On This Day

August 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Charles Whitman wounds 31 and kills 16 at University of Texas
  • Aug 1 Yakubu Gowon becomes Nigerian Head of State after a military coup d'état
  • Aug 2 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • Aug 4 8th British Empire Games & Commonwealth Games open in Kingston, Jamaica; first Games held outside 'White Dominions'

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Aug 5 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Aug 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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
  • Aug 10 NASA launches Lunar Orbiter 1 to the Moon to photograph the lunar surface
  • Aug 10 Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere & leaving it again
  • Aug 14 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon
  • Aug 15 Radio Free Asia (South Korea) begins radio transmission
  • Aug 17 NASA satellite Pioneer 7 launched into solar orbit
  • Aug 19 Earthquake strikes Varko Turkey: 2,400 killed
  • Aug 23 Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photograph of Earth from Moon
  • Aug 24 USSR launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon
  • 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 Race riot in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Aug 29 Dutch Internal minister Smallenbroek resigns after driving drunk

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 James St. James, American author and nightlife personality, born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Aug 7 Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur and cofounder of Wikipedia, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Aug 18 Gustavo Charif, Argentine artist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Aug 19 Lilian Garcia, wrestling announcer
  • Aug 25 Michael Cohen, American lawyer to Donald Trump, born in Long Island, New York
  • Aug 27 Juhan Parts, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Aug 28 Priya Dutt, Indian social worker and politician, born in Mumbai, India
  • Aug 31 Jan Einar Thorsen, Norwegian Alpine skier

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Charles Whitman, former marine, kills 16 at U of Texas, shot by cops
  • Aug 6 Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, sci-fi author (Space Lords), dies at 53
  • Aug 6 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 10 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (black force), dies at 79
  • Aug 10 Jacobus C Bloem, poet (Cinders), dies
  • Aug 11 Frank Nelson, English politician and civil servant (head of the Special Operations Executive, 1940-42), dies at 83
  • Aug 15 Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Gerhard Pohl, German writer (Crazy Ferdinand), dies at 64
  • Aug 17 Michael Garrison, American TVproducer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
  • Aug 18 Isaac Keesing, Dutch publisher and founder (System Keesing), dies at 80
  • Aug 18 Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Struggle & Blessing), dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian theoretician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 31 Kasimir Edschmid, German writer, dies at 75