January 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 12 day transit worker strike shuts down NYC subway
  • Jan 1 All US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health"
  • Jan 2 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
  • Jan 3 Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE
  • Jan 4 Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution

Event of Interest

Jan 8 Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

  • Jan 9 Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski, barring him from travel abroad
  • Jan 10 India & Pakistan sign Tashkent Declaration peace accord
  • Jan 10 The Georgia House of Representatives votes 184-12 to deny Julian Bond his seat as a result of his opposition to the Vietnam War
  • Jan 11 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • Jan 12 12 day NYC transit strike ends
  • Jan 12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)

Vietnam War

Jan 12 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends

  • Jan 13 Robert C. Weaver, 1st Black person selected for cabinet by US President Lyndon B. Johnson (Housing and Urban Development - HUD)
  • Jan 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 15 Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna lead a coup d'état in Nigeria, the Prime Minister of Nigeria and other senior political and military figures are killed
  • Jan 15 The First Nigerian Republic is overthrown in a military coup d'etat
  • Jan 16 Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US
  • Jan 16 Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi seizes power in the chaos caused by a military coup and becomes the Nigerian Head of State
  • Jan 17 B-52/KC-135 tankers crash near Spanish coast at Palomares, 7 die

Event of Interest

Jan 17 Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago

  • Jan 18 Robert C. Weaver, confirmed as 1st Black US presidential cabinet member (Housing and Urban Development - HUD)

Election of Interest

Jan 19 Indira Gandhi elected India's 4th Prime Minister

  • Jan 24 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France
  • Jan 26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Jan 29 Snow storm in north east US kills 165
  • Jan 29 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • Jan 30 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • Jan 30 -27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)
  • Jan 31 Belgian state police kills 2 striking mine workers
  • Jan 31 USSR launches Luna 9 towards Moon

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 7 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, American publicist & wife of John Kennedy Jr., born in White Plains, New York (d. 1999)
  • Jan 10 Steve Kramer, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 13 Tabitha Stevens, fictional character (Bewitched)
  • Jan 21 Katrine Michaelsen, Gentokte Denmark, Miss Denmark (1984)
  • Jan 25 Chet Culver, American politician (Governor of Iowa), born in Washington, D.C.

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), dies at 82

Albert StevensAlbert Stevens (1887-1996)

Jan 9 an American patient in secret medical trials who survived the highest known radiation dose in a human, dies of heart disease at 79

  • Jan 10 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), dies at 69
  • Jan 11 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, dies at 64
  • Jan 11 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian politician and Prime Minister of India (1964-66), dies under suspicious circumstances at 61
  • Jan 14 Sergei Korolev, Soviet Russian rocket engineer & spacecraft designer (Sputnik; Voskhod), dies during surgery at 59
  • Jan 16 Margarete Susman, German-Jewish writer, dies at 91
  • Jan 17 Vincent J Donehue, director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
  • Jan 18 Kathleen Norris, American novelist and newspaper columnist, dies at 85
  • Jan 19 Frank Foyston, Canadian NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle), dies at 74
  • Jan 24 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, dies at 56
  • Jan 29 Josef Winckler, German dentist and writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84