On This Day

December 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor
  • Dec 1 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland to Boulder, Colorado
  • Dec 3 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Dec 4 Military Working Dog "Nemo" saves the life of his handler Airman Robert A. Throneburg during the Vietnam War, surviving a gunshot wound to the nose
  • Dec 7 A fire at an army barracks in Erzurum, Turkey kills 68 people.
  • Dec 8 US and USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
  • Dec 10 Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • Dec 10 Nobel for chemistry awarded to Robert S. Mulliken
  • Dec 13 1st battle for Bijlmer flats, Amsterdam
  • Dec 13 Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 & 78
  • Dec 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 15 Audouin Dollfus discovers 10th satellite of Saturn, Janus
  • Dec 15 John W Mecom Jr becomes 1st owner of New Orlean Saints
  • Dec 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 18 Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.
  • Dec 20 Nuclear Planning Group forms in Brussels
  • Dec 20 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 21 USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
  • Dec 24 Soviet spacecraft Luna 13 lands on Moon
  • Dec 24 USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
  • Dec 26 Maulana Karenga establishes Kwanzaa (1st fruits of harvest) holiday
  • Dec 28 13 die in a train crash in Everett, Massachusetts
  • Dec 28 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • Dec 31 Pirate Radio 390 (Radio Invicata) off England, resumes transmitting
  • Dec 31 Toboggan Chutes begin operation in Cleveland Metroparks

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 4 Suzanne Malveaux, American television news journalist, born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Dec 9 Kirsten Gillibrand, American attorney and politician (Senator (D) NY 2009-), born in Albany, New York
  • Dec 12 Royce Gracie, Brazilian martial artist, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Dec 13 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef, born in Napier, New Zealand (d. 2014)
  • Dec 17 Kristiina Ojuland, Estonian politician
  • Dec 17 Christopher A. Wray, American lawyer, F.B.I. Director (2017-), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 20 Ed de Goey, Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord), born in Gouda, South Holland
  • Dec 27 Fabian Núñez, American politician
  • Dec 27 Wendy Coakley-Thompson, American writer

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 18 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • Dec 19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82

Person of interestLucy Burns

Dec 22 Lucy Burns, American suffragist (National Woman's Party) and women's rights advocate, dies at 87

Suffragist Lucy Burns
Suffragist
Lucy Burns
  • Dec 23 Hv Doderer, writer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch playwright and author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Christian Herter, American Republican politician, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (1953-57) and US Secretary of State (1959-61), dies at 71
  • Dec 31 Pieter Geyl, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch Race), dies at 79