On This Day

November 1966 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Indian Haryana state created from Punjab; Chandigarh terr created
  • Nov 1 William Dana in X-15 reaches 93 km
  • Nov 2 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
  • Nov 4 Flooding of Arno River (Italy) destroys countless art works, kills 113
  • Nov 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 6 Lunar Orbiter 2 launched
  • Nov 7 Jean-Claude van Itallie's "America Hurrah" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 7 Lunar Orbiter 2 launched by US

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 8 Edward W. Brooke (Rep-R-Mass) becomes 1st African American popularly elected to the US Senate

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • Nov 8 Frank Robinson selected AL MVP
  • Nov 9 Oakland Coliseum Arena opens
  • Nov 10 Jack Lynch becomes Irish premier (Taoiseach)
  • Nov 10 Lunar Orbiter 2 reaches 196-1871 km around Moon
  • Nov 11 Gemini 12 (Lovell & Aldrin) launched on 4-day flight
  • Nov 11 Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren Church unite as United Methodist Church (USA)
  • Nov 11 NASA launches spaceship Gemini 12.

  • Nov 12 Dick The Bruiser beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Nov 12 High schooler Robert Smith kills 7 for fame

Famous PhotoA Selfie in Space

Nov 12 Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie', a photo of himself performing extravehicular activity in space during the Gemini program

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Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie' during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966
Buzz Aldrin takes the first 'space selfie' during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966
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  • Nov 15 Gemini XII (Lovell & Aldrin) returns to Earth
  • Nov 16 Dr Sam Sheppard freed by a jury after 9 years in jail
  • Nov 17 Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
  • Nov 18 Sandy Koufax announces his retirement due to arthritic left elbow
  • Nov 18 US Roman Catholic bishops ends rules against eating meat on Fridays
  • Nov 18 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 19 Mad Dog Vachon beats Dick The Bruiser in Omaha, to become NWA champ
  • Nov 20 Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage
  • Nov 21 Dutch government of Zijlstra forms
  • Nov 24 1st TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire)
  • Nov 24 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in city's history
  • Nov 24 A Bulgarian plane with 82 people on board crashes near Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • Nov 25 Pirate Radio Station 390 (Radio Invicta) closes down (reopen 12/31)
  • Nov 26 1st major tidal power plant opens at Rance estuary, France
  • Nov 27 Uruguay adopts constitution
  • Nov 28 Coup in Burundi overthrows monarchy; a republic is declared
  • Nov 28 Dominican Republic adopts constitution
  • Nov 29 SS Daniel J Morrell sinks in a storm on Lake Huron, 28 die, 1 survivor.
  • Nov 30 Barbados gains independence from Great Britain (National Day)
  • Nov 30 Radio time signal WWV moves from Greenbelt, Maryland

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 1 Jeremy Hunt, British politician and Foreign Secretary (2018-), born in London, England
  • Nov 1 Willie D., American hip hop artist (Geto Boys), born in The 5th Ward, Houston, Texas
  • Nov 4 H. John Heinz IV, American medieval armor craftsman; son of Teresa Heinz
  • Nov 16 Tricia Cast, Medford NY, actress (Amanda-Bad News Bear, Young & Restless)
  • Nov 16 Tahir Shah, British travel writer and explorer
  • Nov 18 Jorge Camacho, Spanish poet
  • Nov 19 Rocco DiSpirito, American chef
  • Nov 20 Jill Thompson, American comic book writer and artist
  • Nov 24 Paul Robinett, American internet personality
  • Nov 27 Edward Hall, British theatre director of Hampstead Theatre (Rose Rage), born in England
  • Nov 30 Wil Mara, American author

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 18 Writer Jack Kerouac (44) weds Stella Sampas

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac

Deaths in History

  • Nov 2 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • Nov 2 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • Nov 8 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist, dies at 75
  • Nov 10 Steven Nagy, American bowler (first televised perfect game [300}, 1954; ABC Hall of Fame 1963), dies at 53

Person of interestCluny MacPherson

Nov 16 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87

  • Nov 18 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer, dies
  • Nov 22 Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez, 1st Prime Minister of Dutch Antilles, dies at 59
  • Nov 23 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Siegfried Kracauer, writer, dies at 77