On This Day

June 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 2,400 people attend White House Conference on Civil Rights
  • Jun 1 Joaquin Balaguer elected president of Dominican Republic
  • Jun 1 Shortwave station Radio NY Worldwide changes calls from WRUL to WNYW
  • Jun 2 US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
  • Jun 3 European DX Council forms in Copenhagen (shortwave listeners)
  • Jun 3 Gemini 9 launched; 7th US 2-man flight (Stafford & Cernan)
  • Jun 4 -10] Hurricane Alma, kills 51 in Honduras

Historic Event

Jun 6 Civil rights activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi

Civil Rights Activist James Meredith
Civil Rights Activist
James Meredith
  • Jun 6 Gemini 9 completes 45 orbits after rendezvous with "angry alligator"
  • Jun 6 Stokely Carmichael launches "Black Power" movement
  • Jun 8 Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
  • Jun 10 Cleveland Indian Sonny Siebert no-hits Washington Senator, 2-0
  • Jun 10 Mamas & Papas win gold record for "Monday, Monday"
  • Jun 11 French and German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry
  • Jun 13 US Supreme Court's Miranda decision; suspects must be informed of rights
  • Jun 14 Dutch police beat construction workers, 60 injured
  • Jun 16 20th Tony Awards: Marat/Sade & Man of La Mancha win
  • Jun 17 Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluebreakers

Historic Event

Jun 20 Sheila Scott completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman

Aviator Sheila Scott
Aviator
Sheila Scott
  • Jun 21 Queen Juliana opens Coen tunnel in Amsterdam
  • Jun 22 South African Bishop Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, is refused a passport and thus permission to attend an international church conference by the South African government
  • Jun 24 Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
  • Jun 25 Kosmos 122, 1st Soviet weather satellite, launched
  • Jun 26 Kanton Bazel leads female suffrage in Switzerland
  • Jun 29 Vietnam War: US planes bomb the North Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the port city of Haiphong for the first time
  • Jun 30 Leopoldville, Congo, is renamed Kinshasa
  • Jun 30 Richard Helms promoted from deputy director to 8th director of US Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jun 30 Vice Admiral William F. Raborn Jr., USN, ends term as 7th director of CIA

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 4 Vladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematician
  • Jun 13 Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician (Proof of the Poincaré conjecture), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union
  • Jun 17 Tory Burch, American fashion designer (Tory Burch LLC), born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 19 Joichi Ito, Japanese entrepreneur
  • Jun 21 Mancow Muller, American radio personality, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 22 Euan Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, English baron/multi-millionaire
  • Jun 25 Richard Matt, American murderer who escaped prison, born in Tonawanda, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jun 27 Giambattista Valli, Italian fashion designer, born in Rome, Italy

Weddings in History

  • Jun 6 Socialite Claus von Bulow marries heiress Martha [Sunny]Sharp Crawford

Deaths in History

  • Jun 4 Blanche Knopf, American publisher, president of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and wife of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Sr., dies at 71
  • Jun 7 (Hans) "Jean" Arp, German-French sculptor, artist and poet, dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)

Joseph A. Walker

Jun 8 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st space plane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an Aircraft collision at 45

Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker
Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot
Joseph A. Walker
  • Jun 20 Georges Lemaître, Belgian Catholic Priest, astronomer and physics professor, who initially proposed the universe expansion and big-bang theories, dies at 71
  • Jun 27 Arthur D Waley [Schloss], British sinology/poet (Monkey), dies