On This Day

July 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Construction crews begin tearing up Market St to build BART
  • Jul 1 NASA launches spacecraft Explorer 33
  • Jul 1 Medicare goes into effect
  • Jul 2 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 3 Race riots in Omaha Nebraska

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Jul 4 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jul 5 NYC transit fare rises from 15 cents to 20 cents
  • Jul 5 National Guard mobilizes in Omaha after 3rd night of rioting
  • Jul 5 Saturn I rocket launched at Cape Kennedy
  • Jul 6 Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president

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Jul 7 Obscenity ban for "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court after testimony by Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer
  • Jul 8 US airline strike (until Aug 19th)
  • Jul 8 King Mwambutsa IV Bangiriceng of Burundi is deposed by his son Prince Charles Ndizi
  • Jul 12 10.51" (26.70 cm) of rainfall, Sandusky Ohio (state record)
  • Jul 12 Start of 3 day race riot in Chicago, looting brings out National Guardsmen
  • Jul 12 US Treasury announces it will buy mutilated silver coins at silver bullion price at Philadelphia and Denver mints

  • Jul 13 Richard Speck murders 8 nurses in Chicago
  • Jul 13 A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City
  • Jul 14 Richard Speck rapes and kills 8 nurses in a Chicago dormitory
  • Jul 16 Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts
  • Jul 16 Nigeria becomes the first Anglophone independent state in Africa to become an associate member of European Economic Community
  • Jul 17 Indians set club record by hitting 7 HR in 15-2 win over Detroit
  • Jul 17 Jim Ryun sets mile record (3m51s3)
  • Jul 18 Carl Sagan turns 1 billion seconds old
  • Jul 18 Gemini 10 launched (John Young & Michael Collins)
  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear Test at Fangataufa Island
  • Jul 19 Governor James Rhodes declares state of emergency in Cleveland (race riot)
  • Jul 21 Gemini X returns to Earth
  • Jul 21 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 23 Cavern Club in Liverpool reopens
  • Jul 23 Napoleon XIV releases "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"

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Jul 25 Mao Zedong swims the Yangtze River

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Jul 25 Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jul 26 Lord Gardiner issues the Practice Statement in the House of Lords stating that the House is not bound to follow its own previous precedent
  • Jul 29 In Nigerian counter-coup, Head of State General Aguiyi Ironsi murdered, Yakubu Gowon appointed his successor
  • Jul 30 US airplanes bombs demilitarized zone in Vietnam

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 7 Neil Tobin, American magician, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 14 Brian Selznick, American author and illustrator
  • Jul 17 Sten Tolgfors, Swedish politician, born in Forshaga, Sweden
  • Jul 20 Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico (2012-), born in Atlacomulco, State of Mexico
  • Jul 25 Christine C. Quinn, American Democratic Party politician and Speaker of the New York City Council, born in Glen Cove, New York
  • Jul 29 Richard Steven Horvitz, American comic voiceactor
  • Jul 31 Marina V A Mowatt, [Ogilvy], daughter of English princess Alexandra

Weddings in History

  • Jul 6 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 4th wife Nancy Hackett

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Pauline Boty, English artist, dies of cancer at 29
  • Jul 2 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), dies at 67
  • Jul 3 Kees Boeke, Dutch reformist educator (Cosmic View), dies at 81
  • Jul 4 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 5 George de Hevesy, Hungarian radiochemist (Nobel 1943), dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Carmelita Geraghty, dies of heart attack at 65
  • Jul 11 Delmore Schwartz, American poet/critic (Shenandoah), dies at 52
  • Jul 12 D T Suzuki, Zen Buddhism scholar, dies in Tokyo Japan at 96
  • Jul 13 Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 82
  • Jul 14 Julie Manet, French painter (b. 1878)
  • Jul 21 Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 83
  • Jul 25 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, dies after being hit by a car at 40
  • Jul 31 Alex E von Falkenhausen, German general, dies at 87