon
  • Nov 11 Gemini 12 (Lovell & Aldrin) launched on 4-day flight
  • Nov 11 Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren Church unite as United Methodist Church (USA)
  • Nov 11 NASA launches spaceship Gemini 12
  • Nov 12 18-year-old US High schooler Robert Smith kills 5 people at Arizona's Rose-Mar Beauty College for fame

A Selfie in Space

Nov 12 Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie', a photo of himself performing extravehicular activity in space during the Gemini program

  • Nov 12 Dick The Bruiser beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Nov 12 Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record
  • Nov 13 American comedian Flip Wilson makes his debut appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; he returns 10 times [1]
  • Nov 14 Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title
  • Nov 15 Gemini XII (Lovell & Aldrin) returns to Earth
  • Nov 16 "Greatest Hits" album by The Temptations is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1967)
  • Nov 16 Dr Sam Sheppard freed by a jury after 9 years in jail

Sports History

Nov 16 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is named NL MVP

  • Nov 17 Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
  • Nov 18 Sandy Koufax announces his retirement due to arthritic left elbow
  • Nov 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 18 US Roman Catholic bishops ends rules against eating meat on Fridays
  • Nov 19 Mad Dog Vachon beats Dick The Bruiser in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Nov 20 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
  • Nov 20 John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 1166 performances, wins 8 Tony Awards
  • Nov 20 Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage
  • Nov 21 Dutch government of Zijlstra forms
  • Nov 22 32nd Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Spurrier, Florida (QB)
  • Nov 23 Chicago outfielder Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 24 1st TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire)
  • Nov 24 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in city's history
  • Nov 24 A Bulgarian plane with 82 people on board crashes near Bratislava, Slovakia.

Film Release

Nov 24 The cult classic "One Million Years B.C.", starring Raquel Welch, is released 1st in West Germany

  • Nov 25 Cincinnati infielder Tommy Helms is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 Pirate Radio Station 390 (Radio Invicta) closes down (reopen 12/31)
  • Nov 26 1st major tidal power plant opens at Rance estuary, France
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Saskatchewan Roughriders win their first Championship; defeat Ottawa, 29-14
  • Nov 26 Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn musical "Walking Happy", based on the 1916 novel "Hobson's Choice", opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 161 performances
  • Nov 27 In highest-scoring NFL game, Washington Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • Nov 27 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins back-to-back titles by 2 shots from Judy Kimball and Mary Mills
  • Nov 27 Uruguay adopts constitution