On This Day

February 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 Pakistan suggests a six-point agenda with Kashmir dispute as number one item for the proposed Indo-Pak ministerial talks after 1965 war.
  • Feb 3 1st operational weather satellite, ESSA-1 launched US
  • Feb 3 1st soft landing on Moon (Soviet Luna 9)
  • Feb 4 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
  • Feb 9 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
  • Feb 9 UK Government announces construction of a nuclear reactor on the North coast of Scotland
  • Feb 10 Harmel government in Belgium resigns

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Feb 10 "Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann is published by Bernard Geis Associates in the US - sold over 31 million copies

  • Feb 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 14 Australian currency is decimalised, and decimal currency postage stamps introduced
  • Feb 14 Russian writers Andrei Sinyavsky & Joey Daniel found guilty under the offense of anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda for publishing their satirical writings abroad
  • Feb 16 Bob Cowper makes 307 v England at the MCG, 727 mins, 20 fours
  • Feb 16 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Feb 17 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
  • Feb 20 Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Indonesian President Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • Feb 22 Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
  • Feb 23 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
  • Feb 23 Premier Milton Obote seizes power in Uganda

BattleCoup d'état

Feb 24 Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Feb 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 25 Syrian military coup under General Hafiz al-Assad
  • Feb 27 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • Feb 27 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 5 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1993)
  • Feb 12 Boty Goodwin, British artist (d. 1995)
  • Feb 18 Guy Ferland, American television director, born in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • Feb 20 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 22 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • Feb 22 Brian Greig, Australian politician, born in Fremantle, Australia
  • Feb 23 Didier Queloz, Swiss astronomer (discovered 1st exoplanet), 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, born in Switzerland
  • Feb 25 Samantha Phillips, Ft Meade MD, Penthouse Pet

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • Feb 4 Gilbert H. Grosvenor, American geographer and 1st full-time editor of National Geographic Society (1899-1954), dies at 90
  • Feb 10 Billy Rose [William Samuel Rosenberg], American theatrical producer (Diamond Horse Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 13 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • Feb 15 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • Feb 15 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect, dies at 56
  • Feb 16 Hendrik Tilanus, Dutch artillery officer and political leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Hans Hofmann, German American painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • Feb 18 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • Feb 18 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31

Person of interestChester Nimitz

Feb 20 Chester Nimitz, American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, dies at 80

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Feb 21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, dies at 70
  • Feb 22 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist and folklorist, dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • Feb 28 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • Feb 28 Elliot McKay See Jr., American engineer and NASA astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash