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'

Historic Event

Aug 5 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

  • 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 Varto region in eastern Turkey with 6.8 magnitude killing around 2,400
  • 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 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

Weddings in History

Joe Biden

Aug 27 American law student, and future politician, Joe Biden of Delaware (21) weds fellow Syracuse University student, and future teacher, Neilia Hunter (22) of Skaneateles, New York, at a Catholic church in Skaneateles

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